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Five is an important number. Assuming nothing has gone amuck in our development or our usage of cutlery, we each boast five digits on both our hands and both our feet. Most of us have five senses. Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.The Babaloni...

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  1. Great contest idea… looking forward to some terrific entries, BUT….. “Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.” – HUH? »

Disregarding my Schwinn Typhoon, I started keeping score with my 1976 Peugeot PX 10 LE. It came with a Stronglight 52 x 45 and a 14 x 21 five speed freewheel. I always thought this Peugeot was set up for the pavé of northern France with those gears and wire-wrapped and soldered 3x tubular wheels. Yet according to Peugeot’s advertising, this...

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  1. At 64 years of age (but who is counting) and living in the Peoples Republic of Boulder (Colorado) I’ve been riding our mountains for 35+ years. My knees still remember the days of 17 mile climbs to Nederland in a 42/21 as do I, somewhat tearfully and with… »

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

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Dijk 2. Vos 3. Bronzini 4. Moolman 5. Abbott »

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. Van Avermat 2. Cav 3. Bakelants 4. Roche 5. Talansky »

I’m fluent in three languages: Dutch, English, and Hyperbole. The third is an acquired talent developed by creative and narcissistic tendencies; the narcissism feeds a belief that normal words can’t properly describe the magnitude of my experiences, and the creativity struggles to cope with restrictive paradigms like “facts”...

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  1. A neat cable end fix is….. shrink tubing. Easy on (still have your old Zippo?), easy off (fingernails), comes in colors (should you be so inclined) and weighs less than nothing…. »

La Vie Velominatus isn’t a part-time gig. La Vie means the life, and The V is my life. Otherwise, I’d be Some V Velominatus, some of the time.Even when I’m not riding my bike, like the last two weeks (for reasons which don’t really matter, and offering them only renders them excuses), I live La Vie through other avenues. Eve...

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  1. The son has been a state champion twice…. and he’s vegan. I couldn’t be prouder. »

Finally, some cold nasty Belgian one day racing. Oman, Qatar, does anyone brag about winning those stage races? Yes, they might but really, it’s a tune up for the real season which finally begins this Saturday. Will racing in China or Oman grow the sport? Will there be a new wave of inspired young racers from these countries. Does professiona...

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  1. I came to this after the race was over, so……. But this? This is PERFECT! “What is the point? The money spent getting everything to China would be better spent supporting the smaller historic races and making sure they include women’s categories.” … »

Every night I pray to Merckx that in the morning when I wake up I’ll have a Campagnolo Free Candy Van with a Super Dome.And every morning, its a fresh disappointment that it didn’t come true. Continue reading...

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  1. @Jim  – Bill was in and out of Boulder a lot in those days (Red Zinger etc). I went to a party he was at once and met the guy but don’t remember all that much more about it or him (it WAS the ’70’s, if ya know what I mean). »

  2. R.I.P. – Bill Woodall »

That is the question. Are carbon wheels a viable option for everyday riding? Should carbon wheels be your go-to wheels rather than your just-for-racing wheels? I don’t really race and I don’t own any carbon wheels and I wonder. Granted, every professional is and has been on carbon wheels for many years so it’s easy to think we sho...

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  1. Oh. And I think that tire may be on backwards. »

  2. Bike #1 started with some cheap Shimano wheels at close to 1900 grams….. soon followed by an old set of Velomax wheels at 1655…. and then ditched for some customs build by my son at 1405. They are SILVER on SILVER on SILVER and shine like they’re on f… »

I didn’t want to climb the Eiger, I wanted to have climbed the Eiger. – Jon Krakauer, Eiger DreamsGianni’s Take Continue reading...

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  1. Never too much of a climber myself, rock that is. However, living in Boulder Colorado a good number if my cycling friends also enjoyed climbing and running to the higher altitudes. A fave of two friends was….. leave Boulder (5,400′ elevation) at dark th… »

Exposure to religion in my youth was by way of a brief dose of sunday school at the local Unitarian church. The point there, evidently, was to learn about other religions and turtles. If a point was being made, I missed it. When Catholic friends of mine came over for the weekend I would accompany them to the closest Catholic church and we would end...

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  1. re: Campy tool prints…… #4 is a fixed cup installer/remover. #5 is for cutting or cleaning up BB threads. #’s 2 & 3 sorta have me stumped. I think #2 is for reaming head tubes and #3 is for pressing in HS cups. Been a while since I’ve seen the rea… »

There must still be a few readers out there who have not followed the Dutch Monkey down the merry tubular path; for them I offer an update on an alternative. Road tubeless has been lauded as the best thing to happen to cycling since the introduction of seatpins. These have been around for years but the road version has not gathered the expected mom...

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  1. @Oli – Yeah I have. Not easily, but do-able. I’ve saved a few tubis by going right through the sidewall into the tube. »

  2. Good read. I’ve worked in bike shops off and on since 1978 (“a friggin’ old guy-groan”) and always had tubis on at least one of my bikes up until 3 or 4 years ago, BUT, these days a GP4000S with a light tube and a pair of 1405gram wheels is what I’m ridin… »