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A lifelong Velominatus, the history and culture within cycling fascinates Frank and, if given even the vaguest of excuses, will discuss it to exhuastion. A devoted cycling aesthete, the only thing more important to him than riding a bike well is looking good doing it. Frank is co-author along with the other Keepers of the popular book, The Rules, The Way of the Cycling Disciple and also writes a monthly column for the magazine, Cyclist. Email him directly at rouleur at velominati dot com.

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Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. @dancollins takes the overall win today in the Vuelta – possibly the closest GC of any of the GT’s this year. Nice! Final Race Results 1. CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto 2. FROOME Christopher 3. VALVERDE Alejandro 4. RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin 5. ARU Fabio Fin… »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @EBruner What an incredible bike! WOW! Nice job folding the tub nice and small. »

  2. @MangoDave Just an observation; weight has less to do with destroying your gear so much as having some finesse on the bike. People much lighter than me destroy things much more quickly than I do. »

  3. @Chris That photo would be much more meaningful without the landscape and with some fucking gravel, git! »

  4. @teleguy57 Those Hampstens are sweet-ass looking bikes and its a dream to have one. To hear he helped you out getting the fit right is just all the more awesome. I was going to point out the different stem/fork in the second shot. Very nice looking st… »

@Nate’s take This year it was time for the Bay Area Cogal to visit my home turf in the East Bay. To make it more than just a long ride on roads I have ridden many times, and instigated by @EricW, the plan was to feature several sectors of dirt fire roads. A few scouting rides later, the route was planned. We rolled out on July 5 with @DaveR,...

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  1. @Rob What’s wrong with wanting to “Friend” his great grandfather? Dude was super cool. »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @stevep33 I ride Clement tubs on my CX rig; for Heck of the North I will be riding their LAS file tread. Even for CX racing I’m just gluing, no tape. I do an extra layer of glue for both the rim and tire and call it good. I’ve flatted twice on gravel a… »

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  1. @ChrisO I found two of your posts in Spam queue, how many went missing? If you’ve been flag (by accident) as a spammer that would doom you for certain. Also as a point of clarification on an earlier post; once you have one post approved you can post a… »

@Nate’s take This year it was time for the Bay Area Cogal to visit my home turf in the East Bay. To make it more than just a long ride on roads I have ridden many times, and instigated by @EricW, the plan was to feature several sectors of dirt fire roads. A few scouting rides later, the route was planned. We rolled out on July 5 with @DaveR,...

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  1. Also, what a great ride this sounds like. I can say from the Book Signing ride, that area is tits for riding. And mixing tarmac and gravel is always the best! @Dave_R sums it up best though: This. »

  2. Nate, your Great granpappy is a GGILF. In a super straight way. What a hero. WOW!! Not to get off track too much but his story is just fascinating, obviously more so with the recent discovery of his body. Oh, if they had only found the camera! I read Las… »

The Cogal of the Falling LeaVes is now an annual eVent. This is the carte edition.The route is unchanged from 2011-2013. The North Island offers a challenge for those looking to extend their fitness into ‘cross season. A southern section only offers a beautiful ride with a lunch stop in Coupeville and return. Eightzero will (as always) be in...

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  1. The Cogal of the Falling LeaVes is now an annual eVent. This is the carte edition.

    The route is unchanged from 2011-2013. The North Island offers a challenge for those looking to extend their fitness into ‘cross season. A southern section only offers a beautiful ride with a lunch stop in Coupeville and return. Eightzero will (as always) be in the groupetto.

    A no drop, casually deliberate ride on October 18, 2014. Bring your directions, the road has choices, and maybe (maybe) you don’t want to get lost. There are bailout points for shorter rides. Bring supplies, as Coupeville is the only, but most logical place for refuel and rewater.

    In keeping with the ferry schedule and change in season daylight, we plan a V past VV start. Note that coin operated showers are available at the Langley marina. Bring quarters. Mo’s Pub and Eatery in Langley has post ride food and malted recovery beverages, including the kind that come from a far off land renowned for its Islay and Highland (inter alia) versions.

    Ride directions here.

    Start/end: South Whidbey Island Commons and CoffeeHouse.

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 18, 2014
    10:05 AM - 4:15 PM

    Location
    South Whidbey Island Commons and CoffeeHouse

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2. The Cogal of the Falling LeaVes is now an annual eVent. This is the carte edition.

    The route is unchanged from 2011-2013. The North Island offers a challenge for those looking to extend their fitness into ‘cross season. A southern section only offers a beautiful ride with a lunch stop in Coupeville and return. Eightzero will (as always) be in the groupetto.

    A no drop, casually deliberate ride on October 18, 2014. Bring your directions, the road has choices, and maybe (maybe) you don’t want to get lost. There are bailout points for shorter rides. Bring supplies, as Coupeville is the only, but most logical place for refuel and rewater.

    In keeping with the ferry schedule and change in season daylight, we plan a V past VV start. Note that coin operated showers are available at the Langley marina. Bring quarters. Mo’s Pub and Eatery in Langley has post ride food and malted recovery beverages, including the kind that come from a far off land renowned for its Islay and Highland (inter alia) versions.

    Ride directions here.

    Start/end: South Whidbey Island Commons and CoffeeHouse.

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 18, 2014
    10:05 AM - 4:15 PM

    Location
    South Whidbey Island Commons and CoffeeHouse

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @azryder Yeah, I could buy loads of wheels, I’ll tell you that. So far I only have one surplus set though (the golden tickets) which I reserve for special rides. @eightzero The massive bummer with recessed spoke nipples. »

  2. @Nate Cool! Here is the link: http://www.tirealert.com/tirealert/Welcome.html »

  3. @antihero One of my FMB’s got a staple in it; it went into the rubber, hit the casing, did a 180 and came back out the rubber and got stuck there. Rode it another few KM before I figured out what the noise was. TIre didn’t go flat. @Ron Rule #5, idi… »

  4. @Ccos I took my time, moved them into other applications (ie Zipp 404’s to the VMH’s CX rig) and was opportunistic about crazy-good deals. »

  5. @RManneck HA! I attribute my lack of flats to riding farther out from the side of the road than most people do. Not riding over crap is the first defense against flats. Great point! »

  6. @Nate Can’t find gloves I like either. @Rob Crashing sucks ass but I’ve never crashed and only had rash on my hands. I guess I’m also a bit worried about the rest of my body. But mostly I just plan for riding the way I want to experience it and do… »

  7. @Zman I think one of the big benefits of tubs is that the tire is one cohesive unit that doesn’t deform irregularly like a clincher does, especially when cornering. From that perspective, tubeless clinchers are just as inferior as regular clinchers. »

  8. @RManneck The biggest bummer is the expense of flats; there is a place here in Seattle that will repair them so that’s an option. But so far I’ve not had to replace a tire yet. (Touch wood) For the first time, I’ll be riding carbon tubulars as my wint… »

  9. @Thomas, @Teocalli Are you guys using the Stans prophylactically or just post-puncture? Also, once its used, is the tire usable long-term? What I like about Pitstop is that its fast, no core removal, and the tire can go flat (latex) and get reinflated w… »

  10. @Charlie The first thing I learned is that as soon as you have a layer of glue on everything already, it really doesn’t matter how much more you put on; I have come home on a spare tire after cornering cautiously for the rest of the ride only to barely … »

  11. @Nate It’s a good point but I’ve found I just can’t stand wearing gloves in the summer. Plus, if I wear gloves I’ll look less like Boonen. »

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. @Nate Tubulars that don’t have an inner tube. »

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. @RManneck Lotto Bellissimo. »