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Love the bike, live the rules with a few exceptions. Find myself smiling on rainy rides but dont know why!!

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It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. ” and resisting the ever increasing desire to relent” you summed it up in 8 words Frank…Chapeau! »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. @wiscot hey Wiscot, allow me to introduce you to the concept of wife pounds and wife pound conversion. Exchange rate is approximately 1 Wife Pound = 3.5 English Pounds. ( conservative enough to be believable!)  Eg the must have set of Bont’s/ Sidi’s that… »

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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Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. @Haldy absolutely spot on assessment! Doffing my cap to you »

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. Come on Jensie »

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. I’ve been riding road bikes for 26 years and have had five bikes in that time. Fit has been based on plumb line dropped from saddle and playing with saddle height, fore/aft and stem length/ height: not particularly scientific.  I might have been lucky, bu… »

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. Sorry guys, unable to upload »

  2. I will take any excuse to upload this pic .Andy Hampsten, Giro TT. Simplicity skin suit with obligatory lead sponsor logo but nothing else. Fan Fucking Tastic!! »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Hey Bob, that is some pretty humbling article. I’m grateful for you sharing this. I was supposed to cut the grass today, but Fuck it, I’m going out on my bike! Consider yourself inspirational »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. Some really good advice there. I generally ride defensive aggressive, more as a means of leaving myself some wriggle room when things get a little tight. Being gracious has also worked well for me. A waved thank you goes a long way with most drivers and w… »

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. @Mikael Liddy Point taken Mikael. This piece just feels like a bit of a cheap hatchet job  to me. I wouldn’t class myself as JV’s number one fan but I did enjoy watching him race. »

  2. Bugger me, I’m struggling a bit with this one Brett. You’re right to talk about double standards and the doping saints and sinners, with the saints being those who have doped but that we somehow manage to forgive. It’s the one aspect of Velominati that I’… »

Who learns of their cycling potential while in the military, serving in Africa? @wiscot is once again serving up some great cycling history in his post about  Joaquim “The Bull” Agostinho. As dangerous as cycling seems, surprisingly few professionals get killed racing or training. Agostinho was one of the unlucky few. He was a man for...

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  1. Top drawer @wiscot. Just another reason that I love this site »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. Hey Gianni, you’re right to lament the loss of some of the old traditions in our sport. Watching Channel 4 coverage of the TDF back in the 80’s I was fascinated by the local riders approaching Hinault et al to ask for permission to push on and see their f… »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. @unversio I’m really sorry, I try to be level when I post, but seriously What The Fuck! »

Omloop het Nieuwsblad is fast approaching on March 1st, Strade Bianche goes off the next weekend; finally, ladies and gentlemen, we have a season. For me the racing season really has to start in cold, wet Europe. I like the Tour Down Under just fine, I watch it, but it’s too early, too sunny and too hot to signify the start of the racing season...

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  1. Couldn’t agree more Gianni, I’m just not feeling the love for the TDU or the desert. Omloop is the season opener for me. »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

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  1. Fascinating thread fellas. It is in the mind, although I couldn’t agree more that losing weight has a massive impact. I’ve only ever climbed the Sierra Mountains in Majorca and settling in for ninety minutes plus at 7-10% does require a shake up in the he… »

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

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  1. Been looking forward to this article since last year Chris. Utterly brilliant insight. »

We’re an odd bunch, us Cyclists. Shaved legs, scars, tan lines, muscular legs paired to scrawny upper bodies. These things that make us stand out are some of the things I take great pride in. I marvel at my freshly shaved guns and how smooth they feel under my dress clothes when I’m stuck at the office. I’ll stand in front of the...

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  1. @henrik Jesus H, what I’d give for a set of those silly guns. »

  2. @Gianni Spot on Gianni, just reading his autobiography “Hunger” and he did have a deal with Brancale. Even a no nonsense guy like Kelly knew that he looked a right plum in that helmet! »

Finding The V-Locus is something of an extension of the Goldilocks Principle; bars set somewhere between Sit Up and Beg and a face-plant, saddle height somewhere between speed skater and Baryshnikov, and reach somewhere between a unicycle and the Batpod. This is art more than it is science, a process of iteration and refinement. And everyone knows...

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  1. @GreenGiant You know you’re a true hardman and total legend when your victory causes the unblocking of Sean Kelly’s previously impenetrable tear ducts. The gear that LeMan pushed that day in Chamberey was phenomenal »

Legends are central to any culture, ours perhaps more than most. The Ventoux is a French legend, rising 1912m above the rolling hills of Provence. The road is thick with the paint of Tours past and the names of giants. The grade is 7%, on average, though 10, 11, and 12% are routine throughout the middle section. The classical route begins in a smal...

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  1. Nice one Jim, I really enjoyed your post. Climbed my first col this year on holiday in Mallorca with the family. Only slightly better prepared than you, I took shoes and bibs and hoped that ‘er indoors and the saucepan lids would be understanding of my ne… »

It wasn’t so long ago that the majority of bicycles were made by hand, from raw materials, in places that aren’t China or Taiwan. While some of these artisans are still around, their wares are increasingly harder to come by, and to procure an example of their work means an outlay of time and money which is more than most are willing to...

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  1. My bike is carbon and probably mass produced in the Far East. It’s a Kuota and even though they sponsor a Pro tour team, I rarely see another one like it. The point I want to make is that I adore it. I don’t find myself shaking my hands 25. 50 or 75 k int… »

Flies and dogs, two things that we don’t need on a climb.I had descended down this street many times, but I had never before ridden up it. I even said hello to the two excited pitbulls on the other side of the driveway gate. I like dogs. I like them until one of them squeezes under the gate and I’m going uphill slowly. Pitbulls arenR...

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  1. Gianni, you have missed your vocation (unless of course you earn your crust writing comedy). That article was fucking hilarious and nostalgic. Got chased by a bull terrier years ago when I was a postman on a Raleigh 501 with toe clips. I was walking back … »

An ancient Velominati legend states that when the The Prophet created the common fly, he gave it a maximum air speed of exactly 12 kilometers per hour. When he created the common Cyclist, on the other hand, he gave us a maximum climbing speed of 11.9 kilometers per hour.The worst flies on the planet live in the Pyrenees, where it is hot and humid...

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  1. Had the same this August climbing Sa Calobra in Mallorca. Same fly terrorised me for a couple of k’s but I managed to squash fuck out of it on the bars. The euphoria was worth another couple of kph for the rest of the climb »