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We’re an odd bunch, us Cyclists. Shaved legs, scars, tan lines, muscular legs paired to scrawny upper bodies. These things that make us stand out are some of the things I take great pride in. I marvel at my freshly shaved guns and how smooth they feel under my dress clothes when I’m stuck at the office. I’ll stand in front of the...

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  1. @frank Not there until July, just booking everything in and picking the “route” for 10 days in Paris with the family. Will be in a little village not far from Oderen and stage 10 of le Tour on Bastille Day. All up we’ll be in Europe till October and le… »

  2. @actor1 @xyxax  thanks for the extra info. After I’d google map’d around and found La Cipale I was too excited to do the follow up. My claim to link it to this thread is who else would appreciate someone being excited by a old bike track named after “Wh… »

  3. It’s completely off thread, but when has that ever been an issue here. But I am way excited by the fact that have just booked apartment in Bercy district of Paris and then find it is 1.5km from Le vélodrome Jacques-Anquetil. Any ideas if they have local… »

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. @Jamie Not so sure. Read an article in an Aust. cycling mag. Through the line of vehicles ahead the author could see strange orange spot bouncing around with group of cyclists. On approaching group he saw that it was the chamois lining on the outside of… »

Assuming you ride somewhere outside the borders of Antarctica, you have likely already heard about the injustice being imposed on our friend and fellow Velominatus, Dan Richter who goes around these parts as @Dan_R.I’ve been riding Dan’s wheels for a bit over a year, and they are the best I’ve ever had. After hearing about the sui...

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  1. Will the organisers need permission to run the Melburn Roobaix? http://theclimbingcyclist.com/the-2012-melburn-roobaix-hell-of-the-northcote/ and Yes it does have cobbles »

  2. Nice if @Dan_R doesn’t have to worry about The Company to no longer be named, but still ridiculous that ASI or anyone else can trademark Roubaix. Talk about first use rights, you’d think the French might have some claim. Not that I’d want the rights for… »

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. Today my 10 year old was involved in a schools triathlon with 1200+ primary schoold kids. He had other team mates to get wet or run, and not compromise his Velominnie status. Some of the riders had high end bikes, or in many cases Dad’s high end bike whi… »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. Have had a few days offsite, as have been involved with local safety campaign following death of cyclist hit from behind on a clear sunny day. Like @itburns one of those guys who put in and made the world a better place. As one of the first posts said, y… »

While all evidence points to the contrary, the 20th century’s greatest twatwaffle LE Gunderson may have got something at least half right after all. Of course it’s about the bike, otherwise we’d be runners. But there are other factors that contribute to what makes us Cyclists which can often be overlooked completely. Not the cloth...

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  1. @minion Nope, we’ve kept them all in Tassie. Much as I enjoyed Wellington with rides heading over Haywards and the like they don’t match a Mt Wellington loop. »

We continue our Six Days of the Giro series with a look at the troubled bond between Marco Pantani and the Giro.Some were meant to be tormented, as though it were preordained that their brilliance should be balanced with fatal flaws. These are tortured souls, whose dramatic highs are equalled only by the devastating depths of their lows. Continu...

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  1. Shimano Golden Arrow. You can only see the fleur de lys when you zoom in on the crank, but they are on shifters, brakes, chainring, derailleur. Now a mates beautiful no 2. »

There are always at least two ways to accomplish any task: properly and improperly. Drinking beer from a glass, not the bottle; carrying a full umbrella instead of a miniature fold-up; stirring your gin martinis, not shaking them; wearing french cuffs with a suit, not button cuffs. The Velominatus, of course, is drawn towards doing things Properly,...

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  1. the caption was meant to be Frank and his bike – with apologies to Eva »

  2. @frank I’ll give you Ryder, but not Jens – he can do now wrong. I’m 1.88, sure it was 1.9 but have spent too much time in the middle of a rugby scrum, which will have to approximate for a decent length. and we all know that ended in tears »

  3. No, it’s too much. Live and let live, each to their own is fine by me so an occasional variation from the norm is OK. But this is a site where perfection is always to be sought, where the length of your socks may cause serious offence, where bar tape is… »

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. @marcus great effort. For 10 short runs to come in with even 6m km splits topped it off nicely. I had you and 1066 going head to head in div 4044 and you’ve bolted in. Anybody who completed in those conditions did well. »

The Prophet was very clear on how best to ride an individual Time Trial; start as fast as possible and finish as fast as possible. As for the middle, his advice was to ride that as fast as possible.The same can be said of climbing; as we covered in Part I and Part II of the Sur La Plaque series, the key to climbing well is to hit the bottom as ha...

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  1. @Barracuda We’d just about be able to run a Tassie cycling team to compete with any UCI team. Porte, Matthew Goss, Sulzberger brothers, Ben Grenda, Cameron Wurf, Will Clarke add a couple of up and comers like Flakemore and Clements (Genesys riders now … »

Every night I pray to Merckx that in the morning when I wake up I’ll have a Campagnolo Free Candy Van with a Super Dome.And every morning, its a fresh disappointment that it didn’t come true. Continue reading...

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  1. @PeakInTwoYears So gents, do you dream in colour? »

That is the question. Are carbon wheels a viable option for everyday riding? Should carbon wheels be your go-to wheels rather than your just-for-racing wheels? I don’t really race and I don’t own any carbon wheels and I wonder. Granted, every professional is and has been on carbon wheels for many years so it’s easy to think we sho...

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  1. @morten okbo +1 , there’s a plan in place for a few months in europe next year, with some rides of course, and while it needs funding it has the approval of the VMH and will result in brownie points. No carbon wheels are ever going to do that. »

Cyclists can (and usually do) go on for hours as to why they ride their bikes, and most of their reasons can sound, well, a bit flakey to anyone not enamored with shaved legs and being done up in lycra. “I do it to keep fit”, “It keeps me slim”, “I’m a competitor, I love to race”, “It’s the free...

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  1. @brett In Hobart, one day there’ll have to be a Mt Wellington cogal (well that’s the first 20km sorted) I have grand plans for a one-off ride, Hobart, Dunalley, Nubeena – boat transfer to Bruny Island, some gravel roads from North Bruny to ferry, ferry b… »

  2. stuffed the links but who can taste a beer by hyperlink anyway »

  3. Further to the Aussie thread here I’m lucky enough to be living in Tassie, so it’s not too hot, our hops, barley and water are excellent and we can brew a beer. If it’s not the mainstream Cascade & Boags, try a 2 Metre tall, a Moo Brew (I do like the… »

Ask anyone from Melbourne or Sydney about Adelaide & you’ll see them roll their eyes before laughing about our interesting use for bank vaults and quiet, deserted streets in the middle of the ‘city’. Narrow your survey field down to cyclists there & while they’ll still carry out the same actions, once they’re done you’ll see tho...

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  1. Ask anyone from Melbourne or Sydney about Adelaide & you’ll see them roll their eyes before laughing about our interesting use for bank vaults and quiet, deserted streets in the middle of the ‘city’. Narrow your survey field down to cyclists there & while they’ll still carry out the same actions, once they’re done you’ll see those same eyes glaze over as they daydream about what’s widely regarded as some of the best riding terrain in Australia that doesn’t involve a 2hr drive from the city just to get to.

    With that in mind @DaccordiRider & I have decided it’s time to wrangle together a Cogal on some of those roads, and just in case catching up with a bunch of blokes (and possibly sheilas) from the internet isn’t enough to tempt you, we’ve decided to hold it the weekend before the Tour Down Under to throw in the chance to watch & possibly ride with the Pros while they’re out here working on their Rule #7 compliance.

    The ride itself will start on the city fringe and will head south towards the sea & vines of McLaren Vale, what we’ll be hunting however is Old Willunga Hill to test the legs up same the slope the pros will be fighting for the TDU’s Queen Stage on just 6 days later. Once up top we’ll wind our way back through the picturesque Adelaide Hills before taking in one of the better descents towards the city down Greenhill Rd. All in all we’ll cover 144k’s with just over 1,500m of up (and just as much down).

    It wouldn’t be a Cogal without some Malted Recovery Fluid and luckily we’ll be able to rely on the hospitality of the Belgian Beer Café for Mussels, Frites & Ale to fuel the crafting of stories describing a day of riding like lions. For  some post Cogal entertainment it’ll be a 2 minute walk to the parklands to find ourselves a spot to watch the pro’s 50k criterium that loops around the east end of Adelaide as the traditional pre cursor to the Tour Down Under kicking off on the following Tuesday.

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    Date - January 20, 2013
    7:55 AM - 3:45 PM

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    Red Berry Espresso

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@steampunk dropped this beauty of a photo on us. Volumes being spoken here, none of which makes being a pro look so great. Thanks Steamy.VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. I thought the starting image was just Frank post Haleakala Round IIV »

I can’t really call it an obsession. If it was an obsession, I would have commissioned a bloke I’ve never met to build me a set of ultra-light wheels and I would have spent an outrageous amount of money to upgrade my handlebars in an identical shape from aluminum to carbon in an effort to shave a few grams off the top end of my machine...

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  1. @Gianni What is it with the 3″ end on both ends? I have consulted http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/tape-o-philia/ & http://www.velominati.com/nostalgia/ride-like-a-leader-white-bar-tape to no avail. One end is fine for cutting an approved lead i… »

It was said by someone in the posts following Gianni’s excellent review of his tubeless system that an honest, long term analysis by a ‘real’ rider was most welcome. Well, you’re not going to get that here. You will get honesty, for sure, but ‘long term’ doesn’t come into the equation when a week is the am...

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  1. @Russ M Not all roads are shitty – my NZ experience was that they mostly are You mentioned climbs at some point, and there are plenty of those – for sure ( 44yr old body kid at heart )  – +1 , even though I have to add a few years @brett had a few ye… »

The Velominati mourn today the passing of Fiorenzo Magni, perhaps one of the Cycling world’s greatest living example of the spirit of The V and all that surrounds it.Magni was the original Lion of Flanders, a feat heightened somewhat by his being Italian, not Flemish – though the Flemish had little to argue with after he won de Ronde th...

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  1. Went on to read http://bikeraceinfo.com/oralhistory/magni.html “Human values come first. I have always put them before sport.” and when I get to the cycle touring in Europe that’s on the bucket list the climb to the Madonna del Ghisallo has to be in ther… »