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Dutch engineering student with probably the only Chicago Schwinn racing bike in the country. It's not very lightweight, or fast. But is quite loud and large. In other words, it suits me perfect.

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The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

@RVester's posts:

  1. The Kemmelberg. Last week I went there on a hunch, since I had never climbed anything nor had I been over any real cobbled anything (except city centres that is) and decided that that specific sunday would be a good day to try my hand at both. When I got … »

@RVester's posts:

  1. @TommyTubolare   ‘something bad’ doesn’t just happen. The law was about creating a situation in which the risk is more evenly distributed. A cyclist does not want to get hit by a car. And if you place the burden of proof at the car, the car will not wan… »

Ok all you roadies, listen up. You’re not gonna like what I’m about to tell you, but it’s the truth. And sometimes, the truth hurts. You ready?Road cycling owes a lot to mountain biking. Continue reading...

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  1. “The carbon bikes so ubiquitous today were spawned from the need for a smoother ride, without the weight and complexity of suspension” This, and really the whole paragraph claiming that mountainbikes are the cause for carbon frames is reaching for straws… »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

@RVester's posts:

  1. @Weldertron In 2014, the legal drinking limit is raised to 18 because there was a bit of nonsense about a few 14-year olds in rural areas drinking too much. You read that right. Instead of just enforcing the rules that are there, politicians just raise t… »

My first bicycle opened a new world to me, one where range was measured by will and pedal revolutions, not steps; the only objective was seeing how far out I could push my range. First, to the border of our community, then to the nearest gas station, and on it went. It was a big yellow contraption with 10 speeds – twelve if you count “crash...

@RVester's posts:

  1. Dutch people use bikes based on this template for everyday errands: http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1215/1334068197_1f3bac5b50_o.jpg Pictured is an old Gazelle no. 1 from somewhere in the 50′s. Most Dutch bikes are based on the template drawn by old Gazel… »

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@RVester's posts:

  1. @DerHoggz Nope, he can’t. At least, not more aerodynamic for his weight. your surface area to volume ratio decreases by increasing volume. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surface-area-to-volume_ratio Since aerodynamic drag is proportional to surface area… »

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  1. @Velocitractor Does it have the rad “Aerospace contour” decal with a space shuttle breaking the sound barrier? »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

@RVester's posts:

  1. Are replica Faema caps allowed? I know it’s a team cap, but most caps are team caps, and Faema stopped sponsoring long before I was born. I do have a Faema coffee grinder though. I don’t have a matching Faema kit as those are expensive and the next expens… »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

@RVester's posts:

  1. @Dr C should the wheel feel too floppy, you could also swap the spokes for thicker spokes to increase the wheel stiffness. Ps. Yes, new here. I still feel too fat and still havent spent enough money on my bike to consider myself a real cyclist though. »