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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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Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. All fingers and toes crossed for Herr Voigt. Smash it, sir, smash it good. »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @Scott Oh, and another thing. I had a long learning curve and even after almost 30 years of being on and around bikes and bike shops, I’m still willing to admit I have lots to learn. I did a lot of learning by myself and nothing is sweeter than having s… »

  2. @Scott I think the tone of the article depends upon the attitude of the newbie. If you show up and are polite and show respect, you’ll be fine. If you are a dick and endanger others, you’re not fine. Pretty much the same scenario as in other aspects of … »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @Teocalli Ahhh, but mine had a spring clip to hold the bottle, not like your fancy-schmancy one! The bottle also had a wee cap to cover the drinking spout that was attached to the bottle by a collar-thingy.It was made of plastic at least . . . . By th… »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. I remember my first ride with the Cyclists Touring Club in the late 70s/early 80s. Pishing rainy day. No one talked to me. I had a puncture. They all fucked off leaving me be. Never rode with them again. Joined the Johnstone Wheelers CC. Did a 100 mile re… »

  2. I suppose one way of looking at it is that they’ve shown up and expressed an interest in joining/riding. To me this opens the door to gentle advice giving. If their riding is dangerous to the group, it needs to be less gentle. For most of us on here I lik… »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @Chris I believe that’s the low-cut Quintana model right there . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RHv4ESCggo  14 seconds an 1′ 25″ tell the terrible tale of the pink booties. »

  2. @Teocalli Yup, and to be honest, after 20 minutes of use you’d probably get more lumens from a candle! I’m so old I remember handlebar-mounted bottle cages. Most bikes had no brazed-on bosses. They sucked unless you activated the spring clip that sque… »

  3. @Teocalli And to enlighten our younger readers, the lenses on those puppies were about 3″ in diameter! And the clips were so bad that if you hit a serious bump the damn thing jumped out, landed on the road and promptly broke into 20 pieces. »

  4. In general, for winter riding, I think anything that blinks or moves is best. When I used to commute to Uni in the late 80s, I wore reflective ankle bands. They really got drivers’ attention. Nowadays with led lights being so good, cheap and versatile, th… »

  5. @Mikael Liddy You sir are a brave and self-confident man. Few would dare dress like you let alone go anywhere near their work place. Kudos for sticking to your guns and (secretly) enjoying the “odd looks.” Oh, and by the way, your “winter” attire is sp… »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @ChrisO Still a bad call IMHO. Love how Cookson put OBE after his twitter name. But hey, he’s “on the case” so we can all sleep easy tonight. »

  2. Designed by a man, surely: http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2014/sep/15/colombia-womens-cycling-team-stylewatch Not cool, not cool at all. »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Dear Bob, Thanks for sharing this and putting everything into such a wonderful perspective. There’s a reason this is the best bike site on the internet and it’s because you feel comfortable sharing such a great story with a bunch of strangers. Some peopl… »

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. @Steampunk And it got worse on the Vuelta podium for Sky. Despite trying to do the right thing and give Froome a proper cycling cap to wear and not some friggin baseball cap, they ended up giving him something that looked like a Sky version of what Case… »

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. @VeloSix Very nice, but there seems to be something humping the seatpost.Is that Force or Red on there? I have Force and love it. »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy That’s too funny. Can’t believe they actually did that. »

  2. @Simon This. Everywhere I go I look at the roads from a “would this be a good place to ride?” point of view. »

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. @DeKerr Do it. This is not an impulse purchase. You’ve consulted the VMH and received a green light. You know this is a good deal. Ask yourself, will this deal be on the table in 6 months time? I doubt it. In 12 months time will you be kicking yourself if… »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. What a great question! I believe that there needs to be a certain amount of obsessiveness to truly be a cyclist as we generally define it around here, This past weekend I rode 160 kms in Door County, Wisconsin. A marvelous ride in every respect. Thousands… »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @fignons barber You know, it just has to be reiterated: kits WERE better back then.Not crazy about the chest pockets, but from a design point of view, flawless. »

  2. @sthilzy This picture exudes so much awesomeness, I’m kinda speechless! How many cumulative wins? How much history? How many legendary rides? We shall never see their likes again, that’s for sure. Actually, I think they’re laughing because it’s almost… »

  3. @simonsaunders That is nice! Riffing on Sky kit, but understated and smart. Are there two versions? One with the horizontal band, one with vertical? »

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. @Deakus Thanks fort posting that. Way too funny and a great way to start the day with a laugh. Kudos to Andre Previn for being a good sport too. »

  2. @Harminator Agreed x 2. I should read things before reaction to things on here! This kind of thing really sucks as it’s just “soundbitey” enough to fit into news/sports broadcasts and make people laugh at two skinny boys throwing punches. Interestingly,… »