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@Blackpooltower is obviously spending all his n+1 money on new cycling books, or he works in the little seen cycling-specific bookshop. Either way, he is nice enough to catch us all up on what is vvorthy. The lead image alone is enough, it’s fantastic. It’s worthy of its own article or, even better, a movie. It is not too late for hint...

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  1. that is indeed a FANTASTIC photo! »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

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  1. Frank: I love those deep section hoops, thats my next purchase for #1 »

  2. @Buck Rogers you may get banned, but thank you….i just stared at my computer for like 10 seconds drinking jo and the beauty was the office staff thought i was in deep thought… i suppose i was »

  3. @chuckp thats going to stir the Holists out there, but I love that wrap! »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. Brett: brilliant bike man!  Great colors, love the fork and the components are fantastic stuff Steel….that is such a perfect choice.  So many people avoid it like its an outcast, but steel is such a good material, and like aluminium its not anything … »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. @Beers you drilled it here Beerman.  For some who are purposely touting their cycling pet-degree, they are Poseurs and easily detected in the crowds.  like this cat. I am however drawn to the subtle, quiet cat that drilled it off the front of the rid… »

  2. @Buck Rogers how much better does it get than that???? »

  3. There is not a lot I relish in this time of year, waking up to 17* this am and pondering when I am going to ride, winters chill to the bone isn’t welcoming until your in the ride at least an hour. The one thing however I do smile about is donning of the … »

  4. @wiscot absolutely right wiscot, Terpstra rocks, and I hope he does continue to ride with panache »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. Hi Frank, its been a long time.  Lets just say 2014 has been a killer for me Great article! this is absolute word which is said so much better than anyone else would: I love Marco Pantani. Even today I regard him as a hero. I admire the rider he was at… »

Maui Velominatus Dave is tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. hmmm…does this violate The Rules? Does this make you a stronger cyclists? Being fairly old school, you know where I am going with this.  CogFather merckx NEVER needed no foulfilthing meter to measure his wattage.  My beloved, Gino, never measured such … »

There was a time when the world was painted in hues of black and white. Right and Wrong were separated by lines painted in such a thick, heavy paint that even to wander close was to already alter your very nature. The Elders taught us on which side we were to dwell and what evils would descend upon us if we were to transcend into the void. Litt...

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  1. @wiscot now now, nothing intended there but to clarify, afterall I didn’t want to put you all in the same cat as ‘we-uns’. yet, well, we are sorta neighbors living in fly over country here, and sounds like cut from the same cloth in city admin’s peopl… »

  2. @Jamie funny guys, its amazing, buddy of mine has had the same experience.  he tells me the worst is after church, the redeemed thousands at this mega-cult gets let out, redeemed and are forthwith allowed to go out and get more sinnin done, as they spe… »

  3. @frank @frank central Mis-ow-ree, which is prob same as Wisc cheese country Not sure I would call it Velomitropia, as having been in Washington and the great NW which is where my lost soul really belongs….just saying if you like lone wolf riding wi… »

  4. This article makes me really admire those who live in urban areas, it really takes a different commitment to ride when so populus dense.  Chapeau for you all Conversely, living in a rural town of 12k, there are no bike lanes.  I have had to educate/enlig… »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. Thank you very much Frank for this article as usual, you nail it I saw the customary intros for these helmets on other websites, and am so underwhelmed I was left thinking….I think I’ll just sport a cap again thanks, but no thanks to the new stuff »

  2. @Pedale.Forchetta you got it, thats fantastic You know, if someone beats you, sporting the beard….well, you not only got beat….it really couldn’t have even been close »

There was a time when I held down ‘real jobs’. Jobs with (a little) stress, with (some) responsibility, but without soul. And while dealing with the great unwashed public never held much appeal, I always envied the guys who worked at my preferred LBS. They seemingly had it all––an endless supply of cheap bikes and parts, hanging out and s...

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  1. while waxing poetic in memoriam, here’s my memory of the LBS it was the late 80’s, the lights dim in the LBS, it was small, and cram packed with bikes, layered on top of one another in single file, on the walls, as you narrowly entered the front, and the… »

  2. good work Brett! »

Riding a bicycle involves much more than just pushing the pedals around in a perfect sweep of muscular elegance while Looking Fantastic at all times. There are all sorts of soft skills involved like learning to shift properly, learning to corner properly, learning to crash properly, learning to criticize a fellow rider’s puncture-repair te...

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  1. @scaler911 yep, thats me, in reality, thankful if I can drink and breath without choking due to the pace in the ethereal realm of my mind, I would much rather take the Bidon…top first, sit up from my pull of the entire pack as we are souplesse-lee cr… »

Physics tells us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The conservation law extend beyond the physical world and into mystical where the V and Anti-V are also in a constant fight for balance. The Ancients on Mount Velomis understood this well, and taught that the Anti-V expresses itself within the universe as two princi...

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  1. fan-fuckingtastic »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. @ frank: besides obligations and travel, recently something blocked me from posting, for last 4-5 mo….??  I just thought it was my work computer that was the issue, but not now   whatever, glad to be back will post my souplesse commentary again »

  2. well, it worked, I’m back…haven’t been able to post for….like months! hi everyone!  the broomwagon has relented »

  3. just wondering if I can post again, here’s to nothing »

@wiscot is at it again. He is the Velominati historian and I’m always pleased when more of his writing arrives at the bunker. Luckily for all of us, cycling has a long history, most of which we are unaware of. This was not taught at school. Any article that includes the words Spartacus and Hour Record in the first paragraph already has my att...

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  1. Brilliant work wiscot is it just me or is there also striking physical facial and body habitus features between both the swiss men??  I don’t tend to think of swiss with the darker braun nor black hair, but rather blondes and blue eyes.  and excellent e… »