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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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I’ve never been able to decide if choices are a gift or a curse; a lack of choices introduces simplicity but also with it the risk that the simple choices do not meet the demands of a complex world. An abundance of similar choices, on the other hand, often reduces the impact of getting things a little bit wrong, but also decreases the thought...

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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. »

Water is an asshole, at least when it comes to bicycles. So is wind, now that I think of it; I don’t love it, unless its at my back, but that rarely seems to happen even on out-and-back routes. Fire’s not winning any prizes either, unless you’re talking about the hunk-a-hunka burnin’ V. Even le soleil isn’t scoring po...

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

I’m compliant with Rule #74: no Garmin, no cyclometer, just an uncluttered cockpit. I’m not anti-data, if I could generate some awesome data I’d like to know about it. If I was racing I would train with data. I just got bored with looking at the numbers and not doing anything about them. When my Cateye cyclometer/heart rate monit...

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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… »

Merckx famously professed that after a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. He obviously meant this figuratively, not literally, because those mud guards on his bike aren’t going to take a big bite out of whatever that lorry has to offer him by way of a Flandrian Facial.Winter is a tough time for those of use pawing about in search of...

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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… »

I suspect that whoever first put a set of downtube shifters on a bike immediately knew that while it was superior to having the shifter on the seat stay, it was a design that was going to be improved upon. Not only did it require being seated to shift, it also required taking your hands off the bars. Shimano got close with the introduction of the S...

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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… »

What does Selle SMP have in common with the lead up to the 2013 Tour de France? Absolutely nothing, seeing as possibly no riders are on them in the Tour. It’s a long three weeks of Tour ahead, let’s think about our own asses for a brief moment. As a disclaimer: this is not a Reverence article, yet, maybe after a few centuries and pavé...

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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… »

Any return from time off the bike is always met with a peculiar mixture of anticipation and apprehension. I will be excited to return to the bike, but on some level I’ve become accustomed to not getting on my bike every day. Not riding is easy, and we are creatures of inertia – once the rhythm of the daily ride is broken, it takes a...

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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 “. »

It’s not a secret around these parts that William Fotheringham is my favorite Cycling journalist. Growing up as a budding Velominatus in the isolated island known as North America, I could count on one hand the publications that even mentioned Cycling, let alone provided reliable coverage. Winning Magazine and Velonews were my source for race...

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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. »

My wife and I live in subtropical Maui. We moved here partly to break the horrible cycle of fall fitness followed by winters of undersubscribed gym memberships, eleven minute turbotrainer sessions, weight gain followed by depression and a complete loss of cycling fitness every f’ing spring. Bib knickers worn until May to ride exhausting littl...

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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… »

Eight point V bar. From the moment I bought my first set of high quality road clinchers, I’ve ridden at that pressure. I started with that number because that’s the pressure the sidewall told me to pump them up to; I didn’t yet understand much about balancing the benefits of high and low pressures to optimize comfort and friction;...

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

Brought back to life by reader demand, the Broken Chain Award is considered for any person or thing that protrudes above the surface of cycling’s bad behavior and bad ideas. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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

No double wraps of bar tape. No arm warmers or bandages for an injured left arm; just some wrappings borrowed from an Egyptian mummy he sent back to the underworld earlier in the morning. Nothing special for Roger on a typical race day in Hell. Just unmeasurably enormous helpings of Rule #5.The most remarkable thing about this photo? He did tha...

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  1. Viva la, the Hardmen. »

When you’re digging deeper into Rock and Roll, you’re on a freight train headed straight for the blues. - Jack WhiteThe analog for this in Cycling is that as we dig deeper into cycling, we’re headed for The Mountains. Suffering is the altar of our sport, and Rule VV emphasizes the experience: the pain never lessens; the only indication we hav...

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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 … »

We can mimic the pros in many ways; kit, bikes, shaving our legs. Even if we’ll never ride like them, we can try (mostly in vain) to look like them. We’ll buy a piece of equipment because our favourite pro endorses it, or even adopt trends that the peloton have, such as alloy classic bend bars, slamming a 140mm stem, or putting those pl...

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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… »

When Icarus flew too close to the sun, it was more than just the heat from the sun that caused his mighty fall; it was also the brilliance of his pride. As I contemplate my next ride up the Haleakala Highway and Crater Road which leads to the summit of Haleakala, I can’t help but wonder if the Road to the Sun together with my own pride won...

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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. »

You’d think that with such an historical event taking place in France overnight that the Australian newspapers would be a sea of yellow and ‘we are the champions’ headlines this morning. Yet what I saw staring back at me when I visited one of the most respected newspaper websites (ie not a Murdoch tome) was a dead, tattooed junki...

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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… »

We tend to look at cycling through rose-tinted glasses; cycling-specific ones that not only give us a cheery outlook on the past, but ones that conveniently hold big black bars over the bits we prefer not to remember as they were because they don’t fit into the picture we’ve formed in our minds. One of the most interesting things about...

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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… »

In May, Velominati wake up too early, brew espresso and open laptop computers to watch small streaming videos of the Giro d’Italia.  We notice how different the Giro is from the Tour de France. It’s more colorful, more vibrant, more full of life. If Hinault somehow represents the TdF, Moser would represent the Giro. Lo Sceriffo, The Sh...

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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… »

Maui has the longest and highest continual climb in the world, sea level to 10,000’ in 36 miles with an average gradient of 6%. It’s a wonderful, underused climb because great as the road surface, temperature, and views are, Maui is well off the route for most cyclists. I did this ride 20 years ago on my trusty steel Bella, 42 x 23 gear wit...

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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… »