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@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. The practice of mindfulness! »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. A neighbor rides a late 80’s Hard Rock to work and to run errands, visit her sister etc. 5200 miles a year. She’s a cyclist. An employee commutes 6 miles each day when the weather permits, on a ’68 Schwinn. I struggle to get 3-4000 miles a year on some … »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. I run tubeless Hutchinson’s w/o any kind of sealant (on tubeless easton rims), and have had a flat yet. Sure I need to reinflate every other day but big deal. Best of both world’s! »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

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  1. And I thought I was the only one who let those little things creep into my psyche….. »

Maybe it’s the milestone of aging that I recently reached. It could be an awareness of the unique foibles of this sport/activity/pastime that I practice. Possibly, I just woke up one day and realised that this is a weird thing for a middle-aged man to be doing. The time for reassessment hit me, involuntarily and without warning. And I’m...

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  1. Aren’t the demons always present, always lurking in the background, and when you slay those aren’t there always new ones to take their place?  Always. Sometimes the worst demon is the one that tests your resolve, not to ride, but to first just step out t… »

To look good is already to go fast. -Paul Fournel, VéloMy approach to research is pretty straight forward. First, I develop an opinion – usually in a cognitively compromised state. This is the first step in the process for the simple reason that it avoids the bulk of the hard work involving things like reading and thinking. Next, I cherry-pi...

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  1. Imagine how well you could write if you were sober! »

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. Here’s some useful advice. Stop giving useful advice!!! look pro? Unless you are receiving a paycheck for the express purpose of racing your bicycle you’re nothing different from all the dweebs wearing the full uniform of their NBA team to the local cour… »

Assuming you ride somewhere outside the borders of Antarctica, you have likely already heard about the injustice being imposed on our friend and fellow Velominatus, Dan Richter who goes around these parts as @Dan_R.I’ve been riding Dan’s wheels for a bit over a year, and they are the best I’ve ever had. After hearing about the sui...

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  1. Aren’t they pulling some similar bullshit on a bike builder who has “stump…” in his bikes name? perhaps the city of Roubaix should sue Specialized »

It is so deeply entangled at this point, I can no longer tell the threads from one another. The strands once ran cleanly from one bicycle to the next, linking a discrete sequence of events, considerations, wants, and desires. But then, 15 years ago, a strong force entered my life and I was forced to find alternate means of justifying the acquisitio...

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  1. I hope all those bikes are lined up because they are being exchanged for ones of the correct size!  You gotta rethink that fit thing bud! »

Eight point V bar. From the moment I bought my first set of high quality road clinchers, I’ve ridden at that pressure. I started with that number because that’s the pressure the sidewall told me to pump them up to; I didn’t yet understand much about balancing the benefits of high and low pressures to optimize comfort and friction;...

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  1. Pump to at or very near max pressure and invoke Rule #5! »