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What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

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  1. @GogglesPizano There’s a set of Rules parallel to ours that govern Urban Cycling.  The are by contrast ephemeral and vapid, but one tenant is that one does not wear “technical” cycling attire around town.  Cycling-specific trousers?  Fine.  Certain vari… »

  2. @lynn pauly Speaking for gents everywhere, yes.  Very yes. »

I’m not sure where this ride falls on the graph of fitness but down towards the bottom, somewhere.There can be a point in every rider’s season where each ride ends the same. FFS, I suck. The unabridged volume of self-loathing is reviewed, cogent chapters reread, aloud, in the bathroom. I’m Too Fat To Climb is a chapter I like to q...

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  1. This is so so so true, Gianni. On every long ride, I can set my watch by it: starting at the 150km mark, I’ll hate myself, my bike, and everything about it.  20km will go by.  I’ll love myself, my bike, and everything about it.  a headwind will appear, {… »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. Yes.  This is the cause of much unneeded discomfort that should be otherwise channeled into V.  People wonder why their hands hurt after four hours of deathgrip on the bars.  Just this simple change created huge improvement when I figured it out. This i… »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. @frank: Easy, cowboy.  Looks like I touched a nerve. On the contrary, I possess mad skillz sufficient to permit the consumption of a four-course meal, with wine pairings, whilst climbing the Tourmalet. »

  2. @unversio You can’t hide your gear selection from the DTs.  Somebody had to shift to the little ring/big cog to get that shot right. »

I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. @frank Relish the struggle, that’s the key. Yes.  Rule #74.  No training, just riding.  No power meter.  No GPS.  No computer.  No math.  V-meter only. @unversio It’ll be one of the best days of your whole life. @ron The commute is my savior… »

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. @Nate It’s what you consume to kill the pain apres accident. »

  2. This article is timely for me, as this morning I was obliged to employ an non-standard ablative braking technique that involved my integumentary system contacting pavement at speed.  In this case, it’s what I get for hitting a corner too hard in the wet (… »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. I feel very strongly that all Pedalwan should first ride the path upon an old bike.  Wrought from alloy, graced with downtube shifters, 32-spoke box-section wheels, and massing in excess of 12kg, this bike should cost less than $400. The bike must be mai… »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. Yes, you should.  You won’t regret it. The key is to eschew ultralight racing/TT tubs unless you’re 1) racing and 2) have neutral wheel support and 3) have a legion of domestiques ready to fall on their swords and hand you a wheel/bike if you puncture. … »

  2. @wilburrox I hate it when that happens – I’ve had the same struggle with Contis on Golden Tickets:  no bueno.  One day, I’m going to build a database of all the known-good+known bad tubular tire to rim combinations.  It’ll be my great contribution to hu… »

  3. I’m still rolling my Golden Tickets, and probably will be for the next few seasons.  I do a lot of gravel riding, and they’re ideal for putting up with shit road surfaces.   I can ride the hell out of them and not stress about it if I trash them – I can d… »

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… »