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I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @Teocalli Assume you’re talking about your mate’s condition after hitting the road, not the action of the horse… »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @unversio Yes, I actually have two, and sometimes space even then.  I like the idea of ordering new ones occasionally to support them; will have to do that this fall.  Also wear mine when I ski patrol or ski recreationally, both at alpine areas where I… »

  2. @frank  you wrote “In the rain, I’m even riding The Reflective Bike of Authority. (I draw the line at donning a YJA; we’re not a savages.)” So I have a Castelli Gabba jersey in their fluoro yellow; i did make a deliberate decision against black given tha… »

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. @Nate @nate, indeed he should.  And @frank, you can write an article about the process and the Hampsten vibe.  Oh, and tell Steve I sent you:) »

  2. @frank Steve is one class act.  Tuning the fit was pretty incremental and secondary to tuning the ride, but we worked together on both. You do know he’s in Seattle, right?  I would think you’d pay him a visit, just in the name of great experiences and… »

  3. @EBruner Wow, my first view of a new LeMond in the wild.  The Campagnolo is the icing on the cake.  Well done!  I liked my steel/carbon spine LeMond a lot. »

  4. @Nate Nice when you can find something that fits well.  I tried both the Antares (a full season) and the Aliante (still on my CX/rain bike but not really digging it.  If you can demo an SMP it’s a good option.  Steve Hogg has a comprehensive post on all… »

  5. @MangoDave Yes, they are clinchers.  For a while there were rumors that H Plus Son might do a tubular equivalent or their Archetype (also a clincher), but no dice so far. If you can find them, the Ambrosio Montreals in hard ano are similar to Nemesis … »

  6. @Nate @DeKerr Yup, I like it a whole lot.  Hard to tell, but these are actually v1 and v2 vs two photos of the same bike.  Steve H built me a second one this winter after we had some discussions about my fit and riding qualities.  Someone else is lo… »

  7. @Nate What width on the Schwalbes?  I see nominal sizes at 22/24/26/28….  dang, I may have to swallow hard and put out the big bucks for a set of 27 FMBs… gulp….  but if the sidewalls were pink it would make the swallowing easier:) »

  8. @Nate @nate, besides your lovely FMBs are there other 27/28mm tubs you like for our gravel riding? »

  9. One ride on clinchers since this winter when I run wider tires and fenders on the CX bike, and that one was for the Cheesehead Roubaix where I wanted a bit more width than the 24mm Vittoria Paves on my Nemeses.  I haven’t flatted on tubulars since, oh, wa… »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

@teleguy57's posts:

  1. @frank Indeed; although AH’s exploits in the 7-Eleven kit were awesome as well.  So one POV is that it’s OK to wear a kit from a team defunct >10 years.  How about wearing the kit when you meet the guy who actually wore it (AH in brown sweater, me in my… »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. @wiscot I think I did penance in full last night on my first attempt at the A ride — got dropped midway up a long grade after riding stupidly, but chased solo for 10 mi at 22mph – that’s really hard for this old too-fat-to-climb guy.  And no, I didn’t… »

  2. Now that Wiscot has given absolution… Latest in my brain came from seeing Jackson Browne in Sturgeon Bay WI (really!) back in July.  He’s connected with a music collaborative there and did a benefit for them as a warm up for his upcoming tour after jus… »

  3. @wiscot Acknowledged.  It was 25 years ago…  Is my sentence reduced for for good behavior since? »

  4. Ok, I’m going here — even though I will be totally exposed. Training rides in the late 80s — John Tesh.  Some of the soundtracks from the early CBS Tour coverage and his TDF album on a Sony Walkman in my jersey pocket.  Headclobbers, Road Made for Anim… »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

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  1. @wiscot Fall would be wonderful — bookend the season with the Cheesehead Roubaix tête de la course and a fall cogal arrière du peloton. Now as to type of climbing, when one is the same weight as Magnus Bäckstedt (my now favorite commentator by far) b… »

  2. @wiscot Makes it a bit interesting to train  here for real climbing.  I’m headed out to Kent Eriksen’s Tour de Steamboat next month.  While I’ve ridden in CO, nothing this long (110 miles) combined with this kind of climbing (7,500 feet) … My framebu… »

I don’t know how a guy who shows off the better part of a half meter of seat post comes to the conclusion that his saddle is too low, but that precise thought occupies an enormous amount of time. Ever closer looms the minimum insertion point on my seat pin, yet I am irrevocably bound to explore its limits.I actually wish my legs were shorter...

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  1. @frank @frank If you’re serious about some editing help, email me.  Undergrad degree in journalism and I edited both my sons’ college essays (they hated the experience:)) »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goi...

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  1. @WMdeRosset +1 on both the Stans and the full sized frame pump.  Mine goes old school style along the NDS seatstay.  Solid placement, easy access.  Style points. The small bottle of Stans in the jersey pocket with valve core remover rubber banded to i… »

Despite the proclivity towards being all-knowing that comes as a consequence of my being Dutch, the most beautiful things in life are discoveries that come as a result of not knowing. We are quick to answer but slow to think; the easy solution lies at our fingertips while the true mystery lurks just beyond, ready to reveal her secrets if only we a...

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  1. @wiscot I would love to know where those roads are so I can get on them!  Sorry we missed each other at the Cheesehead Roubaix, but I’m sure there will be other opportunities. Planned to celebrated my 60th yesterday with a 60 mile ride (60K would have … »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @wiscot I hear you on the age and solo rides as I turn 60 next week and most of my rides are on my own.  No Dirk Hoffman sign this time, but folks with whom I was riding were talking about it from last year. »

  2. @wiscot Sorry we didn’t meet — I was looking around for V garments (although I myself have overspent my bike clothing allowance for the year and don’t own any yet).  I too headed out after the first group, so we probably rode together at some point in … »

@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. @frank Peut-etre; I think Steve  and Andy would phrase it as “chasing the  cinghiale.” »