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Ok all you roadies, listen up. You’re not gonna like what I’m about to tell you, but it’s the truth. And sometimes, the truth hurts. You ready?Road cycling owes a lot to mountain biking. Continue reading...

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  1. I’d add to the list of innovations adopted from mountain biking – road tubeless tires which in my view are the schizz. »

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. @marcus you would not have seen her because that would require swinging your leg over a bike instead of your current training regime bending your elbow at our local hostelry. »

  2. @The Pressure Her name is Nicole and that indeed is my Merckx.  I was lucky enough to catch Fxyo and Nicole doing a photoshoot for his new kit about 6 weeks ago where she was doing hill repeats up a notorious little hill off Yarra boulevard in Melbourne t… »

I find it interesting to observe the chasm between parties engaged in a conversation, particularly in response to questions being asked. I’m thinking, at present, of the question, “How many bikes do you have?” My feelings in response are nothing short of complex and maybe a bit confused; reservation that I feel I should have a mo...

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  1. Nice looking ride Frank. Did you consider discs instead of cantis?  We have a couple of dirt gran fondo rides that happen over here in Melbourne each year that I just took part in one for the first time a few weeks back on my CX bike – the terrain is a … »

Gent (Deinze)-Wevelgem, it starts with 130 km of cruising around Belgium and Northern France followed by a flurry of bergs and then a final 38 km of  flatter riding to the inevitable sprint finish. How hard can the climbing be if Super Mario got over them? Ask the riders from KT 2012, (the ones not in the following car) and they will tell you...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Chavanel 3. Gilbert 4. Boonen 5. Cancellara »

Wellington isn’t renown for its great summers; a mate is always quick to remind me that if the weather was perfect all the time, everyone would want to live here and we’d be overrun by Aucklanders (just like Aussies but not quite dumb enough to live in Canberra). As our summer goes into its last death throes of amazingly calm, sunny, cl...

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  1. Nah @G’rilla don’t be stupid – I’ll jumping over his back fence as soon as he’s off out the door on Sunday morning…. »

  2. Velominati, havent’ been around these parts for a while – been out riding instead.   Although off topic (and I’m not sure if he already mentioned it, – suspect not)  Marcus will be taking part in his first full Ironman this weekend (Sunday morning) in Me… »

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. @Mikael Liddy Michael, no we haven’t had experience with Babici gear.  We have experience with custom ordering champsys, nemesis (good in my view but some of our group have mixed views on the knicks) and Capo (good kit, pricey but temperamental ordering p… »

  2. @ Daccordi Rider – thanks – personally the carbon tubs are more pro – completely wasted on me of course but as Marcus knows I’m more of a style over substance type anyway. @Marcus – fair call – one to was to tell the time and one was to check my heartrat… »

  3. Fat version of someone who looks like me racing on the Sunday cross race in Melbs where Mouse was present.  My doppelganger was smiling at this point looking for the beer handup but inside I was crying tears of pain.   Link here: http://www.facebook.com/… »

Normally The Keepers reserve our Reverence articles for products we’ve used for years, or with new stuff that has had at least six months of duty. Riding the cobbles of Belgium and Northern France can put most gear (and bodies) through six months of abuse in just a few weeks, so in this case the work these tyres have been put through there an...

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  1. Late to the discussion but I’m with Brett on the merits of these tires – I’m onto my second pair and both have been devoted primarily to commuting duties and used on the pave for the Melburn Roobaix ride each year. They are great tire – worth the extra e… »

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. It was indeed a great night for the opening of the CX season here in Melbs last night.  I would have ridden myself but have been suffering a bad case of ‘manflu’ over the past fortnight with a complete break from the bike so I had to settle for watching o… »

  2. 24 June I meant. »

  3. Ha! Nice one.  Next time fyxo does a photoshoot with one of my steeds I’m volunteering to hold the light screen.  The shoot was in part to promote the Melburn Roobaix ride which is coming up here in Melbourne on Sunday 24 July.  Keep an eye out on the f… »

Longtime Velominati Jarvis is camping down the road from us in Kemmel. He came by last night to visit and added to the list of people we are finally meeting after knowing them from the website. It’s a beautiful thing to meet such like-minded friends in person. Luckily our responsibilities today, post-Roubaix riding, are beautiful: Malteni bee...

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  1. Spotted the V Flag flying on the coverage last night – fantastic race and a good result for the Belgies. »