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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. @Chris Good work mate. Since you reminded me this post now I forgot to add before that since you didn’t know their history – bought on ebay – even though you looked after them the previous owner maybe didn’t. It’s wet here most of the year and so far min… »

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. @Chris Ok. Before I start working on wines I think you have Haas – Nathan Haas. There is what appears like RH on one of the photos but iirc Ryder signs R plus surname, not sure. »

  2. @Chris Hey Chris that’s like asking what vintage are the wines in the rack behind. Anyway pretty sure FW is Fabian Wegmann and AH is Alex Howes. Last year team riders also signed? »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. @Ccos Lots of riders have saddle far forward and they are not slow as far as I can see. Lemond formulas worked for him but it doesn’t mean they work for all of us. »

  2. @frank It’s either the photo or your saddle was too low. »

  3. @mouse Of course it does. “A 53T Q-Ring, around the upper dead-spot is equivalent to a 51T, but as the pedal goes down and more strength is applied (just passed the maximum power moment), the equivalent chainring tooth size reaches 56T.” http://www.rot… »

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. @Nate Nothing yet. All about to happen. Lots of links to try for MSN so hopefully one works. http://www.procyclinglive.com/livestream/ http://www.steephill.tv/classics/milan-san-remo/ »

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. @Chris You didn’t look after them in the first place Chris, did you? Because I don’t believe they got destroyed in one rainy ride. »

  2. @norm What fit changes have you made? New 3T stealth stem. Looks great. »

  3. @norm Great bike mate! Having tried most of the road pedal systems (except Shimano but they are close enough to Look idea) I can tell you that you have made a good call with Speedplays. Good riding. »

  4. @Mark1 Great bike mate! »

  5. @teleguy57 There is really no need to apologize mate. You will get it to perfection eventually but now enjoy riding it. Like I said depending on the bar tape and shifters position it can be tricky to get that bar tape to sit perfect. »

  6. @frank FMBs are great but they are expensive, well at least for me. 400 km on cobbles is what 3-4 rides here. However given that puncture protection belt on FMBs is almost nonexistent they hold up really well. It’s because of the quality of the rubber us… »

  7. @teleguy57 Lovely bike. Really nice but bar tape around the shifters/hoods could be better to be honest. I know 11 speed shifters are the hardest to do but still the black gaps showing handlebars should not be there. This bike deserves better. »

My favorite feeling is perhaps the empty hollowness of hunger. That statement, in itself, is a declaration of the privileged life I’ve led; it is borderline obscene to boast of such a thing in a world where 842 million people don’t have enough to eat. Nevertheless, being lucky enough to have been raised in America and just competent eno...

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  1. @chipomarc Dude seriously quit COTHO trolling under this nice article. You were told to piss off on more than several occasions on other forums and you’re here now. Do yourself a favor and wake up from the Lance nightmare you continuosly living in. Your … »

Every time we get on our bikes, we are playing a game of Russian Roulette. We take care to maintain our machines, to make sure they are in perfect running order, we look after our bodies to maximise our performance, and we, hopefully, abide by the rules of the road to keep ourselves safe from the dangers of other road users. But ultimately, our liv...

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  1. @RVester Dude the law also says to ride 40 km/h in some zones/areas but nobody fucking does so until the law actually slows the car down to 40 km/h for everybody you know where you can stick that law of yours. »

  2. @KW Stroopwafels from Gouda and weed are good in Holland. The law isn’t unfortunately. You might need to use a car one day and if something bad happens you’re fucked. »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

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  1. @KW “I wish I had become serious about riding 10 years ago. I’m saddened to think of all the miles I missed out on. I guess I’ll just have to catch up.” The quote above looks familiar? Don’t do the same stupid mistake twice. But I can tell you just by d… »

  2. @The Oracle Ditch the fucking dairy if you are eating any. You will notice positive change in no time. »

I recently overheard someone say that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. This is the kind of statement that makes me want to hate people as a species a little bit. Of course there such a thing as bad weather. There are also bad people (loads of them), bad ideas (even bigger loads of them), bad advice (especially on the inter...

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  1. @frank -17 stem would put you  probably 16-18 mm lower and 2 mm longer for a 61 R3/R5 comparing to your -10 stem. Going with 58 R3 and using 140 mm -17 stem would put in the same position or very close. 3T 140 mm measures nearly 150 mm c-c so it’s enoug… »

  2. @frank It is because of the longer head tube he can run a frame two sizes too small and still get his position as low as he wants. I doubt you understand this geometry concept. That’s the same reason J. Van Summeren downsized from 61 to 58. I ride old g… »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @unversio Can’t wait. Here’s the parcours if you’re interested, just click on start. http://www.omloophetnieuwsblad.be/nl/elite-men/race/track »

Last year we read that Philippe Gilbert is riding a 50cm (top tube of 535mm) BMC frame and he is 1.79m (5’10”) tall. Now it’s reported in Cyclingnews that Ritchie Porte’s Pinarello is a 46.5cm frame (top tube of 515mm) and Porte is 1.72m (5’8”) tall. He is no Nairo Quintana but somehow he is on Quintana’s old bike. Porte is just one i...

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  1. @frank Thanks for your attention to details but I thought it was obvious he rides -6 and since stem c-c measures 140 mm. I should have add – before 6 in one sentence. The fact stays right though the longer the stem the higher the bars if you use -6 stem…. »

  2. @Gianni Skip the last paragraph mate. Entered too quick without deleting. »

  3. P.G. is an interesting example Gianni however getting your position dialled just by looking at Pros bikes and reading about their measurements form bike radar etc. can get you confused. I believe strongly that at some point he was on a custom made BMC fr… »