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Two summers ago my wife and I had the pleasure of visiting friends in Switzerland. The country is so expensive that I took home only two souvenirs: white Assos socks and a pair of Lezyne tyre levers. I assumed Lezyne was a European company. It was in this Swiss bike shop and I’d never seen the brand in an American store, ever. “Ewwww,...

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  1. @Gianni are you in KL?  My time somewhere in S. Germany is almost up and I am likely heading out to the far east next. With my bike :-)  I’d be grateful for a heads up if you have the time. »

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. Cold and snowing already in Southern Germany, and the clocks change back tonight as well. Sigh. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ »

Even Wiggo said it’s just a bike race. Bike racing may be just that but Cycling is life. And Love is life and it’s amazing when they all get tangled up together. We first heard from @Farzani months ago; a Belgian in training. She said she had an on-going story to tell and asked if we were interested. It’s an honor we can share the...

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to share your love and your passion. Bless you. »

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. @Xyverz  if they only ship to germany – let me know and I’ll post them on for you, as I’m somewhere in southern germany for a few more months you can mail me at dsadler AT wifirst DOT net to sort it out if you want nice bike :) »

Which bold rider has this stage circled in their tour bible? Wednesday July 18th, Stage 16, 197 km. The day after a the final rest day. A climbing day with two HC climbs followed by two Category 1 climbs and a serious descent toward the finish. The Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin and Peyresourde: you better be a fearless climber and a good descender, bu...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. kessiakoff 2. rolland 3. nibali 4. pinot 5. froome »

We are proud to announce a change to the Velominati Super Prestige moving forward: sponsorship. We are delighted (if a little surprised) at the interest our partners showed in this endeavor, despite the short notice we gave them. Four sponsors will be gracing the sides of our team bus for this year’s race: fi’zi:k is our Super Domesti...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Evans 3. Van den Broeck 4. Froome 5. Gesink »

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. @Frank You selling a bike??? http://www.leboncoin.fr/velos/302294639.htm?ca=12_s »

  2. @RedRanger pretty sure it is … I watched Breaking Away and based my purchase decision on that. »

  3. back to The Bikes .. Today I bought my son a bike (and maybe the last bike I will ever buy him) as a ‘well done for getting through first year at university’ present. Trouble is – its so nice to ride, its going to be a really tough to give away. N+1 st… »

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 called by this page to be appalled at the dura-ace cover misalignment (true) and I noticed Rule #89. now firstly, how do you expect to pronounce it right if you can’t even spell it right … “bicycle and component marquees” indeed. and secondly – and I… »

The Poggio. It’s probably one of the most famous easy climbs in the world; going through old cycling photographs, I rarely come across one where the leaders haven’t moved Sur La Plaque. It has a reputation, however, for being a real leg breaker, mostly because any climb is a big climb once you cross its summit after a paltry 291 kilomet...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cavendish 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Freire 5. Nibali »

This is Meg. Keeper Jim and I found Meg spinning loops around Mercer Island, big-ringing the rollers in the pouring rain. Meg likes sunsets, puppies, and had a gerbil named Fränk. Meg doesn’t need bad weather to be considered a badass; Meg rides her bike with one leg, so riding in the rain is hardly a blip on the Badass Radar.Meg Fisher is...

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  1. Great to meet you Meg, and Meg’s Mum, and thanks for taking the time to write. Any advice or information would be great to read. Here’s a link Meg’s blog page – keep us all posted : ) »

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. just sore as I didn’t have faith in Wiggo to put him first gripping finish tho »

  2. @Gianni Seriously? Another rule. Did you realise there are now 89 rules? 89. When did that happen. Who thought it was a good idea to have 89 rules? Jens Voigt’s Army has one goal in cycling: ‘Ride hard and don’t be a jerk.’ I think that’s enough do… »

It’s right around this time of year when the little voice in my head that spurs me on in cold, wet, Rule #9 conditions starts getting overpowered by all my other personalities who at this stage are gathering stones and crowbars and getting ready to enforce their will on him regarding their preference for riding in nice, warm, sunny conditi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. martin 2. wiggins 3. leipheimer 4. van Garderen 5. talansky »

We kick off the first races of the 2012 VSP with a double-header as we open the picks for the VVomen’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Aside from an early hiccup, the new software has been running as expected, though I should have known better than to declare something as “tested”; as the first few picks went in sideways, there was more co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. JOHANSSON Emma 2. COLCLOUGH Katie 3. GUNNEWIJK Loes 4. DE JONG Thalita 5. DE VOCHT Liesbeth »

The 2012 Velominati Super Prestige kicks off in proper form this season with the debut of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as part of the series. I’m tempted to stubbornly refer to this race as Het Volk, but I’ll toe the line and refer to the race by its bewildering new(ish) name.This is a tricky race to predict because the big races in April ar...

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  1. Damit EBH – this is no time to get a cold VSP PICKS: 1. Bak Lars 2. Pozzato 3. Boonen 4. Flecha 5. Nuyens »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Boasson Hagen 2. Pozzato 3. Boonen 4. Flecha 5. Nuyens »

Even as a Pre-Cambrian Velominatus, the rusty wires in my brain must have made the connection between my machine’s aesthetics and the lack of a saddle bag; I can’t remember a time when I rode with a European Posterior Man Satchel. But riding without a saddle bag means the tools go in the pocket, and that means great care must be take...

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  1. @Blah and here’s the rest of the BikeSnobNYC article – always better to cite your sources man “Apparently you affix your helment-hat to this testicle and then engulf it in the weatherproof scrotal sack that is conveniently contained in said testicle: …… »

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. @lucky Impressed – in fact its a CF8, because I preferred the Ultegra I do like the frame. The bike is just leant on the sidewalk so thats the side you get. It was a cold ride, and I think next weekend is one for the rollers and 6 Nations rugby in the I… »

  2. Here we are, halfway round an 80k run yesterday, and feeling very Rule IX compliant. @Anjin-San / DerHoggz Question for you – how do you guys know how much/what grade climbing you are doing – is that all done on a GPS? »

Yesterday, Seattle was dark for 15 hours 34 minutes and 37 seconds. Let us not count how much it was light– it is of no use to us. I rode to work in the black, and in the black I rode home.The darkness is good to me. It shields my filthy chain from those who would judge it. It casts anonymity over the creaking of my bottom bracket. It erases...

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  1. @Jim thanks for the article. I hate riding in the dark, but maybe your roads are better maintained … btw “a fellow commuter just asking to be dropped” = it’s not a race … »

To Look Pro is to strive to Look Fantastic and to be at our ease on a bicycle. It is to walk the line between form and function and is based entirely on the premise that the professional peloton is far more experienced in this endeavour than we shall ever be. Their lessons speak through their actions on the bike, serving as a beacon to provide us t...

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  1. @frank Nod-Snob – “You are wearing tights on a day that knickers will do, or shorts on a day when you should wear knickers or tights.” well today is a tights and thermals day, so I would get a nod from you :) I only saw one other bike in two hours ridi… »

Weight. There are few segments of the population more obsessed with it than cyclists, apart from teenage girls and young men hoping to be selected for the highschool varsity ballet team (wrestling). Our sport is unique in the respect that friction between road and rider doesn’t significantly increase or decrease with rider weight, meaning tha...

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  1. @mcsqueak how it’s done :) cheers »

  2. @mcsqueak that’s »