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I walk away from social gatherings with an acute sense of accomplishment whenever I haven’t offended anyone and when my friends all stayed awake. I view myself as a bottle of wine that keeps getting better with age, but I’m slowly coming to grips with the notion that I am actually a bottle that may be corked. The great irony of life is...

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  1. Quote from the video: “We use the word ‘suffering’ way too much.” »

  2. Watch this: The Road From Karakol from Outdoor Research on Vimeo. »

  3. So true! But sometimes it’s like this: There is no choice. You have to suffer to get home. »

I am a road cyclist, at heart. Even when I’m in a car, I’ll daydream about riding the same road I’m driving. I’ll imagine how the tarmac might feel as my wheels carry me across it, the wind, the smells in the air. I’ll imagine how my lungs are expanding and contracting, cleansing me a little with every exhale. In my mi...

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  1. I guess this video fits here perfectly: Lucas Brunelle goes to Africa from Cinelli Official on Vimeo. »

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. Note on Rule #12: When it comes to cyclocross, the correct number of bikes to own is n+2. »

Five is an important number. Assuming nothing has gone amuck in our development or our usage of cutlery, we each boast five digits on both our hands and both our feet. Most of us have five senses. Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.The Babaloni...

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  1. I took this picture on my 265 km, 6600 m, HTFU solo ride over the passes Susten, Grimsel, Nufenen, Lukmanier, and Oberalp in 2011. The V appeared to me several times that day, as you may find out looking at the other pictures I took. But the one that show… »

Update: You can watch the live stream (assuming it works from the velodrome) on the Velominati channel at USTREAM. When you log in, you’ll first see my little test video of my puppy eating grass. Please disregard me yelling at it. That never happened.I have always considered myself to have a good imagination, something I attribute half to my...

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  1. Follow the recommendation here http://www.fixedgearfever.com/modules.php?name=Velodromes&op=showtrack&id=4   Poor concrete or asphalt surface: wide tires 200-250g  20 mm with 10 bars are fine for a wooden track. But on rough concrete you’re… »

  2. Since Alpenrose is an open-air concrete track, my guess is he will end up with sub 40 km, i.e. 39.37 km, which would still be pretty good. (May I assume the distance is evaluated by counting laps and not by a device mounted on the bike?) »

Clad in skin-tight clothes and cleated shoes, we walk with all the grace of a chicken with a repetitive stress injury. Yet once astride our machines, hovering above the tarmac and enraptured by the sensation of flight, we are transformed into a picture of fluidly harmonic articulation which belies the power and skill that drives us forward. Years...

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  1. The best practice for riding out of saddle is practicing 1000 m time trial starts on the track. It includes everything, from standing in the drops, over the V-Locus to trying to break your handlebars. »

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks but you can grab a beer and watch that old dog do the same stupid thing over and over again, which is almost the same as a doing trick. On an unrelated note, I find myself, for the third year running, staring down the business end of the week approaching the Climb4Cancer time trial up Zoo Hill in Issaquah...

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  1. Talking about steep climbs w/o any turns: the Passo di Fedaia in the Dolomites features such a section on its East side. Have you climbed this one before? And if yes, how did it feel in comparison to the Zoo Hill? »

I’ve made mention before of Rouleur magazine and their amazing, in-depth articles.  In one of the past issues, they had a wonderful piece on frame building  in the eighties and nineties describing how many of the big names sourced the building of frames – especially custom frames – to subcontractors.   The article focused on...

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  1. Well, when it comes to custom frames for “valuable riders”, the Koga Kimera built for Theo Bos is probably the most exclusive built. »

Our balaclava wearing friend, @Oracle, submitted this winter reflection on the V. The article is a little ripe, but for many, spring is still a long way off and the gym or a balaclava are the only solutions to some tough questions.  Yours in Cycling, Gianni – This past winter, I went round a bit in the comments about whether variances to ce...

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  1. @Calmante You’re right in terms of the smooth stroke. However, even when I managed to ride on plain rollers freehand, I found it impossible to ride out of saddle. And I used to train on a spinning bike throughout the winter. But since I switched to cycl… »

  2. THIS is the only kind of indoor cycling acceptable: »

There are few pleasures in life as great as to achieve a goal, to accomplish something that doesn’t come easily. Great lessons are taught through this activity; we learn that it is our determination and not our doubt that defines our limits. We learn that through studied discipline we can cultivate the skills required to work incrementally to...

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  1. @Dr C I guess apart from proper training, it’s your genes that decide if you have the potential to be as fast as MC or not. So it’s not your fault but rather your parents’, if you cannot sprint faster than 50kph. »

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  1. This goes out to all Stybar fans: (AFAIK this one was shot in Tabor.) »

There are few pleasures in life as great as to achieve a goal, to accomplish something that doesn’t come easily. Great lessons are taught through this activity; we learn that it is our determination and not our doubt that defines our limits. We learn that through studied discipline we can cultivate the skills required to work incrementally to...

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  1. @Buck Rogers Have you ever been to a CX race, racing yourself or just watching? It’s a lot of fun either way, even if it lasts less than 60 min. … And you may have read in some comments here that a few of us just don’t have the time to train for coup… »

  2. @frank I used to go for long-distance rides together with a friend when I was still a PhD student. This is now about 10 years ago. We usually did these rides in the first half of the season with a peak in May/June when we did at least 1, but mostly 2 2… »

  3. @frank You’re completely right. Luckily, my cycling friends know me well. And since I usually plan and lead the “Tuesday rides” for our group, I also take care that everyone has a clear picture what the ride will be like before we start. Since I live i… »

  4. I wish I had enough time to train properly. But my work life is already organized and planned, causing a lot of stress, so I don’t want to ruin my precious leisure time by making plans and setting stretched goals. I ride my bikes whenever I find the time,… »

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. @acciaio Nice one! Polished seatpost + stem and some nice cotton tyres would make me even more jealous. Here are some pics of my IF CX with its new wheelset. »

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. @Oli And your reply was so easy to guess. »

  2. @Oli Another “+” for the aero spokes? :) »

  3. @frank The Aerolites are made by DT. I don’t know how “heavy” they are compared to the Sapim CX Ray, but CX Ray spokes definitively lighter than the DT double butted spokes (“DT Competition”). So if you want to reduce the weight of your wheel and impro… »

  4. @Nate Acetone will do the trick. And although hexane is used as solvent for most tubby glues I would not suggest to handle this outside of a fume hood. »

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. Now this one is beautiful! »