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I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. By a remarkable coincidence today we had a guy turn up for the Sunday ride also on a CAAD8.  Never seen him before, loosely fitting helmet, short sleeved top, long leggings.  But, you know, give the guy a chance.  Told him we would be doing 85-90 miles an… »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @JohnB I bought the DAF top and it is great (it also goes well with our club colours so I can wear it with club shorts and , as someone said, it looks like I am the ‘club champion’ :) ) »

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. The F-Type R (upon which this is based) comes in at £85,000.  Considering this is a custom job, you could add a fair bit to that.  So – if its not 150,000 of your yankee dollars at minimum, i’d be very suprised.  So you need at least 8 bikes – could be a … »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. @Ccos  and he’s now the British RR champion. »

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. @Nate Vittoria Paves are the business : 3000k through the winter, no punctures.  If you’ve seen the bomb craters that are the country roads in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, that is some achievement. Mind you, after leaving them a couple of months and … »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goi...

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  1. @Dr C Yes, twice in the last 6000k.   I’ve got Paves on my winter wheels so never had to change one.  I had a taped on tub on some other training wheels last autumn (dont ask, hangs head in shame) so it was the proverbial piece of piss to change.  I had … »

  2. One piece of advice… if you have multiple wheel sets with tubs on (low, mid and deep section) never assume you have a ‘universal’ spare tub with you.  Make sure you have a small range of extensions.  One is the one that screws on, and you leave the valv… »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. I wish to register my displeasure with the Universe that Stannard isn’t riding, given that it has to be have been his best shot at it this year.  On an unrelated note, my mate beat Stannard  on a Strava segment on Monday.    Perhaps he could be a late rep… »

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. More mention of the rules – on the BBC ! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01wbkdy You’ll need to get right to the end. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. stybar 2. cancellara 3. terpstra 4. vanmarcke 5. sagan »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

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  1. @Al__S Wheathampstead is a nice 1 in 8, which I used to commute every day. »

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. @Chris Vittoria Evo Pave CG if I’m not mistaken.  I use them on my winter bike.  Tough as nails. »

The Goldilocks Principle is under assault, balance is lost. Without balance, we are reduced to savages. Steerectile dysfunction is spreading like wildfire; socks are quickly becoming knee-highs and the line between shorts and knickers continues to blur.We spend considerable time making everything on our loyal steed fit and look perfect. Bar tape an...

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  1. @Chris Hence both summer and winter bike have Vittoria tubs – Pave Evos for the winter, Evo Corsa CX for the summer.   That is all. »

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. what about Assos Roubaix shorts then?  http://www.assosfactoryoutlet.com/men/knickers-tights/knicker-t-roubaix-1920.html »

  2. for me, the hypocrisy of piggybacking on the history / charisma / etc of the PR event to name a product and then suing someone else for doing exactly the same thing is the issue.  Let alone the fact that they must know they don’t have a case and yet can p… »

  3. Likewise – i cant remember ever being seen as ‘week’. And – i wear a cap in the summer – the sweat collects on the tip of the cap and drops off, and doesnt run into my eyes and sting like f*ck.  I’m always going to be hot and sweaty, even when its less t… »

London CallingA London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option. Continue reading...

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  1. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

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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. I’m somewhat suprised no-one realised that it was not a typo.  It was in fact this beverage being transported. http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQFQYGk-j-6BejmPdmFMwC_ADYTTDjzFj3Ev8jd6zAahtpHdeDv6g »

It seemed so easy, when I was young, to decide who to love and who to hate. These days, life is a complicated web of heroic deeds and dark shadows. As we get older, it appears our heroes and villains get mixed up.Fortunately for us, Cycling is about much more than bike racing. It is about loving the machine, submitting ourselves to the cathedral ...

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  1. Ultrasonic bath, and some ‘Simple Green’ jollop.  that will clean your cassette to ultra new shiny level in about 90s.  Apply your favourite lube, and it’s all good!  Unless you are using Ceramic Wax chain lube, and then you lose it all off your surfaces. »

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. @eightzero Ridley Damocles has fully replaceable rear dropouts on both sides.  Three screws hold in each dropout.  Works a treat if it all goes horribly wrong.  And replaceable fronts too I think , if you get creative. »

Once again the metal grate is rolling up in front of the VSP lotto window. It’s bettin’ time. The Route de France is an eight day women’s stage race consisting of a prologue and seven road stages. The route stays away from any serious mountains so daily victories could go to sprinters or those willing to drive a breakaway. To make...

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  1. Good luck to me.  I’ll need it :) VSP PICKS: 1. Bronzini 2. Evie Stevie 3. Guderzo 4. Trotters 5. Johansson »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Froome 2. Valverde 3. Clenbutador 4. Kreuziger 5. Mollema »

  2. Deciding on the wild card is tricky. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Valverde 3. Clenbutador 4. Porte 5. Mollema »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Valverde 3. Clenbutador 4. Porte 5. Talansky »