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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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I hesitate to file this in the Guest Article category. It would be better filed under fellow un-rewarded pirate cycling-site writer, if we had such a file. @winnipegcyclechick does all of her site’s writing, her graphics are usually hers and much too funny. Frankly, she makes me sick. And, AND, she can make the jokes we can’t make lest...

@frank's posts:

  1. @Gianni I have to say, I really never just get on the bike and go whereever. I will do that one day a week, from now on. Alone, or with others – its gonna happen sonny jim! »

  2. @Cycle Chick Ah, the Superman. Beautiful. Cooler than Fab’s’s’s’s. In all honesty, this is the first and only time I’ve ever started wondering how to make a trip up to Winnipeg. That ride sounds more than perfect. »

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  1. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site:

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    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

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I hesitate to file this in the Guest Article category. It would be better filed under fellow un-rewarded pirate cycling-site writer, if we had such a file. @winnipegcyclechick does all of her site’s writing, her graphics are usually hers and much too funny. Frankly, she makes me sick. And, AND, she can make the jokes we can’t make lest...

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  1. I’ve been looking at these photos in the media library for a few weeks and could not wait to figure out what the twat in the white jump suit fucking up their CX remount was all about. I figured it was for one of @brett’s articles, so I think that swings t… »

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. @Unversio sits in the lead on the Vuelta (sorry it took us a week to get round to loggin’ some results!) – I’ll be curious how this shakes out. That will be a shocker if Quintana takes a second Grand Tour. Even finishing on the podium would mean a near-pe… »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. @LeoTea takes the Ladies GP de Plouay, nice one mate! Final Race Results 1. BRAND Lucinda 2. VOS Marianne 3. FERRAND PREVOT Pauline 4. RATTO Rossella 5. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna Final VSP Results 1. LeoTea (6 points) 2. Floridian (6 points) 3. BoogieStudi… »

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  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...

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  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… »