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Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. The road is host to many more idiots than murderers.  I set my 650 lumen NiteRider to blink for daytime town riding.  Cars magically pull to the left. I have even seen young women look up from texting behind the wheel. A new kickstarter project (rideheli… »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. Ah fitters and their gadgets. I have had three fits over the years.  They have varied by 2 cm in saddle height and 1.5 cm in fore/aft; Never mind the guy who convinced me my pedals were too close together and stuck me on the oddest one off pedal system ev… »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. Once I have conquered obesity, age, V deficiency and other defects of character and genetics I will look to replace my beloved Campagnolo crankset with these oblong monsters. »

Aside from wheels staying in one piece and the frame holding together, the thing we take most for granted when riding a bike is how our bodies instinctively respond to and absorb bumps. The human body is, in fact, an incredible shock-absorber; our arms and legs are capable of flexing and shifting in ways that no mechanical suspension is capable of...

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  1.   @Marcus   Front flashers at night are pointless.  For daytime commuting on narrow roads riding between traffic and parked cars I think they are life-savers.  Instead of cheating right and making believe they haven’t seen you the cars stopped in traf… »

It is October, the last VSP of the season is up, there is still some race in China no one cares about. The road racing season is over. It is time for a little Velominati reflection. We tried to put in as many women’s races into the VSP as we could. They get little press, finding a start list is tough, picking the top five even tougher. But th...

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  1. Great post.  Purely out of self-interest I would love to see more women out there. First ride for me with a new group of men is always the same.  I’m the FNG and they’re going to figure out what I can do in the first half hour. I just hate it….if they … »

@Nate organized this gem up in Marin, California. Where are all you people out there? At least he was not taking you over three mountains in the French Alps. I did not attend either, disregard my name above. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Sorry to have missed you gents riding in my backyard…but July 14 was the Markleeville Death Ride and I felt the need to suffer in the mountains and prove to myself that I am still too fat to climb.  Hats off to anyone who starts the day climbing Fawn D… »

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. Rules to live by. While whining to myself at the end of a 130 km, 2000 meter hammerfest with a little wind and drizzle I meditated for a while on rule V and kept pushing. In the end, I was only saved by the image of Magni finishing the Giro with two br… »