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Currently living in cycling hell on Oahu in the Sandwich Islands; this is a great place for an indoor trainer or rollers.

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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. Simply awful. Condolences to Jon’s family and friends. g »

@prowrench is throwing down the greasy gauntlet. There is truth in his words. We already understand the gap between the professional cyclist and us civilians extends somewhere over the horizon. We can ride the bikes, wear nice kit and ride the race routes but that’s about as close as we can get. No one is paying us to ride. We are not Pros. B...

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  1. @ChrisO I didn’t see a tool for that in the Park catalog… »

  2. @Chris Exactly. +1 Chris. So, under the same premise of the article I should give up being a home chef and go out to a restaurant whenever I want a nice dinner? »

  3. @prowrench Case in point, chain stays at the bottom bracket lug on a Colnago C50. Both my ‘stays had “cracks” after taking out some very stubborn Shimano external bb cups. Once the paint was sanded off, the “cracks” were gone. I got lucky… »

A death is a painful thing to experience. Particularly, I imagine, for the one doing the dying. For those left behind, it takes time to mourn and come to grips with the change; it is an unpleasant process, but such is the way of things.The crack in the chainstay of my beloved Cervelo R3 had been weighing on my mind ever since I discovered its exist...

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  1. @Greg True you can find similar (same?) frame for thousands less purchasing direct from China with, despite as advertised, little/no warranty service or recourse if anything goes wrong. No reported failures is probably related to grossly fewer sales of … »

  2. @minion +1 Kind of the same benefit of going from 9spd to 10spd. With 11spd you can also sneak in an 18t for a 12-25t set up. »

  3. @frank +1 Brilliant technique! »

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. @Brett Don’t forget to add the 8,900 feet in elevation to make riding all the more humbling. Unloading the car in Crested Butte is an effort once you first get there. »

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. @Bespoke Pretty f’n cool. »

The Theory of Special Relativity states that time for a moving object passes more quickly than for a stationary object. Einstein, in deriving this theory, demonstrated great insight and creative power for which he is considered perhaps the greatest mind in human history. If he had owned a set of rollers, however, he’d be considered a common...

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  1. Great article. »

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. @rastuscat Almost my exact go to set up; 1999 custom Steelman 853 w/Record 9spd. Haven’t found anything since that does everything overall so well. »

  2. @Steampunk Agreed on both counts! With the caveat that hardtails of any make (steel, ti, aluminium, carbon) are the steel roadie’s version of a MTB. »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @Nate Great pic of Big Mig and Il Diablo rockin’ the jean shorts and neon shades. »

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. @Oli That Bianchi is spectacular. Set up perfectly! »

As Keepers Tour crossed from dream to reality and routes over the cobblestones of Northern Europe were sketched out, with it came the familiar tingling in my fingertips and uneasy sensation at the base of my spine as my mind starts its irrevocable journey towards categorizing as mandatory an unnecessary indulgence. I was going to need a wheelse...

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  1. Those FMB tubulars are sweet! Probably what these were copied from: Made by Wobler, branded as Michelin. Interesting thing is they have 60mm valve stems. »

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. @UNPULL That is a very impressive Merckx! Wow… »

There was a time when bicycles were lovingly handmade by artisans who themselves loved the sport more than those for whom they built the machines. Lugs were filed to become Luggs; chain and seat stays were beautifully chromed for durability despite the grams it added to the frame’s final weight; spokes were chosen for their purpose and lace...

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  1. @Chris Here’s some pretty solid guidance for gluing tubulars (except maybe using Benzene instead of Acetone for cleaning up glue). The mechanic makes it look ridiculously simple; and if you do it incorrectly, he will show up at your door… »

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. @Oli Bianchi needs to remember that… When’s the last time they made a top end road frame in solid celeste? The Super Pista looks great with that simple finish, plus it’s cheaper to finish them in a solid color with simple decals. »

There was a time when bicycles were lovingly handmade by artisans who themselves loved the sport more than those for whom they built the machines. Lugs were filed to become Luggs; chain and seat stays were beautifully chromed for durability despite the grams it added to the frame’s final weight; spokes were chosen for their purpose and lace...

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  1. @frank Thanks – I wish I could find a 57cm in good shape. What made this version so desirable was that it was made from titanium sourced by Litespeed and made by Litespeed in their Tennessee factory to Bianchi’s spec. Litespeed did a top notch job on th… »

  2. @Oli Just noticed the fork in the picture is the lesser Time Spirit or Sprint straight bladed model. I remember everyone on the team having the Equipe model on their Bianchi frames. Great fork for it’s time. I think we got them for around $175 with the t… »

  3. @Oli OEM spec’d fork was a Time Equipe carbon with steel steer tube (threaded, one inch). I think that was the last year Bianchi USA was the Time pedal and fork distributor in the USA. »

  4. @Oli Did a google search for “Ti Mega Tube For Sale” and found some bicycle catalog scan archive on this page… see Image 52. This version was actually the Ti Aerotube Road. »

  5. @Oli, @Frank, This was my holy grail of Bianchi frames from the ’90s; the Ti Mega Tube. I found this for sale in a cycling forum and picked it up around 2004. The celeste decals were pretty beat up so I spent hours hand repainting them. Amazingly Bianc… »

  6. @Oli Nice! The Columbus decal looks like it’s a TSX or an SLX, or EL maybe… I had a Minimax and a EL/OS; unfortunately I cracked both. That celeste paint with chrome stays and fork is iconic. That era of Reparto Corsa frames was when I was working at … »

Some years ago, Issue 12 of Rouleur reawakened an obsession in me, one with a peculiar nature to it that only bicycle parts can invoke. For as long as I can remember, Royce hubs have seemed like the ultimate bicycle component: painstakingly hand-crafted to the tightest tolerances for error in the industry. With a reputation for indestructibi...

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  1. @frank That will be a classic set up. I had ’97 Record Ti hubs laced to Campagnolo tubular rims on my Bianchi EL/OS. One of my saddest days in cycling when I cracked that frame… Even those ’97 Record Ti hubs don’t look as nice as your Royce. »