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Even though in today’s mountain bike world the bikes are better, the clothing more appropriate, and there are more trails to ride, there’s no denying the early 90s were the Golden Age of Mountain Biking. Just look at these fellas, and tell me I’m wrong.Tomac knew what was up. You don’t get such a badass Rainbow Jersey by ac...

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  1. We had dinner about ten years ago with Tinker and his Mother when they were in town promoting C-Dale. Really nice folks. I remember Tinker from the 1970’s, when he was one of the first crop of professional BMX racers. Those skills transferred to the cross… »

Last year we read that Philippe Gilbert is riding a 50cm (top tube of 535mm) BMC frame and he is 1.79m (5’10”) tall. Now it’s reported in Cyclingnews that Ritchie Porte’s Pinarello is a 46.5cm frame (top tube of 515mm) and Porte is 1.72m (5’8”) tall. He is no Nairo Quintana but somehow he is on Quintana’s old bike. Porte is just one i...

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  1. I still believe that proper fit still comes down to each athlete having his or her own needs based upon his or her own unique physiology. A good example being the 10 or 11 cm stem, stack of headset spacer under the threaded locknut, and tall head tube on… »

  2. Look at this guy. He was pretty fast. Little bit o’ quill stem showing there. »

  3. After reading many different books on bicycle fit, attending many seminars and classes, and having performed hundreds of fits between 1984 and today, I have to say that every system or method I’ve studied has it’s gold nuggets, but the most important thin… »

  4. @scaler911 So true. From Specialized, “pro pricing” is similar to what they offer Employees on select models. They call it “Evangelist”. About %20 below standard dealer cost. »

  5. @Gianni  I read that book back when it was first published. Good book, but don’t forget that at the time steel frames were lugged and used small diameter tubing. Most were either 531 or Columbus Sl, and the carbon frames of the day were also pretty rubber… »

  6. Also, there is the fact that many frames today are “compact” frames, and will be numerically different with more seat post showing, but the end result might be the same for a compact 48 as a traditional 54 or 56.  Just as Dan R’s customer has discovered, … »

  7. My two cents. A proper bike fit should be based upon the individual’s ranges of motion. Hip flexors, hamstrings, neck , shoulders, and any pre-existing physical conditions are all important. Muscle density is also counts for a lot. For example, even tho… »

There was no clear indication that Rick’s car had actually come to a complete stop. It wasn’t that the car hadn’t stopped its forward trajectory – it had – it was just that the car hadn’t actually stopped moving. Long after the vehicle had come to rest in what could only be considered a legitimate parking spot by...

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  1. I know that this is an old thread, but I missed it before. Great story! Anyhow, a green 2005 Scion Xb with a manual gearbox (Painfully slow and dorky looking) and 195,000km on the odometer carries my Glorious Steel Waterford R-33 in the back seat with th… »

The modern cyclist, as they enter the sport, will find themselves purchasing a set of shoes which contain a cleat that clips into the pedals on their bike. It should come as no surprise, then, that the term we use for the action of engaging shoe to pedal is “clip in”. Obviously, this style of pedals is thusly called the “clipless...

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  1. I rode with slotted cleats until I purchased my first clipless setup in 1998. That happened only because I finally wore out my last pair of old-school Duegis, and the only shoes available at my LBS were these crazy stiff plastic soled things with three t… »

@Marco’s takeSomewhere midway, I realized: looking fantastic while riding batshit fast through unknown territory in Rule #9 conditions in mid-December is hard. Continue reading...

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  1. Looks like it was an epic day.  »

To each of you in our Community, we’d like to thank you for making Velominati a worthwhile place to visit and be a part of. Velominati, as most of you know, is a passion project that is borne of our nights and weekends, to be juggled between full time jobs, family, friends, and our first love – riding our bikes. And it is only because o...

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  1. @meursault That Jens shirt rocks. »

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. @EricW Thanks! When I first built her up, I used black tape, but if you ever see it up close, the Cinelli cork makes the gold lettering on the frame pop. I might switch back to black Cinelli next time. Always cleaning the drops. ;-) »

  2. I too am new around here. My own Number 1. Waterford R-33. True Temper S-3 frame, Enve 1.0 Fork. »