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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. lower position. smaller frame comes with a shorter head tube. cav just went to a smaller frame too. »

I’ve never been able to decide if choices are a gift or a curse; a lack of choices introduces simplicity but also with it the risk that the simple choices do not meet the demands of a complex world. An abundance of similar choices, on the other hand, often reduces the impact of getting things a little bit wrong, but also decreases the thought...

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  1. @Rom that’s just what sram wants you to believe! i’ve got 2011 force (so, 10s) working with the new force 22 yaw FD (which, btw, is half the price of the 10s red yaw FD). and i’ve read reports of people using rival with the yaw derailleurs with no prob… »

Although he was already an active community member, I began my friendship with Dan Richter in early 2012 after he reached out to me regarding some wheels he wanted us to take along on Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012. At the time, he was an amateur wheel builder making some money on the side selling his wheels on eBay. Like many of us in this co...

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  1. “I began my friendship with Dan Richter in early 2012″ “Dan has been my official wheelbuilder for a few years now” erm…it’s 2013 now.  so…seems like only a year and some change, no?  maybe some proofreading is in order before posting? »

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. these are pretty cool. someone should talk to them about putting the proceeds towards dan, though.  http://www.hbstache.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Redacted_Mens-Grey personally, this is just another of many reasons why i won’t buy anything by b… »

Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases.Saddle bags: how do we define them? Is it a saddle bag if it attaches to the seat post and the saddle, if it has a zipper, if it is leather, has two natty straps with buckles, if it swings below the saddle like bumper bollocks? Continue reading...

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  1. @eightzero +1000. this is the most important point made. i can’t stand anything extra being on my bike; i make a concession to lights only when they’re absolutely necessary for survival.  and even then, i try to keep them in my pockets until they’re nee… »

A death is a painful thing to experience. Particularly, I imagine, for the one doing the dying. For those left behind, it takes time to mourn and come to grips with the change; it is an unpleasant process, but such is the way of things.The crack in the chainstay of my beloved Cervelo R3 had been weighing on my mind ever since I discovered its exist...

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  1. frank: gorgeous bike. congrats!  and sorry to hear about the death of your beloved cervelo.  fwiw, there’s a newer carbon repair facility in your neck of the woods (well close; portland) named ruckus.  you can find ‘em here: http://www.ruckuscomp.com/repa… »

This is possibly the most offensive piece of gear I have encountered on a bike. Do you really need a little orange wand to tell you what gear you’re in? There is only one gear to be in: the hardest one at which you can still make the pedals go around in something resembling a circle.These goofy little things were found on the bike I rented la...

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  1. shift indicators totally have their place: on novice bikes. that’s why you don’t see them on high-end shifters geared (heh) towards more experienced riders. for novice riders, they’re totally helpful. yes, seeing 1-9 might mean squat to them but if they s… »

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. interesting read, the article as well as people’s opinions on various diets.  been a vegetarian for several years and honestly, it’s just not something i even consider any more.  people ask me why occasionally and it makes no sense to tell them the origin… »

I find it interesting to observe the chasm between parties engaged in a conversation, particularly in response to questions being asked. I’m thinking, at present, of the question, “How many bikes do you have?” My feelings in response are nothing short of complex and maybe a bit confused; reservation that I feel I should have a mo...

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  1. @frank I had a Force FD for about 16000km’s.. the first 3/4 of that gave me glorious front shifting.  then all it wanted to do was throw chains on an upshift.  even after a new cable, I fiddled with it for hours, convinced that some simple tension/align… »

In most situations, silence is an ominous thing that signals impending doom. Having never been in any danger myself, I base this largely on my experience watching box-office movies. As a general rule, I use Hollywood as the principal source of information on all subjects as they relate to doom and politics, principally because I’m loath t...

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  1. @Beers i believe that was cyclingtips who mentioned that. he rides with pros pretty regularly. the only time you should hear a freehub is when you’ve reached Escape Velocity.  and then it shouldn’t matter anyway, since the wind in your ears is all yo… »

Bicycles and automobiles- can’t we all just get along? @Kah writes about this universal (do aliens have this issue also?) problem of us co-existing with humans in cars. We all drive cars too and have cursed the occasional cyclists for some good reason. Cars are our greatest threat. We can crawl away from our own bicycle crashes, thanks very m...

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  1. @Deakus love it. dude has like $5k in lights and a GoPro but he can’t buy a bidon. »

  2. @Mikael Liddy see my post. i go for the same look when the darkness calls for it. i think the bright oversocks help a lot to signify to drivers that you’re a cyclist, as the tapping away on the pedals is a pretty distinct and recognizable-to-drivers ima… »

In most situations, silence is an ominous thing that signals impending doom. Having never been in any danger myself, I base this largely on my experience watching box-office movies. As a general rule, I use Hollywood as the principal source of information on all subjects as they relate to doom and politics, principally because I’m loath t...

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  1. can’t comment regarding tubulars, but i absolutely agree about the beauty of a silent machine, and enjoying that in itself as well as the sounds of the world around you. part of the joy of riding is in the head-clearing that it affords. you can’t do that … »

Bicycles and automobiles- can’t we all just get along? @Kah writes about this universal (do aliens have this issue also?) problem of us co-existing with humans in cars. We all drive cars too and have cursed the occasional cyclists for some good reason. Cars are our greatest threat. We can crawl away from our own bicycle crashes, thanks very m...

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  1. @balexander and @ron: i view it similarly. i have a hi-viz gilet that i take with me when i know a significant portion of my ride will be in the dark. but even then, it’s only on while it’s actually dark out (just like my lights). and at least it’s rapha,… »

The simple art of riding a bicycle can be undertaken in many ways. Watching the stylish commuters of Amsterdam going about their business in the most Casually Deliberate way makes you wonder if indeed anyone is actually going about any business at all. I don’t know how anything ever gets done in that city; everyone seems to be on their way to...

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  1. nice writeup. in fact, while watching PR this year I nearly spit out my coffee when I heard David Harmon say “and there’s Gaudin…pedaling like a bag of spanners.”  excellent.  he had commented earlier that Guadin’s style is “the complete opposite of sup… »

The Prophet was very clear on how best to ride an individual Time Trial; start as fast as possible and finish as fast as possible. As for the middle, his advice was to ride that as fast as possible.The same can be said of climbing; as we covered in Part I and Part II of the Sur La Plaque series, the key to climbing well is to hit the bottom as ha...

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  1. pantani flatting just before the stage’s final climb? no big deal. »

Somehow Movember and Vajanuary have slipped out of our grasp without too much fanfare. It’s never too late to pay homage to a ‘stash and a rider such as Urs Freuler. Our trusty cycling historian @wiscot has once again stepped up and delivered, many thanks. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @CanuckChuck what about this guy? »

  2. @starclimber i’m in a similar boat on a couple fronts… firstly, regarding facial hair…  even with facial hair i get carded for alcohol pretty much everywhere i go.  nobody believes me, and i’m in my early 30′s.  sometimes they’ll even call the ma… »

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. cheers for the quote/inspiration in the article.  good write up and good conversation all around.  some interesting points being made. @frank despite my comment, i’m not 100% in agreement with the idea of never using carbon wheels on group/club rides o… »

As a dyed-in-the-wool Northerner, my time living in the South was a mixed bag. Southerners think differently, speak differently, eat differently, and prioritize life differently than do Yankees. In many ways, I became a better person during my time in the South, learning to relax a little bit and stop chasing my tail over everything all the time...

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  1. @Ron can’t really speak to the unity/focus you’ve mentioned, but as far as their kit i think it kind of varies depending on the rider and country.  for example, gabby day is a british rider for rapha/focus normally and was riding in GB colors with SKY l… »

  2. i attended as well.  and it was ri-goddamn-diculously amazing. road cycling is great and everything, but wow is it incredible to see riders plow through mud at insane speeds and hear the roar of the crowd nearing you with every passing lap. there are a… »

Cyclists can (and usually do) go on for hours as to why they ride their bikes, and most of their reasons can sound, well, a bit flakey to anyone not enamored with shaved legs and being done up in lycra. “I do it to keep fit”, “It keeps me slim”, “I’m a competitor, I love to race”, “It’s the free...

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  1. “Gunderson and lying” = brilliant.   a timely post, as i’m off to CX worlds for the weekend to watch the belgians destroy it, while drinking copious amounts of beer. »

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. surprised to see so much talk of carbon wheels for a cogal; which is, essentially, not much different than a club run.  i understand frank wanting to run them for his climb up haleakala, since he was going for a PR up a huge friggin’ volcano and i’m sure … »

Rule #34-Mountain bike shoes have their place-on a mountain bike.During our very recent Cogal I gained some on-the-road insight on Rule #34. We were on a part of the route I have never ridden on a bike and had no memory of. The pavement was pavé, Maui-style. Somewhere deep down below the surface of the road was primordial road, patched with onl...

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  1. i will admit to riding mtn pedals on my winter bike one year.  why?  because that was the first year i decided i would ride through the winter.  in order to do that, i needed winter shoes; every other option i tried ended up with frozen toes after 1:30 of… »

There is something supremely Fantastic about a precisely manicured set of sunglasses, particularly when they’re not being used for their intended purpose. Certainly, there are times when circumstance offer no alternative but to actually look through them, but for the most part, it’s a bit pedestrian to use sunglasses for seeing through...

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  1. @CanuckChuck i have vented in both lenses (VR28 black iridium and clear).  they don’t fog up on me when riding, only when i stop.  as you said though, this is just in cold temps.  and differing cold will change how quickly this takes effect.  ten seconds … »