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We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. @Barracuda Only if Yoda would have just said “What the fuck?” »

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. Rapha one-size-fits-all cap is designed for the anatomical pinhead. »

  2. @ChrisO This was probably designed to wear under a helmet. »

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 Thanx »

  2. @Haldy Now I see. I did learn a bit about Vittoria tyres while at it though. What is the name of the shop you are at ?? »

  3. @Haldy High on Bikes (link from Tommy) also sells on Ebay. Search for VITTORIA PAVE CG ISOGRIP – ROAD BIKE – TUBULAR – TYRE – FULL BLACK (copied from link from Tommy) and same item and price available on Ebay. NOW £54.95 approximately US $86.08 »

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. @ChrisO Okay you earned your cap… ?? Pretty sure cycling caps were simply designed to keep sweat and sun from the eyes — and they work under helmets too. A good cotton cycling cap is all that is needed throughout the winter as well. Skull caps don’t … »

  2. Now there’s a Le Coq Sportif cap worth wearing! »

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. @rfreese888 Ordered new Hardshells this week. You can make your tires sound sexy especially when the rest of the bike is silent. This is the third set now worn out without ever flatting. »

  2. @frank Looking for a polished Record 9 or 10 speed hub to finish a Campagnolo Victory Strada set — 36h. Then I will mount the FMB Pro – Roubaix (© 2014 Specialized Bicycle Components) »

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. Now that I think of it, we’ve been attacking one another in the third hour. Now it all makes perfect sense. »

  2. Good article. Realizing that I need all the 45min to 1hr rides to keep the 4 to 6 hour rides going. Many times I ride circles in the driveway awaiting my wife to drive up. “Kids are in the house. Back in an hour!” »

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. @wiscot “Ohh reallly?” »

Mimic those who are better than you; this is the underlying principle of nearly everything I do in life, whether in my work, in sport, or hobbies. The less I know about something, the more inclined I am towards this, and the more faithfully I mimic. As my skill and knowledge develope, I mime less and reason more, applying my own mistakes as well as...

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  1. Perfect angle. »

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 Spotting Cinelli Eubios bars in this article image. Just removed 44s center-to-center. »

  2. Pantani, hero. Pantani did the work on the road he built. Lance chased and pushed others up the road ahead of him. »

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. @Analog Incredible job and great extra effort to remove paint! Those two oval shaped tubes are nice — very nice. »

Mimic those who are better than you; this is the underlying principle of nearly everything I do in life, whether in my work, in sport, or hobbies. The less I know about something, the more inclined I am towards this, and the more faithfully I mimic. As my skill and knowledge develope, I mime less and reason more, applying my own mistakes as well as...

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  1. Rite of passage at 47: Operate your own bike surgery with the proper tools. The no.1 is undergoing a bar and stem transplant and who better to do the operation than the no.1’s own conservator — its daddy. Removing a tried and true 140mm 3ttt quill stem (… »

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. Good survival training and looking inward is best. »

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. @ChrisO Incredible and looking good. »

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. Thank goodness for this weekend. A double-booking meaning that I will join a good group at 8am until 12 — and then host another group from 3:30 to 6 — ending at a pub. And 3ttt Ergo Power MEX bend bars arrived. »

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. @gilly Reverence. Hinault may be considered difficult, but that might also imply that he had a vision that others did not have. And allow me to refer to an unspoken rule as Hinault’s rule, “never give it away.” Hinault forced LeMond to race harder (rule n… »

April 2015 // Lille, France The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride. Continue...

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  1. April 2015 // Lille, France 

    The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride.

    Every serious Cyclist is a hard man or woman; it comes with the territory. But to be given the title of Hardman, one must be more than just tough. The Hardmen stand out among the rest as the ones who ride over the savage, jagged cobblestones of Northern Europe with a souplesse that is possessed only by those riders who thrive in the most torturous of road cycling’s domains: The Cobbled Classics of Northern Europe.

    Velominati has partnered up with Pavé Cycling Classics, based in Northern France, to offer the chance to walk where Giants tread and pedal through the trench of Arenberg and up the devastating cobbled steeps of the Koppenberg and Kapelmuur. To pedal with the Pros during their reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix route.

    As if that isn’t good enough, we offer the opportunity to do this with a local Cyling star; in past years this has been the last Lion of Flanders, Johan Museeuw. The rider for 2015 will be unveiled later in the year.

    Velominati’s Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics will be back in 2015 and guided by the Velominati Keepers in partnership with Pavé Cycling Classics over nine days in April during the most sacred time of the season, the week when de Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix are held. Details and booking information will be announced in the coming days.

    Our trip is an all-expenses included trip. By this we mean that once you’ve managed to get yourself to Lille, you could put your wallet in a locker and leave it until you return back in Lille nine days later. We cover all transport, food, energy drink and bars, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all the beer and wine you can drink. The beer supplied is the full line of Malteni beers, which is owned and managed by the Pavé Cycling Classics owners, William and Alex.

    • Friday April 3rd: Pick up at Gare Lille Europe train station
    • Saturday April 4th: Paris Roubaix 100km discovery ride
    • Sunday April 5th: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Pro race at De Oude Kwaremont
    • Mon April 6th: 3h Flanders discover ride + visit Malteni brewery.
    • Tue April 7th: Morning visit National bicycle museum at Roeselare + 3h Gent Wevelgem ride
    • April 8th: Morning at Gent Velodrome + Scheldeprij Pro Race
    • April 9th: Paris roubaix ride with the pros 150km from Troisvilles to Roubaix
    • April 10th: Recovery ride around the gîte + AG2R pro team meeting
    • April 11th: Tour of Flanders ride + RVV museum visit
    • April 12th: Paris Roubaix Pro race at Troisvilles, Arenberg and L’Arbre. Drop off at Lille Rail station or hotel in the evening

    Bookings

    All expenses including transport to and from the train station in Lille at the start and end of the Tour are covered, including all meals, transport to rides and events and unlimited supply of all selections of Malteni beer and fantastic French wines.

    €3,250.00

    If you have trouble with the booking system, please email us to book.


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    Date/Time
    Date - April 03, 2015 - April 13, 2015
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

    Location
    Gare de Lille Flandres

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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. @frank Thinking I will be happy to replace Cinelli Eubios 26.0 (Anatomic) bars with different deep round bends. Find myself resting on the drops and much more stable to one arm in the drops when drinking — esp. when up to speed. Going as far as to wrap t… »

  2. @frank Dug around yesterday to find 3ttt bars and bid. Nice used bars 23.75 and includes shipping. Going MEX 158mm to the drops. »