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Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. @frank I believe that the oval ring actually does change the effective gear, making it larger at the apogee of the ellipse. I’m sure that this is covered off by someone else previously but the thinking is that that largest effective gear is pushed whe… »

  2.   Hi @Frank Ok, I’ve seen you state your theory about high cadence being a result of the blood doping era quite a few times now and, with respect, it grates every time. Developing leg speed as a training is something that has been around for long befo… »

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. @VeloSix I always mount my roof racks this way. Two significant reasons; 1. Bugs and road debris hit the rear trye and back of the seatpost predominantly. Not the front of the bike. Ergo you have a relative clean bike to ride without squashed insects t… »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. You’re welcome. »

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. @Ron Interesting.  Euro clothing has the zipper on the same side as North American clothing.  Women’s clothing however has the zipper on the other side… »

Rules! Hear me fools: The Rules mark the beginning of the path to enlightenment, not the end. There are higher planes, expanding dimensions. Beyond the color of your bar tape exists a man, a mountain, and a bike. This is where the world begins.Keeper Jim wrote this, reporting on his utilitarian climb of Mount Ventoux. He posts less than the rest of...

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  1. Love your work @Gianni.  Transcending the rules should be the aim. »

Ok all you roadies, listen up. You’re not gonna like what I’m about to tell you, but it’s the truth. And sometimes, the truth hurts. You ready?Road cycling owes a lot to mountain biking. Continue reading...

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  1. @Weldertron Sure it’d be pretty but you couldn’t climb anything appreciable with it. I could be entirely wrong about this but I suspect that it’s the close gear ratios that are most valuable to road riders as distinct to mountain bikers. On the road 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. @scaler911 CX bike, of course. I have very fond memories of winter traing for ‘cross in High Park, Toronto.  Moonlit night, no lights, following a ribbon of barely visible hard packed snow that defined the track where the rest of the forest floor was fr… »

Although he was already an active community member, I began my friendship with Dan Richter in early 2012 after he reached out to me regarding some wheels he wanted us to take along on Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012. At the time, he was an amateur wheel builder making some money on the side selling his wheels on eBay. Like many of us in this co...

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  1. @eightzero Why are you quoting Montgomery Burns? »

  2. @scaler911 Agreed. I’ve been watching all of this unfold from the sidelines. It’s been pretty painful for all involved, I’m certain. It is quite an amazing thing these interwebs When they use their powers for good instead of evil. (If it weren’t for you… »

Finding The V-Locus is something of an extension of the Goldilocks Principle; bars set somewhere between Sit Up and Beg and a face-plant, saddle height somewhere between speed skater and Baryshnikov, and reach somewhere between a unicycle and the Batpod. This is art more than it is science, a process of iteration and refinement. And everyone knows...

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  1.   Love this photo. Dig the pressure wave on her left shoe as she breaks the sound barrier. »

The cycling cap was part of any kit: nearly black shorts, team jersey and cap. It would be matching, it would be cotton. In the day before the required helmet, the cycling cap was it. Unrestrained by helmet or hairnet, the cap was the crown upon the head. It would sit high on the head, not pulled down like a baseball cap. It sat no higher upon the...

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  1. @The Pressure @Barracuda @pistard @Mikael Liddy I like the Fiasco Ciclismo kit, though it’s got nothing on Attaquer »

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. @RedRanger Whoo, yes, not a huge variation in surfaces there but full marks for trying. »

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. @Weldertron 165′s is what I run. I have Omniums. They seem fine. Forget 172.5′s, you will be getting pedal strikes on the banking. Not recommended! indoor or outdoor velodrome? »

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. This? »

The first tire patch kit I ever owned came in a big green box, had several patches of various sizes which were possibly made of old truck tires. It also came with a sheet of 60 grit sandpaper. The mild high offered from sniffing the glue while applying the patch almost made you stop caring you’d gotten a flat in the first place. Stoned on glu...

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  1. @DerHoggz Fascinating.  I had the exact same experience when Gatorskins first came out.  Had the shittiest Vittorias for my commute that would last several months without a flat.  Put Gatorskins on and had 5 flats in three weeks. Never have used them… »

  2. @DerHoggz Agreed.  They always fail after a period of time. Also, good luck trying to make them work in the wet. I’ve gone back to the old style patches as I’ve found that they are more secure if done properly. »

Rule #31 was conceived out of necessity, aesthetics and plain good taste.  Seeing an oversized saddle bag hanging limply by velcro under a Flite, Arione or Regal just isn’t right.  Frame pumps, while they undoubtedly do the finest job of inflating a tube, add nothing but bulk and clutter to the lines of a frame (and aren’t compatibl...

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  1. Used to have a very tiny SciCon saddle bag until it chose to self enforce Rule #31.  It took with it a CO2 cannister, chuck tube and multitool. I now carry a small nylon pouch that contains the following. I’m most chuffed about he Birzman pump.  12.5 cm… »

A Velominatus maintains their machine with meticulous care, doting over it daily. A bicycle is a tool, but it is also a work of art, and serves us loyally in pursuit of our craft. We love them as though they were alive; as we grow together, the cracks and lines formed upon both our skins signifies the journey that has passed beneath our wheels.A cl...

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  1. @DCR Counter intuitively, the opposite may be the case (within reason). When I race CX on hard bumpy surfaces and grass with small tussocks, it’s advantageous to run less pressure as you get less ‘rebound’ of the tire against the obstacle. This rebound … »

It wasn’t so long ago that the majority of bicycles were made by hand, from raw materials, in places that aren’t China or Taiwan. While some of these artisans are still around, their wares are increasingly harder to come by, and to procure an example of their work means an outlay of time and money which is more than most are willing to...

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  1. @G’rilla Well done@G’rilla! There’s no better feeling than feeling stronger, seeing progress. »

  2. @VeloVita Fuck, you got hit in the ass with a rainbow while you we’re riding your unicorn. We demand photos! »

In the days of Anquetil, this was considered the most prestigious individual time trial on the calendar, and he made his name early by winning the event as an amateur at 19. It was also 100km in length, which brings up the point that maybe everyone in our generation should be banned from ever breathing the phrase, “Rule #5″.These days,...

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  1. Go Bridie!! VSP PICKS: 1. Neben 2. Zabelenskya 3. Bridie O’Donnell 4. Lisbeth DeVocht 5. Patricia Schwager »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. Speaking of Spam filters, it looks like @Frank’s got his hands full dealing with some serious attacks in the last couple of nights. Hope you manage to sort it out, big fella. »

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. @backlinks genie i simply think that your backside is some sort of bullshit spam. Please fuck off. »

  2. Uh, *Lifa*. »