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Velominatus: therealpeel

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Location: Philly

a bike commuting social working weekend warrior or at least I was. Now I am recovering from a stupid accident and waiting for the budget to align for replacement parts. I have to make do with mtn biking but it just doesn't feed my soul in the same way...

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We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. @Ron Do they source their materials from local road kill? »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @Buck Rogers The all encompassing weight of tradition?  As a first thought that sounded right, but as my internal monolog progressed I realized for the Pro’s (and more importantly) their sponsors nothing is sacred except winning. So. Now I am flummoxed… »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. @Buck Rogers Had never really noticed how well the bandana matched the rest of his kit. Impressive and so much better than the ubiquitous red bandana I see too often. I appreciate the idea of a racer creating a persona while on the bike…as has bee… »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

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  1. Man, I gotta ride more. The days with the longer rides are more magical (for me that means anything more than 1.5hrs), but like others I believe any time in the saddle is good time. You who ride massive hours… How do you do this? Laid-off? Kids in cages… »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. Feeling inadequate for my lack of facial hair, but angry because that’s my uncle you all are making fun of in this AOP. Shame. »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. @frank The results are never prettu when nerds collide. »

I have a huge capacity for watching bike racing on TV. I’ll watch hours of it even when nothing is really happening. I’m certainly not bragging. So I’m quite certain I could sit in the cramped, possibly smokey, noisy, Gent velodrome and watch an evening of six-day racing. I bet the ratio of men to women (who actually want to be th...

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  1. @Ron American sports are losing their appeal to me, not completely, but I don’t make an effort to watch unless it’s the home town team. Even then a bike ride or family time will win.  Track racing and spectating bike events though… I find the time. »

“My dear, Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. ~ Falsely yours” ― Charles BukowskiIt&#...

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  1. @Chris To add to the train of quotes, from the movie “the grey”. Once more into the Fray/into the last good fight I’ll know/love and die on this day/live and die on this day »

  2. The constancy of being on the razor thin edge of life and death is useually at least partially in my conscious mind while I ride, unless I am on the MTB and then I just worry about broken bones.  I continue to ride  but still wrestle with the concept that… »

I’ve never been to Africa before, although I’m not sure Cape Town counts as “Africa”. One thing I noticed is that everyone here is very skinny. I also noticed that the meal proportions served at restaurants are very modest. That shows the difference between prevention and treatment when dealing with obesity; whereas in the U...

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  1. The overwhelming presence of inexpensive (for a Westerner) quality wine in south Africa could make a person swear off beer.  It’s crazy. I craved a bike when I was there, but time and budget would not allow.  I also felt insecure about being able to stay … »

Sharing the road with cars is mostly a losing proposition. It’s hard to share when your vehicle weighs 8 kgs and the other guy’s is 800 kgs. If we have to share we have to let go and that is not easy, as @Kevin Wilkins explains. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @Ken Ho I have thought about doing this… Just have a hard time with the cost. »

What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

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  1. @scaler911 This. And all of this is awesome. I try to look fantastic, but saw a picture of myself recently in kit and I cringed. This made me embarrassed because it was after a good ride. I vowed from that point to improve my look, but it’s not exactly … »

There is nothing more disappointing than discovering the truth behind a myth or spotting the mortal behind a legend. This is why I make a point never to do any research or in any other way attempt to validate my assumptions when evaluating a situation; mystery that feels like a fact and sounds like a fact is better than an actual fact. Tr...

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  1. I am at the end of the comments and I have no idea what the original article was about. Legends of cycling? Or was it climbing? Were we discussing poetry or was it a review of wet weather gear? What happened? »

I’m not sure where this ride falls on the graph of fitness but down towards the bottom, somewhere.There can be a point in every rider’s season where each ride ends the same. FFS, I suck. The unabridged volume of self-loathing is reviewed, cogent chapters reread, aloud, in the bathroom. I’m Too Fat To Climb is a chapter I like to q...

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  1. @the-farmer Yes. Always wishing. @gianni Spot On. Especially remembering being a good cyclist. I think about that all too often. In months and years past feeling like I could fly (slowly), but now everything is struggle. My mantra is- Tomorrow I wil… »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. @Nate Ya, that’s me. I used to ride in the drops a lot more- on flat and windy rides, but now I ride with little wind and more frequent climbs and its just more comfortable on the hoods. But really I just need to HTFU. »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. @VeloVita I have never understood USA kit… It’s always hideous. »

 Rule #4 is clear but how do you explain to your five year old what a twatwaffle is? I was left trying to define twatwaffle to a room full of relatives, none five years old but a few close to ninety-five years old. Someone opened The Book of Rules and loudly read out Rule #4. Some hand waving and muttering about the Dutch deflected things, thankf...

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  1. Very nice story. Thanks for sharing. I think it’s one of the great conundrums of the V-life. It is all about the bike, of course, but more than anything else the rider makes the bike. »

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. @ron well said. Thinking of balance in life I remind myself that balance is never static. We turn the pedals around to stay upright on impossibly narrow strips of rubber. We shift our weight forwards and back to compensate for changing terrain. What is no… »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. I used to consider a “good” mountain bike ride as one in which I didn’t crash. Maybe I need to rethink that. @ron what is a MUP? »

Happy living in our stressful lives is all about organization. For instance, I like to sort the tasks first by priority and then group tasks of equal priority into buckets of minor priorities. Software developers creatively call this approach to organization a “bucket sort”. This helps break down what appears to be an insurmountable me...

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  1. Inspired stuff all around. Definitely struggling to get out in the dark. @piwakawaka i feel it. I know it. Its emptier than a glass of cheap light beer. »

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. @Puffy More power to you. Ride what you got. I too was riding a Sora equipped aluminum trek for more years than I care to admit. You are racing, right? Maybe not a pro, but still racing. Its my opinion, why is your Lycra all in a bunch? »

  2. @Ken Ho Indeed. I tend to think carbon wheels, at least the deep dish variety, should only be ridden by a racer (preferably professional). »

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. I for one like the orange. Black is too common. But, having recently built up a new to me bright red and orange serotta it attracts many comments… »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @PeakInTwoYears Freaking John Donne! Awesome! I do prefer the simple, clean elegance of steel bikes with down tube shifters, but there is something undeniably sexy about a carbon bike completely tricked out… Unless the rider is slower and fatter than… »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. Wow, what a thread. It was fascinating for its sheer pedanticness. I have seen some wild tangents, but never one so…boring in the minutiae. »