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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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We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

@frank's posts:

  1. @Mike Hunn Because you would like to ride more than one day Because you value your knees Because you value your crotch Because it would be a waste to carry a bike out only to ride it for one secteur Because every ride but Paris Roubaix has steep enough… »

  2. @Barracuda That’s my favorite looking grouppo of all time, too; the Mavic SSC. Those hoods were so cool looking – they looked fast standing still! And that crank! (Not the right bike but that’s the right group set!) »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

@frank's posts:

  1. @teleguy57 In fact, for most of it he’s not wearing anything; but in that one photo he’s definitely got a winter cap on. »

  2. @wilburrox Yeah, Fignons barber, you get the +1 badge for that. Excellent work. @Buck Rogers Me too. Strong work on both. Hard to pick a winner but Figgles Coiffeur was first. @pistard Ibex is pretty cool that way. Love that company. Favorite wint… »

  3. @Gianni That skull cap talk just got you two demerits, my man. As a Keeper you have a V demerit credit, but I’m assuming (as my dad taught me) that I missed at least 1 if not 2 along the way, which means you’re on your last demerit. Settle down and me… »

  4. @wiscot I have to say, as a Nordic skier by trade, the balaclava is a no-no, much like the tights. I deployed it in northern Minnesota Winter Extremes but never with a faint heart. The BC is as hard to pull off as the Winter Cycling cap, which means it… »

  5. @Buck Rogers That’s a classic right there. I love that he’s still all, “Fuck tights, we’re not savages.” »

  6. @wiscot I agree, he looks about as good as anyone can in a winter cap, apart from Andy in the photo @Buck posted, and his case is helped in no small measure by Shelley. »

  7. @Mikael Liddy OH NO YOU DI-INT. »

  8. @wiscot With a noggin as big as mine, they fit under the helmet just fine, but it requires a helmet with a good locking system. The synthetic materials don’t compare when it gets wet; there is nothing like wool because it keeps its insulative properties… »

  9. @kixsand Leia looked better in hers. »

  10. @Buck Rogers FFS. There were no radios in the bunch then. »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

@frank's posts:

  1. @wilburrox The Euro is tanking already. It’ll be a screamin’ deal by the time you have to pony up the second half. »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. And speaking of baller; Fausto shows us a little something about Rule #33 and also why its cool to flip the visor up even when you’re wearing it backwards. »

  2. De Vlaeminck: balancing the casquette with sideburns. So baller. »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

@frank's posts:

  1. @Teocalli, @ChrisO, @Chris We won’t be doing a Cogal and no weekenders this time, unfortunately. You should all just come along for the trip and stop faffing about talking about half-measures. »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. Pharmstrong actually wasn’t a bad cap-wearer; only style thing he really nailed other than the team shorts thing. And a close up of the Master. »

  2. Most Casually Deliberate wearing of the backwards cap while bunny hopping a grave-sized hole in the Arenberg Forest at race pace. »

  3. @Markp What Le Prof never understood about helmets and caps is your hair can never stick out from under the front; it always has to be tucked back underneath. No forehead showing. What Le Prof also missed about the sweatband is that while it still fol… »

  4. @Markp Indeed. Kids, don’t try this at home! »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @Haldy Definitely, we’ll turn a blind eye to this lot point each other around to the web here on their violation of Rule #58. @teleguy57, @Chris, @Haldy option – e – e on the mac, windows > Chrome > google.com on Windows. »

  2. @Chris I think the most redeeming quality of Vittoria USA is that they’re not importing the black ones. Haldy, please direct your clients as @Chris indicates. Let me know if you need me to swing by and “persuade” them. »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

@frank's posts:

  1. @Buck Rogers @brett In 1991 no less. (Captions didn’t make it through somehow) @Buck Rogers Email me specifics – rouleur at you know where and I’ll look into it. I tested it with an account like yours and it worked for me and others are posting, so… »

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