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Location: Toronto, Canada

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I hesitate to file this in the Guest Article category. It would be better filed under fellow un-rewarded pirate cycling-site writer, if we had such a file. @winnipegcyclechick does all of her site’s writing, her graphics are usually hers and much too funny. Frankly, she makes me sick. And, AND, she can make the jokes we can’t make lest...

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  1. Excellent article! Your blog looks a treat as well, keep it up! I hail from North Western Ontario and spent the winters of 1987 and 88 attending U of M.  Skin tight jeans and waiting for my bus on South Pembina – I can still feel that pain.  You’re toug… »

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  1. Perfection

    The fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that the total climbing for the 144km ride is 2770m and this is only on day 1. Day 2 will be shorter (70km)but being the Scottish Highlands will not be flat. Did I not mention that this is a weekend event? Hell yes!

    Lodgings are available in the Kinlochewe Hotel where pre ride espresso and post ride recovery beverages will be taken. The hardy will share the attached 12 bed bunkhouse whilst those who demand a greater degree of comfort can stay in the hotel itself. Tel 01445 730253 to book in.

    Join us UK based Velominati, for what will undoubtedly be a rugged classic.

    Route Day 1: http://www.strava.com/routes/98589 Day 2: To be decided over beer.

    VLVV

    JohnB

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    Date - August 23, 2014 - August 24, 2014
    8:05 AM - 8:30 PM

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Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. Timely article. I have never been one to break Rule #62.  On Sunday morning though, as I was kitting up for what was to be a solo century, I thought, “…maybe it would be nice to have some music along for part of it”.  And so I stuck the wife’s Ipod int… »

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. I give up.   »

  2. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ Fuck me.   Veloflex 25mm skin wall Masters »

  3. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ »

  4. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ some pics of the ell flex masters 25mm skin walls »

  5. @xyxax At present I’m running cheap Butyl tubes but was thinking of picking up some nice latex ones.  I’m glad that you’ve reminded me.  Perhaps I will pick some up today! As for mounting…they’re a little trickier simply due to the fact that they lay … »

  6. I paid a visit to my friendly neighbourhood bike store last week and purchased a new set of tires from my #1.  And since they’ve made all the difference in the world, I thought I would share.  Old Tires Continental GP4000s – clinchers – 23mm Front 100p… »

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  1. What a shit sandwich that was out there today…wow! I still haven’t seen the last half of the race and can’t wait to catch up with it tonight.  However, I will say, that when it got ugly… and riders started going down… and the cobbles were looming….. »

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  1. Equal parts informative and terrifying with a third of humour thrown in for good measure!   Im a fan of the Assos chamois cream…cooooool and refreshing baby!!!! »

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  1. Interesting question posed here. I’ve always been a bit of a heart rate guy…heart working to pump blood to muscles doing the work of making my bike fly has always struck me as a more valuable metric to observe than something as simplistic as speed for … »

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  1. Love the bit about gearing down early so that you can stay on top of that next gear.  Too often I gear down only to think…”now what the hell, did the gear even change”? – knowing in my heart and my head that I’m already drowning in an easier ratio and t… »

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  1. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

    Here is the route.

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    Date - June 22, 2014
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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    Café Domestique

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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. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ My new cross bike… Ridley X-Fire with SRAM Rival Absolutely loving having this bike as a second option for riding – so much fun! »

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  1. @Ron That’s exactly how it happened with me….rain…too fast…corner…down in the blink of an eye!  Hands didn’t even leave the hoods. »

  2. My shine… »

  3. I just bought one of the POC Onyx lids in white.  The purchase was prompted by a crash in which I managed to smote my cheek just under the eye upon the pavement, giving myself a world class shiner and a concussion of sorts to boot.  My ordeal made me some… »

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  1. brett, This is quite simply, one of the best articles I’ve had the pleasure to read in a long while.  Very honest and poignant…plus a happy ending – can’t fuckin’ beat that. I’m 45 and I absolutely love it when I see guys in their 50′s and beyond layi… »

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  1. Last year, while out on a ride, I met a fine fellow that had a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van that he’d converted to the task of hauling friends and bikes.  It had the two front seats and then a single bench in behind to accommodate a total of 5 passengers.  … »

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  1. @Fausto Crapiz Nope… the guy was super strong on the bike – laid down some serious V that day and was on a lovely DuraAce 9000 equipped Cervelo S5 with DA C50′s.  That bike would be a handful in a cross wind but that wasn’t what we were dealing with o… »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

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  1. I’m a Lemon Pledge guy – works well, but I will admit to a certain uneasiness that passersby may decide to laugh and point and cross the street.  Pedro’s would take care of that for me. »

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  1. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

    Here is the route.

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    Date/Time
    Date - June 22, 2014
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Café Domestique

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  1. I was reminded of this important life skill last Sunday, while on my Sunday morning group ride.  We were riding 2 by 2; the road that we were traveling required that we keep a tidy and tight line along the shoulder. We ride on the right in Canada.  I was… »

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  1. About 100k into 120k on Sunday and it was on.   The two brash and young guns in our group wanted to race it in and it was up to the rest of us to stay with them.  Any delusions I had of strength and fitness and toughness took a beating as I quickly lost t… »