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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 all this with Johan Museeuw, the last Lion of Flanders.

    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.

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

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    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. »

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. @frank Just recently learned that Rotundos are considered a shallow round bend. What you are saying is that these are a deep bend — Merckx 158mm drop. Thanx »

  2. @frank What angle are your Rotundos mounted ?? Are the ramps steep ?? »

  3. @antihero Uh Frank ?? Frank ? »

  4. @frank More images of those Rotundos mounted ?? Specifically the wing section ?? »

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. Coefficient of Difficulty is a whatever you need it to be — a number, a minimum or maximum, a discipline or feeling. A virtual chase that keeps the legs turning — and watching time and effort spent. Could also be known as the Right Amount of Dumb. »

  2. @frank Do it. »

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. @Nate Serrotta//branded Huffy »

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. @frank The 206mi idea is out of my system now. Although the ride stopped at 100mi I am calling it a “successful test” and have the route registered to memory. The one tooth differential was the best decision that I’ve ever made with the drivetrain. Bes… »

  2. I may even run up on Hincapie at the half-point. »

  3. @antihero A good 12 hour day, an MX Leader (The Sword) with no data, 52/42, 11-20 straight block, roads mapped by memory, some serious Parallax socks to inspire my own space-time continuum, and the sound of silence. My new journey starts when I fini… »

  4. 206mi route this Saturday… all I’m thinking is “here we go.” »

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. @wiscot Afraid that I’m spoiled with the 3TTT stem that you sent — 140mm. Thanx anyway. »

  2. Click on it to animate. »

  3. @pistard That’s what I assumed too. This polished baby checks out at 19 though. Not sure where I even found this ?? »

  4. Is there a likelihood that 3TTT, Cinelli, ITM, or the like, ever cast an 19 degree traditional stem ?? »

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. My best memories are when riding U jumps on psycho-cross. And muddy face plant (once only)! »

  2. Sounds a bit like Crash Club… and I don’t talk about Crash Club… except to myself of course. »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

@unversio's posts:

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

  • One word, old mate…………camera.

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