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I was asking earlier, how do you know if you are a cyclist? One sure sign is when one brings a bike on almost all vacations. If a vacation does not include some cycling, is it a vacation? If you asks that, you are a cyclist. Hopefully this has been a long-term condition and all other vacationeers accept this with a shrug, yeah, a damn Velominatus.V...

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  1. @Chris As the sole male in a family of sartorially-intensive women, lacking trunk space, and being unwilling to hang my bikes from the back of the car as if from meathooks, my top prerequisite for a vacation spot is proximity to a shop that rents sweet… »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. If you haven’t taken the time to read his book, Racing Through The Dark, go buy a copy and read it this weekend.  It’s fascinating, and quite disheartening at times. All of us have asked ourselves this question:  were I in their shoes, would i have doped… »

Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. @ChrisO Way to stick one to The Man With The Hammer, guy.  Hell yes. »

  2. @Jay In seeming contradiction to my statement in the previous post, I couldn’t agree more with this.  We have standards for many reasons, not least to ensure a minimum level of safety and to provide a baseline from which to measure.  Setting the bar at … »

  3. @Oldnslowly This is the whole question, answered.  We use the best tech we have, and the difference is the mind that drives it. The Athlete’s Hour was backwards-focused, Golden Age thinking that doesn’t move us forward or enhance our sport.  I’m glad … »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. This conversation is embarrassing.  Seriously. Stop yapping and go ride your bikes.  If someone’s not following the rules, then you sure as hell had better ride them right the fuck off of your wheel before you cast the slightest bit of judgement.  And ev… »

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. @MangoDave The Nemesis is the Alpha and the Omega.  I can ride singletrack on them:  they do just fine as long as I’m not riding in a rock garden.  I built a set of Cronos up, but even with 36 spokes they’re just barely stiff enough to put up with all 7… »

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. @The Vid And I politely disagree also…if it’s the difference between riding and not riding, the Velominatus refers to Rule #5 and hits the road, mismatched wheels and all.  It is beyond mention that the Velominatus first exhausts every other available… »

@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. Never…fucking…give…up.  Ever. Chapeau. »

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. @DeKerr & @Gianni Thanks gents.  Glad you liked it. »

  2. @VeloSix Yes, yes, yes, yes, and hell yes.  All of that.  I agree, fuck them to the tenth power.  Idiots. Tennessee can be a cycling paradise.  Wish I was able to ride in East TN more – I’m in NashVegas. »

  3. Cyclist: [sahy-klist]  n.  “bicyclist,” 1882; see bicycle + -ist. Saxonists preferred wheelman. 1: One who travels by bicycle. 2:  One for whom the desire to ride a human-powered vehicle is overwhelming, compulsive, innate, and engaged in without regard… »

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. @Stephen This technique, while hardcore, is unaesthetic, and was necessitated by the gargantuan volume of the tires those guys were obliged to use.  It also results in unwelcome smears of glue on one’s jersey. »

  2. @frank All that, plus being mindful that some brands of tire just don’t fit some rims properly.  For example, my wife bought me a pair of Conti GP4000 tubulars last Christmas (she’s awesome.)  I rapidly discovered that these simply don’t fit my Golden … »

  3. @kenl Here’s the workaround on that:  I carry a tiny pocket knife in my repair kit.  A $.50 razor blade works too.  If things are so bleak that I have to replace the tire, a single cut with that knife will have the tire off in 60 seconds – it’s super ea… »

  4. FWIW, I’ve never once wiped a tire.  It’s like throwing salt over one’s shoulder, and the consequences of error are hideous.  If I ride over a big patch of glass, I just stop and pick it out by hand. »

  5. I’ve ridden tubs exclusively for the last 2 years, and I’ll never go back:  Pave Evo CGs on Golden Tickets is the path of righteousness.  The ride is utterly Cadillac, like rolling 32mm Grand Bois clinchers, but without the weight and the need for a placi… »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. That’s the best piece I’ve read here in some time, @Steampunk. Kindness and an unassuming personality won’t win him many bike races, but do mean that he’s a damn fine human being.  Chapeau, sir. »

I don’t know how a guy who shows off the better part of a half meter of seat post comes to the conclusion that his saddle is too low, but that precise thought occupies an enormous amount of time. Ever closer looms the minimum insertion point on my seat pin, yet I am irrevocably bound to explore its limits.I actually wish my legs were shorter...

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  1. There’s  a prevalent myth that raising one’s bars and lowering one’s saddle will make a bike more comfortable, leading to the prevalence of galaxy-class headtubes and spacer stacks on many bikes. Does this work for some people?  Sure.  If you have very l… »

In my journey through life, I’ve been struck by the near universal existence of the competitive spirit amongst people. Even people who claim not to be competitive in nature are seemingly competitive about how uncompetitive they are. I’m more uncompetitive than you. We find it everywhere, between old friends and perfect strangers alike...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy This.  That applies to any aspect of life I can think of. »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goi...

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  1. @Haldy You obviously aren’t working at the Velominatus Budgetatus end of the spectrum.  Put me down for a Peg too.  On your tab. »

  2. @Chris Popping the tub into a water bottle on the seat tube is a good option for rides that don’t require lots of fluids. »

  3. @frank Out of an abundance of caution, I tend to over-glue my tubs.  Removing them from the rim by hand results in nasty blisters on the thumbs, and often rips the base tape right off. As such, I carry a tiny multi-tool that has an equally tiny knife … »

I can can feel his cold breath on my back, like a shadow drifting through an alleyway. He’s not yet upon me, but the Man with the Hammer is lurking nearby. I’m not even sure he has the intention to strike; he’s just staying close, cruelly reminding me that my fate is in his hands.I feel the heaviness in my legs from the first turn...

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  1. @Buck Rogers +1.  Hating and resisting pain will only get you a little way down the road.    You have to embrace the pain and even love it a little. »

Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. @TheVid This squared.  I find putting the bike in a trainer works best, especially when the pedals have been over-torqued. »