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Location: Down Under - Melbourne

Riding since 1984 - first major ride was the '84 Great Victorian Bike Ride, 13 years old. Started racing in 1985 with Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club until end of 1999. A couple of years off here and there - car racing, pubs. Tried MTB racing on & off. Briding, Breeding & Blippin since 2000, with the occasional summer rides. Still enjoy the bike and am riding more and feeling better for it. May even pin a number on the back in 2012~ Done it! Had a couple of crits in February!

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The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Alejandro Valverde 2. Philippe Gilbert 3. Dan Martin 4. Joaquim Rodriguez 5. Michal Kwiatkowski »

Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. How tight to tighten? Two turns passed stripped, then back off half a turn. Gotta love aluminium threaded holes! As @Gianni @starclimber snuggle down. »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Philippe GIlbert 2. Rui Costa 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Alejandro Valverde 5. Vincenzo Nibali »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Philippe GIlbert 2. Rui Costa 3. Simon Gerrans 4. Alejandro Valverde 5. Vincenzo Nibali »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Longo-Borghini 4. Pooley 5. Van Dijk »

Souplesse. Only the French would have such a word; one you can sink your teeth into, chew on. It begs to be spoken over a plate of assorted cheeses and a bottle of vin rouge. Its exact definition is unimportant; such things conjure up an image in our minds that is cheapened by words. Souplesse is the ideal, sought by all and obtained only by The F...

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  1. @itburns pic found here Miss ya round here @itburns »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. can you put a beer down on the dresses on the podium girls? »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. @ChrisO When riding and see that, it makes me want to swerve and hit it. »

  2. @Ccos It’s the real deal! Well Cippo got paid to wear his kit. »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Michael Kwiatkowski 2. Philippe Gilbert 3. Simon Gerrans 4. Alejandro Valverde 5. Joaquim Rodriguez »

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. Don’t know where to post this, but here will do (?) Visit to my mother’s place and going through some drawers, found some more great mags. This is some Rebecca Twigg love from Bicycle Sport, May 1984. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered … »

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. @Mikael Liddy  Rule #3 on the bottle. Good call to guide good brews into The V-Pint! Cheers! »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. @Teocalli nar, this dude looked in the mirror on the way out the door kitted up, “Yep! Killing it!” and smashed all those who thought he was all show and no go. »

  2. @unversio Badass! »

  3. @ChrissyOne I think it’s impossble for a cyclist not to go past shop/office windows, especially mirror tinted ones, without checking yourself out. Or if riding with one or more others, keep the head straight and turn your eyeballs to “the mirror” for mo… »

I’m old as dirt. My first two race bikes employed toe clips and toe straps and that set-up was bad. For many reasons it was bad and any retro-hipster who thinks otherwise is wrong. When Lemond and Hinault started racing on the white Look clipless pedals, everyone but Sean Kelly quickly switched. Talk about a quantum improvement, it was long o...

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  1. @unversio Now you show those Mavic’s after purchasing Speedplays for #1 & #2!  My left knee says it wants more float. @unversio from TMKC »

  2. @Chris …. and with disc rotors in a crash! »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. Love my Cinelli 66-44′s on the old Columbus MAX. Haleakala ascent on the drops? »

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. @Mikael Liddy Cool! Now the next biggest decision, what’s the beverage of choice to Christian thy V-Pint? »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. @Chris Already missing playing the “Spot The V-Flag” while watching on the telly! »

@Harminator just submitted this little gem of a tale. It is too timely not to share with Paris-Roubaix looming. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Legendary tale! Wonder if the pigs  were there in 1981 to inspire The Badger to use pigs to describe the PR he just rode? »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @Teocalli Phew! I’m not the only one! But I did it out loud. »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Tom Boonen 3. Sep Vanmarcke 4. Zdenek Stybar 5. Alexander Kristoff »

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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    Brouwers

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Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. Jenko and Schmidt are changing kit; Undercover Houston Cops On Bikes Are Nabbing Drivers Dangerous To Cyclists Ssomething like this should be done worldwide? »