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One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. to use e acute (é), on win. keyboard: alt + 0233. on mac. keyboard: (Option + e) + e from this page, containing ways to create font/characters: »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

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  1. how appropos! on my last 3 hour ride, as my mind was clearing, i noticed leaves falling and suddenly this zen-like thought popped up (i’m not sure if it’s a koan or not): -a falling leaf moves no mountain; but a blown one does. it instantly reminded me… »

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. @wiscot yeah, no kidding. look at the rear brake: it’s reverse-mounted inside the rear triangle. »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. have been a victim of that b*st*rd “gravity” before too. however, i discovered that when the front wheel slips out on some wet leaves, my best bet was to use the bike/body to go “with” the crash, rather than fight it. so i tucked elbows & knees inward… »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. @Teocalli no worries, i was afraid i’d hit a wrong # in all the build up »

  2. 51.115km »

  3. 3 min., 5 laps left »

  4. 10 to go, 4.20 min. left »

  5. avg. speed is rising, 50.9km/hr »

  6. 20 laps left, 6+ min. left »

  7. 10 min. left, needs 26 laps »

  8. lap 156, 14 min. left »

  9. lap 100 & he’s 40 seconds ahead »

  10. according to the livestream i’m watching, the commentator mentioned he HAS to maintain <18 sec. laps »

  11. lap 56 54km/hr »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. @brett although not an extra from “breaking away”, i AM a bike-riding extra in “national treasure”.  i’m portraying a messenger, riding a mountain bike (before i found THE WAY), towards the camera, in the scene with nicholas cage & justin bartha.  it’… »

  2. preach the truth. i believe ‘barber of seville’ is playing & i still get goosebumps thinking about dave turning himself inside out just to re-join the italians after getting dropped the 1st time. as the peleton heads out of town, they just miss that b… »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. @Shane ok, you’ve opened the pandora’s box. slayer, from “reign in blood”, track 1, ‘angel of death’ : starting at 1:38 mark, kmfdm stole that riff & made this gem, called ‘godlike':… »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. good lord. shot in the dark, but what a great hat! VSP PICKS: 1. sagan 2. valverde 3. van garderen 4. rodriguez 5. slagter »

It began when they come took me from my home And put me in Dead Row, Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know. And I’ll say it again I.. am.. not.. afraid.. to.. die.Cold, still, heavy, damp air encourages one to remain ensconsed, the familiar nagging doubt weedling away in the back, make that the front, of my mind, and I concede; I...

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  1. one of my favorites: nick cave & shane mcgowan: another favorite: nick cave & kylie minogue same link, but go to #3. »

This note arrived to the Velominati Bunker back in April. It was a confession. It was a cautionary one. Everyone knows someone who has done this. I nearly did it myself*. I replied to Alex, not sympathetically enough yet his message has stayed with me. Is this worthy of a New Rule? Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @Bereanracer touché »

  2. decided against a roof rack for this very reason. i heard of a guy driving down the highway, his litespeed secured to the rack on the roof. only problem is, the rack wasn’t secured to the roof. so at cruising speed, he hears a sudden whoosh, looks in the … »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. totally shooting in the dark… VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. and Uran, Uran so far away 3. Cadelephant 4. Dan Martin 5. J. Rodriguez »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

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  1. @VirenqueForever re: photoguy: i have to say a hearty “war eagle!”, since someone was genius enough to include my alma mater (auburn). »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. re: the rider who’s ‘half-wheeling': my old school solution while riding mtn. bikes (& top-mounted thumb shifters), when they get close enough, just reach over & shift for them. or a gentle nudge on their brake lever. they won’t ever get close en… »