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There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. Wait… Are you a one helmet man then? I have a question regarding Oakley Frogskins… WTF is with using them for actual riding? I am seeing more and more, and am not sure if Hermione put some kind of time shift spell on my ass to get back for the kilome… »

In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are...

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  1. In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are what really count.

    We’ll be leaving from Brouwer’s Café in Fremont at 10:05. No support vehicle is expected, but we’ll have lots of opportunity to refuel along the way. I will pre-ride the route a few days in advance and post GPX files and a queue sheet. The ride is intended to be no-drop, but due to the amount of climbing, we may break into separate groups before meeting back at Brouwer’s for post-ride recovery ales.

    Join us one and all to get a very minor taste what its like to ride de Ronde!

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    Date - April 06, 2014
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM


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Assuming you ride somewhere outside the borders of Antarctica, you have likely already heard about the injustice being imposed on our friend and fellow Velominatus, Dan Richter who goes around these parts as @Dan_R.I’ve been riding Dan’s wheels for a bit over a year, and they are the best I’ve ever had. After hearing about the sui...

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  1. Thanks for the post, Frank, and thanks for the listen everyone. Things just seemed to work out right after finding out about Dan’s situation from this very site. Hope the attention changes some minds, and puts some more LBS’ in the right light. »

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. Three words. Simplex Downtube Shifters. Those bad boys made it worth taking my hands off the bars. »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Evans 4. Teejay VG 5. R. Porte »

Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

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  1. When I grow up, I wanna be a Keeper. Or Tony Clifton. Or Sean Kelly »

Sweet Jesus, here is a DS you can’t bluff. Having Raas, Tchmil or Sean Yates as a director must make you a better rider; you will be getting little sympathy from the team car with one of these guys behind the wheel. Some ex-racers really let go when they retire but only Sean Yates looks meaner and leaner after he quits the pro peloton. This p...

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  1. Just ordered the value pack. Yeeeeaaaaahhh. »

  2. Holy. Shit. I had no idea that I might actually want to wear rubber wristbands again. Now that’s a cause… »

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. @VeloVita Now that is funny. »

  2. Shit… Think it’s crooked. »

After a winter of long training rides that offered more in the way of numb extremities than it did in acute enjoyment, I have to say that the warming of the air and brightening of the skies have served to remind me that while I love riding in bad weather, I certainly don’t have anything against riding when its nice out.But dont think for...

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  1. Crap. No Universal Sports here. Is anyone using the online pay for live streaming service? I can’t make it through with just video highlights… »

It’s a beautiful, yet cruel sport, this. It punishes you for being lazy, for being unfit, but it also punishes you when you are at the top of your game. And as for Europe, well it’s sending out all kinds of mixed messages when it comes to cycling. Everyone rides, and a good number of them do it while smoking. If it’s good enough f...

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  1. Wait… I see it!! »

There’s no doubt I live La Vie Velominatus. Sometimes I think I live it maybe a little too much, as I’ve been told by independent observers that bicycles and all associated with them dominates my very existence. And it’s true; I work in the industry, dividing my time between editing Spoke magazine, writing (not nearly enough latel...

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  1. As someone suffering from an extreme lack of riding recently, this article couldn’t have posted up on my ‘recent reads and popular articles’ section at the bottom of the home page. Life is friggin’ in the way right now, and the vie has been put on hold…. »

I thought I’d take this opportunity to move en danseuse on Rule #89 and to refer to Liege-Bastogne-Liege by its less-common Flemish name. It also draws into sharp relief that fact that while Dutch may be every bit as expressive and subtle as French, it certainly sounds less sexy.Some races seem to foster a romanticism that other races of e...

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  1. Don’t laugh at my pics. I’m vulnerable, and might cry. VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Friggin’ Horner 2. Simon Gerrans 3. Frank Schleck 4. Gilbert 5. Sanchez »

When people think of the The Netherlands, they generally think of flat lands, windmills, and a topography where people claim to “live at elevation” when their home on the third floor of a building. Never the less, this is not entirely true as The Motherland does, in its most southern reaches, boast quite hilly terrain; the province of...

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  1. Yep. VSP PICKS: 1. Chavanel 2. Voeckler 3. Gerrans 4. F. Schleck 5. Boom »

The saddle has got to be the most important piece of equipment for the cyclist when it comes to comfort and performance. If your ass is rubbing the wrong way, causing chafing and sores, or all circulation is cut off rendering you unable to locate vital organs for nature breaks, then it’s fair to say you don’t have the right saddle. And...

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  1. Crap. Now I’m going to have to try one out. Do any shops do the ‘try one, if it doesn’t work, bring it back for a discount’ kind of program? I miss those days… »

We rode the Pavé of Roubaix in the dry, and any comforting feelings we might have been carrying about with us that suggested we had somehow prepared for them were summarily vaporized as we hit the first secteur. Riding together in a group, unable to reach for the brakes or the shifters, we all were hit with the same realization: these aren’...

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  1. @The Oracle @TheOracle, thank you… that helps more than you could know. »

  2. The wife is thinking I am obsessing a bit on finding the Keepers in the footage, until I showed her the photos above. Now at least I am obsessing with others. »

  3. Looked for the Keepers, might have to go back frame by frame… »

In the 1990 Giro, a relatively unknown cyclist named Gianni Bugno lit the cycling world on fire by winning the first stage, thereby taking the Maglia Rossa. That wasn’t so surprising in itself; what was surprising was that the little bugger managed to hold the jersey all the way to Milan, a feat previously only accomplished by Binda and M...

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  1. 1. Contadork 2. Nibs 3. Garzelli 4. Someone not from Radio Shack? »

A lot has been made lately of the fact that riders today are lacking a little bit of the V. It’s not so much a criticism of how they conduct themselves during a race (although that has also been called into question lately), but in their general demeanor towards their life as a cyclist.It doesn’t surprise me much; historically, riders...

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  1. Shit, I meant Rule #5. Now I am a d-bag…sigh »

  2. Effing brilliant Frank. I couldn’t agree more. Not to mention the coat is pretty cool (but I know there is no way I could pull it off without looking like a total D-bag)… Time for a little Rule #9? »

Holland. Not known as a hilly country, this. I have relatives who live “at elevation” near the Kinderdijk, where I took this photo. They live at 3m above sea level. Right. Known more for wind than we are for hills, then. In fact, one of the many (many) interesting things about the Netherlands is that while most countries use windmills...

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  1. So confusing…. VSP PICKS: 1. Matthew Lloyd, no, Frank Schleck 2. Riccardo Rico, wait…Gilbert 3. Joe Papp, crap…Andy Schleck 4. Lance Armstrong, awww, Gesink 5. Vinokourov…Vinokourov »

Here stands a man. A quiet man. A hard working man. A Belgian man. A man from a life of grit, cold, and rain.Here stands a man who has chosen a life of hard work and sacrifice; a hard life even within the context of Cycling. A man who spends long hours in the wind and in the rain, in the service of his team. A man who despite those long hours in...

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  1. Every cobble is a six inch climb, and six inch descent. »

I suppose it’s just a sign of how rich our sport is and how enthusiastic we are about it that some of the most iconic rides in cycling go virtually unmentioned in these pages. It almost seems as though they are so tightly woven into legend that we take them for granted, these rides. Nevermore, nevermore: enter a new V-Series where we’ll...

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  1. ok, so, not to self promote, but if anyone would like, I recorded a podcast with Andy a while back, and we talked a bit about this ride. You can find it at, in the ‘previous posts’ section. If this seems like self promotion bs, don’t hesit… »