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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...

@onceaclimber's posts:

  1. @Marko Looks a lot like a trailhead a few blocks from where I live in Boulder.  Great looking bike. »

What does this have to do with the Worlds? Nothing, but it makes me laugh and includes a wicked photograph so this is the guest article today. @roadslave joined the 2012 Keepers Tour for the full week of riding and ranting and he was excellent at both. He rode at the front with a Chris Horner smile and now he admits to only riding for four years. F...

@onceaclimber's posts:

  1. It’s amazing how the body reacts after a crash, and the different stages that the pain and discomfort come in during the first few days.  Getting out of bed the next morning (or worse, in the middle of the first night to pee) is brutal. BTW, Obama isn’t … »

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...

@onceaclimber's posts:

  1. @RedRanger Every time I see TD wearing his cap backwards when he’s officially representing the team, I can’t help but think “What’s wrong with that kid?” I also wonder why team management hasn’t asked him to make a better appearance when he’s officially … »

As children, none of us were given an allowance. Instead, we were taught from a young age that if we wanted to buy something, we had to earn the money in order to do so. To facilitate the model, and possibly to avoid child-labor law infringement, we were paid to do chores around the house in exchange for a cash payment directly proportional but not...

@onceaclimber's posts:

  1. My favorite new cycling commercial of this year, BTW.  I smile every time I see it.  »

Clad in skin-tight clothes and cleated shoes, we walk with all the grace of a chicken with a repetitive stress injury. Yet once astride our machines, hovering above the tarmac and enraptured by the sensation of flight, we are transformed into a picture of fluidly harmonic articulation which belies the power and skill that drives us forward. Years...

@onceaclimber's posts:

  1. @Pedale.Forchetta In some very small way, I miss the days when a small group of riders, all from different teams and  doped out of their minds, would relentlessly hammer each other on the climbs.  You felt dirty for being entertained by it, but it was f… »

As a byproduct of brakes being strictly for ornamental purposes, cyclists are often forced to find alternative means of stopping their bikes. As a matter of both convenience and effectiveness, the tarmac and other objects of greater mass than the sum of cyclist and bicycle are often employed for this purpose. Collectively, we refer to this process...

@onceaclimber's posts:

  1. @frank I’m not slagging Canada at all. Quite the opposite. I was born there, spent the first 20 years of my life there, and still have a Canadian passport (among others). I’ve been a cyclist and fan of the sport most of my life and I’ve never been mor… »

  2. No better gift from Canada than a bottle of Canadian tylenol. »