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I love discovering things about people who I think I know. Maybe it’s a work colleague or friend of a friend who you run into once a month, maybe every week, and as the relationship lengthens and develops you pick up a nugget of information here and there. Sometimes a mutual acquaintance will proffer an anecdote, or if they’re talking...

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  1. Yeah ferchrisssakes can you make him shave his fricken legs. Frasier’s a great guy, that’s a really nice write up Bretto. One nice thing I noticed once riding with Frasier, we were in a bunch heading back into town at a high clip, he pulls out of the pa… »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

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  1. Ceramics surely just have benefits at 10,000 rpm and up. On a bike, especially with some of the procedures that go into the races and design, you’re throwing money away. But, fucken whatever floats your boat. A ball bearing that is close to the other bea… »

  2. My record track hubs are pre-sheriff star hubs with cutouts and the high flange, as far as my inter web sleuthing goes they’re from around 1976/7. That they spin as smoothly as anything I’ve seen is, frankly amazing. They’re older than I am. »

  3. @Haldy Track is a whole other kettle of fish. Track racers have avoided external BBs because the cranks squirm in the bearings. DA BBs are octalink, which isa sealed unit, and a lot of the square taper BBs will use sealed cartridges. I have 2 Sugino 7… »

  4. I’ve recently had a dark night of the soul, bought about by this article – of the 8 wheel sets in the house, 4 are loose ball cup and cone, the rest are sealed bearings. Mavic Ksyriums (Bleurgh revolting) Ultegra hubs, Nemesis rims DA hubs, open pros … »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. I know I’m gonna get hung out to dry for this but the pic of Eddy just reminds me of Alan Partridge. »

  2. @brett I did, it was a square Italia, steel frame, 1 inch steerer, Campy groupset, Record hubs with DT Swiss R1.1 rims. It was my first real road bike that fitted me, after my Cannonade, (Too big: also regret selling) and the more bikes I ride, the mor… »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @TommyTubolare That’s it, I’m getting 200psi in there, cutting the chamois out of my shorts, and going for a six hour ride on a railway line riding between the tracks. Then we will see who’s who and what’s what. »

  2. Oh what a shame. I wrote a couple of very long, witty and frankly rather brilliant posts and they seem to have disappeared. Short version, is the 19mm tires are on the crit bike; I’m 90kgs, and they don’t squirm under cornering like wider tires do and ar… »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. Wool cycling caps with little earflaps. Half the price of the Rapha crockery. »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. What the hell are you guys on about. I’m using 19mm Vittoria Evo Corsas at 120psi. If I look at a twig on the road or a pothole the back wheel jumps a foot in the air. Plus, they’e on a pair of Ksyriums, otherwise known as the harshest riding wheel in the… »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. @frank What? You mean you lot weren’t all roiling bags of testosterone when Lance Oakley Nikestrong was busy winning the super obesity cycling bowl 17 times? My memory mustn’t be what it once was. »

  2. @frank @frank How dare you, how dare you criticise Sir Bradley have-my-children Wiggins. Your taste in riders is occassionally impeccable, but often frankly ridiculous – if I’d read the whole article instead of scanning it and flipping through the p… »

“My dear, Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. ~ Falsely yours” ― Charles BukowskiIt&#...

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  1. @Buck Rogers I feel I should defend Bretto here, since I encouraged him, but it’s Melbourne Cup week here in the Antipodes, a horse race  otherwise known as cruelty to Animals month. 2 of the horses after the race had to be killed. Brett’s a raging veg… »

  2. Soooo, when I finally meet Trent Reznor, it’s curtains for me? I dunno, didn’t read the article. »

  3. Yep. I’d dig horse racing if they took away the whips, spurs, drugs, selective culling, and “euthenasia” of racehorses, then you’d see what horse wants to run the fastest. No sarcasm, I actually reckon that’d be pretty cool. Like clean cycling. »

  4. Could be worse, you could be a racehorse. »

What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

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  1. Yeh I’ve found that other people don’t really give too much of a shit what you do, so I stopped being too bothered about what other people “might” think of me/you/it/whatever gender Marcus goes by these days. Most people really don’t care if a few guys ro… »

  2. @brett It’s your masculinity, leaving. »

  3. Brett, your meagre, neglected masculinity just withered up a liitle more and fucked off back down the hole it came from. There are tons of spots to get post ride coffee in Wellington, where the layout and staff are amenable to cyclists. You just need to n… »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. @frank My problem is similar to Brett, one foot is fantastic, my left foot there just isn’t enough space for my little toe and it’s really uncomfortable from the first pedal stroke. Heat molding and going up a size didn’t fix anything, the material jus… »

  2. I’m special. In that I’ve tried 3 pairs of Bonts now, 2 road and 1 track, and cant get them to work at all. I’m part of the great unwashed who uses specialized shoes, I need the cant plus a little more, and the arch support is about right. I’ve really, r… »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. Underwhelmed with the record given the equipment he was allowed to use, and what other riders achieved with far inferior equipment. If he hadn’t got the record it would have been fucking humiliating  and a major marketing fail for Trek. I don’t know if t… »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @MangoDave H Plus Son tb14s, Mavic reflex, are both popular tubular rims as well. »

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. @The Grande Fondue Looking good, was it you who had the Pinarello that looked much too large? The CerBike looks good, to paraphrase crazy cat people, if it fits it sits. »