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I did some road racing in the days of wool, and some mountain bike racing as well. When the after-race beer trucks stopped coming to MB races, I did too. I once had a gig as a bike messenger. At Western Union in '69 in SF, there were no fixed gears or tight pants, just cheap bikes and low pay!

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  1. Those of us who are LBS know to tithe 10% of our income, and we get to go to the temple. »

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  1. Reject the addiction/obsession label! I choose to be passionate. Negative labeling of those who embody passion is a refuge for the mediocre. »

The days of the proper head badge, I’m afraid, are numbered. It seems it used to be that any road bike with a pedigree that was really worth riding was festooned with an artful adornment on the head tube. By that I mean something made with a bit of heft, stamped or cast of alloy and riveted front and center. More and more though we’re s...

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  1. Here is a head badge from my Blue Collar, made here in Sacramento by Robert Ives. »

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  1. Thanks for the reminder…I forgot to clean and put a little lube on the fork dropouts…it is a source of creaks….a tip I gleaned from a young but very competent mechanic. A noisy bike drives me crazy. »

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  1. I’m wondering how this whole forward-backward cleat dichotomy applies to faire la danseuse? As a single speeder off-road, I use an enormous range of RPMs in my riding. I enjoy long climbs out of the saddle on my road bike at low RPM.. I would assume there… »

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  1. Stephen Roche is souplesse personified. I hope I didn’t make any grammatical errors in that sentence. God forbid a bike blog comment wouldn’t be grammatically correct. »

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  1. Great post!  Sometimes I ride for a long time, and suddenly come back to earth…the last miles are a complete blank, I have no memory of riding them.I was so into breathing and riding I became unaware of my surroundings. I guess I must have been deep in … »

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  1. Turbomatic4. This was the gold standard. And, no, the new one with carbon rails is not the same. I’ll have to give the Fi’zi:k a try one of these days. In the meantime I’ll see if my new “son of” Turbo4 will eventually break in……… »

I have a friend who is borderline OCD. He’ll sometimes wash his hands dozens of times a day, doesn’t like sticky stuff, cats drive him to antihistamine hell and there is a place for everything, with everything in its place. This can be annoying, not only for those around him, but especially for himself. It’s not a great place to b...

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  1. I have a ruler with the distance marked from the center of the crank bolt to where the ruler intersects the top of the saddle. It is 27 5/8 inches. I subtract any crank length longer than 170, to keep my leg extension the same. Works like a charm. I’m cur… »

Even as a Pre-Cambrian Velominatus, the rusty wires in my brain must have made the connection between my machine’s aesthetics and the lack of a saddle bag; I can’t remember a time when I rode with a European Posterior Man Satchel. But riding without a saddle bag means the tools go in the pocket, and that means great care must be take...

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  1. @King Clydesdale No, KC, you’re not the only one who carries a medical card with. My ins carrier has my emergency contact info. In Europe I carry a business card with my emergency numbers on the back. And it didn’t cost me a cent. In addition, I believe t… »

Self-awareness is a non-optional ingredient of leading a fulfilling life; while we should always push ourselves to explore new things, we should also be aware of our limitations and weigh expectations against them. This is why I avoid any activities involving intelligence or a blow torch, and take particular care to avoid those involving an inter...

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  1. “Building Bicycle Wheels” by Robert Wright. Old school. Simple instructions, with pen and ink illustrations in my 1977 edition. You won’t find a better guide than that, except perhaps a living wheel Sensi. »

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  1. In ’76 my buddy Mike had a series of mysterious flatz, about every few meters toward the end of our ride. We exhausted all of our patches and patience after about the 10th flat. Later in the bike shop I read something about “fond de jante” on the rim and … »

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  1. French translation of reasonable= “normalement”…. so much is contained within a simple word. If you’ve read Peter Mayle you know what I mean. »

Before arriving in Paris I kept hearing, “Oh the best way to see Paris is on foot, walk the whole city, it’s really the only way to experience it.” I’d rather be shot and thrown into a dumpster by the Seine. Walking is not for cyclists – it sours the guns, it’s slow as hell. We are not walkers, we are rouleurs.En...

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  1. Thanks for the belly laugh. I hate walking. As Woody Allen once said about “mellow”, “I can’t do mellow-I ripen and then rot”. I call hikers “trail snails”, so walkers in the city must be “sidewalk snails”…….especially in France. »

The French call it la fringale. It’s one of the worst conditions that can befall a cyclist, this, when our reserves are tapped dry and yet we still have some distance to ride and some obstacle to cover. It’s happened to me twice in my life, and one of them was when I rode Haleakala in January. Of course, I haven’t looked up the e...

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  1. Frangin is slang for brother, frangine is slang for sister. La frangale is to be starving. Bonking among cyclists. »

Reading articles and viewing accompanying images here you’ll notice a common piece of equipment on a large number of the classic riders’ bikes.  The Cinelli forged quill stem.  Cinelli must have had one hell of a business model going in the 60′s, 70′s, and 80′s because it seems their stems and bars were the must have...

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  1. Binda Extra! That nylon reinforcement layer made these the best ever. »

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  1. Wow, I must really be old school, a fossil fer sure. Led Zepplin II, the second side…and yes that’s vinyl. 20 mins or so of pure bliss, and don’t ferget to wipe up the floor afterwards. On rollers of course, trainers are for Freds. »