What we do in life, echoes in eternity.

On Rule #3: Role Modelling

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What we do in life echoes in eternity.

– Maximus, Gladiator

We all make mistakes. We can only hope that they are not repeated by our disciples. It is only for the sake of this lesson that I expose you visually to this truth.

// La Vie Velominatus // The Rules

  1. I could have easily entered into the holidays without seeing this.

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  2. sure it does. the struggle will get worse in the age of social media, too, now that everything is documented. our capacity to surpass our obvious mistakes, limited to begin with, is now hopelessly outmatched by the net’s ability to remember our missteps.

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  3. Gore-tex gloves are just updated Marigolds.

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  4. Is that a Belgian cap/ neck warmer combi or a peaked balaclava? Either way I’m surprised that Rapha have never tried to market it, although it would have to be as a “passe-montagne”.

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  5. The worst, worst thing about the picture of the Prophet is that he looks so cheerful about it all.

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  6. Try Googling “Colombian Women’s Cycling Team” for the breathtakingly hideous and embarrassing. What has been seen, cannot be unseen …

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  7. Mmm, looks like Merckx is cleaning a tank on the inside, or washing the dishes with rubber gloves to protect his hands. And Big Mig is testing his Spiderman outfit for Belgian carnival or Halloween. Since there are no pics on the web displaying my winter garments, in the interest of transparency: this morning I wore a neck warmer and skull cap. I also have a balaclava which I normally wear for skiing but when it’s colder, I can use it also for cycling. Issue -for which I have no solution (except pricy Assos skull cap)- is Rule #37 violations for either option.

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  8. @Cary

    … the net’s ability to remember our missteps.

    and publish and distribute !

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  9. @RobSandy One of the key components to style is confidence. It really says a lot that Merckx looks only slightly more casually deliberate than

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  10. @Randy C

    @Cary

    … the net’s ability to remember our missteps.

    and publish and distribute !

    Or in Frank’s case, not allow your community to edit their own posts.

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  11. @SamV Your picture reminded me of this picture of one of the Keepers (who appears to be recovering from a hideous accident, get well soon!).

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  12. @SamV My daughter and I were just talking last night about having to watch that classic! I guess if you’re not getting a bike under the tree then a BB gun could be next best thing. Merry Christmas and Cheers

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  13. @Randy C

    My daughter and I were just talking last night about having to watch that classic! I guess if you’re not getting a bike under the tree then a BB gun could be next best thing. Merry Christmas and Cheers

    Your username is appropriate for this post. Merry Christmas!

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  14. Last night’s holiday lights nighttime bike ride. Merry Christmas to all my fellow Velominati!

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  16. @Teocalli

    Gore-tex gloves are just updated Marigolds.

    Now I know where Tyler Durden inspiration.

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  17. Just because its out on the internet doesn’t make it true. So maybe that awful photo of the prophet as some kind of hideous photoshop mash-up? Indurain has no excuse, however.

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  18. @KogaLover

    Mmm, looks like Merckx is cleaning a tank on the inside, or washing the dishes with rubber gloves to protect his hands. And Big Mig is testing his Spiderman outfit for Belgian carnival or Halloween. Since there are no pics on the web displaying my winter garments, in the interest of transparency: this morning I wore a neck warmer and skull cap. I also have a balaclava which I normally wear for skiing but when it’s colder, I can use it also for cycling. Issue -for which I have no solution (except pricy Assos skull cap)- is Rule #37 violations for either option.

    My Rudy’s stay perfectly secured to my head and Rule #37 compliant when I don my balaclava in cold weather. This works despite my ears being kept warm and toasty on the inside of the winter garment.

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  19. @RobSandy If Eddy is wearing something, it’s cool. Get used to it.

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  20. Base layers, arm and leg warmers, winter jersey, gilet, shoe covers, balaclava under the helmet, arms of cycle specific eyeware over the helmut straps, gloves…we’re good down to about 3 degrees C. Below that, the jackets come out and some rule violations, such as thermal tights, might be employed.

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  21. Geezis… Upon first look, I thought Eddy had his warmers safety pinned to his shorts, then later realized it was a crease in the photo. Those rubber gloves give the impression he just helped deliver a calf. The things you encounter on cold Belgian training rides….

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  22. @Rick

    My Rudy’s stay perfectly secured to my head and Rule #37 compliant when I don my balaclava in cold weather. This works despite my ears being kept warm and toasty on the inside of the winter garment.

    Which is why I will find a pair of Oakley Jawbreakers under our Christmastree!

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  23. @chuckp Where you’ve been so long? You kept a low profile recently but welcome back! However, why did you re-emerge with a YJA-vengeance? There’s no rule to forbid the Santa-hat…

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  24. I wonder if there’s a corresponding photo of the Prophet during the race or ride which followed that picture? Because I bet he looked awesome. He always did.

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  25. @RobSandy

    I wonder if there’s a corresponding photo of the Prophet during the race or ride which followed that picture? Because I bet he looked awesome. He always did.

    @RobSandy Picture featured in Miroir Sprint (french cycling mag) on March 17, 1970 Miroir Sprint

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  26. @KogaLover

    @Rick

    My Rudy’s stay perfectly secured to my head and Rule #37 compliant when I don my balaclava in cold weather. This works despite my ears being kept warm and toasty on the inside of the winter garment.

    Which is why I will find a pair of Oakley Jawbreakers under our Christmastree!

    Sweet! Either someone has been exceptionally nice this year or had considerable input in their own Xmas list (perhaps even bought for themselves?).

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  27. @Rick

    @KogaLover

    Which is why I will find a pair of Oakley Jawbreakers under our Christmastree!

    Sweet! Either someone has been exceptionally nice this year or had considerable input in their own Xmas list (perhaps even bought for themselves?).

    The latter I am afraid. Would not want to leave the choice of Christmas present to Santa Claus, except socks (what can go wrong there you would think, although I got so-called no-show-socks and a camel hump2 years ago; never wore them).

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  28. @KogaLover

    @RobSandy

    I wonder if there’s a corresponding photo of the Prophet during the race or ride which followed that picture? Because I bet he looked awesome. He always did.

    @RobSandy Picture featured in Miroir Sprint (french cycling mag) on March 17, 1970 Miroir Sprint

    Thanks for that link! Lots of incredible pix on there! Could lose a few hours browsing easily. Happy and safe holidays to all Velominati wherever you are and whatever you ride. Here’s to more miles (kilometers) and fun in 2017.

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  29. @KogaLover

    @Rick

    @KogaLover

    Which is why I will find a pair of Oakley Jawbreakers under our Christmastree!

    Sweet! Either someone has been exceptionally nice this year or had considerable input in their own Xmas list (perhaps even bought for themselves?).

    The latter I am afraid. Would not want to leave the choice of Christmas present to Santa Claus, except socks (what can go wrong there you would think, although I got so-called no-show-socks and a camel hump2 years ago; never wore them).

    At least you will be getting something you want in your stocking. Just act surprised when you open them haha. Happy Holidays!

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  30. @KogaLover

    @chuckp Where you’ve been so long? You kept a low profile recently but welcome back! However, why did you re-emerge with a YJA-vengeance? There’s no rule to forbid the Santa-hat…

    I know I’ve been absent. Combination of having a lot of stuff going on and the fact that my access to certain websites at my current work location can be finnicky. It’s that time of year when YJA rules. :-) I’m a skinny little runt of tropical heritage so get cold easily. Live and ride in an urban environment. And this was actually a night ride to view holiday lights in Arlington, VA. So in the interest of safety and survival, f**k the rules! :-) I will also be rocking’ the YJV on a lot of rides between now and spring thaw. Besides, class isn’t what you wear but how you wear it. If you’re simply fabulous, you just are. :-) http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/gore-windstopper-review/#.WF6SBbGZPdQ

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  31. @RobSandy

    The worst, worst thing about the picture of the Prophet is that he looks so cheerful about it all.

    That is what I was thinking as well!

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  32. @Ron

    @RobSandy

    The worst, worst thing about the picture of the Prophet is that he looks so cheerful about it all.

    That is what I was thinking as well!

    I was thinking the same thing, until I came upon the following thought; He was probably just enjoying a little chuckle to himself, contemplating the souls he would shortly be crushing / legs he would be pulling off / fools he would be destroying whilst looking like a dork. In my book (and if I am right in the book of the Prophet too, this negates any un-coolness he might be exuding whilst dressed in such attire.

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  33. @Frank – where the blazes are my Olympic rings? I won, didn’t I?

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  34. @RobSandy If the Prophet wished to look happy about bringing more pain on those daring to challenge him, he always did. and he wore what ever was necessary, which was seldom more than the basic woolen shorts and jersey. What is race that particular picture from, of you would please? I am guilty of not being nearly knowledgeable about history and Eddy. I am correcting this as we type.

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