Author Archive | Gianni

The new and the old.

Rampant Inflation

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Lezyne offers a digital pump gauge retrofit that I couldn’t resist. For $35 US one can pry out the old and thread in the new. The primary benefit for me was reading a digital scale rather than a needle on a gauge, way down there. Yes, I’m old. The new gauge reads out in single…

Chain Breaker.  photo-Cor Vos

That New Chain Feeling

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I replace my chain every year, more or less. It tends toward less as I don’t have a set anniversary for new chains. Usually I notice the shifting is lagging a second and it dawns on me that the chain is in need of replacement. In my youth I would keep the same chain on…

On The Huy. photo © ASO/P.Perreve

Velominati Super Prestige: La Flèche Wallonne Féminine 2015

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For those too impatient to read my little introductory patter, here is the start list. The Muur de Huy requires some deadly timing, experience with this finish and some serious anaerobic tolerance. No one wins this race on their first go around, unless your name is Merckx or Vos and I’m not sure if they…

Mr 60% shows how it's done.

Velominati Super Prestige: Amstel Gold 2015

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The VSP must wearily pack its bags in Northern France and head over to the Netherlands. Hung over, you bet. After the Ronde and Paris-Roubaix, everyone is a little beat up. Those cobbles can wear a person down. For those riders who can kill the short steep Limburg climbs, this is the beginning of their…

The V rides with the Pros

Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Roubaix 2015

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No one can be happy about Sunday’s weather forecast (except for 95% of the riders and support staff). I am not. Now every Norwegian non-cobble riding specialists has a chance of winning this. I was hoping for day that would separate the Rule #9 riders from everybody else. Bah! We can take some comfort in knowing…

Awesome! Photo:  Sportza.be

Awesome German Guys- André Greipel

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What a stud. I would not have guessed he was going to be the first man up the Koppenberg. When the field is going warp speed to get good position for the tight right turn at the base of the Koppenberg, it takes some special legs to get there first. André bolted well before that…

Wet Cobbles. photo: Emilie Moberg

Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2015

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The Keepers Tour 2015 riders will be watching both the men’s and women’s Rondes on Sunday. When the women go storming by it is just as impressive as when the men do. Our boys will be knee deep in Malteni beer and frites as they spectate. The Malteni will be some much need recovery beverage…

Gent-Wevelgem  Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media

The Great Equalizer

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The wind-swept break in last weekend’s Gent-Wevelgem was a perfect example of the bike being the great equalizer. Stijn Vandenbergh, 2 meters tall and Luca Paolini, 1.74 meters tall were both there. And until the last few kilometers, no one would bet against either. I’m always cheering for the tall professionals. I’m no pro but…

Emma Johansson, last year's winner.  photo	© CJ Farquharson

Velominati Super Prestige: Trofeo Alfredo Binda 2015

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Welcome to the start of the Women’s VSP 2015 series. Well, the Ronde van Drenthe really should be the start but Milano-Sanremo is Velominati’s starter so here we are. To catch up on Ronde van Drenthe check Podium Café for some fresh video and pondering. Trefeo Alfredo Binda, 127 km, in Northern Italy, a race…

Pedro Delgado. The patron saint of the VSP

Velominati Super Prestige: Milano-Sanremo 2015

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Le Primavera has arrived. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2015 Velominati Super Prestige. It’s been a long quiet winter of very little cycling news, little racing and barely a scandal. This Sunday marks the real beginning of the season for us cycling fanatics. The true beauty of MSR, that despite its length, only on…

Keep this on the massage table

There Ought to be a Rule…

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We all know where I stand in the cycling sock department, white and not too tall, any color sock as long as it’s white. If you have diminished calves and need to somehow hide that by wearing too tall socks, that is sad but not a crime. I always thought I was less flexible on…

I'VE GOT YER FECKIN' CROSS-TRAINING RIGHT HERE!

Cross-Training

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Cross-training: words that strikes fear and boredom into my heart. My cycling library is contaminated with training books I’ve collected over the years. Each one is purchased knowing, yes, this is the one. Each one has a chapter on off-the-bike training. I recently bought Tom Danielson’s cross-training book, read some of it, have not done…

Tommy loves the Taaienberg  foto:Sporza.be

Velominati Super Prestige: Mens Omloop Het Volk (Nieuwsblad) 2015

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The real Velominati VSP will not begin until La Primavera. Het Volk will be a one-off warm up for the big show, no points, just some bragging rights and a V-musette. All that time wasted watching “racing” in Qatar and Oman (sorry @ChrisO) will not be in vain. Every contender for Het Volk can still…

Marshall "Major" Taylor

Cycling: The Sport of the People

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Monday in the USA is the national holiday to remember Martin Luther King. He was a great man but he was no cyclist. Fifty years before MLK, Major Taylor was the Eddy Merckx of cycling. In 1900 cycling was the king of sports. Outdoor tracks and velodromes dotted the country. Taylor was the original Cannibal,…

I caught a fish this big!

Catching The Big Fish

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This post could also have been titled as an Anatomy of a Photo or Awesome Italian Guys-Guido Bontempi or The Hardmen. As an Anatomy of a Photo…where do you start? All these sprinters and no one but Van Poppel is even wearing a helmet. What could go wrong? And back there is Sean Kelly, his…

You will be needing one of these. photo:bike tester.com

No Frame Mounted Pumps-Rule #30

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Either CO2 cannisters or mini-pumps should be carried in jersey pockets (See Rule #31). The only exception to this rule is to mount a Silca brand frame pump in the rear triangle of the frame, with the rear wheel skewer as the pump mount nob, as demonstrated by members of the 7-Eleven and Ariostea pro…

Old School

In Memoriam: The Original Park Adjustable Linkage Clamp

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There are certain bicycle tools that once owned, signify much more than just ownership. For me, it was this Park clamp. No one starts out with a proper bike stand. For any cyclist, I see the early years of working on the bike as it leans up against the end of the bed. I also…

It's not just for going uphill

Riding on the Tops

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Going fast and looking good while doing it is our Velominati creed. Riding on the tops is the domaine of going uphill, where braking and aerodynamics are unimportant. In most other situations that position is too slow. The pros are usually flattened down in the drops or flattened down on the brake hoods. When us…

Derny Driver Joop Zijlaard and Rider Iljo Keisse

Gent Six-Day

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I have a huge capacity for watching bike racing on TV. I’ll watch hours of it even when nothing is really happening. I’m certainly not bragging. So I’m quite certain I could sit in the cramped, possibly smokey, noisy, Gent velodrome and watch an evening of six-day racing. I bet the ratio of men to…

The Shadow

The Ah-Ha Ride

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I’m not sure where this ride falls on the graph of fitness but down towards the bottom, somewhere. There can be a point in every rider’s season where each ride ends the same. FFS, I suck. The unabridged volume of self-loathing is reviewed, cogent chapters reread, aloud, in the bathroom. I’m Too Fat To Climb…

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