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Cyclists can (and usually do) go on for hours as to why they ride their bikes, and most of their reasons can sound, well, a bit flakey to anyone not enamored with shaved legs and being done up in lycra. “I do it to keep fit”, “It keeps me slim”, “I’m a competitor, I love to race”, “It’s the free...

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  1. Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” — Ben Franklin »

While it took seven Belgians to dominate the Men’s Cyclocross World Championship race on Sunday, it only took a single Dutchwoman to dominate the women’s race. That’s seven times more dominanter, if my math is correct – which it always is.Cyclocross fascinates me, mostly because it is completely insane. But I admit: I like...

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  1. I like fit women in lycra who go fast on two wheels … I am not ashamed to admit that »

Riding the stones of Paris-Roubaix, in the Spring, in crap weather (it’s possible) and finishing the ride in the velodrome in Roubaix* should be enough enticement for any right thinking cyclists to jump on to this event. It gets better, watching the race in a scrum of drunken-loud-mad-fans, everyone covered in a sheen of beer, frites and mayo...

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  1. If in Western NY, hammering out the V in the winter/early spring, stop here: Blue Monk for a tripel karmeliet and a plate of duck fat fries »

No double wraps of bar tape. No arm warmers or bandages for an injured left arm; just some wrappings borrowed from an Egyptian mummy he sent back to the underworld earlier in the morning. Nothing special for Roger on a typical race day in Hell. Just unmeasurably enormous helpings of Rule #5.The most remarkable thing about this photo? He did tha...

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  1. His bidon converts water to wine … »

The corollary of Rule #12 is that one focusses the bulk of their energies on upgrading Bike #1 with the result that upgraded gear typically cascades down to Bike #2 and on down through Bike #n. This is The Way of Things; Bike #1 gains the most, but in the end, they all benefit as upgrades trickle through the stable, with the oldest and most wo...

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  1. I received from my brother in law his mid-80s Colnago. It was slightly too big for me but for years I oogled the frame … the geometry … the chromed lugs … Ave Maria!!!! I stripped it down, “fixed” it and never looked back. It begs to be ridden an… »

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...

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  1. TomB: DT Swiss absolutely. Built training set on Ultegra hubs two years ago. Absolutely bullet-proof. Still true after 2 yrs on Western NY’s moon-scaped, cratered roads. Great value. These replaced my Mavic Cosmic set, which were ok but started moani… »

If we liked breathing stale, recycled air, we’d all take up a sport like wrestling or indoor fly-fishing. But we love the feel of a gale on our faces. We cherish the smell of cow manure filling our nostrils with its almost tangible grittiness. We hold scared the privilege to breathe in diesel fuel while doing hill repeats up l’Alpe d...

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  1. Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones or anything else by the Ramones for that matter »