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Location: West Bend, Wisconsin

I got my first bike at age 2 and have always had one since. My first real bike was a massive steel blue Peugeot at the age of 14. Subsequently replaced by a red Holdsworth, a team-colors Raleigh and a ruby-red Colnago, the latter joined by a neon-pink Cougar TT bike, a metallic green Brian Rouke winter bike and a blue Specialized mountain bike. All steel and all gone to new homes now. I joined the Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club at 18 and became a dedicated time triallist, riding 30-50 club and open races a year. In 1989/90 I was a founding member of the short-lived VC d"Or which included velominatus and short-lived COTHO teammate Brian Smith. I also raced regularly against another real Velominatus - Graeme Obree - in the 1980s and beat him twice - once in a 10 and once in a 50. Rumors that he stopped to have a drum up at the turn are probably true. Moved to the US in 1990. Buggered up my back (working for a bike shop ironically) in 1993. Took several years off. Back riding since 2006 in Wisconsin and logging 8000+ kilometers each of the last three years.

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Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. What I love about the lead picture is that it takes five people to get the Prophet’s bike set up – I’m assuming Mr Trenchcoat in the back is handling the spare bike. This is an attention to detail that Sky can only look at in wonder and envy. »

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. Bugger it! Delgadoed this one as I was on vacation. Oh well, not even a perfect five would have resurrected my VSP chances. Good luck to those who entered. At least I won’t have to worry about how shite my picks would have fared. »

La Vie Velominatus. It is the life we, as Velominati, lead. It is life as a disciple of cycling, of the greater meaning the bike holds and the lessons it teaches us. Along the path, one of our great duties is the wholesale consumption of the great Works related to our sport. From periodicals to books to films, herin lies the list of works conside...

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  1. @frank I really enjoyed the Wegelius book. Clearly he was being a bit judicious in naming names and I’m not so naive to have been too shocked at some of his disclosures, but I thought it was very enjoyable and gave a side of things that get overlooked … »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. @Ron When I first got into road cycling I laughed at people discussing cms or even mms of difference. Over a decade in the saddle, I now know how easily you can tell your bike is off if a pillar has slipped or a buddy has played a joke and moved something… »

  2. Couple of things here. Part of the reason the Prophet was always fiddling with his position was as a result of his 1969 crash at the Blois velodrome where he fractured a vertebra and twisted his pelvis. He admitted that subsequently he often rode in pain … »

  3. @frank Nice technique there! I have a contraption for measuring plumb line – a long (4′ I think) level with a base on one end. Set up next to the BB and measure back to the saddle tip. It’s also good for saddle/bar drop and saddle level too. I got a fr… »

  4. Excellent piece! With all the various geometries of frames these days and an adherence to N+1 means getting things very close is about the best you can hope for. I use same saddle and bars on three of my five road machines. Crank length is the same too. E… »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. You know, this is why I/we love this site. Despite loads of BS and daft stuff, fundamentally it is a great, honest site. You just don’t get this kind of soul-seaching/personal yet universal stuff elsewhere. Chapeau to all the readers and posters. Keep up… »

  2. “You’ll not find me in the annals of good parenting” Au contraire, sounds like you’re doing a bang-up job. Read your local paper and you’ll find evidence of bad parents who are enshrined in the Annals of bad parenting. Keep up the good work and thanks for… »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. @JGalt Thanks for sharing and welcome. Lived in IN in the early 90s and went down to Bloomington for Little 5 weekend. Never saw the race but did see a car getting overturned and set on fire and a lot of serious drunken revelry. I hope it’s calmed down … »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @frank I obviously don’t have a V cap, but what I do have is a 5mm orange spacer atop my stem. On an all back bike with black V cuff links, I have to say it looks pretty good. »

  2. @Mike_P Looking mighty pro there, sir, mighty pro. »

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. @therealpeel Barbra Steisand? What rockin’ tunes by her get you up the climbs? Do tell . . . »

  2. @pistard I thought that was a funky mailbox at first. Headphones you say though . . . »

  3. @VeloVita Probably true, but I called him out on it and he asked me for forgiveness. I thought it was the kindest thing to do . . . Mr Merckx is so busy these days he’s hard to get a hold of . . . »

  4. @teleguy57 Man, that sounds like a sweet gig! Sturgeon Bay’s a nice little town in a very pretty county. Have you ever done the Door Co century? It’s coming up fast. I did it for the first time last year and really enjoyed it. I’m signed up again and wi… »

PerfectionThe fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that...

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  1. Perfection

    The fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that the total climbing for the 144km ride is 2770m and this is only on day 1. Day 2 will be shorter (70km)but being the Scottish Highlands will not be flat. Did I not mention that this is a weekend event? Hell yes!

    Lodgings are available in the Kinlochewe Hotel where pre ride espresso and post ride recovery beverages will be taken. The hardy will share the attached 12 bed bunkhouse whilst those who demand a greater degree of comfort can stay in the hotel itself. Tel 01445 730253 to book in.

    Join us UK based Velominati, for what will undoubtedly be a rugged classic.

    Route Day 1: http://www.strava.com/routes/98589 Day 2: To be decided over beer.

    VLVV

    JohnB

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    Date - August 23, 2014 - August 24, 2014
    8:05 AM - 8:30 PM

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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. @teleguy57 Granted. Considering it was well in the last century, consider your slate of shame wiped clean! »

  2. @teleguy57 I’m seriously invoking the masturbation principle here! But whatever works my friend, whatever works! »

  3. You want preloading? It doesn’t get any better than this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fztwlbrAxmA Pay attention at 1:10 for mad handling skills. »

  4. @the Engine That is so wrong on so many levels. I’m quite speechless . . . how do you know about such stuff? »

  5. @Deakus See, I always associated “The Chain” with BBC coverage of Formula 1 – that used to be the theme music.  For cycling, it was/is Ride Like the Wind by Christopher Cross – I saw a Tour video montage in the 80s to that song and it’s been in my brain… »

After Stage V there was Stage 9, where the World TT champion earned the dotty jumper. In case you missed it, Stage 9 was a trip into the Vosges mountains, 170km with six categorized climbs. This was a stage for a breakaway to stay away. A large group did escape and with 152km remaining to the finish Alessandro De Marchi of Cannondale bolted off the...

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  1. @Owen If the Germans don’t get on board with this new generation of riders: Tony Panzerwagen, Marcel the Magnificent, Gorilla Greipel and John the ‘tashman, then I give up. Greipel seems somewhat dour and old school and I’m not convinced about Degenkolb… »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. Usual worthless picks. I’m hopng Phil Gil and Danny Boy have not been couch surfing over the past month or so and are fresh and ready to go. Malmerde usually has form and will be wanting to win after his late Tour drop off the podium. Rodriguez and Sagan … »

It’s no coincidence that Stage Five of the Tour was not only the best one to watch, or that it helped decide the race before nary a hill was crested, but that it was just, well, Stage Five. Only last minute copyright clearances prevented the organisers actually dubbing it Stage V, though they managed to get the rain delivered on time, an ess...

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  1. Great piece and so true about the V Bank. Last night’s 90 kms ride was in perfect conditions and I was flying – 29kms.hr. Basically no wind and mid 70s. I went on some of the same roads I rode back in March when the temps were in the 20s and the wind chil… »