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Ever heard of Bert Oosterbosch? No, neither had I until I came across this excellent (and comprehensive) account from @ErikdR. A story of triumph and tragedy if ever there was one, everything you need to know about the Dutchman’s short career and ultimately, life, is laid out here. Give yourself some weekend reading time and enjoy. Yours in...

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  1. My first exposure to him was during the 1983 Tour of America, a short international stage race in the US, with a strong field which also included Roger DeVlaeminck.  If I recall correctly (which would be remarkable after > 30 years), he crushed the Tim… »

We’re not really supposed to have favorites, but everyone does. Just ask your parents. So while I’m not supposed to have a favorite, I do, and its Rule #9.Bad weather immediately separates the wheat from the chaff, and so the weekend warriors stay indoors and leave the roads to the devout. I talk most often about riding in the rain, wi...

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  1. Rule #9 is my favorite as it is an escape clause.  No matter how many rule transgressions I may have, I am a badass.  Period! »

Pineapple Bob? @cyclops goes deep with this reference. Pineapple Bob was a mystical figure in American cycling. He was not known as a racer, more a California bike guru of unknown qualifications and ethnic origins. Bridgestone was a unique brand also of unknown ethnic origins, at least to me. It was not European, it didn’t sound Japanese or...

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  1. The great thing about RB-1s is that they are what you want them to be. Mine has been everything from a race bike to a gravel grinder to a winter bike, etc.  It has seen far more than 9 lives, going from 7 speed to 9 to 10, and back. Old School Suntour to… »

If you ever doubted for a minute that the hardmen of yore drafted the blueprint for The Rules, you need only look at these fine examples to be reminded that no matter how limited the resources they had to work with, they still managed to do a better job of Looking Fantastic than we ever could.It matters not to them that having pockets in the front...

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  1. @Dr C The Smurfs are Belgian: »

In our privileged stables of bikes, it ranks towards the bottom of the heap as Bike #2 or lower, but the Rain Bike is no slouch. This is, after all, the bike we rely on in bad weather, trusting it to carry us safely through what typically amounts to the most dangerous conditions we ride in. Provided you ride year-round, you likely ride this machin...

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  1. @frank @frank Look here: Also watch 23 days in July, and see Phil Anderson roll out on a bike wi… »

It was a simple time. Team kit was understated, with black shorts and a few colored panels on the jersey. Race Leader and National Championship jerseys were plain, and often even lacking in the name of the sponsor. National Championship jerseys in particular were a matter of national pride more than sponsorship; it was an honor to fly the colors o...

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  1. This is a great show not of evolution, but of artistic license being taken. I firmly believe that one should be required to wear the design issued to you on the podium, updated with sponsor names/logos only, and not allowed to change the design. For s… »

  2. These are great, bu they are national team jerseys, not national champions (though I am not sure about the French one being team instead of champ). »

The Monte Paschi Strade Bianchi is happening this Saturday and it is such an interesting race we are putting it into the VSP.  The route is a mix of pavement and white marble sectors that roam through the hilly Tuscan country and finishes in the middle of beautiful Sienna. It seems early to me but that is because the Giro had an epic stage on the...

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  1. Yours is as well! I was wondering where you found it? A friend had updated the original Pellos drawing, and I adopted it as part of a logo I’ve been using for quite a number of years. »

  2. L’Eroica is an awesome event; you have to participate in it to see what it is really about. It boils down to a celebration of cycling in tribute to the sports roots. It embodies the V. FWIW, the Gran Fondo parcours is actually harder than the pro rac… »

I didn’t think this article would ever need to become reality. I thought we could safely file this one in the “Obviously Not Allowed, Fucktards” bin alongside the Rules for reflectors, kickstands, and recumbents.But I stand corrected. Continue reading...

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  1. I suppose passing him was not an option? Wheel sucker or staring, neither are good accusations ;-) »