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Order: Keeper of the Cog

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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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Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

@frank's posts:

  1. Alright folks, due to the massive amounts of SPAM making it through the filters, I am requiring – for the time being – that a post needs to be approved by a Keeper prior to you being allowed to have your post becomes publicly visible; its a sad measure to… »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

@frank's posts:

  1. @sinikl I really, truly, hope you meant “tarck” bike and that it wasn’t a typo. Into the Lexi with that, I say. Classic. »

  2. @Rob It might be the biggest compliment I’ve ever paid anyone, so it probably has to do with the LNSNJ2011. I was joking to @Gianni about that just the other day. Good times, noodle salad. »

  3. @Ccos Its sad because s/he’s so new I just can’t get my dander up enough to bother with kicking up a full blown Nerd-Down. If s/he’d have introduced themself properly as some sort of expert or established some kind of credibility first we might have ha… »

  4. @Geraint Perfect. Especially the last bit. +1 badge to you my man. The enjoyment is in the journey and the small victories along the way; not in actually answering the question. Definitiveness is very comforting but it is also very boring. »

  5. @Ccos Because his name is “Ugo de Rosa” and he will be setting up Merckx’s own bike building business for him a few years later. »

  6. @Nate Best example of being Casually Deliberate EVER. »

  7. @Rob Let me summarize: for those less awesome than @Rob, too fucking bad. He’s awesome. You’re not. Everyone without a Magnificent Stroke can tune out. Everyone else, train on a fixie and go up a tad for Maximum Awesome. »

  8. @Len Yeah. We all have excuses for our obsession. Although I know this is true of Merckx to some degree. He’d also have his mech keep bars wrapped with different length stems to swap during races. But his obsession still points to one thing: a compulsiv… »

  9. @Puffy I envy you but also am sad you don’t get to experience the satisfaction of getting it right. »

  10. @Ccos I have bought a new copy recently which I love. That dude rules. he espouses the virtues of riding the smallest frame possible and I’ve noticed since that his stem was always slammed. Stud. »

  11. @pneaumme does your fitting program study a rider over the course of serious riding for half a season or more? If not, you are telling yourself convenient stories about how comprehensively you understand the system. As a scientist and mathematician who … »

  12. @beatarmy Totally agree, just tweak until you’re happy and ten tweak some more until you’re not. Then go back. When you go mo’fasta the posish is right. Amazes me the eye for fit a guy like Guimmard had – all his riders looked just perfect. LeMond, Hin… »

  13. @Simmo That is good! Do you use a long level to get the horizontal? And so long as the wall isn’t too wonkey or as you say you use the same one, everyone is happy. The plumb line is a it of a hassle. I’ve designed a contraption in my head that would wo… »

After a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. -The Prophet, Eddy Merckx After a week away in Atlanta for business, I feel thick and heavy. These trips away are killers; the shift in time zones means the already-too long work day is extended by a further three hours. I try my best to watch my diet, but in a town like Atlanta where even sush...

@frank's posts:

  1. @unversio You’re far too trusting. @scaler911 You are the only one who can make this happen, my friend! You training up for the Heck? @Nate Yeah sure whatever. »

  2. @therealpeel We are on Pure Awesome, unfiltered. »

  3. @Red Atom Give this man a prize! »

  4. @Bespoke In a word, yes. But if it pays you back with happiness, is it really masochism? »

  5. @razmaspaz That’s why they do Cross Vegas during Interbike. @Ron I was rushing up the escalator to get to the MARTA (awesome transit system BTW) and this woman was blocking my A-Type progress. She turns to me, “WHAT YOU RUSHIN’ FOR? IT MOVES FOR YO… »

  6. @Owen Seriously. STILL HERE. STILL READING. Merckx. @BatDan Da-na-da-na-da-na-da-na BATDAN! »

  7. @Owen Perfect. “I earned this beer. I’m working out tomorrow.” »

  8. @Nate I’m right here you guys. I can read this, you know. »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. @Calmante Welcome back, my friend! »

The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think.- Virginia WoolfOur actions lie on the horizon of the present, in that swirling cloud where fantasy turns into reality. To plan is to cast a shadow into the future, to attempt to lay shape to the unknown. As the present merges with the future, reality will try our plans on for s...

@frank's posts:

  1. @Nate The camera is the artist’s tool of expression. »

  2. @sinikl So am I, which makes you our target audience, mate! Pleased as punch we got you riding a bit harder. »