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Starting racing in 1980 in Hawaii. Won the "Cycle to the Sun" in 1982 & 83. Won Dick Evans Race around Oahu twice. Was Hawaii State 40k TT champ twice.

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  1. I would want my cassette to almost always have 12-13-14-15-16t cogs. The next five cogs up would be determined by terrain and fitness. Frank, you will be glad to know I am no longer riding the F’d up cassette, as you called it. »

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  1. The worst rides are always the best rides. Blast lube through speedplays regularly, if adhering to Rule V. »

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  1. I am proud to say I have been data free for 5 years now and the only data I give a shit about is my tubulars’ PSI before the ride. I really enjoyed riding with my data addict friends, they are so much fun to screw with. My favorite one, is when they are f… »

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  1. I think I owned a trainer for about a week in the early 80’s. I was sweating up a puddle on the floor after about 45 minutes of going nowhere. I looked out the window here on Maui and thought of the guy in his basement in MN sweating up a puddle too and h… »

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  1. I truly miss the downtube shifters days, as much as I miss surfing before the surf leash. There was a significant tactical advantage to being a good silent shifter. You had to pick your gears correctly for the jump at 400m to go and sit down once and shif… »

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  1. Just got the Dynamic test saddle from local LBS. Have already tried Glider, Lite 209 and Stratos. I am impressed so far with  the forward hip rotation, thus enabling a flatter back. I like the look of the Dynamic, technically speaking and will report back… »

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  1. I have heard of these magical winds that push you from behind, where do I find these winds? They do not exist on on Maui. It has always been headwind out and headwind back. I have named these winds the ” Invisible Hill “. »

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  1. I remember Velonews TDF addition coming in the mail to Hawaii in September. I immediately took the phone off the hook and began the journey. It was like Christmas, when that addition showed up in the mail box. There very few things I have saved from the p… »

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. I have a potential addendum to Rule #53. No use of detergents and fabric softeners infused with fragrances. »

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  1. I have been thinking about changes this last week too. I have been on the same saddle for a decade+. Time to check out Test Saddles from LBS. We need to make changes now and then just to gain perspective. »

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. I would ride carbon 28h Enve 1.45 & 2.45 (front & rear) tubular wheels with Vittoria Pave 27 tubs, anyday, anywhere, anytime, rain or fricking shine. Life is too short to stare at a carbon wheelset hanging in the garage and not be riding it. I fou… »

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  1. @Gianni I will enjoy that conversation and promise to be @ 4 IPA level for it. »

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  1. Thanks Gianni, now I am going to have nightmares of the picture of that rusty chain tonight. »

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  1. Viva la, the Hardmen. »

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  1. Bravo Frank! Even though gravity tugs at me at the rate of 84 kilos, I always head to the hills and mountains. I believe there are two reasons why. First, the more I climb, the more I can eat & drink (Team Ride to Eat). Secondly, having grown up in SoCal … »

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  1. @Rob I used 3M Fast Tack for many years, until a rear tire unexpectedly tore off on a 50 kph descent. I rode it out on a fricking new naked Mavic Reflex rim. The solvents in 3M Fast Tack can get through the base tape and weaken the glue holding the base t… »

  2. I have been riding on tubulars for 30+ years, training and racing. Vittoria Pavè Evo CG tubs are my favorite, since I ride in wet conditions about once a week. I hate to even say it, but I have been on the ground less than a handful of times in all those … »

The French call it la fringale. It’s one of the worst conditions that can befall a cyclist, this, when our reserves are tapped dry and yet we still have some distance to ride and some obstacle to cover. It’s happened to me twice in my life, and one of them was when I rode Haleakala in January. Of course, I haven’t looked up the e...

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  1. @Rob Yeh, I used double alfredo binda toe straps and I believe I did take off the rear brake. I used to love my concor saddle, I can’t believe it was yellow. That was a skinsuit I was wearing too. »

  2. @frank Aloha again Frank. I was the first asshole who went under 3 hours. The pic is of me on the summit road in the first official “Cycle to the Sun” in 1982 BC (before children). The lousy pic is a snapshot from a 30 min video done on the race. Chec… »

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  1. @G’phant Bravo on your PR. Yes, I drove up Crater Road and originally stenciled the altitudes (based on USGS). I repaint them and add a little every year before “Cyle to the Sun”. Thanks for the subtle spell check. I added the “E” yesterday afternoon…. »

  2. I’ll paint some more “V”‘s on the road for you this afternoon. Just remember, if all else fails, BREATH. »

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  1. In 2002 I watched the 2nd to last stage in the Giro and Cadel was in pink for the first time. I saw Cadel suffer as much as anyone I’ve ever seen climbing, while losing the jersey and the Giro. 9 years later I saw the same loser of the Giro win one of the… »

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  1. Truly, one of the greatest TDF wins. Lemond had to ride against his teammate and the majority of his French Team. Well before stage #18,Briançon to Alpe d’Huez, on the first mountain stage #12 Bayonne to Pau, Hinault went away and had close to a 10 minute… »

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  1. I always liked Moser, up until the point he beat Merckx’s hour record. Back in the day, I felt if you were to beat Merckx’s record, you rode a similar bike in similar conditions. First you proved you were better than Merckx in the hour record, then jump o… »

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  1. Aloha Gianni! I have finally read your post. Great read and best describes the climb through 1,000′ gains. If you should ever unswear and decide to do the whole thing again, give me a shout. I haven’t done the whole route in over a decade. Whenever I star… »