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Recovering from a broken back. You should see the other guy.

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Strength can be a fickle thing this time of year, when the training isn’t as consistent as it should be; it comes and goes, sometimes several times in the span of a single ride or even a climb. Like a rosy-eyed dreamer I keep awakening as I train, thrown like a rag doll between a state nearing euphoria and one resembling purgatory.My mind is...

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  1. I was in a 40 minute breakaway last year.  I gave up 2x a lap after 20 minutes.  Each time I pushed myself to get back on. I wasn’t going to do the walk of shame. I finished 2nd. If you do the math, I quit about 10x. It never got any easier though. »

Pity our cyclist, it’s Saturday and he won’t shave his face, it might sap his strength but he has to shave his legs or he won’t look serious. He certainly can’t have sex, more strength stealing there, and kissing his wife, whoa, slow down, that could spread some germs. He doesn’t want to get sick so going to that birth...

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  1. @zeitzmar This is merely the difference between corticosteroids and oxygen vector doping. »

Yvon Chounard may not be Homer but he is a worthy modern day wise man, he admonished, don’t be a sports nazi. His meaning was, don’t do one sport to the exclusion of all others. It’s tempting not to pursue other sports when cycling demands so much time and leaves one with a body that is barely useful for anything else, but that w...

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  1. I forgot about this conversation for a while but apparently you guys still think that my bouldering will give me too much muscle mass.  I challenge any of you to an shirts-off muscle comparison and I’m willing to bet I win (or lose depending on which way … »

  2. @scaler911 Yes, PDX and PIR.  You’ll find me there most Mondays and some Tuesdays.  You’ll find me at The Circuit in NE on Tuesdays and Fridays. »

  3. Interesting thing going on here. I too race and rock climb (mostly boulder at the gym).  As a matter of fact, I probably do too much of both although my climbing is limited to 2x a week at the gym right now.  It seems not too uncommon either, while ridin… »

I’m not too proud to admit to having multiple phobias against various things. That’s phobia multiplicity. Having a phobia against something is very simliar to having a normal phobia, except that in addition to being irrationally scared of something, you also harbor a stifling grudge against it. Also possibly irrationally.For example,...

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  1. Look Frank, overly large calves are bad form too (although impressive).  Calf size has to be just the right amount of stupid. »

If I spent half a summer riding with one hand on the tops and one on the hoods, I spent the other half riding with each hand deliberately gripping the hoods differently. As any young Cyclist growing up in the United States in the late 80s, I had a major thing for Greg LeMond.I imagined Greg to be the perfect Cyclist, as youth often does of their...

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  1. Interesting bit of trivia. When talking to my friend who has been fitting riders/racers for years and now teaches fitting, he noted that if anyone puts their hands on the brake hoods any differently than just hooking the thumbs over them with the fingers… »

Truth be told, how many of us can resist a photo of ourselves Looking Fantastic on the bike? How many of us can resist the temptation of taking our eyes off the road and stealing a glimpse of ourselves in a shop window as we pass by? Not me, but then again a strong case could be made for my being a narcissist and I freely admit that I love looking...

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  1. This is me winning a race in October 1984.  Somewhere near Wheeling WV. I just found it and scanned it a few days ago.  It was shot with a point and shoot on film, I think by my sister.  I was 16 years old.  One of the benefits of having a father who was… »

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. I experimented with this extensively over the last year.  I basically pumped my tires up to 120 and then didn’t add air until I would occasionally feel the rim hit the ground on bumps.     Results: I did this for a year and have nothing to add to the conv… »

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 meant to write “donned, doffed, and adjusted”.  Of course you leave your house fully clothed, I’m talking about any changes that need to be made mid-ride. »

  2. If it hasn’t been mentioned, I believe it should be taken into serious consideration, especially in light of some of the newer rules.  Actually I can’t believe it isn’t a rule already. I believe that all clothing and accessories, including glasses, helme… »

I’ve said it once before, but it bears repeating now: adherence to Rule #29 carries with it the ultimate mission of the aspiring Velominatus, which is to geek out endlessly over the minimum amount of gear which yields maximum security in the event of a mechanical incident while riding.The goal here is twofold. First, with no European Poste...

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  1. I think you guys aren’t thinking about this the right way.  Pump in the winter to keep me warm, chuck in the summer to keep me cool. I sewed myself a small bag out of some scrap Cordura, tube, chuck, 2 carts, park patch kit, tire lever (not for me, I use… »

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. Um you guys asleep? The UCI has a sock length rule now. This is just about the only rule that they have that makes any sense whatsoever. »

The very first time I ever pulled a tire and tube off of a rim it made an impression on me and it still does. I’m not sure I expected to find anything other than the tube between the rim and tire but there it was, some sort of tape. The French words, “Fond de Jante” and latin “Velox”, written in blue, lightly stamped u...

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  1. Does anyone else make rim tape? »

There was a time when bicycles were lovingly handmade by artisans who themselves loved the sport more than those for whom they built the machines. Lugs were filed to become Luggs; chain and seat stays were beautifully chromed for durability despite the grams it added to the frame’s final weight; spokes were chosen for their purpose and lace...

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  1. Schwinn Approved »

It’s no secret that the cobbles are the domain of the big men. Look through the list of winners in Flanders and Roubaix, and you won’t find any flyweights, grimpeurs or probably anyone under 80kg. Ok, maybe lighter than that, but more likely the weight will be compacted in muscle and distributed over a shorter body than Jolly Naughty Wi...

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  1. @wiscot Best explanation yet. »

  2. If you haven’t seen the video, just Google UC Davis pepper spray or something like that. Then move on to a Google images search. »

  3. No message, just spreading a meme. »

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Rule #28: “White is old school cool. Black is cool too, but were given a bad image by a Texan whose were too long.  If you feel you must go colored, make sure they damn well match your kit.”You bet white is old school and for good reason, it is the only color of cycling socks that is truly acceptable. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,...

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  1. @frank For a man who can afford a Cervelo rain bike, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you can afford another Planet Bike light. Now I don’t mean to go on about it, but I had the red/white and I guess it’s on the smashed bike which the sheriff still ha… »

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. @itburns Give it a chance and try it out on fresh chip seal. The Clarence (sic) between the tire and the seat tube is gonna cause failures unless someone devises a scraper that fits in between the brake and the brake fastener bit (you attach the brake … »

Rule #28: “White is old school cool. Black is cool too, but were given a bad image by a Texan whose were too long.  If you feel you must go colored, make sure they damn well match your kit.”You bet white is old school and for good reason, it is the only color of cycling socks that is truly acceptable. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,...

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  1. @frank I can’t imagine needing more than that one Planet Bike light on the rear. I mean have you ever followed someone using one? »

  2. However looking at the photo, I think he was using it to signal the following heli. »

  3. @Steampunk You damn well need a light on the bike in the PNW on a rainy day. The light levels are very low. However I would go with the white/black version of that light instead of the red/white. It looks the same from behind but looks much better fro… »

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. @DerHoggz This is for people who hold the bottle inverted. »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

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