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I’m old as dirt. My first two race bikes employed toe clips and toe straps and that set-up was bad. For many reasons it was bad and any retro-hipster who thinks otherwise is wrong. When Lemond and Hinault started racing on the white Look clipless pedals, everyone but Sean Kelly quickly switched. Talk about a quantum improvement, it was long o...

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  1. @andrew I took my own advice at noontime and picked up a pair. »

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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  1. @VeloSix Great level-headed finish and experience! Keep riding and writing these races up. »

I’m old as dirt. My first two race bikes employed toe clips and toe straps and that set-up was bad. For many reasons it was bad and any retro-hipster who thinks otherwise is wrong. When Lemond and Hinault started racing on the white Look clipless pedals, everyone but Sean Kelly quickly switched. Talk about a quantum improvement, it was long o...

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  1. @andrew MAVIC ZXELLIUM PEDALS »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. @Teocalli [ A Space Odyssey HAL 9000 voice ] “I understand now, Dr. Teocalli. Thank you for telling me the truth.” »

  2. @The Grande Fondue 3T Ergosum bar »

  3. Just imagined track and field sprinters trying to start from a position with their hands on their knees — not much to leverage fast-twitch muscles. Starting as low as possible (lower center of gravity) allows position and power to get the body up to spee… »

@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. Thanx for sharing this. Making note on a napkin to only allow plans on the back of an envelope — seriously. »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. More Giro training for Rigo — with an awesome training mate! »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. @Chris Which one are you pictured left to right? »

  2. @ Keepers and Velominati looking good on the Pavé Cycling Classics website. »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @frank [ Goober Pyle voice ] “I’ll do it!” Implementing a better technique to change the results and rewards. Thanx »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. Paris-Roubaix next for Wiggins »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @sthilzy That was really good — clever. »

  2. @Bespoke “I must have chosen wisely.” »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. BOONEN Tom 2. TURGOT Sebastien 3. CANCELLARA Fabian 4. VANMARCKE Sep 5. TERPSTRA Niki »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. This ought to do it. Removed 22, 23 from a straight block 14-23 and put a 23-26 spider on the back. And chainrings 42/52 is now 39/53. Knowing I’ll run into this 26, your article will have my mindset “better” situated. »

  2. @PeakInTwoYears Pathetic… now it is all behind us (Ooooooo)! »

  3. Mounting a 13-26 for Assault on the Carolinas — to climb Ceasar’s Head this Saturday. »

  4. The dead shift on the lever, when there are no more sprockets on the back, signals my effort — just focus on turning. I usually think of the scene from An Officer and A Gentleman — “I got nowhere else to go!” »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. @dissolved Chapeau… great ride. »

  2. Suppose cobbles bring the Quickening, Highlander, and “there can be only one” all in one shot. »

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. @chrismurphy92 Unless you’re comfortable migrating South. »

  2. @chrismurphy92 Nevermind — 17 angle keeps you topped out on the steerer. »

  3. @chrismurphy92 [ comment w/ RedRanger ] Find +/- 17 degree stem to make the stem appear somewhat level, then go up and down to find your position. Then have the steerer cut. »

In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are...

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  1. In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are what really count.

    We’ll be leaving from Brouwer’s Café in Fremont at 10:05. No support vehicle is expected, but we’ll have lots of opportunity to refuel along the way. I will pre-ride the route a few days in advance and post GPX files and a queue sheet. The ride is intended to be no-drop, but due to the amount of climbing, we may break into separate groups before meeting back at Brouwer’s for post-ride Recovery Ales.

    Join us one and all to get a very minor taste what its like to ride de Ronde!

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    Date/Time
    Date - April 06, 2014
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Brouwers

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