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Young riders rise through the ranks with such promise. We all know the story; the rider who borrows a bicycle and enters a local race and wins. He decides he might be good at going batshit fast on a bike. Mom and Dad buy him a klunker for his birthday and he takes out a license. He starts winning most races he enters locally and rises to the region...

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  1. Kinda like Axel M, no? »

With the writing of our first book supposedly well underway (but in reality being discussed ad-nauseum in the Boardroom rather than actually committed to text), The Rules have at least been getting some form of attention from The Keepers. When deciding which Rules each of us were to curate, no-one really had much idea what exactly was in there; ask...

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  1. Two comments: First, my rain bike has a cage on the downtube and one on the handlebars, a situation unlikely to change because I like this setup. Second, I agree with many other commentators that long rides in warm conditions require more water than two b… »

I’ve taken exactly one economics course in my life. If the fog of time isn’t too thick, I recall two theories that account for value. These theories posit value as being either (A) intrinsic or (B) subjective. That is to say that commodities are valuable in and of themselves and that value can be established objectively by the market. O...

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  1. Nice! Whenever I ride on gravel it makes me appreciate the tarmac even more. By the way, is that a camelback strapped to your torso? I make no rule judgment here; just curious. »

I’ve said it once before, but it bears repeating now: adherence to Rule #29 carries with it the ultimate mission of the aspiring Velominatus, which is to geek out endlessly over the minimum amount of gear which yields maximum security in the event of a mechanical incident while riding.The goal here is twofold. First, with no European Poste...

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  1. Silca frame pump w/ campy head. »

Those things in life that are worth having are those things which are difficult to come by; perseverance is made more rewarding by the volume of messages ignored by the mind as we work towards a goal.Fatigue comes in many forms and is normally framed in negative connotations; weariness, exhaustion – both things to avoid. For a Cyclist, it can...

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  1. Amen brother. And get yourself a pair of shoe-dryers; MUCH better than newspaper. An essential piece of gear for riding in the rainy northwest. »

@nate’s take: When @sgt announced the California Cogal I knew a road trip was in my future. Unable to make it for both days for velominatus paterfamilias reasons, the first question was which day. Solvang is a bit closer to the Bay Area but the temptation of a Big Climb was too much and I decided to do Saturday in Santa Barbara. The week ahea...

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  1. Brian is indeed an allegorical character. He appears occasionally on my rides here in northwest Oregon/southwest Washington, usually on a hill, and often on a Schwinn. »

Some years ago, Issue 12 of Rouleur reawakened an obsession in me, one with a peculiar nature to it that only bicycle parts can invoke. For as long as I can remember, Royce hubs have seemed like the ultimate bicycle component: painstakingly hand-crafted to the tightest tolerances for error in the industry. With a reputation for indestructibi...

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  1. Holy crap those are purty! Did you lace ‘em up yourself? »

Ah, the Pacific NW in winter, who can beat it? To ride in the foothills of some of the most majestic snow-capped volcanoes on the planet, with views of the Pacific Ocean or Puget Sound (which is almost the same as a view of the ocean).Anyway, take my word for it that all that is out there somewhere, because those who join us February 4th for the Po...

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  1. Report from the fat old man grupetto: Thanks frank and mcsqueak for pulling me across the I-205 bridge. I made it to Sandy in time for a late lunch. Also added some extra miles when I somehow got off-course near Corbet. All-in-all a great route, with sav… »

There is little in life that compares to a ride along a quiet country road. This surely is the altar of our sport, where all the greatest qualities of cycling are brought into relief by the simple act of propelling yourself along by your own power. Despite being social creatures, the experience is heightened by solitude; when no one else is witness...

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  1. Great post Frank; made me appreciate that the vast majority of my riding is on relatively quiet rural roads. Of course, I tend to blot out memories of white-knuckle rides on busy highways. »

The above photo was liberated from a Dutch website which appears to be dedicated solely to a book about Dutch and Belgian riders both old and new.  I can’t read a lick of Dutch, in fact, I’m not even 100-% sure it’s a Dutch site (based on the “.nl” though I’m pretty sure).  The website is rad though and the boo...

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  1. Bar-end shifters and short shorts: two of the worst innovations in cycling. »

Whenever I send out an Out of Office reminder at work, I take special care to indicate where I’ll be, which is always Awesomeville.  It amazes me how few questions this raises, but I chalk it up to it being a foregone conclusion. Imagine my surprise, then, when upon my return from Maui someone asked me where, precisely, Awesomeville was...

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  1. The west maui loop is awesome ++. The high point of my every-other-year trip to Maui. That steep hill is called THE WALL by the wags at the bike shop in Lahina where I rented my ride. »

Shifting is perhaps the most pure expression of our art as Velominati. It is the conduit through which we control our cadence; it effects our power, our breathing, our heart rate. When those essential things come together with the rhythm of the road, we are cast in the spell of La Volupte. The more in-tune with our bodies we become, the more we...

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  1. I have downtube shifters on my rain bike; it always takes a couple of rides in the fall before I re-train myself in their use. Ah, the smooth double shift; the holy grail of downtube shifters. I don’t bother attempting it anymore because, well, I have t… »