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I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. @ped Had to check out the specific translation and found this great recounting and analysis.  Of couirse, @wiscot probably already knew this and has an article about in the @frank’s queue of things to be published here …. »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. Did someone said orange stem with orange fork?  @frank, this one’s for you (and it’s not a Budweiser).  The Prophet himself would be proud of this livery! Oh, the choices — painted steel, brushed ti.  Yup, Steve can make your head hurt… in a good way…. »

  2. @Haldy @frank: this.  It really is not a hard choice.  You already have a Velforma in carbone.  You’re a hop, skip and jump away from one of the best designers around in Steve so you can discuss things to your heart’s content in person, Andy is one of … »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. Quick update to the above post:  per Weatherspark, wind speed was a steady 26mph with gusts to 34 mph.  No wonder it was tough grinding into the wind!  Make the handling of the Aeolus 3s even more impressive — I think I was steadier in the wind than my c… »

  2. @wiscot @mouse Just got back from 90 min with winds in the high teens (mph)  gusting into the low 20s.  My Aeolus 3s (35mm) rode wonderfully.  I agree with @mouse that 35-40ish is the premier do-all wheelset. Not to do the clincher/tubular debate t… »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. Wow.  went to their site and played with their color palatte.  Orange with Belgian blue fork does it for me.  Also like Belgian blue with orange fork.  or… or…. or…. crap, they all look great.  And I love their philosophy on steel. »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. @wiscot Depth is part of the equation; profile may be more important.  I’ve ridden a set of Aeolus 7 wheels (deep profile), and in most situations for someone of my, um, stature they’d be great.  A little slow to get up to speed, but they flew once they… »

  2. @Nate Yes. I’m still wrestling with that.  Would prefer Veloflex Roubaix, but the cost difference is something warranting consideration.  And yeah, the freehub… dang!  We’ll see what the shop can do as I don’t have the time to get into messing wi… »

  3. @Gianni Thanks!  Pic is from the Fraser Valley back in July.  Today’s ride back home in WI was at 37F, windy, and mostly overcast.  But the Aeolus rode as sweetly as ever. If I remember right @frank dinged me on the SMP, but mentioned you also were a f… »

  4. @antihero Absolutely.  The ride of the Vittoria Paves is great, as is their durability.  And I only have one set of clinchers in the quiver — and they don’t get ridden much at all. Like @Gianni, I scored some Faboo-esque used tubulars (the net-to-me … »

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  1. @JohnB Eager for the site to show the newly in stock items as being available; ready to order cufflinks but still showing out of stock. »

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...

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  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… »