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Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

@graham d.m.'s posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Betancur 3. Purrito 4. Valverde 5. Majka »

I suspect that whoever first put a set of downtube shifters on a bike immediately knew that while it was superior to having the shifter on the seat stay, it was a design that was going to be improved upon. Not only did it require being seated to shift, it also required taking your hands off the bars. Shimano got close with the introduction of the S...

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  1. Nice to see that this hasn’t degraded into one of those holy war battles that component talk seems to lend itself to….I’m looking at you Tiagra shifters with the peepholes from a month or so ago. I ride Shimano, but really think SRAM and Campagnolo see… »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. Heartbreaking and tragic…..RIP, Jon.   Amazed by the compassion and the connection amongst strangers, that is this community…beautiful, truly. VLVV »

This is possibly the most offensive piece of gear I have encountered on a bike. Do you really need a little orange wand to tell you what gear you’re in? There is only one gear to be in: the hardest one at which you can still make the pedals go around in something resembling a circle.These goofy little things were found on the bike I rented la...

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  1. Yikes, people get up in arms defending the low end components. Here’s the deal: YOU are not crap if you have entry level stuff. Most everyone has been there. You dont go faster on DA vs Tiagra. Nicer kit, is just that, nicer.   With that in mind, if your … »

There is a sense of weightlessness that accompanies speed; a strange feeling for any Earthbound creature who temporarily breaks Gravity’s relentless grip – an intoxicating blend of liberty and a sense impeding doom. The day I learned to ride a bike, I felt this sensation spread through me like a virus; immediately my eyes cast to the di...

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  1. The vuelta will be interesting, but I’d be hard pressed to bet against Nibbles.  That being said we’ve seen amazing performances this year from Nibbles, Froome, Faboo, Sagan, etc but its really hard not to love Quintana and the stone cold face that masks … »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. Also thank you Keepers and event sponsors. Keepers, we know you give a lot to keep this community running and awesome. Cheers »

  2. Regardless of the doping or not discussion surrounding Froome. I wasn’t a fan. I didn’t like how he looked on his bike and unfairly I guess I had bad feelings towards Sky resulting from last years Tour ( get over it, I know) .  In spite of all this I soft… »

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...

@graham d.m.'s posts:

  1. @frank This is why I appealed to the wisdom of the Keepers and the community. Your response should’ve been my first instinct: fix the current AND buy a new bike. This is the learning curve of the pedalwan. Thanks @unversio Ha! Done! As close to 100% wi… »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

@graham d.m.'s posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Rodriguez 3. Fuglsang 4. Martin 5. Talansky »

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. @VeloVita I’m sure you’re right regarding a fitter. My bars are slammed using a slamthatstem.com cap. The issue is I have odd body measurements.  My shop put me on a size 52 caad10.  I’m 1.78m tall but have shortish legs versus torso and I have monkey arm… »

  2. Further note, I know n+1 is always encouraged but I do like my frame and guess really I’m curious if aesthetically the extreme stem and seatpost will look fantastic or not. »

  3. @all: while there has been frame sizing discussed here recently. My #1 is feeling small.  I have a fi'zi:k Antares pushed all the way back on a 25mm setback post and a 130mm stem.  My own (perhaps wrongly) determinations via comp cyclist fit calculator is t… »

There are lots of things to like about Vroomie Froomie, like his willingness to accept the fact that people are inclined to question his performances. Aside from me resenting him for leading a Tour which everyday becomes a little less exciting, he seems quite a likable guy; he is polite, respectful of the sport, wears team-issue bibs with his yell...

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  1. @Bespoke Agreed that the movistar specs are made worse by the tiny faces and hollow cheeks of a pro on the razors edge, on a giant fat face like mine they may look the business! Did someone mention bourbon? I’ll have a Four Roses, thanks very much »

  2. This is fantastic. I have no reason to dislike Froome, then it dawned on me that it was his appearance that caused my scorn.  I think he looks like a preying mantis. Think about it: bug face, twiggy extremities, hunched up with crunched up arms….check, … »

This is the women’s Giro and it just happens to take place in early July, bad timing or good timing, at least the Italians step up and do a mini-Grand Tour. Here is the start list. Unfortunately we cannot be giving away more bikes and wheels for this race, but bragging rights and points are useful. Do I have any insightful things to say about...

@graham d.m.'s posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Haulser 3. Bronzini 4. Stevens 5. Gunnewijk »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. Doh, I mean 3. Purito…………purrito sounds like some kind of odd cat themed comic book bad guy VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Purrito 4. Valverde 5. van Garderen »

  2. Thanks to the Keepers and those who provided the prizes! That’s quite a haul. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Purrito 4. Valverde 5. van Garderen »

Addiction is typically defined as a bad thing. Addiction to drugs, to alcohol, sex or even work is usually portrayed as a condition to be battled, to overcome. The same sources may recommend a strict regime of regular exercise and healthy living as the perfect antidote to the bad addictions that befall an overwhelming majority of the general popul...

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  1. Wow, cheers to all who shared stories.  You are all quite inspiring and frankly, I’m proud to be a member of this community.  I’m still battling my demons daily. And at the risk of offending Sandy (I’m kidding) I want to encourage all of you to keep telli… »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

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  1. Maybe I’ll go electronic when it trickles down to 105 level.  I dont know, man. I love nice stuff, but seriously the 105/Rival/Centaur type tier of stuff works so well in my limited experience.  I’m fat so saving a pound or so on 105 vs DA isn’t worth it … »

We have the kind of poor judgement that allows us to have a puppy. She’s half pit, half something, and half something else and boasts a lilliputian-sized head. As her Life Coach, I’ve instructed her to focus on growing her head because, as her Uncle Gianni says, no one gets anywhere in this world with a tiny head. But she’s a g...

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  1. Cheers, Frank….  I have only been a cyclist for 2 years ( a pedalwan, truly) or so, but the bike and all of you V disciples are helping me become more versed in the V, which as you pointed out does improve me as a person, dad, and husband. If I don’t ri… »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

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  1. @Erik I was watching highlights with my 3 year old and she went into fits when she saw that chair: “I have that chair, I have that chair! It’s up in my dollhouse!” »

My wife and I live in subtropical Maui. We moved here partly to break the horrible cycle of fall fitness followed by winters of undersubscribed gym memberships, eleven minute turbotrainer sessions, weight gain followed by depression and a complete loss of cycling fitness every f’ing spring. Bib knickers worn until May to ride exhausting littl...

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  1. Crap, Gianni, if we all escaped from New England like you who would be left to ride cracked roads in frigid weather.I mean it is 3 degrees and rainy here this morning.  I will now go comfort myself in a vat of maple syrup. »

Day 5 of the Six Days of the Giro continues with an impromptu VSP event.Lets have a look at where we are in the 2013 Giro. Wiggins must have spent time training in Luxembourg because he’s been descending like a Schleck when things get dodgy before disappearing into the team van to have a cry about it. Hesjedal has put in some good moves and...

@graham d.m.'s posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gesink 2. Santambrogio 3. Intxausti 4. Cadel 5. Nibali »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

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  1. It will likely end, and it is quite early, but love pulling on the VSP pink jersey even for a second or so. Hooray for the interwebz! »

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. @scaler911  awesome, mate! Loved seeing the progress. »