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If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Martin 2. Bradley Wiggins 3. Tom Dumoulin 4. Kristof Vandewalle 5. Svein Tuft »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Martin 2. Andrew Talansky 3. Bradley Wiggins 4. Kristof Vandewalle 5. Tom Dumoulin »

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. @ChrisO When there is too much funny business going on in a group ride I’ll drop off the back and go for a different route — and might recruit a few others to defect with me. The goal is to enjoy a good route with a good experience and good workout. »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. VAN DIJK Ellen 2. SCHWEIZER Doris 3. STEVENS Evelyn 4. RYABCHENKO Tatyana 5. VILLUMSEN Linda Melanie »

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. 52.92km »

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. @Scott Well there you go! »

  2. @Ccos Brad sounds like he needed merit, rode for it, and was patient enough to get some. »

  3. Move the route and start time. »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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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. @teleguy57 In fact I need to give one to my son that goes hiking for days at a time. »

  2. @Chris E Dub Agreed. Experienced cyclist should let a carrier do its business and not get too along side or up underneath it. »

  3. @teleguy57 I know exactly how that feels. I ordered a new one when my son turned 17 to have him and my wife as primary contacts. I keep older RoadIDs around as backups in case I can’t find the No. 1 RoadID. And sometimes it is just a matter of supportin… »

  4. @frank Steve Martin would agree. »

  5. A big asset to our Saturday morning gruppo route is that we consider all input and have steadily eliminated highways before any dangerous issues emerged. By trial and error we keep uncovering better roads with hardly any traffic — and usually that means … »

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. @piwakawaka This. »

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. 40 percent off Castelli Free Aero Race Bib Shorts »

@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. @Bianchi_Bob Awesome girl! »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @Teocalli My own superstition compels me to always look for Italian threads. »

  2. @Teocalli Columbus or Dedacciai ?? »

  3. @Teocalli Currently seeking out a reputable frame set from the 60s. What are the classics from the 60s ?? »

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. Ramping up on Rush before this perfect group ride on this perfect evening. And the kids here are getting a good dose of Rush as well. »

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. Eager for the difficult cold. It’s good because it doesn’t pretend to be nice, just cold. And time slows down too. »

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 LTZ II and 30.00 add to cart. Been riding black version and white version. No closure at the wrist which is my preference. »

  2. @frank These might grow on you — no padding, just glove. »