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It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. A-Merckx Add kilos to your body frame and every climb is simply mind over matter and keeping the pistons pumping and grinding whilst mentally fighting the thoughts of changing the cassette/ratios to make it easier the next time. »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. You can have all the gear and follow the rules and still be a Fred. That’s me. I’m fat, so I’m slow on climbs but I bomb descents. I just choose to ride mostly by myself and have shunned clubs and groups because I don’t want to sucks wheels, don’t want t… »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. I was with Gianni on this; never, ever rode with headphones… ever. Well, until now. The only time I do it is when I’m riding solo on an outdoor velodrome/track we have locally and when no one else is on it. I also use bone conduction headphones so my e… »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

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  1. Top article… as usual. There’s rarely crap here, apart from when I comment. It’s funny how ‘no one makes us suffer'; I’ve recently taken to doing my interval training on a local, outdoor track/velodrome that is almost always empty. As I suffer like a d… »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. @Gianni The guns have been shaved as of two weeks ago. VLVV. Done in the middle of winter too, so that makes me double-hard. @ChrisO Yeah, the aero frame thing was a bit tongue-in-cheek. I ride a BMC SLR02. I toyed up between a TMR01 and the SLR02 (I p… »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. How fucking dumb do I feel now for not entering at the start of the year… I’d love a shot at that frame! »

  2. I’ll have a crack! VSP PICKS: 1. Alejandro Valverde 2. Froomedog 3. Clenbutador 4. Vincenzo Nibali 5. Tejay van Garderen »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. I don’t have enough friends to ride tempo for a group… so I ride my personal tempo with feedback from a power meter (I’m too shit for a V meter). Given  how much I ride solo, I really should’ve gone for an aero frame actually. All the websites tell me … »

I don’t know how a guy who shows off the better part of a half meter of seat post comes to the conclusion that his saddle is too low, but that precise thought occupies an enormous amount of time. Ever closer looms the minimum insertion point on my seat pin, yet I am irrevocably bound to explore its limits.I actually wish my legs were shorter...

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  1. @Mike_P @PeakInTwoYears Me too! @Mike_P Yeah, there was a lot of talk about degrees and whatnot. I pedal a bit on my toes and he tried to fix that but gave up because it’s just how I am. He did say “Pantani used to pedal on his toes a bit, and he … »

  2. @Puffy tried the blue cleats? My Retul fit really only got me in the ballpark, which I found odd considering how expensive it is. »

  3. Excellent post. I’ve been struggling with bike fit for ages, even visiting a retul witchdoctor to see if I could cure certain ailments… like my penis feeling like it doesn’t exist (it does, I check thoroughly each morning). I’ve found my perfect saddle… »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

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  1. @frank Good info, but I can’t find ol’ Pedro locally. Yeah, mostly black frame but with white stays… like, WTF were they thinking? Now they’re grimy I can’t seem to clean them again; thinking degreaser maybe. Gave it a nice, lovely clean Sunday then… »

  2. I’ve always thought about stripping my bike down and giving it a dose of 303 aerospace protectant, but I never have as I don’t know if it’d work or if it’s any good. My BMC has white chainstays… now that’s a fucking design flaw. Upon cleaning my bike o… »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goi...

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  1. How hard is it to glue tubulars, seriously? I’m tempted to take the leap, but don’t want frustration to intrude on my rose-coloured cycling view. How sticky is the glue when you carry a spare, pre-glued? It’d be nice to be a lighter wheel, physically an… »

  2. I use clinchers because I’ve only had clincher wheels (aluminum) and haven’t bought any tubular wheels, carbon or otherwise; plus I’m not sure I know how to glue them properly anyway. Regardless, I try to obey, yet I can’t find any leather straps… so I… »

Anecdotal research suggests that people are being let off-leash without adequate training to perform basic activities such as walking on sidewalks or through airports and busy city centers. I’m assuming this expands to shopping malls, but I never go there so I can’t be sure. It’s easy to blame the mobile phones which apparentl...

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  1. Take off your headphones ALL THE FUCKING TIME!!! If you can’t hear me screaming behind you that I’m passing you (if you’re a pedestrian) or you can’t hear me call out an obstacle or anything else on a bike, then you’re just fucking dangerous and I hate y… »

I can can feel his cold breath on my back, like a shadow drifting through an alleyway. He’s not yet upon me, but the Man with the Hammer is lurking nearby. I’m not even sure he has the intention to strike; he’s just staying close, cruelly reminding me that my fate is in his hands.I feel the heaviness in my legs from the first turn...

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  1. Nice read. This is my ride, every ride. Each time the wheel stays a little bit closer for a little bit longer. That’s all I can hope for. »

Rule #57 is clear: No stickers. The detail-oriented Velominatus, however, will immediately understand the difference between a sticker and a decal. You cherish your machine; the Name Badge allows you to mark your trusted steed with your call-sign. Each Name Badge is hand-made to order and bears the name you designate.Made only of the highest-qua...

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  1. Are these still available? I’d love one! »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. Cool article. Being too fat to climb, my digs are usually delivered as a breathless shout to those in front. Usually something ending in ‘unt’. »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

  • One word, old mate…………camera.

  • Mindfulness–and let’s just pass right over the idea of compassion for the moment–isn’t easy when it’s hard. When...

  • Good survival training and looking inward is best.

  • @brett

    It’s your masculinity, leaving.

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