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This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. A really incredible race! Cancellara out smarted them and then out muscled them to the finish. What an effort! »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. @wiscot Of the teams that are left, I’m pulling for Wisconsin. »

  2. @frank I will tell the VMH that Frank says I need to get another bike so I can make my current #1 my rain bike. That will go over well. »

  3. @sthilzy +1. I try and acknowledge good drivers who share the road and are courteous. I also acknowledge bad drivers but in a different way (kidding…sort of). »

  4. Thanks for this, Frank. I rode in the rain yesterday – soaked (proudly) to the bone. I added better lights recently and think they made a difference. Good advice about the tape – going to look into it. »

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. @fignons barber Thanks, man. I’ve been a diehard Flyers fan since I was a kid. I’m as obsessive about them as I’ve become about cycling. Both of which thrill my girlfriend. »

  2. @frank Hogg’s article pretty much says that we pedal the way we pedal naturally (all processed through our central nervous system) and the trick is to do it in the most effective and efficient way possible. He also says that we can practice our pedal str… »

  3. @DerHoggz My VMH has asthma and just makes sure she brings her inhaler with her when we go out. We ride in 90+ heat and humidity during the summer and she can go for hours – not fast, but she rides. »

  4. @frank Have you ever read this, Frank? http://www.stevehoggbikefitting.com/bikefit/2011/05/pedalling-technique-what-is-best/ Pretty interesting.  I think I’m a heel dropper (good to know that The Prophet was one too) or Average Joe (Hinault…I think T… »

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. @freddy I have no chin (essentially) and look ridiculous without a goatee. However, I keep it trimmed down. Beard? Only during playoff hockey. »

I came strongly into the Fall, stronger than in other years thanks to a late-season objective to do well at my first Heck of the North gravel classic in Minnesota. I was light and I had built good power and endurance by riding the steep gravel roads that pepper the North Cascades and suffering through brutal interval sessions on the windswept stre...

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  1. @Teocalli I needed that laugh today, Teocalli! I rode the other day and decided to wear my 2mm kayaking gloves. When I got home, I could (literally) wring the sweat out of them. The VMH said ‘I can smell those nasty things from over here…washer, now!… »

  2. @VeloSix The VMH usually just points to the laundry room when I come home. »

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. @frank I used to have an EPMS, but I converted to the Lezyne Caddyshack (thanks to Frank) and like it a lot better. All my stuff (spare tube, CO2, etc.) fits in there and the whole thing fits in my jersey pocket. Clean and neat…makes my bike look the… »

I came strongly into the Fall, stronger than in other years thanks to a late-season objective to do well at my first Heck of the North gravel classic in Minnesota. I was light and I had built good power and endurance by riding the steep gravel roads that pepper the North Cascades and suffering through brutal interval sessions on the windswept stre...

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  1. @frank Not sure if they have one for The Hour specifically, Frank, but if they do, you have to ride a bike that has washing machine bearings. Just sayin’. »

  2. @Doug +1 Sufferfest videos. »

We recently lost our beloved Great Dane, Kirki, who we nicknamed Beene for reasons that elude logic. She was a good dog, more sweet than clever. A sad side effect of big dog breeds and their short lives is that it wasn’t until nearly the end of her life that she made certain key discoveries about the world. Such as that weighing nearly 65 kil...

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  1. @frank Sorry for the loss of your beloved pet – never easy. But I’m sure you gave her a great life and home. Our cats are also under a strict contact not to die…and just think: I used to be a dog person. Again, sorry. »

Wind is an asshole. I have no patience left for it. It has all of it been used up, gone, finished. It is the only force that I’m aware of (with the possible exception of gravity) that is more stubborn and less willing to listen to reason than I myself am. It blows me around on my bike, it embezzles speed from my Magnificent Stroke. No matter...

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  1. @Ccos I’m sure ‘merely a flesh wound’ was uttered many, many times. »

  2. @Nate Love it! »

  3. @frank Here’s a video from their site: http://www.rougeroubaix.com/course-map.html »

  4. @frank It’s 71 degrees here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore today…wish I was out riding – can’t go after work ’cause I work until 8:00 tonight. We better enjoy it because it’s supposed to be 35 degrees on Thursday. »

  5. @wilburrox It seems like a really cool race/ride. I want to start riding gravel and would love to do it one day. I see you’re from Pittsburgh and went to Pitt. I got my Master’s degree from U of Pitt (online), but we had to go up every semester for a fa… »

  6. @wilburrox I just read about that event. And saw this pic and read about this guy:  Apparently, he wiped out at mile 30 and rode the other 70 miles in this condition. Definitely Rule #5 compliant. »

  7. @frank Agreed. I was quick on the way out yesterday (well, for me at least) and was all full of myself…then the wind. I didn’t even look down to see how fast I wasn’t going on the way in…the gusts were demoralizing enough. My grandmother was right: p… »

  8. @wiscot You used the only word I could come up with to describe the back half of my ride yesterday: brutal. Going out was a breeze (no pun intended…I don’t think it was at my back…just not in my face) yesterday but coming back in was a nightmare as I… »

The proclamation is heard in the office, on social media, at the bar with friends; “It’s leg day.” When someone utters “it’s leg day” the accompanying tone of resentment and even dread is usually followed by an audible “ugh”. This exasperation belies one fact, the person making the utterance is not a...

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  1. “Not taking the stairs when the elevator goes to the 2nd floor.” Like this one. They closed down our elevator at work last year so everyone had to take the back steps up to the second floor. You would have thought it was to the top of Empire State Buildin… »