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If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  2. I found him in the basement, checking his flat back in a mirror. If only he could grow the necessary 8″ of inseam overnight! »

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Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases.Saddle bags: how do we define them? Is it a saddle bag if it attaches to the seat post and the saddle, if it has a zipper, if it is leather, has two natty straps with buckles, if it swings below the saddle like bumper bollocks? Continue reading...

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  1. My wife has a small purse much like that as well. »

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  1. @scaler911 I did the left DT shifter/right STI back in the day too. Only ran across a couple of guys in the US with the broomstick. The Scott Drop-ins were fairly comfortable on the lower bend, didn’t spend much time in the actual drop-in straight part…. »

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  1. Not sure if any image of Yates invokes speed or simply intimidation. Regardless, never underestimate the V-power of a Skuut bike…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQosDXp9cHc »

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  1. @RedRanger Was that when someone dropped a 750ml bottle on the shoot-out? »

With the writing of our first book supposedly well underway (but in reality being discussed ad-nauseum in the Boardroom rather than actually committed to text), The Rules have at least been getting some form of attention from The Keepers. When deciding which Rules each of us were to curate, no-one really had much idea what exactly was in there; ask...

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  1. Consider changing the wording from “rear mounted” to “seat tube mounted” as images of those rediculous seat rail mounted suppository hydration systems come to mind.  Isn’t  the seat tube cage for carrying  puncture repair kit and avoiding both the EPMS a… »

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  1. I had an old coach (who was old school 30-years ago) insisted on not just riding a fixed gear all winter, but changing the gear daily by extremes based on other exercises like weights and hill running. The objective was to increase the gear size I could r… »

What is the best pro team kit ever? I’m talking team kit only, not a leader’s jersey, national team jersey or the national champion jersey. Not the worst either, for those are legion and worthy of a much longer article than this. @wiscot and I exchanged emails about Urs Freuler and the fantastic Atala kit which led to quick discussion o...

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  1. @brad, good choice gone wrong… »

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  1. Fantastic post. I cut into a bell pepper recently while prepping dinner and smelled California’s central coast where I logged thousands of hours of training rides in my youth. The memories of cycling  innocence and discovery are gold  given the current bu… »

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  1. @unversio Vanderaerden was a great rider and that Roubaix one of my favorites, but a climber he was not. »

  2. @jimmy Qualify. »

  3. @unversio VanVleit woulquail lift into Franks “short” category. Can’t be him. »

  4. @frank That’s a younger Hero card picture of Rooks. Skinny he was, but “Little”? Maybe to you, but he’s 20cm taller than me! I’ll retract my assesment of the lead photo being Rooks as I failed to recall that in 87 he went to PDM. It may be De Rooij after … »

  5. @unversio It’s Steven Rooks from Panasonic on Roche’s left. Anderson had a bad Tour that year and was sacked by Panasonic at the end of the year. Vanderarden as BADASS as he was would not have made it far enough in the mountains for the likes of Roche et… »

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  1. My first jersey was a LeCoqSportif wool in blue with a white band around the chest. I’ve hung onto it and 1 each of most of my old team jerseys. Also kept my first Sidi’s. Leather sole, cleat plate nailed on. Size 36 I think. Also the Hinault autographed … »

In our privileged stables of bikes, it ranks towards the bottom of the heap as Bike #2 or lower, but the Rain Bike is no slouch. This is, after all, the bike we rely on in bad weather, trusting it to carry us safely through what typically amounts to the most dangerous conditions we ride in. Provided you ride year-round, you likely ride this machin...

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  1. @frank When I was 15 or 16 I heard a story at a training camp from a national team mechanic who, along with all the other team mechs, midway a super rainy stage race, ran out of lube. They used bacon grease and it apparently worked well for the situation … »

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  1. Excellent! From the more cerebral homage of the hour record essay to the grit of the ever present snot rocket. »

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  1. I think it takes balls to quit a well paying job, give up the health plan, stop contributing further to retirement funds, or buy a house, etc, etc, just to race bikes. Much less for a woman as women’s racing, pro or not, doesn’t get near the prize, sponso… »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Evans 3. Rodriguez 4. Gerrans 5. Westra »

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  1. The articles title and introductory sentence indicate the subject as Flanders, the edits help some but the battles chosen as examples remain to confuse the subject. That said, The discussion that has followed is the kind that makes a long boring group rid… »

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  1. The early break goes the distance in a nail biter of slick stones. Boonen slips free of wheel suckers but the sun finally shines for Sylvain. VSP PICKS: 1. Chavanel 2. Van Avermaet 3. Boonen 4. Pozzato 5. Rast »

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. @frank Fantastic! I imagine that ride will be the most revered of the trip. »