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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 some ways like a kind of Stockholm Syndrome, the way we honor our machines. We love them to a point that lies well beyond obsession. Upon these machines upon we endure endless suffering, but also find an unending pleasure. The rhythm, the harmony between rider and machine, the outdoors, the wind in our faces and air in our lungs.

The Bikes is devoted entirely to our machines. Ours, The Keepers, and yours, the Community. It features articles devoted to our bikes, and proves a forum for uploading photos of your own machines for discussion. We will be harsh, but fair; this is a place to enforce and enhance our observation of The Rules.

If you’d like to submit an article about your own beloved bike, please feel free to send it to us and we’ll do our best to work with you to include it.

  • Rule #12 and the Cascade Effect Rule #12: the minimum number of bikes to own is three. That is a very reasonable opening salvo for the Rule about bike ownership. Three is good and certainly a minimum, and we are talking road bikes here, if there was any doubt. They naturally become ordered: the #1 is ichi-ban, top dog, go-to bike ...
  • Guest Article: Black Is Not The New Black  @kogalover is singing my song here. Bikes are beautiful. ’nuff said. VLVV, Gianni With all those posts on riding in winter and being visible, either by putting Eyes of Sauron or other car melting devices on one’s steed, or by even considering a YJA instead of donning plain black kit, it was about time to finally get ...
  • Dialing in the Stable This was going to be an article about Rule #45. It is amazing how much time is wasted and matches burned when professionals stop for that second bike change to get back on their #1. With all the jigs available to team mechanics it would seem they could set up five bikes exactly the same. And ...
  • Matching the drapes to the rug As a longtime titanium bike owner, I’ve always been jealous of a beautiful painted frame but Ti and carbon frames don’t need paint like a steel frame needs paint. But I want some painted beauty. It’s like buying a white car; I can’t do white, need some color. So between a Ti frame and a ...
  • Festum Prophetae: Waiting for the Hour Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. – Mike Tyson The one thing everyone should always plan for is that however well-conceived a program might be, things will never go to plan. The high level plan for my Festum Prophetae Hour Ride was as follows: Have a custom Hour Bike built by Don Walker. Because reasons. Reasons like custom ...
  1. @Ron

    Rob – it kinda just dawned on me that Fignon and Hinault were racing at the same time. I mean, I knew this, but really thought about it the other day. Crazy Fignon rode on the Badger’s team in her early days! It is too quiet around here! I’m hoping the Founders are all just busy. I’d be fucking sad to see the Community fade away.

    One of my all-time fave pics. Hinault, Fignon, and LeMond. All racing together for Renault.

  2. @RobSandy

    @Ron

    Man, Fignon was looking so damn good there cranking out of the saddle!

    I got We Were Young and Carefree for Christmas – loved it. I was already a Hinault fan but knowing that Fignon and Hinault liked each other makes me like them both more. Hardmen. Badasses. Poetry on the bike.

    In other news; why’s it so quiet around here? Do we need a guest article?

    Yeah methinks we need to apply some self help for a while – I’ve had an idea for an article for a while so had better get my arse in gear.

  3. @chuckp

    @RobSandy

    Yes, it has been a little quiet. So posting this to give y’all a chance to ridicule me (starting with my bar tape). :-) The kit is one-of-a-kind by Verge made for PEZ for a review of Verge Strike kit PEZ did a little while back. I was lucky enough to get one of the two sets made. New Pearl Izumi PRO Leader III shoes (look for my review on PEZ in the near future). F**k timeless black or classic white! :-) And if you’re gonna wear “loud” shoes might as well go the Full Monty with socks too. I know I’m breaking all sorts of rules but WTF. Even Greg LeMan says in “Yellow Jersey Racer” that rules are meant to be broken.

    I’m just worried about the matching saddle peeking out……….

  4. @chuckp

    @Ron

    Chuck – lookin’ good! I’m not a big feller either. After years of having to avoid getting killed by people 3x my size in ball sports, I’m thrilled that limited verticality is not a big deal in cycling.

    Thanks Ron! I’m a skinny little runt. :-) When I was a kid, I loved playing (American) football as a pick-up playground sport. In high school, I actually tried out for the JV team but soon realized that my biggest asset (speed) was no longer an advantage when guys almost twice my size/weight could catch me. Didn’t take me long to find another sport. :-) I ended up playing tennis in high school and college (and for a number of years after college). Got into cycling via running.

    Something weird going on there with the punctuation marks on your keyboard.

  5. In the spirit of @chuckp ‘s photo, here’s one of me circa 1990. Could be an Anatomy of a Photo, or Throwback Thursday. Let’s see:

    Fully rigid MTB – check.

    Lemon yellow Bell V-1 Pro – check

    Neon accent shorts – check

    Tube socks – check

    Excessive straps on waist pack – check

    The keen-eyed among you will notice the drilled out crankset, chainrings and seatpost. The really keen-eyed will notice just how poorly executed the drilling was.

  6. Here’s another one – me at the NORBA State Finals race in 1995. Notice the massive crowds.

  7. @Ron

    Rob – it kinda just dawned on me that Fignon and Hinault were racing at the same time. I mean, I knew this, but really thought about it the other day. Crazy Fignon rode on the Badger’s team in her early days! It is too quiet around here! I’m hoping the Founders are all just busy. I’d be fucking sad to see the Community fade away.

    Oh yeah, they were buddies. Reading between the lines in both of their books, I think Hinault gained a bit of respect for Fignon because he was the only one who would stand up to Hinault, even as a young pro. There’s a famous story about dinner at an early season training camp, where the Badger had been swearing at everyone, and was out of shape and overweight, and Fignon leaned over the table and said ‘Look mate, it’d be a lot easier if you just trained a bit’.

  8. @MangoDave

    In the spirit of @chuckp ‘s photo, here’s one of me circa 1990. Could be an Anatomy of a Photo, or Throwback Thursday. Let’s see:

    Fully rigid MTB – check.

    Lemon yellow Bell V-1 Pro – check

    Neon accent shorts – check

    Tube socks – check

    Excessive straps on waist pack – check

    The keen-eyed among you will notice the drilled out crankset, chainrings and seatpost. The really keen-eyed will notice just how poorly executed the drilling was.

    At what hight do you start to think – hmmm wonder whether it was a good idea to drill those cranks……

  9. @Teocalli


    I’m just worried about the matching saddle peeking out……….

    You need not worry.

  10. @MangoDave

    In the spirit of @chuckp ‘s photo, here’s one of me circa 1990. Could be an Anatomy of a Photo, or Throwback Thursday. Let’s see:

    Fully rigid MTB – check.

    Lemon yellow Bell V-1 Pro – check

    Neon accent shorts – check

    Tube socks – check

    Excessive straps on waist pack – check

    The keen-eyed among you will notice the drilled out crankset, chainrings and seatpost. The really keen-eyed will notice just how poorly executed the drilling was.

    I want to hear about the landing.

  11. @chuckp

    @Ron

    Chuck – lookin’ good! I’m not a big feller either. After years of having to avoid getting killed by people 3x my size in ball sports, I’m thrilled that limited verticality is not a big deal in cycling.

    Thanks Ron! I’m a skinny little runt. :-) When I was a kid, I loved playing (American) football as a pick-up playground sport. In high school, I actually tried out for the JV team but soon realized that my biggest asset (speed) was no longer an advantage when guys almost twice my size/weight could catch me. Didn’t take me long to find another sport. :-) I ended up playing tennis in high school and college (and for a number of years after college). Got into cycling via running.

    At 5’7″ 125lbs, my dreams of playing in the NFL didn’t even make it to high school. Cross country running and skiing led to cycling

  12. @Teocalli

    @RobSandy

    In other news; why’s it so quiet around here? Do we need a guest article?

    Yeah methinks we need to apply some self help for a while – I’ve had an idea for an article for a while so had better get my arse in gear.

    Rather… tumbleweeds.

    I guess the site has been in winter base training but if this goes on too much longer it will be left behind when the racing starts.

    Seriously, I get that it isn’t a life’s work and stuff gets in the way. I don’t imagine @Frank et al will devote the rest of their days to making sure we all have something to laugh at, argue about or admire.

    If that’s the case and it’s more than the internet equivalent of Der Kaiser’s Christmas I hope some though will be given to making a transition to something new, perhaps relying a bit more on community involvement… while there’s still a community.

  13. @Teocalli

    @MangoDave

    At what hight do you start to think – hmmm wonder whether it was a good idea to drill those cranks……

    Admittedly, it was a brilliant display of stupidity. That’s what happens when you’re young, dumb and too poor to pay for a proper upgrade in components. Despite the photo, though, I was (still am) pretty gentle on equipment. I prefer my rides to be fast with both wheels on the ground, so I wasn’t too worried about the drilling. They did eventually crack after a long time, but no Fignon-style crash involved.

    @chuckp

    The landing was uneventful here, nice smooth run-out. I’ve had a few bad crashes over the years, but as a percentage of time riding, very very few. Pro tip: It’s surprisingly difficult to stabilize your bike when riding without a saddle after the bolt shears off. That one ended up bloody, but it’s a different story…

  14. Done well they are things of beauty but………

    I think I’ll just stick with the chainrings drilled on the Gios.

  15. Another snapshot from my daughter’s Evo I’d been posting about. This is the polished silver Ritchey bars and stem I can’t resist. I swear to gosh I’m gonna get a steel frameset made for myself some day. It’s gonna be painted in candy apple red and will have polished silver kit. I just love the look ! And this just might be the year as so far I’ve been very successful at ignoring any interest whatsoever in training. Meaning, preparing to go fast in a race is simply not happening. Therefor, if it’s just about enjoying the ride on a really cool bike well then…

    And another fun pic showing the cool little detail around brake cable exiting the frame

  16. Have to appreciate climbing in the drops…

    Compare that pic with one of me climbing in the drops… getting passed up the hill by a cool cat on a fat bike with a backpack. To be honest, that’s not just any ol’ dude that attacked the event on a fat bike. But still…

  17. @Oski Bear

    At 5’7″ 125lbs, my dreams of playing in the NFL didn’t even make it to high school. Cross country running and skiing led to cycling

    You and I are about the same. It’s one thing to be small and fast. It’s another thing to have guys who are 30-40 pounds bigger (and mostly muscle) who can catch you. My football playing dream was very short lived.

  18. @Randy C

    Have to appreciate climbing in the drops…

    Although I can, climbing in the drops is something I seldom do. Just not “natural” for me. Probably doesn’t help that I’ve always ridden with a stem that’s pretty much slammed and being on the hoods for me is almost equivalent in terms of position of many people riding in the drops.

  19. @chuckp

    @Randy C

    Have to appreciate climbing in the drops…

    Although I can, climbing in the drops is something I seldom do. Just not “natural” for me. Probably doesn’t help that I’ve always ridden with a stem that’s pretty much slammed and being on the hoods for me is almost equivalent in terms of position of many people riding in the drops.

    Talkin’ about being a “natural”… The young last was long ago climbing in the drops while she was still sprinting from on the hoods… go figure.

  20. @Teocalli

    Is this not the classic ex of every time someone stumbles on to a good idea there is always someone who’ll then take it to the extreme… the ol’, if a little is good well then a lot must be better ?? kinda thinking. Note on the seat post that each of the holes is counter tapped. What a way to spend an afternoon on a drill press. Might have been a little more exciting than pressure washing a driveway. Cheers!

  21. @Randy C

    @Teocalli

    Is this not the classic ex of every time someone stumbles on to a good idea there is always someone who’ll then take it to the extreme… the ol’, if a little is good well then a lot must be better ?? kinda thinking. Note on the seat post that each of the holes is counter tapped. What a way to spend an afternoon on a drill press. Might have been a little more exciting than pressure washing a driveway. Cheers!

    Probably, but done with real skill nonetheless.

  22. @Randy C

    @chuckp

    @Randy C

    Have to appreciate climbing in the drops…

    Although I can, climbing in the drops is something I seldom do. Just not “natural” for me. Probably doesn’t help that I’ve always ridden with a stem that’s pretty much slammed and being on the hoods for me is almost equivalent in terms of position of many people riding in the drops.

    Talkin’ about being a “natural”… The young last was long ago climbing in the drops while she was still sprinting from on the hoods… go figure.

    I love the contrast in pics between you and your daughter. Clearly, you’re laboring. And clearly, she’s not. An angel just floating up the climb. BTW, I have the same socks she’s wearing in the pic.

  23. @chuckp

    The kiddos picked me up a pair of the cool Swiftwick stars and bars sox for a Christmas present. There were a LOT of sox that were presents in our house this Christmas season. Everyone rec’d a couple of a pair of something fun. What a great fun gift for Christmas hey? Who doesn’t want cool sox? Cheers!

  24. @Randy C

    Another snapshot from my daughter’s Evo I’d been posting about. This is the polished silver Ritchey bars and stem I can’t resist. I swear to gosh I’m gonna get a steel frameset made for myself some day. It’s gonna be painted in candy apple red and will have polished silver kit. I just love the look !

    Me too, I have the silver Ritchy bar/stem on my #1 and am going to put them on my old steel which I am repainting. The repaint is a nod to the Fausto Coppi-Team Polti green and yellow bikes of Bugno et al.. Also the silver bar/stem combo makes my choice for chris king headset colors of which there too many, now I can just go silver to match the stem.

  25. Disregard stem in photo. It is a Deda I had around so I painted that too but the Ritchy will be mo’ bettah.

  26. @Gianni

    10-4 to that on the Chris King… And I’m thinking precisely the same thing on the silver CK. You know ya can even get rasta inspired colors ?!? That’s a cool frameset you have and for sure, black would just not do. Nope. Silver is just too classic and just right. Campy Veloce looks to be only thing new staying with the classic silver too. Dang the DA 9000 had it going on. Gone with the brightwork on the 9100 group san. Cheers

  27. @Oski Bear

    @chuckp

    @Ron

    Chuck – lookin’ good! I’m not a big feller either. After years of having to avoid getting killed by people 3x my size in ball sports, I’m thrilled that limited verticality is not a big deal in cycling.

    Thanks Ron! I’m a skinny little runt. :-) When I was a kid, I loved playing (American) football as a pick-up playground sport. In high school, I actually tried out for the JV team but soon realized that my biggest asset (speed) was no longer an advantage when guys almost twice my size/weight could catch me. Didn’t take me long to find another sport. :-) I ended up playing tennis in high school and college (and for a number of years after college). Got into cycling via running.

    At 5’7″ 125lbs, my dreams of playing in the NFL didn’t even make it to high school. Cross country running and skiing led to cycling

    Yeah, I stupidly played basketball and loved it, though I smartened up eventually and realized at my size, it was a bad career option. I played one year of high school football in a state where it’s not a big draw. I still was hit very, very hard, many many times. In all my years of competitive sports, I’d say that one year of football was worse on my body and brain than all others combined. And that’s saying something, because I played DI lacrosse. I was generally too quick to get laid out, but in football, collisions are very necessary.

    Yep, I did it the wrong way – ball sports where size mattered. Post-college I was burned out on lacrosse and thankfully found cycling. I now play soccer twice a week (I played competitively for years as a kid) and ride daily. Soccer is great – it’s a competitive scrimmage with an “okayed” set of players – nobody who is too rough or aggressive, as the age range is 25-73. One of the best players is 70. The guy can run for 1.5 hours in very hot/cold weather. It’s truly amazing.

  28. @Teocalli

    @Randy C

    @Teocalli

    Is this not the classic ex of every time someone stumbles on to a good idea there is always someone who’ll then take it to the extreme… the ol’, if a little is good well then a lot must be better ?? kinda thinking. Note on the seat post that each of the holes is counter tapped. What a way to spend an afternoon on a drill press. Might have been a little more exciting than pressure washing a driveway. Cheers!

    Probably, but done with real skill nonetheless.

    Modern (?) drilliums can be purchased new . Go figure. Though w/48-34 rings is kinda strange.

  29. @Randy C

    @Teocalli

    @Randy C

    @Teocalli

    Is this not the classic ex of every time someone stumbles on to a good idea there is always someone who’ll then take it to the extreme… the ol’, if a little is good well then a lot must be better ?? kinda thinking. Note on the seat post that each of the holes is counter tapped. What a way to spend an afternoon on a drill press. Might have been a little more exciting than pressure washing a driveway. Cheers!

    Probably, but done with real skill nonetheless.

    Modern (?) drilliums can be purchased new . Go figure. Though w/48-34 rings is kinda strange.

    Yeah seen their stuff, it seems quite nice but an odd ratio. I guess more for touring setups.

  30. @Teocalli

    @Randy C

    @Teocalli

    @Randy C

    @Teocalli

    Is this not the classic ex of every time someone stumbles on to a good idea there is always someone who’ll then take it to the extreme… the ol’, if a little is good well then a lot must be better ?? kinda thinking. Note on the seat post that each of the holes is counter tapped. What a way to spend an afternoon on a drill press. Might have been a little more exciting than pressure washing a driveway. Cheers!

    Probably, but done with real skill nonetheless.

    Modern (?) drilliums can be purchased new . Go figure. Though w/48-34 rings is kinda strange.

    Yeah seen their stuff, it seems quite nice but an odd ratio. I guess more for touring setups.

    Read an article in Cycling Weekly about 1 x 11 set ups for road riding. I was sick in my mouth a bit.

  31. Don’t foresee that on any of my road machines, but I did set up a new commuter bike with a 1×10 Deore XT rapid fire shifter/RD with a big ol’ set of cogs in the back. Riser bars, very upright position, fenders, rack, panniers. I’ve set up to build commuters before and they always come out too racy. Finally I have a perfect bike for groceries and getting to work. Not worrying about a 2nd front ring, FD or shifter is great.

  32. @Ron

    @Oski Bear

    @chuckp

    @Ron

    Chuck – lookin’ good! I’m not a big feller either. After years of having to avoid getting killed by people 3x my size in ball sports, I’m thrilled that limited verticality is not a big deal in cycling.

    Thanks Ron! I’m a skinny little runt. :-) When I was a kid, I loved playing (American) football as a pick-up playground sport. In high school, I actually tried out for the JV team but soon realized that my biggest asset (speed) was no longer an advantage when guys almost twice my size/weight could catch me. Didn’t take me long to find another sport. :-) I ended up playing tennis in high school and college (and for a number of years after college). Got into cycling via running.

    At 5’7″ 125lbs, my dreams of playing in the NFL didn’t even make it to high school. Cross country running and skiing led to cycling

    Yeah, I stupidly played basketball and loved it, though I smartened up eventually and realized at my size, it was a bad career option. I played one year of high school football in a state where it’s not a big draw. I still was hit very, very hard, many many times. In all my years of competitive sports, I’d say that one year of football was worse on my body and brain than all others combined. And that’s saying something, because I played DI lacrosse. I was generally too quick to get laid out, but in football, collisions are very necessary.

    Yep, I did it the wrong way – ball sports where size mattered. Post-college I was burned out on lacrosse and thankfully found cycling. I now play soccer twice a week (I played competitively for years as a kid) and ride daily. Soccer is great – it’s a competitive scrimmage with an “okayed” set of players – nobody who is too rough or aggressive, as the age range is 25-73. One of the best players is 70. The guy can run for 1.5 hours in very hot/cold weather. It’s truly amazing.

    I suppose wearing the same size clothes now as I did in college is a perk of a lifetime of cycling.

  33. My review of Pearl Izumi PRO Leader III shoes on PEZ. Yes, I know I violated the rules.

    http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/pearl-izumi-pro-leader-iii-cool-kicks/#.WKie1n_lvdS

  34. @Oski Bear

    @Ron

    @Oski Bear

    @chuckp

    @Ron

    Chuck – lookin’ good! I’m not a big feller either. After years of having to avoid getting killed by people 3x my size in ball sports, I’m thrilled that limited verticality is not a big deal in cycling.

    Thanks Ron! I’m a skinny little runt. :-) When I was a kid, I loved playing (American) football as a pick-up playground sport. In high school, I actually tried out for the JV team but soon realized that my biggest asset (speed) was no longer an advantage when guys almost twice my size/weight could catch me. Didn’t take me long to find another sport. :-) I ended up playing tennis in high school and college (and for a number of years after college). Got into cycling via running.

    At 5’7″ 125lbs, my dreams of playing in the NFL didn’t even make it to high school. Cross country running and skiing led to cycling

    Yeah, I stupidly played basketball and loved it, though I smartened up eventually and realized at my size, it was a bad career option. I played one year of high school football in a state where it’s not a big draw. I still was hit very, very hard, many many times. In all my years of competitive sports, I’d say that one year of football was worse on my body and brain than all others combined. And that’s saying something, because I played DI lacrosse. I was generally too quick to get laid out, but in football, collisions are very necessary.

    Yep, I did it the wrong way – ball sports where size mattered. Post-college I was burned out on lacrosse and thankfully found cycling. I now play soccer twice a week (I played competitively for years as a kid) and ride daily. Soccer is great – it’s a competitive scrimmage with an “okayed” set of players – nobody who is too rough or aggressive, as the age range is 25-73. One of the best players is 70. The guy can run for 1.5 hours in very hot/cold weather. It’s truly amazing.

    I suppose wearing the same size clothes now as I did in college is a perk of a lifetime of cycling.

    Agreed. I have an old LS club jersey from 1989 that still fits. Long may it continue!

  35. @chuckp

    My review of Pearl Izumi PRO Leader III shoes on PEZ. Yes, I know I violated the rules.

    http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/pearl-izumi-pro-leader-iii-cool-kicks/#.WKie1n_lvdS

    Nice write-up, Chuck. Thanks for sharing.

  36. I liked the lighting coming in to my bike room.

  37. So as I appear-disappear and then re-appear around here, I want to show my latest bit of work, as I slowly resurrect a late 80s-early 90s Litespeed Blade complete with the 650c wheels, cleaned up, several new or new-ish bits and pieces on it. Most important and best improvement are the Spinergy wheels and Conti 4000s, the bearings of the Spinergy’s must have some magic built in, because they are some of the smoothest I’ve ever had on a bike…I would say the smoothest I’ve ever felt or heard, but the truth is- I don’t feel or hear anything, they just spin.

    Put your head down and mash a bit on the pedals and this is still capable of escape velocity.

    The Blade has a few more “adjustments” left to be made, not sure the saddle will stay, the front cockpit needs to come to this decade, far too much plumbing, going to try some boss-ass white bar tape next and maybe some pedals that suit the bike.

    I know TT Bikes are not the main effort here, but it is an awesome older bike coming back onto the road from near extinction so I am more than interested in your input and keen eyes for details.

    enjoy

  38. @chuckp

    Which rule must that have been? The fact that the chain was not in the big ring for your picture at the bottom of the article?

  39. @Dean C

    That’s a very cool bike. Looks like would be fun to ride fast. White tape would look sweet. So uhh, was that photo snapped in a cemetery ?

  40. I was invited to joint some friends Mountain Biking last fall. One gracious fellow loaned me a 29er Hard Tail for the day. It was a few degrees below freezing at the start and the trails were dry and hard which meant that the speed was high.

    I like to think of myself as a pretty good bike handler but try as I might I couldn’t hold the same speed as these guys through corners and especially downhill. I could keep pace uphill but would soon drift backwards when things got technical. Pushing on the pedals harder wasn’t the answer because it already felt like I was riding right at the fucking brink of insanity and that death surely awaited me around the next bend.

    We rode for about three hours and averaged something like 13kph while climbing 700m. I was all over body sore for about three days afterwards.

    So this morning I’m off to look at a nice bike to buy for myself.

    Niner R.I.P.9 RDO full suspension 29er. I will post a pic if I end up taking the plunge.

  41. I’ve been running Vittoria Corsa G+ on #1 for the best part of a year and ride wise they are fantastic and general durability seems great with no small cuts that I’ve had with other tyres BUT I’ve had two punctures (the second this weekend) and both was what you might call a gunshot-deflation with the tread part splitting for a good half inch. Now maybe I was unlucky both times to run over a shard of glass or something but wondering if anyone else has had much experience with these puncture wise. They are a bit expensive to trash if they split every time they puncture! Fortunately I always carry a tyre boot.

    Given that Vittoria supposedly discontinued the Pave on the basis that these covered both the old Corsa and the Pave in terms of grip/speed/resilience I’m now nervous to run these on the Strada Bianchi and the Ronde van Vlaanderen. So think I will try the Champion Paris Roubaix as I should be able to fit a 27mm not least as the G+ 25mm allegedly measure up about the same as most 27mms.

  42. @KogaLover

    @chuckp

    Which rule must that have been? The fact that the chain was not in the big ring for your picture at the bottom of the article?

    Just one of oh so many. But as Greg LeMan says, “Rules are meant to be broken.”

  43. @MangoDave

    @chuckp

    My review of Pearl Izumi PRO Leader III shoes on PEZ. Yes, I know I violated the rules.

    http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/pearl-izumi-pro-leader-iii-cool-kicks/#.WKie1n_lvdS

    Nice write-up, Chuck. Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you. Appreciate the kind words.

  44. @kixsand

    I know exactly those feelings. Man I love mtn biking ! And the fastest folks make it look so easy. Big diff between a hard tail and a full suspension bike with 150mm of travel. Cheers

  45. @wiscot

    Agreed. I have an old LS club jersey from 1989 that still fits. Long may it continue!

    At the velodrome a little while back a guy was proudly showing me the one jersey he’d ever won, over 20 years ago, and proudly said “and I can still wear it”.

    My immediate thought was “sure, only because it is made of lycra”,

  46. @Davidlhill

    @wiscot

    Agreed. I have an old LS club jersey from 1989 that still fits. Long may it continue!

    At the velodrome a little while back a guy was proudly showing me the one jersey he’d ever won, over 20 years ago, and proudly said “and I can still wear it”.

    My immediate thought was “sure, only because it is made of lycra”,

    I’m 6lbs lighter now than I was when I was 18. Though it has to be admitted the distribution is a bit different!

  47. @Teocalli

    @Davidlhill

    @wiscot

    Agreed. I have an old LS club jersey from 1989 that still fits. Long may it continue!

    At the velodrome a little while back a guy was proudly showing me the one jersey he’d ever won, over 20 years ago, and proudly said “and I can still wear it”.

    My immediate thought was “sure, only because it is made of lycra”,

    I’m 6lbs lighter now than I was when I was 18. Though it has to be admitted the distribution is a bit different!

    Think I’m now more or less the same weight as I was before I went to uni and started drinking on a competitive level. I was 20kg heavier at one point at the ‘peak’ of my rugby playing career. I might post a picture of me looking massive.

  48. @RobSandy

    @Teocalli

    @Davidlhill

    @wiscot

    Agreed. I have an old LS club jersey from 1989 that still fits. Long may it continue!

    At the velodrome a little while back a guy was proudly showing me the one jersey he’d ever won, over 20 years ago, and proudly said “and I can still wear it”.

    My immediate thought was “sure, only because it is made of lycra”,

    I’m 6lbs lighter now than I was when I was 18. Though it has to be admitted the distribution is a bit different!

    Think I’m now more or less the same weight as I was before I went to uni and started drinking on a competitive level. I was 20kg heavier at one point at the ‘peak’ of my rugby playing career. I might post a picture of me looking massive.

    while i was a US Marine, i ran five miles, and swam against rip currents for an hour every morning, i weighed 145lbs. when i was a bike messenger, i was 155lbs, and that was 25-40 miles a day on the limit, five days a week. i competitively grappled at 178lbs for ten years. that was 2-3 hrs of anaerobic hell three days a week. now, i do Bikram Yoga twice a week, and i cycle 30 miles at an 18-20mph average three days a week. i’m 170 lbs. weirdly, i’ve worn 32w/42l jeans and a size medium shirt my whole life.

  49. @Cary

    @RobSandy

    @Teocalli

    @Davidlhill

    @wiscot

    Agreed. I have an old LS club jersey from 1989 that still fits. Long may it continue!

    At the velodrome a little while back a guy was proudly showing me the one jersey he’d ever won, over 20 years ago, and proudly said “and I can still wear it”.

    My immediate thought was “sure, only because it is made of lycra”,

    I’m 6lbs lighter now than I was when I was 18. Though it has to be admitted the distribution is a bit different!

    Think I’m now more or less the same weight as I was before I went to uni and started drinking on a competitive level. I was 20kg heavier at one point at the ‘peak’ of my rugby playing career. I might post a picture of me looking massive.

    while i was a US Marine, i ran five miles, and swam against rip currents for an hour every morning, i weighed 145lbs. when i was a bike messenger, i was 155lbs, and that was 25-40 miles a day on the limit, five days a week. i competitively grappled at 178lbs for ten years. that was 2-3 hrs of anaerobic hell three days a week. now, i do Bikram Yoga twice a week, and i cycle 30 miles at an 18-20mph average three days a week. i’m 170 lbs. weirdly, i’ve worn 32w/34l jeans and a size medium shirt my whole life.

  50. @Cary

    @Cary

    @RobSandy

    @Teocalli

    @Davidlhill

    @wiscot

    Agreed. I have an old LS club jersey from 1989 that still fits. Long may it continue!

    At the velodrome a little while back a guy was proudly showing me the one jersey he’d ever won, over 20 years ago, and proudly said “and I can still wear it”.

    My immediate thought was “sure, only because it is made of lycra”,

    I’m 6lbs lighter now than I was when I was 18. Though it has to be admitted the distribution is a bit different!

    Think I’m now more or less the same weight as I was before I went to uni and started drinking on a competitive level. I was 20kg heavier at one point at the ‘peak’ of my rugby playing career. I might post a picture of me looking massive.

    while i was a US Marine, i ran five miles, and swam against rip currents for an hour every morning, i weighed 145lbs. when i was a bike messenger, i was 155lbs, and that was 25-40 miles a day on the limit, five days a week. i competitively grappled at 178lbs for ten years. that was 2-3 hrs of anaerobic hell three days a week. now, i do Bikram Yoga twice a week, and i cycle 30 miles at an 18-20mph average three days a week. i’m 170 lbs. weirdly, i’ve worn 32w/34l jeans and a size medium shirt my whole life.

    My jerseys from the early 80s still fit. Thankfully the bibs from that era have long since departed.

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