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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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Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. @ChrisO Nicely said, easily forgotten. @TBONE Awesome.  More of this please. Full speed contact cycling. Hella bad ass. »

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. @antihero Exactly. »

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. @frank Agreed, I hope for the day when I can somewhere possibly considered too remote as I am now stuck in the urban morass of the Philadelphia.  There a few places of solace, but not as many as I would like. Until that time, I ride defensively aggress… »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @eightzero What he said. @bianch_bob »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. @Kupepe I admire your dedication. My trainer mysteriously disappeared a few moves back. I am not too sad because I could hardly manage myself while riding using it, plus it gets me outside to exercise even in worse weather. Just yesterday I had no time … »

  2. I thought being a cyclist was about dogmatic adherence to The Rules… »

Summer is a time for getting fat. Winter is a time for getting fat as well, but in a different way; in Winter we get fat on meals of meat and potatoes covered in sauces made of meat and potatoes. In Summer, on the other hand, our minds get fat: we get nice tans, we tone our muscles, long days see us riding at any hour of the day that suits us. W...

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  1. @Nate My problem too. I have succeeded minimally on waking myself up for those rides. Once I get out of the house and on the bike I don’t regret it, but its that first step of getting out of the bed that is so very hard. »

Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

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  1. @ChrisO Nicely said, after more reflection I would agree that it is more multi-faceted than just what the fans “want.” I guess I just get tired of the time spent on doping and want to find a culprit. »

I hesitate to file this in the Guest Article category. It would be better filed under fellow un-rewarded pirate cycling-site writer, if we had such a file. @winnipegcyclechick does all of her site’s writing, her graphics are usually hers and much too funny. Frankly, she makes me sick. And, AND, she can make the jokes we can’t make lest...

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  1. Love these articles reflecting on the riding we did as kids. I grew up in a family that enjoyed bikes as recreational tools but ideas of competing on a bike or racing one never entered our collective conscious. Bikes were an almost daily part of growing u… »

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. @Mike_P Thats the hard thing about us normal folk looking fantastic. We (I really mean me) have to drop the extra weight before anything will look close to fantastic. I don’t think it would matter if you lederhosen friend was wearing the most bad-ass je… »

Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

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  1. @wiscot Spot on. I’ve never understood why Doping in cycling is such a big deal and receives so much discussion.  In the NFL Wes Welker violates the leagues policies on some grounds and only gets suspended 1/4 of the season. There are numerous examples … »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. @frank The experience of getting it right seems to involve countless hours of getting it wrong first.  There is some satisfaction in that, I guess, but I generally think I have other more satisfying things to do with my time. »

Cyclists love socks. I know I do. I’d make a point of collecting as many pairs as I could from every race, event, shop or rep that I ever happened upon. Some were so good that I still have them, others, well, let’s just say they were “re-homed” long before they got the chance to retire gracefully after years of loyal service...

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  1. @PeakInTwoYears Been interested in wool shorts, like the ones from ibex, but not leather chamois… »

  2. Love these. Not a compulsive sock hoarder, like others, but I enjoy my pair a great deal… In all weather. »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. @gianni if checking the professional odds makers sites is like doping I am pretty sure I would’ve been like the Chicken in the 2007 tour instead of the mediocre suckfest that was my early season VSP. »

After a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. -The Prophet, Eddy Merckx After a week away in Atlanta for business, I feel thick and heavy. These trips away are killers; the shift in time zones means the already-too long work day is extended by a further three hours. I try my best to watch my diet, but in a town like Atlanta where even sush...

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  1. @Bespoke Seeing this quote in the same conversation as @batdan’s is outrageous and slightly bewildering.  Makes me wonder what exactly this community is really on. »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. Well said. The hardmen of do seem to get a pass on this discussion… Mostly. »

The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think.- Virginia WoolfOur actions lie on the horizon of the present, in that swirling cloud where fantasy turns into reality. To plan is to cast a shadow into the future, to attempt to lay shape to the unknown. As the present merges with the future, reality will try our plans on for s...

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  1. @VeloJello I don’t understand… do you excel at climbing ventoux and feel bad about it? or do you excel at doing something (I assume Cycling) very poorly on a repeated basis?  In either case, I don’t get why you would be sad…you are Doing It and tha… »

I have met @chris on the original Keepers Tour. He seemed like a reasonable person at the time. Then again, @rob passes himself off  as a rational person yet he signed up for the Too Much on 100 ride and completed it. People sign up for these crazy rides because it forces them to get in the best shape possible. It makes these long rides more enjoy...

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  1. Nice work. Enjoy (if that is the right way to capture riding such a auffer-fest) the ride »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. @John @Frank this is me today… Reading this article while slowly getting ready for a ride. My body and mind say stay at home, rest, relax, but the desire to quash those demons is just strong enough to get me or on the bike with the knowledge that it i… »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. Nicely done tribute. I wonder on nearly every ride if it will be my last. I consider if it is really worth the risk to me, my friends, and mostly to my family.  I don’t have an answer in my head yet, but I keep swinging my leg over the top tube anyway. »

Never forget your roots, they say… OK, I’m a child of the 70’s, and back then bicycles were as big a part of my life as they are today. We’d always be out riding, building tracks and jumps, and tinkering with our Dragsters, stripping them down to emulate our motocross heroes, with varying results.All these memories came f...

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  1. Never got into the full BMX craze. A child of the 80’s, with protective parents, and far from any cool spot on this globe I missed out mostly except for this awesomeness: Rad – Trailer (1986).avi: http://youtu.be/3bu6haxJbdk »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. @scaler911 Hot Dog the Movie? What the hell? »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. It’s all about the bike and love of Cycling. Except when it’s not. Breeding and blimping sums it up nicely shifting priorities or struggling to keep up with priorities.  Kids are young yet… Still on trikes and have lots to learn about needing to Rule #5. »

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. @Dr C This is great. Like seeing the guys tooling around the city on their beater bikes with a boom box strapped on, only way more stylish…. Maybe. »