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Cyclist. Photographer. Cook.

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We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. A Velominati-centric blog post made today: http://machinesforfreedom.com/blogs/the-pursuit/15746852-addendum-to-the-rules (great design by the way…I wish they also made kit for men) »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. @Gilly Yes, but not wearing it with a sportcoat and collared shirt is a start… I do agree that the three paneled cycling cap does not lend itself well to many for exactly the reason you state.  I for one look much better in the 4 panel Nalini/Santini… »

  2. @Buck Rogers I do this as well when the weather warrants it and at all times when racing cyclocross, if for no other reason than it simply looks awesome. »

  3. @brett You mean like this guy? »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. @Ccos I’m actually torn with Horner – I don’t believe for a second that he won the Vuelta clean and the fact that he’s essentially the only well known American rider of his generation to not have any role in the Armstrong/Reasoned Decision case leaves me… »

  2. This is a really good piece – I wanted to write something snarky like ‘too much Batman, not enough cycling, but good point about cats’, but the points raised about polarizing riders are dead on: I find it difficult to get excited (one way or the other) ab… »

  3. @unversio ooh, I like that! »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. I explained Rule #58 to my LNS (local nordic shop) this weekend when getting fitted for skate boots – they got a big kick out of it.  There was a bit of irony in that today however was when I got an email saying that they couldn’t get the boots I needed u… »

I have a huge capacity for watching bike racing on TV. I’ll watch hours of it even when nothing is really happening. I’m certainly not bragging. So I’m quite certain I could sit in the cramped, possibly smokey, noisy, Gent velodrome and watch an evening of six-day racing. I bet the ratio of men to women (who actually want to be th...

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  1. I have a soft spot for Iljo Keisse ever since seeing him crash on the final corner in that Tour of Turkey stage with the peloton bearing down on him, calmly get up, put his chain back on and still ride his ass off to take the win.  I don’t recall ever sho… »

There is nothing more disappointing than discovering the truth behind a myth or spotting the mortal behind a legend. This is why I make a point never to do any research or in any other way attempt to validate my assumptions when evaluating a situation; mystery that feels like a fact and sounds like a fact is better than an actual fact. Tr...

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  1. @frank I wouldn’t have guessed that judging by the cover of the book. »

  2. Perhaps not exactly what was being referred to by this particular article, but something I’ve always found interesting about cycling myth and lore is how it can be entirely inaccurate but still those inaccuracies live on and in a sense become more ‘true’ … »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. @Teocalli I refuse to ride/near with someone with tri bars and/or without socks »

  2. I can certainly forgive the helmets as this was 1989, but for fuck’s sake, who was responsible (or irresponsible) for that kit design?  And why doesn’t Pharmy have to wear team shorts? »

I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

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  1. Who knows VSP PICKS: 1. Solovey 2. Tetrick 3. Antoshina 4. Leth 5. Laseur »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. @tessar If it helps, my fi'zi:k R3s which I find fit perfectly are a size 44 and the Bont’s I ordered were a 44.5.  My Mavic Pulse MTB shoes are a size 10.5 (I’m not sure what that translates into in Euros according to Mavic).  I too find the Mavics quite… »

  2. @tessar I have. I ordered according to the Bont sizing/measuring instructions and erred on the side of the next half size up because I was within a few mm in length from the upper limit of the recommendation.  They fit, however its still a close one and… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. @the Engine …and frozen white winters that melt into spring classics »

  2. @il muro di manayunk @il muro di manayunk I love Philly actually.  Agreed about Monk’s and Eulogy.  I’m also partial to The Dark Horse on 2nd and Lombard.  I think the food/drink culture in that city is phenomenal – Amada and Zahav are a couple of my … »

  3. @il muro di manayunk Have you taken into account the 10pt deduction you automatically get for being from Philadelphia? »

  4. @Steampunk Looks like we’re going to have some trackstanding, cat & mouse action between Il Muro and Steampunk on the way to the VSP finish line, since by my logic Il Muro can maintain his lead as long he ensures they both choose the same top 5 in t… »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. @Gianni I’m with you.  I have a pair of the white/black R3s and they are without a doubt the most comfortable cycling shoes I’ve ever worn.  I love the wider forefoot and the high arch.  I haven’t tried the new ones but by all reports I don’t think I’d… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. @frank So are we not VSPing the Chrono de Nations? or is is just that these three are so far ahead that nothing that happens from here on out could affect the end result? »

  2. Who knows VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Demare 3. van avermaet 4. gallopin 5. vanmarcke »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. “Doing things the hard way is a beautiful way to remind ourselves of the history that built the luxuries we surround ourselves with.” I couldn’t agree more (even if this does read like ad copy from one of those hipster artisanal axe manufacturers…or … »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Contador 3. J Rodriguez 4. Valverde 5. Gilbert »