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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. VSP PICKS: 1. booooooonennnnnn 2. stybar 3. cancellara 4. van summersover 5. wiggins »

  2. betting (but not putting my money where my mouth is, so to speak) a bunch of unknowns end up delivering in the dry dry conditions leveling the playing field for a big upset VSP PICKS: 1. booooooonennnnnn 2. stybar 3. cancellara 4. van summersover 5. lar… »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. borghini 2. johanssen 3. armistead 4. van dijk 5. stevens »

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. spartacussing 2. stybar 3. sagan 4. boooooooonen 5. degenkolb »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. done VSP PICKS: 1. boonen 2. stannard 3. stybar 4. sagan 5. boom, lars »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. vos 2. johannson 3. borghini 4. van vleuten 5. van dijk »

I just got turned back from a ride. 5k from the house I realized my bits were getting too cold not only for comfort (in which case, apply Rule #5 and move on) but safety (i’ll take my vasectomy in the hospital, thank you very much). It’s a lovely sunny day, the only problems being the minus 12C temp, biting headwind, and leg warmers th...

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  1. @Endurimil Isnt that kind of a moot point? »

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. Anyone familiar with pro bike supply in Newport Beach CA? Thx! »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. cancellara 2. kwiatkowski 3. avaermeaererert 4. sagan 5. cavendished »

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. @Fausto Lucia ok, lets get this all done so the dead horse, the intimidated, the pedantic, and the lurking mofos can all move on. 1.aesthetics (ie removing the novel/high ground of the argument) Rule #74 // V Meters or small computers only. Forego… »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. @ChrisO you’re both right- there is half wheeling when u just keep pushing ever so slightly. part of learning to be a pack dog. there is also imperiling oneself by overlapping your front wheel with rear wheel of a rider in front of you. that is a hard … »

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. @DerHoggz Like any other discpline in this world, there are scientists, practitioners and then people with letters attached to the paper they paid for. Personally have worked with a very adept chiropractor to solve several acute and chronic maladies (in… »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. @ChrisO finally got called out for half-wheeling, not knowing what it was nor doing by particular intention. was simply trying to keep up with the “fast people.” and then we went in the hills. long, long hills. and then I had no one to half wheel… Not t… »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. cancellara 2. stannard 3. avaermeaererert 4. sagan 5. cavendished »

  2. digging the color scheme on the strada… watch for multiple changes- the course may change yet again: http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/03/news/potential-rain-flooding-may-cause-last-minute-change-to-milano-sanremo-route_320586 VSP PICKS: 1. t boonen … »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. ok, who’s got intel on the riding around laguna hills, CA? going to be squeezing in a training block while providing the kids w/ grandparent time (doing it for the children, yo!) spring break. Sounds like there might some great mtb going on, but gonna be … »

ChrisO is back with another installment of Suffering in the Desert. Enjoy. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Rad! It’s amazing what stage racing does to the experience- we all obsess about cycling on some level, but in a stage race it goes to that crazy place of every motion thought and dream is about something related to energy/recovery/prep. And thats just rac… »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @paolo thanks! checked their site out. pretty efficient looking system they have. does anyone have experience with rocknroad cyclery? they seem to be a bit closer to where I will be staying, which is going to be important this trip. more importantly, an… »

  2. ok, its travel time again. Who knows anything about the riding and the bike rental situation in SoCalifornia around irvine/laguna woods area? Time to visit the inlaws, perhaps get a warm weather (gasp- the horror!) training block in… Thx! »

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. @scaler911 thats a lotta trust. the front wheel for my tt rig didn’t hold pressure with just an extender without core. like a lotta things, riding smooth has a lot more to d with something like this than it being a good idea. u will prolly continue to “… »

  2. @scaler911 ok wtf »

Ok all you roadies, listen up. You’re not gonna like what I’m about to tell you, but it’s the truth. And sometimes, the truth hurts. You ready?Road cycling owes a lot to mountain biking. Continue reading...

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  1. @G’rilla well thats concerning. put a ck pressfit in the new mtb on the premise that it would need periodic service but not replacement for at least 5years. »

2013 was The Year of The Anti-V. In every other year, the Velominati Cogclave to decide The V and The Anit-V awards is full of curses and thrown pint glasses, usually in defense of each of our chosen V-Moments. 2013 saw the same scene, except this time it was for us having too many competing Anti-V Moments and when it came time to discuss the V-Mom...

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  1. I dig it. »

We reflect on another year of cycling; who has been naughty and who has been nice. The rusty chain award used to go to the biggest tool of the year but that has been folded into The Anti-V award. In years past the rusty chain award usually went to the present day dopers. Multi-year winners like Danilo “triple threat” Di Luca would now be eligib...

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  1. @crucible welcome to the conversation. Happy new year »

  2. @crucible appreciate ur input; the tone could use some refinement, no? I mean, shit, on NYE you feel compelled to hold court, our court, with ur either god-given or insider knowledge and supposed insight. There’s actually a wealth of knowledge, experienc… »