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Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. This is really spot on. Now that it is getting darker earlier, my indoor trainer season has begun in earnest. The time dilation that seems to happen with the trainer versus riding outdoors is amazing. And it’s also amazing how I always manage to forget h… »

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...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @Giles That Wilier is really nice too! Campy on a Wilier is only natural — I’d expect nothing less. Are you going to get a new gruppo to replace the one you moved to the Trek? And just to be clear, I wasn’t calling your Trek an abomination in the post a… »

  2. @Giles Campy on a Trek: On the one hand, you’d think this would produce the same visceral discomfort as SRAM or Shimano on a Bianchi, on the other hand, Campy is beautiful and could make this abomination look better. Very nice bike. »

Sharing the road with cars is mostly a losing proposition. It’s hard to share when your vehicle weighs 8 kgs and the other guy’s is 800 kgs. If we have to share we have to let go and that is not easy, as @Kevin Wilkins explains. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts? Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters? »

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...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @freddy Nah, I didn’t think it was serious enough to warrant a hospital visit. I know, I know, better safe than sorry with head injuries, but I didn’t lose consciousness at any point and had no memory loss, just momentarily dazed, a low grade headache, an… »

  2. I was out for a ride on a local multi-use path this weekend. On the way back, about 10 km from my house there is a downhill s-turn, the right lane of which was covered with tightly packed dead leaves. Long story short: I came around the left hand bend wit… »

I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @Buck Rogers Thanks. Although I have to admit that the real reason I tended to submit my picks on the early side was because I was afraid of falling asleep and/or being away from internet access and delgadoing. I did my share of tweaking picks after the f… »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @dyalander You can have the hat, sure, but the magic is proprietary.   »

I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Solovey 2. Alison Tetrick 3. Antoshina 4. Larissa Drysdale 5. Melodie Lesueur »

  2. @xyxax I’ll remember that if there’s ever a “Latvian Time Trialists” category on Jeopardy. »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Solovey 2. Alison Tetrick 3. Edwige Pitel 4. Larissa Drysdale 5. Melodie Lesueur »

  4. Going with the old “reverse the order that they come out of the start house” strategy. VSP PICKS: 1. Solovey 2. Alison Tetrick 3. Edwige Pitel 4. Larisa Drysdale 5. Melodie Lesueur »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. Women’s Chrono des Nations startlist: http://www.chronodesnations.com/19-liste-des-engages Only 17 entrants, only one of whom I know anything about. Solovey and then literally picking names from a hat looks like a viable strategy for Sunday. »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @VeloVita Ha, I figured. I wish I could say the same regarding my comments about the municipal corruption and broken school district… You seem pretty familiar with the city. Are you from the area? »

  2. @Steampunk Oh yes, any Philaskeptics should stop by Monk’s or its offspring The Belgian Cafe if they find themselves in town for some reason. Also, Eulogy Tavern is pretty damn great too. »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @il muro di manayunk Of course, I wouldn’t recommend this as a method for improving bike handling skills to anyone over the age of 15. Frank’s principles make much more sense if you like having bones that look, feel, and function the way they were inten… »

  2. Although it has been probably 15 years since I’ve been on a BMX bike, I’ve found that I’ve retained many of the instincts, reflexes, and other skills gained from a whole childhood spent on one launching off of stairs, ramps, curbs, and dirt jumps with no … »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @VeloVita Shit! And I thought the municipal corruption, crumbling infrastructure, and broken public education system were punishments enough for being a Philadelphian. »

  2. @VeloVita Unless I am missing something, which is also entirely possible. »

  3. @VeloVita I have a 23 point lead and the maximum points for a one day race if you get all 5 correct is 21, so with one race left I win even with a delgado and if steampunk aces his picks. »

  4. I’ll second @Steampunk’s thanks to @frank and the Keepers for making this season a ton of fun and for running the best cycling site around. I had been a regular, but anonymous, reader for a while, and the VSP prompted me to sign up and get involved with t… »

  5. That was a pretty silly finish. A bunch of the favorites go clear with under 10k to go and then decide none of them are going to be the one to chase down Voeckler and Wallays (who had been away all day) so they all sit up and call it a day. »

  6. If my math is correct, it is still technically possible for me to lose this with two races left. »

  7. VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Demare 3. Van Avermaet 4. Navardauskas 5. Nizzolo »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

@il muro di manayunk's posts:

  1. @xyxax These would have been my picks based on the preliminary start list. 1. Degenkolb 2. Demare 3. Van Avermaet 4. Nizzolo 5. Navardauskas »