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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. I’m 6’2″ and ride a 54cm C40 with a 110mm stem. Weirdly it works. That stem is actually shorter than what I started out with too. »

There is a sense of weightlessness that accompanies speed; a strange feeling for any Earthbound creature who temporarily breaks Gravity’s relentless grip – an intoxicating blend of liberty and a sense impeding doom. The day I learned to ride a bike, I felt this sensation spread through me like a virus; immediately my eyes cast to the di...

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  1. @Bianchi Denti You know Nibali is riding the Vuelta right? Also Nairo Quintana didn’t ride the Giro whoever said that. »

During the birth of The Rules, just like the Big Bang, there was a flurry of new activity, too much expanding and not enough contracting; certainly not enough thinking. It’s hard to keep the throttle back when divining the Word of Merckx in real time. The interweb tubes whistled with new Rules shuttling back and forth, beers consumed, genius...

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  1. Didn’t know Merckx prescribed tablets as well as visits to Ferrari »

As we gingerly assembled outside the gite, the Belgian sun shining for the first time in the three days we’d been in the spiritual home of cycling, the conversation was muted; what do you say to a legend of the sport, an apostle in his parish about to hold a sermon on two wheels? I can’t recall who it was who said it, but I remember the...

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  1. Have one of these, always take it with me. Fuck keeping everything in my pockets »

The name Laurence Ernest Gunderson is not one that the general public know too well, at least before the events of the past week. The US cyclist was relatively famous within the sport, but ask Joe Average who he was and you’d be met with a blank stare. But now, he’s back-page news on newspapers on lawns, campuses and in those bins out t...

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  1. Really funny piece, though the part referring to Casartelli I didn’t particularly enjoy @Bianchi Denti It was more than that, Merckx had to persuade Ferrari to work with him. Can read all about the good doctor here – http://www.scribd.com/doc/32068763/P… »

It was a simple time. Team kit was understated, with black shorts and a few colored panels on the jersey. Race Leader and National Championship jerseys were plain, and often even lacking in the name of the sponsor. National Championship jerseys in particular were a matter of national pride more than sponsorship; it was an honor to fly the colors o...

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  1. QuickStep’s national champions jerseys have been the best in the peloton for the past few years. »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @Calmante Wow that’s pretty great. Just finished my reserve/training bike build because I couldn’t get the C40 insured for coming back to London. Look KG231 Credit Agricole colours with old Veloce Gruppo. 115km today in -2, came off on some ice, hur… »

Building a frame has been, since childhood, a dream which always seemed a little bit out of reach. Aside from not being sure how not to do it wrong, I’ve always assumed that, in addition to nunchuck and computer-hacking skills, my lacking of welding skills would render any would-be frame unridable at best and lethal at worst. Not to mention...

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  1. wow this is amazing »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @TommyTubolare Looks like an Ultimate CF 9.0 »

Self-awareness is a non-optional ingredient of leading a fulfilling life; while we should always push ourselves to explore new things, we should also be aware of our limitations and weigh expectations against them. This is why I avoid any activities involving intelligence or a blow torch, and take particular care to avoid those involving an inter...

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  1. Always in awe of that saddle-bar drop. Did you glue them on or use Tufo tape? Seems the tape would eliminate the negative aspect of trying to change a tub if you puncture, i.e. messing about with the glue. »

  2. Yeah, £42.76 to be exact »

  3. Woo, £44 for those wheels seems a decent deal »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. Why do Look make their stems like that – really large and ungainly looking? I mean it’s a nice bike but man, those stems. »

Self-awareness is a non-optional ingredient of leading a fulfilling life; while we should always push ourselves to explore new things, we should also be aware of our limitations and weigh expectations against them. This is why I avoid any activities involving intelligence or a blow torch, and take particular care to avoid those involving an inter...

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  1. @Chris Looks like. Can always salvage the rims. »

  2. Currently bidding on a pair of Nemesis wheels. Seller doesn’t have a clue what they are because there is no info about the hubs or anything. Bidding is at £1.04 with a day left. »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. Turns out it’s too risky taking my C40 back to London for the rest of my uni year, so from this coming week until May I’ll be on this.. I feel an obsession starting. »

  2. @Anjin-san Thanks. Hah, the main reason for that was because they was the only Campag-compatible rings Rotor make, and I didn’t have £200 to spring for a Rotor crank too. Does a job anyway, I prefer the big ring. »

It’s so close I can almost taste it. The mud. The dust. The heavy Spring air, turning to rain, blown across the fields of Flanders, where many a battle has been fought, in trenches and on wheels. Battles fought against other men, battles fought within each man. My own mind is in battle; am I worthy? Will I be prepared for the beating my body...

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  1. Man I am so tempted to go to the first weekend. Wish I had two grand lying about to pull the trigger on the whole week. »

By now you’ve probably figured out that our Reverence series is not about reviewing gear in the classic review sense. The very word “reverence” connotes that the author of the article holds a certain affinity for the product whereas reviews are meant to be “objective” analyses. Nor is the point of the series necessaril...

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  1. @frank Is 25 as much as Record calipers will take? Thought Roubaix would call for 27/28s. »

It’s so close I can almost taste it. The mud. The dust. The heavy Spring air, turning to rain, blown across the fields of Flanders, where many a battle has been fought, in trenches and on wheels. Battles fought against other men, battles fought within each man. My own mind is in battle; am I worthy? Will I be prepared for the beating my body...

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  1. This sounds ridiculously good. »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. My newly built up Colnago C40 (saddle tilt has been fixed). Deda Zero100 bits, Antares saddle, Khamsin wheels, Look Keo 2 Max pedals Athena 11s groupset, 11-27 Chorus cassette + chain, Super Record front mech (long story), 53-40 Q-Rings. : ) »

While the The V Moment of the Year is the moment during the season when the sport demonstrated the most pure example of spirit of The V, the Anti-V Moment of the Year similarly acknowledges the moment in which all those things that make The V great were ignored. This is more than just cheating or climbing into the broom wagon; this is reserved...

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  1. I don’t like Vaughters much but this is pretty ridiculous. Hushovd had no right to work with a teammate up the road. The only tactical mistake Garmin made was to try and bring the break back. Cancellara paid the price for having no support, and as a resu… »

Paul Sherwen is generally seen as Phil Liggett’s counter-point, dutifully keeping the iconic duo’s race commentary on course, helping to convey to the English-speaking world the sport of Professional Cycling. Liggett, of course, has undeniably helped shape this great sport  for Anglophones across the globe, having been the English voic...

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  1. Never liked their commentary, but he was a hardman as a rider. Have to say, I hate riding with gloves unless it’s winter, so he was onto something there. »