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Melbourne Australia

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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. Have a pair of the Vapors with velcro and buckle. Love the  toe box that is shaped like your foot. Who would have thought!  Feels a bit strange at first, all this no squashed toes business. I chased ITB and medial knee issues for 18 months, orthotics, in… »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

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  1. Indeed I did, but as a spectator. I do not recall seeing the pink bike but do recall a Trail Mix rider ( must go through my pics ) but we left after Womens race so only saw Men’s B and C, not A. What grade did you race? We watched at steps for a while an… »

  2. @mouse Thanks for the info. Am intending to head out there on the 27th and have a look. »

  3. @mouse Ah ha Now I am worried. Do I buy a cheap CX bike and then get upgradeits and blow more money or buy a better one straight up. Alum or carbon? And discs or rim brakes, what is the preference these days. And what exac… »

  4. Stop it.  Keep thinking I should get one but how often would one ride it in Melbourne? Plus now have zero skills on the dirt. Dirty Deeds CX is only 3 events a year as far as I can tell, not sure how many other races are on in Melb / Victoria. I can stil… »

That any cyclist can enter the same arena with the same equipment as the professional helps to make cycling an awesome sport. True, the same thing could be said for golf or tennis but as a fan you can’t stand a meter away from any of those pros and scream encouragement. “Come on Tiger, RIP THAT FUCKER!” And if you attempt entry into Wimbledon...

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  1. Is it a Grand Tour or stage race thing maybe? This year the Giro seemed to have more idiots than normal, the Tour is very stressful to watch on TV as you are waiting for some tool to do something stupid. This year we were at Amstel Gold, Fleche and LBL  … »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @asyax Well done. Yes was a big day out. Fortunately we had no mishaps, no mechanicals and just tapped away all day. No walking either. Saw quite a bit of carnage and a few crashes, one within 10 klms of the start as they were bombing down Falls. Rode p… »

  2. Saw a Velominati kit on the start line of 3 Peaks on the weekend, on a Pinarello I think it was. »

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. @Mikael Liddy Go the Baum. Long term it is a sound financial decision. Frame for life. Can just order a frame made and bolt on all your own bits from other bike if you wish. Had mine for 6 years and not looking like replacing it ever, mind you about to… »

  2. @Giles Looks like there will be few of us at 3 Peaks. Weather forecast so far is reasonably kind. »

Lucky is the cyclist who has a parent cyclist. Early mentoring about the pain cave, guidance gluing on tires, these are worthwhile lessons a parent could lecture a child on. If one has to listen to a parental lecture, better it be about Eddy Merckx and how you are no Eddy Merckx than balancing your checking account. For the rest of us, our parents...

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  1. @sthilzy Sandown ?? »

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. @minion Agree with Minion on this, twats sit on back of bunch and then fly past seeking Strava glory and then sit up and wait and sit on again, over and over again. Not on Strava myself and am sure it works for a lot of people but the segment hunting i… »

In the days of Anquetil, this was considered the most prestigious individual time trial on the calendar, and he made his name early by winning the event as an amateur at 19. It was also 100km in length, which brings up the point that maybe everyone in our generation should be banned from ever breathing the phrase, “Rule #5″.These days,...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Bridie O’Donnell 2. Amber Neben 3. Jeannie Longo 4. Olga Zabelinskaia 5. Magdale De Saint Jean »

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. @Cyclops Love the 3rd pic, beer in hand and a happy man. Well done. On the topic of legends, saw Phil Anderson out riding yesterday on the good old Great Ocean Road near Lorne. Still looks good on a bike. »

Oh brothers and sisters, we find ourselves here again. It was but a few moments ago when the Milan-Sanremo VSP went up. Racers fought the sleet, producing an unforgettable start to the Velominati VSP season. Cancellara, Nibali, Froome and, and Horner were all big points winners for our astute and well informed audience. But now it has come to Paris...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Ciolek 3. Farrar 4. Van Avermaet 5. Voeckler »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Joaquim Rodriguez 2. Nibali 3. Peter Sagan 4. Gilbert 5. Gesink »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Cadel Evans 4. Nibali 5. Valverde »

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, ItalyWhen: September 28 Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Giorgia Bronzini 3. Evelyn Stevens 4. Emma Johansson 5. Claudia Hausler »

There is something about a time trial that lets you go spelunking in undiscovered caverns of The Cave. Contort your body into the sleekest position you can, make the bike as uncomfortable as possible, and then rev your cardiovascular system up to the anaerobic threshold for as long as possible. Its food for legend.Being a diesel helps, churning the...

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  1. Seriously I have little or no idea. Thanks to Scaler re Emma Pooley, I always reach for her…… VSP PICKS: 1. Linda Villumsen 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Emma johanssen 4. Shara Gillow 5. Thea Thorsen »

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. @frank And I see on a certain auction site in the US of A…. Which has a nice pic / brochur… »

Brittany is the kind of area that produces strong-minded and strong-bodied people; I’m looking at you, Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault. It produces this type of person because that’s what windy farming land does to people. Brittany is also lumped full of short, steep hills, and we all know what that means: its a perfect place for...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Longo Borghini 3. Johansson 4. Carla Ryan 5. Cantele »

There are many revered places in Cycling, places that are instantly recognisable, places that command their own special page in history and in our memories for the great battles held upon them. Most likely the names you’ll think of first would be the great mountain climbs of the Grand Tours, l’Alpe d’Huez, Ventoux, Zoncolan, Stelv...

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  1. @Ron I have a few pieces of Solo kit, but none of their knicks. I tend to wear plain black Assos. The Solo gilet and winter LS jersey have both been very good and lasted well. »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. joachim rodriguez 4. Henao 5. Dan Martin »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. Uran 4. Henao 5. Dan Martin »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. Never met Jon, but truly felt sad when I read this. RIP »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

  • One word, old mate…………camera.

  • Mindfulness–and let’s just pass right over the idea of compassion for the moment–isn’t easy when it’s hard. When...

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