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36 yrs old, 1.8m tall, 73.5 kg riding a 57cm Merckx CHM custom assembled with a mixed bag of Campy 10s components. An engineer that has past worked in motorsports and aerospace, I am now in nuclear in Pittsburgh, PA. Hills! I have only been riding about 4 years, but love it and despite a small child, the wife seems to approve.

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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. @frank Damn!  2nd place VSP for Le Tour!  What would you do with the yellow jersey icon all year? »

  2. @Steampunk I wondered after last year’s performance why Trek let him go instead of dropping the Schlecks.  And now they are looking for a young GC contender?  I.  Don’t.  Understand. »

  3. I wish Pinot the best, but going downhill in your backyard hills is entirely different than the high Alps. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Valverde 4. TeeJ 5. Pinot »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Valverde 4. Nibali 5. Talanksy »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. @Rob On the other hand I think the whole get up looks sort of cute and hot… £;~} WTF is happening here?  A Faboo-like man-crush?  AND emoticons?! For shame »

  2. @Mirko Maybe he stopped to build one of these? »

Last week we completed the second stop in the tour for our book, The Rules; The Way of the Cycling Disciple. For the first two, we partnered with Rapha to do a five-to-six hour ride and then sign the books at the shop afterwards. In both cases, I was amazed by the quality of the riding and by the ride leaders themselves, Robert in NYC and Eric in...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Looking to get that this season »

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. @TheVid Yes!  My pet peeve is those who are in the middle of an airport concourse and stop dead in the middle to look at the flight info boards – with their bag perpendicular to the length of the corridor.  As you have said, have the decency to pull of … »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Evans 3. J Rod 4. Aru 5. Martin »

Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. @ChrisO I don’t buy it.  As long as you aren’t putting the RD springs past their plastic deformation point (and there is no way that is happening), it shouldn’t matter. »

  2. I personally like my Time RXS hex key attachment method.  I, too, never thought about the chain in the big ring – doh! As far as bottle openers, I use the Wisecracker on my MTB (rigid SS).  In the shop (my basement), I use a bench mounted opener.  A budd… »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. Recently found that a Dremel and a cut-off wheel are the best tool for trimming cables and housings.  No crimping, stray metal, or un-square housing ends and no fraying of the cable.  like buttah. »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Spartacus 2. Vanmarcke 3. Van Avermaet 4. Terpstra 5. Kristoff »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Photos from the Ronde (women and men).  Not worth a fraction of Pedale’s work, but hey. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. @KW  yeah – Fabian was clearly as strong as Sagan and everyone else, if not stronger, in E3 – he was just caught up behind a crash.  The way he was powering back was so, so impressive as it was like everyone else was pedaling in slow motion. »

  2. For the talk of a weak Spartacus, I think this article tells a great story – at least regarding preparation I haven’t heard until now. It seems Fabs has been doing interval sprint training just for such an occasion.  Whether you call it 1) getting tired … »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Ferrar 3. Cav 4. Sep V 5. G. Thomas »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. Here we go! VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Durbridge 3. Fast Phil 4. EBH 5. Swiss locomotive »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. Anyone attending the Ronde this year?  For lack of anywhere else to post, I’ll do it here:  I’m going to Nivelles for work on April 2nd and 3rd and will be staying in Brussels through the weekend in order to attend the Ronde van Vlaanderen in person.  I h… »

A Velominatus gives the impression of having been born on the bike; the connection between rider and machine is so deeply entrenched that one can hardly draw the line where one ends and the other begins. There is an air of relaxed precision that is part innate and part learned through countless hours devoted to the craft of riding a bicycle batshit...

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  1. @Pedale.Forchetta Nairo is a badass.  I was trying to find a photo of when he Casually Deliberately took a bidon right from the motorbike while climbing in the break.  I’ve searched, but failed to quickly find a photo of this TdF moment »

Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride recovery ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4...

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Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. @Buck Rogers I think he has lost weight, concentrated on climbing, and I’ve thought for some time that he’s targeting the road race – especially after nearly winning the Olympic Gold last year.  Winning a Spring classic in the rainbow bands would be awe… »

Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases.Saddle bags: how do we define them? Is it a saddle bag if it attaches to the seat post and the saddle, if it has a zipper, if it is leather, has two natty straps with buckles, if it swings below the saddle like bumper bollocks? Continue reading...

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  1. @captainsideburns Ohhhh – I’ll definitely need to give this a shot! »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. Can Martin make it the whole way today?  He apparently showed up in a skinsuit and had an agenda.  Wonder if he broke out the 55T ring as well?  A co-worker said that he should’ve let Fabian in on his secret and they could have blown apart the fastest sta… »

There is nothing going on right now, oh right, except the Tour of Poland. Can we talk?I don’t think it’s just Frank and myself who are obsessed with the Hour Record. It is Hard Man cycling distilled into its purest form, the ultimate race of truth. During the first week of Tour de France madness Fabian Cancellara made it official he wa...

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  1. @the Engine There’s gotta be a Rule that deserves a great quote like this! »

  • 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.

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