The Keepers

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Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity.

All these factors combine to provide an unique atmosphere and breeds devoted and loyal disciples of our great sport. We are of a peculiar nature; we seek out the highest mountains and the roughest roads on which to worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. Our legs are what propel us; our minds are what drive us. We refer to our shaved legs in the third person – the legs – and speak of distance in kilometres and measure sizes in centimetres regardless of what country we are in.  We adhere strictly to the Canon of Cycling’s Etiquette: The Rules.

A Velominatus is a disciple of the highest order. We spend our days pouring over the very essence of what makes ours such a special sport and how that essence fits into Cycling’s colorful fabric.  This is the Velominati’s raison d’être. This is where the Velominati can be ourselves. This is our agony – our badge of honor – our sin.

I have a unique way of looking at bicycles. A good bicycle and it’s components are beautiful things to me. I’m not just talking about appearance, but also how the frame and components show the dreams of those who made them.

- Gianni Bugno, Hardman and Italian cycling legend

Perhaps we are too wrapped up in the past, but the Velominati don’t believe that to be the case.  After all, the greatest lessons can be learned from the past and those lessons can then be applied to the present and may then allow us to more fully experience the future.

The Keepers:


The Community:

Velominati.com is less about the articles and more about the conversation. Those of you who read more and poster more, become an integral part of the discussion and help carry the momentum forward. There are several levels of Velominatus*:

Level 4 Velominatus: The casual observer and occasional poster.

Level 3 Velominatus: The regular reader and casual poster.

Level 2 Velominatus: The devoted reader and regular poster.

Level 1 Velominatus: The most committed of reader and poster.

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Conduct:

We strive to foster an open, fun, critical, and censure-free environment. Any critisism of our writing, spelling, grammar, or intelligence is welcome and nothing said will ever get you suspended from the site. That said, the code of conduct is governed by Rule #43 and the Piti Principle. Members consitently exhibiting behavior that falls outside these parameters will be warned to check themselves; should warnings go unheeded, we may elect to issue a suspention. The first offense will result in a one-week suspension, the second in a two week suspension, and the third in a three week suspension. A fourth offense will result in a lifetime ban.

Velominati reserves the right to edit posts with the express interest to preserve the spirit of the conversation and the community. Regarding posts that address a gramatical or typographical error, Velominati may elect to take their input, correct the error in the articles where appropriate, and editing posts that point them out. This editorial action is not to serve as a censurey entity, but to preserve the sprit of the conversation. That said, we endeavor to only edit those posts that point out a minor issue and only in the event that we make the edit before the post has yeilded further discussion. Furthermore, when possible, we will strive to acknowledge said poster for their correction.

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  1. @ChrisO

    @Deakus

    @ChrisO

    Oh, hurrah… while I’m on site can I issue a plea for help @Frank.

    I don’t know what’s going on but frequently I’m unable to post. I submit and they just disappear, and it seems to be random. I post OK and then an hour later, it’s not OK.

    Not that anyone would be missing my words of wisdom but it happens often enough that on a number of occasions I’ve been going to reply to something and have decided not to bother because I can’t be arsed writing a post which goes nowhere.

    I’m sure it must be affecting other people too. Without doing a longitudinal analysis it seems to me that the number of replies and comments on articles is lower and slower than in the past.

    I think the posts are bring moderated at the moment because of the amount of spammers. It could be that your references to Viagra, Penus Extension Pills, Lottery Wins in Nigeria and Tax Refunds are getting caught in all the other guff that is coming through these days…..?

    Yes but they never appear, so it isn’t being held in a moderation queue and then approved. Unless the moderators are mortally offended by my opinions on latex tubes.

    Did I mention that my sister makes five hundred dollars a day working from home?

    She have any jobs going?!! (I would insert an emoticon here but @frank would order a mini pump lashing!)

  2. @Deakus

    @ChrisO

    Did I mention that my sister makes five hundred dollars a day working from home?

    She have any jobs going?!! (I would insert an emoticon here but @frank would order a mini pump lashing!)

    @Deakus Not sure why @ChrisO brought this up??  but I’m sure you could do the same from your house, just the other way round, if you know what I mean. Frank might lend you his mini pump, you know how those things excite the lassies?

  3. Kennaugh in the breakaway, it will be really good to see what it can do..

  4. @ChrisO

    @Deakus

    @ChrisO

    Oh, hurrah… while I’m on site can I issue a plea for help @Frank.

    I don’t know what’s going on but frequently I’m unable to post. I submit and they just disappear, and it seems to be random. I post OK and then an hour later, it’s not OK.

    Not that anyone would be missing my words of wisdom but it happens often enough that on a number of occasions I’ve been going to reply to something and have decided not to bother because I can’t be arsed writing a post which goes nowhere.

    I’m sure it must be affecting other people too. Without doing a longitudinal analysis it seems to me that the number of replies and comments on articles is lower and slower than in the past.

    I think the posts are bring moderated at the moment because of the amount of spammers. It could be that your references to Viagra, Penus Extension Pills, Lottery Wins in Nigeria and Tax Refunds are getting caught in all the other guff that is coming through these days…..?

    Yes but they never appear, so it isn’t being held in a moderation queue and then approved. Unless the moderators are mortally offended by my opinions on latex tubes.

    I found two of your posts in Spam queue, how many went missing? If you’ve been flag (by accident) as a spammer that would doom you for certain.

    Also as a point of clarification on an earlier post; once you have one post approved you can post ad nauseum. Its only newcomers with no previous posts that hit the moderation queue. Its actually kind of nice doing it this way as now I get to recognize who the first-time posters are.

  5. Handbag fight on a bike going uphill…well that is one way to get the viewing figures up!

  6. @Deakus

    Kennaugh in the breakaway, it will be really good to see what it can do..

    it!  I meant HE!

  7. @frank Thanks Frank. I think there were three or four at least – it seemed to happen in two bursts, so I could post, then I couldn’t, then I could, then I couldn’t and now it seems OK.

    This would be where to insert that gif about production bugs, if I had it.

    No worries, whatever you’ve done seems to have wiped the spam, so I guess it’s worth a bit of collateral.

  8. @frank Trying again… ironically my reply last night didn’t appear.

    That’s the weird thing. I can post, then I can’t, then I can, then I can’t.

    This is probably the third time it’s happened now.

    Each time I try a couple of posts before giving up and coming back a few days later to try again.

  9. @ChrisO

    @frank Trying again… ironically my reply last night didn’t appear.

    That’s the weird thing. I can post, then I can’t, then I can, then I can’t.

    This is probably the third time it’s happened now.

    Each time I try a couple of posts before giving up and coming back a few days later to try again.

    Are you logged in on two seperate devices ?

    iPhone and or PC ?

  10. @Barracuda

    @ChrisO

    @frank Trying again… ironically my reply last night didn’t appear.

    That’s the weird thing. I can post, then I can’t, then I can, then I can’t.

    This is probably the third time it’s happened now.

    Each time I try a couple of posts before giving up and coming back a few days later to try again.

    Are you logged in on two seperate devices ?

    iPhone and or PC ?

    No, it’s either my laptop at home or PC at work. But it has happened on both.

    Seems to have been cleared now, as the replies above have now appeared. But I’ve been and gone several times now, like Cadel Evans on a mountain climb.

    Frank thinks it might be to do with my IP address, or maybe it was the ionic phase shift caused by our re-entry from hyperspace, something like that.

  11. @Barracuda

    @ChrisO

    @frank Trying again… ironically my reply last night didn’t appear.

    That’s the weird thing. I can post, then I can’t, then I can, then I can’t.

    This is probably the third time it’s happened now.

    Each time I try a couple of posts before giving up and coming back a few days later to try again.

    Are you logged in on two seperate devices ?

    iPhone and or PC ?

    So this is my second reply to @Barracuda… first one (from home laptop) didn’t appear, this is from work laptop in the office.

    Pretty sure it hasn’t been confined to one or the other though.

    I very occasionally look at the site on mobile but rarely post that way.

  12. Anyone noticing a performance improvement? Site seems to be screamin’ lately, not by accident. Loads of work has gone into getting this fucking thing off its knees, just wondering if its feeling faster to anyone other than the Keepers?

  13. Yes, definitely better for me. I read a bit at work but rarely post from there, and often the posts won’t load, which I put down to the shite IT. Home-wise, it was getting frustratingly slow but is now very good. I love the site and appreciate all the effort that goes into running it, and therefore won’t complain about the performance (see Rule #43)*, but there’s definitely been an improvement which is much appreciated. Chapeau, Sir.

    *well, just one tiny complaint – you gave me a +1 the other day but I never saw the jersey, ….

  14. @Frank does seem a bit faster, it seems more consistent now.

    By the by, I dropped you an email (to all accounts) can you drop me a reply please.

  15. Apart from my home IP issue it is fine, and yes does seem to be much faster.

    Thanks for checking the spam for me after my ‘barking’. I hope you admire the persistence of my belief that anyone might give a shit about whether my comments disappear into the ether or not.

    Oddly enough I’m probably one of the least likely to be sharing my IP with a terrorist – the internet out here is controlled behind a firewall run by the telcos who provide the connections, and it is monitored  as closely as these things can be.

    We can’t access quite a lot of sites and I’m not talking just porn and extremism. For a long time we couldn’t even access Flickr. They also block any VOIP services, but one suspects commercial reasons behind that.

  16. Seems much better by mobile here. All comments are appearing under articles too. Thanks for all the hard work.

  17. @Gianni can you check your email.

    Thanks

  18. and @frank  definitely faster and stays logged in know from any of my devices.

  19. Been lurking for a while now. A ride last night (and reflections thereon) inspired me to join.

    The Ride Starts on Time

    I went for a ride yesterday. Short, but solid and focused on a Category 3 climb (a respectable feat for a relative neophyte). I had planned on going with a friend of mine, but that plan unraveled at the last minute (well, 30 minutes after the last minute).

    Here on the East Coast of the US, it’s getting dark early. Not a big deal, I thought. My companion recently purchase a 180 lumen behemoth, and I had been counting on that to assuage my fears of visibility. When it became apparent that he wouldn’t be able to ride along, I decided to go it alone. Sunset was predicted for 6:01 PM, it was 5:30 and I knew I’d be getting back around 7:00. Dusk, twilight and then nightfall, but I’d be rolling back into the driveway without spending too much time in the true dark of the night. And I was prepared: Two headlights, a taillight and an incredibly Hi-vis Louis Garneau jersey. I would be seen so I set out.

    As the ground under my wheels began to undulate higher and more frequently, the colors of New England autumn started to wash to gray in the fading light. The definition of ‘the gloaming’ I thought to myself. Fear, like the darkness around me, was setting in. But I wasn’t turning back, despite hearing the voice of South Park’s Thumper in my head: “You’re going to have a bad time.”

    Before long, the hill was in front of me; it’s initial 17% pitch so steep my headlight appeared to be illuminating a wall in front of me. Up I went, too focused on my legs to be concerned with the sun’s location relative to the horizon. By the time I’d crested however, the sides of the road were being lost to the shadows and the rest disappeared quickly from there. There are no streetlights out in farm country, and my lights did nothing to illuminate my path. My descents were slow and careful, and my thoughts singularly hoping that each dark patch I rode over was fresh pavement, and not the gaping voids they might be. I was scared. Not of the dark, not of the fact that black bear sitings aren’t unheard of in my literal neck of the woods, and not even of cars. I couldn’t see much of anything at this point. I had no idea where the side of the road was, and in the dark turns are deceptive. The saving grace of all of this was that there really is very little traffic on backwoods roads and I went by more cars coming towards me that passed me from the rear. (This was a mixed blessing though. While I didn’t have to worry about taking up the road or getting flattened, these dark streets necessitate the use of high beams – a blinding occurrence, further obscuring my scant vision.)

    As I rode back into town, the increasing frequency of streetlights eased my mind. “I’m alive and I’m staying that way tonight.” I arrived home, to find my wife on edge about my ride in the dark and relieved to see me. “How was your late-night ride?” she asked. I responded, “That was profoundly fucking stupid.”

  20. @SamV start rides at V:am. That way you finish in day light before traffic starts to build.

  21. New guy here. Hope to be a worthy member. Old school steel is my horse. Pinarello SL Treviso. Campy Chorus

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  23. I like the website updates, I can login and not have to refresh 6 times for it to take effect

  24. Another new guy here, coinciding with the larmchair of the new site, but in no form whatsoever is that a causal relationship.bern visiting for a while now.

    Aluminium bike here, my first. What I lack in years (not) riding, I hope to compensate in enthusiasm.

  25. Help! Unable to order V gear. Link to PayPal not working also unable to log on.

     

  26. Really not sure where to post this, especially as I didn’t want to post in Rides section with ChrisO’s news but, for those of us, and there will likely be many, who have enjoyed the culture, coffee and camaraderie of Cafe Domestique, here is some unfortunate news about its closing:

    http://m.thespec.com/news-story/5238607-dundas-caf-bids-farewell-with-new-year-s-eve-bash/

  27. @frank

    Keepers, this should be a good year. Realized that we are in the cardinal year XV.

  28. Hi, I’m another new guy here after lurking for 6 or more months and enjoying the articles and community here. I got back on my road bike last year but most of my riding is commuting at the moment. I’m contemplating what I can realistically achieve cycling while balancing family life and a dodgy knee. My bike is a Merckx Strada OS with 9 speed Chorus and other Cinelli bits on it I brought in 1997.

  29. @Kieran

    Welcome to the party!

  30. @Kieran

    Hi, I’m another new guy here after lurking for 6 or more months and enjoying the articles and community here. I got back on my road bike last year but most of my riding is commuting at the moment. I’m contemplating what I can realistically achieve cycling while balancing family life and a dodgy knee. My bike is a Merckx Strada OS with 9 speed Chorus and other Cinelli bits on it I brought in 1997.

    Welcome!  The more the merrier.  IMHO, commuting is the best way to put in the miles.  Every day, solo, bit by bit.

    I had 9 speed Record and Veloce bits for a long, long, time, and they were solid stuff.  You can’t go wrong with that drivetrain.

  31. @frank I cant upload photos from phone or Laptop.   Any clues ?

  32. Hooray, the site is back up! Well done to all who worked on this

  33. Three cheers for the Velominati Keepers!

  34. I was just starting to get Velominati cold turkey shakes.

  35. Still can’t log in but it’s good to be back

  36. Wow! That must’ve been a really big pile of Zip disk! Great work for the move!

  37. Glad to be back!  Thanks for all the hard work.

  38. That is quite a relief to wake up this morning and see the DNS propagated successfully!

    Still some optimizations to be made in the private section (messaging, activity streams etc) but all should be functional at least!

    Those two weeks we were down did my OCD no favors whatsoever.

    @the Engine

    Try it now; still had to make a final change. But at this point is most certainly is on your end; Pretty much every last bit of code and server hardware has been changed out over the last 6 months.

  39. @frank

    Hallelujah! Chapeau! Nipple lube!

  40. @Chris

    Keepers and Velominati; Have a great Christmas.

    Wow… Santa rides RockShox SL’s? Great article here http://www.bikehugger.com/post/view/rock-shox-paris-roubaix-sl-twenty-years-later

  41. Wa HOO!!

  42. @frank

    That is quite a relief to wake up this morning and see the DNS propagated successfully!

    Still some optimizations to be made in the private section (messaging, activity streams etc) but all should be functional at least!

    Those two weeks we were down did my OCD no favors whatsoever.

    @the Engine

    Try it now; still had to make a final change. But at this point is most certainly is on your end; Pretty much every last bit of code and server hardware has been changed out over the last 6 months.

    Yeah – it’s something deep within Chrome. Anyway multiple servers and PC’s mean that I’ve cobbled together a work around

  43. Is it back? Oh my!! What a long wait, how pointless my existence has been without the Community! (joking, but I still felt pretty sad when the site was down).

    Thanks for the work in getting it back up, Frank and anyone else. Phew!! We’re getting hammered with un-NC like weather in NC, an ice day yesterday and more snow on the way today. Bike trail I use to get to work is impassable, slid out and onto my hip Monday night on my way to the cycling advocacy group meeting. Darnit, bruises didn’t hurt/bruise as badly when I was a kid.

    Rejoice, it has come back!

  44. Happy Pi Day to all the Math Nerds!! Once in an eternity; I hope you all layed down some massive V in honor!

  45. @frank @keepers how about a Velominati Hall of Fame? The longer you leave it the longer its going to take to get it up to date. Each entrant should have a nice bio, awesome pics, best steeds, best quotes and where they are still alive maybe even a little interview??

  46. Hong Kong’s winter is over.   Our three week window of opportunity to wear anything but short sleeved gear is gone!   Overshoes, long sleeved or long legged clobber and full finger gloves can now be returned to languish in the humid darkness of a big poly bag that lives in a suitcase under the bed.   Maybe next year?

  47. Hey guys, I’m exhausted. 18+ years, somewhere between 7000 and 8000 classes. I’m Spun out. I thought we’d own that shite by now. Oh well, it is after all synthetic cycling. Spinning/Indooor Cycling I’m talking about. A field of ninnies, off-ended by the latest “hey look at me” movement. Something about Soul or Fly or whatever the latest uncredible idea of “fun” on a stationary bike. I’ve held fast to the theories laid down after the due diligence of preparation for such a franchise. After all, how could a group of Master’s Degrees and PhD’s, in different forms of exercise physiology, release, with their name attached something that would be unsafe for anyone.

    Ah, how fast the time goes. The certification passes 3 hours or a day, like a blink, and off they go. “None are as righteous as the newly converted” a wise man once said. With their “passioned” inspirational language in tow, they really should wear helmets. For where they go is into this dark roomed, rave like, bumping and thumping of music, They’re all so enthralled by the “Master Instructors” qualified by who knows what. Some self appointed at the credibility of their own education offerings. CEU’s after all are not even necessary in the Fitness Industry. There are but a few Gym Management( and I use that term loosely) that even sit in on a class to see what’s going on. Like some sort of Night Club owner afraid to find illicit drugs or sex happening. What a forecast Chris Meadows made of the “sport” in that skit from SNL. One instructor, in passing conversation, pink hair, pierced nose and easily 45 years and a mother. She had just been to a concert by the “artist” Pink. I asked what she thought of the memo from the Vice President of the company, that held many points of safety and company policy. “I don’t read any of those. I’ve been doing this so long, I don’t need any of their information”. My mouth fell open, ready for flies, and the words flew out instead “Unbelievable”. “What?” she said ” you think I should read that stuff?” Again, as if once wasn’t enough and my filter of kindness shut down by shock, “Unbelievable”. I turned and walked out of the “studio” and up toward the front of the gym. Feeling dumfoundedly drunk and amazed at what I had just seen. I went to the chap, the GM of the facility and begged his ear for a moment. Not as a report, but just to share what I had just witnessed. I explained to the young college man, what had just occurred, only after securing the confidentiality of it only being to converse, not to report.  He replied with steady head, chin up, by saying “Oh, isn’t she really pretty?” “Well, yes.” I replied. “And isn’t she really nice too?”. “Yes, she’s very nice” I said. To which he replied “Oh, okay.” And turned and walked away.

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, and am not, as much as I’m concerned for the world that I live in, when Managers of Exercise Facilities are so focused on sales that the actual safety of the customer is second to the bottom line. “Unbelievable”.

    So, after the time that I have spent, sincere in focus of safe, as it is no coincidence that is where the results are. Body mechanics is a priority for performance and training. The bike must be adjusted to be within the tolerance of stress/workload being directed into the muscle, as that is where we are meant to deal with physical stress.

    Bipedalism. What a great word. Simply put, stop leaning on your hands. Instead, as any good biped, lean in to bring the canti-lever of your upper body, to the feet.

    Leaning on the hands, typically with hyper-extended wrists, locked out elbows, protracted shoulders and rounded back, is so unnatural and puts stress into the connective tissue like cartilage and tendons. Burn calories, not cartilage. Sub acute pain is a drain of energy and repetitive stress injury is a slow, silent killer of an active lifestyle.

    Longevity needs to be the focus, only distracted by success in performance where aero supercedes body mechanics (shoulders).

    It takes a bit to harness, if you’re not familiar. Give it time, be patient with yourself. It’s a change in postural dynamic of 180 degrees.

    The true potential is to find a full chain of muscle availability from hands, through the shoulders, through the core and obviously the legs to the feet.

    When you get it, you’ll be relieved of the distraction of sub acute pain in all of the classic pain locations, typical with many cyclists.

    A flat spine is a healthy, long lasting spine. Retracted shoulders to enable muscle and protect connective tissue. Same for unlocked elbows. And wrists should never fold back. Straight out of the forearms to enable the full chain starting with the forearms.

    As it is in any sport or activity, we lean in to bring the leverage of the upper body to the feet. Without the interference of the arms. Instead, the arms poised and ready to draw on the upper body in support of the legs as they squat against more effort and held in place with the backboard of the upper body.

    The root of the pedalstroke, is the hands.

    Try to sprint or climb sitting without it. And then try with it. More power, strength and endurance.

    It is not wasted energy. It is all 8 cyclinders, applied.

    Lean, through your core, to your feet. Don’t lean on your hands. Not any more.

    Perhaps this could be a rule. If I might request it be held until #97 as that would be a nice thing for me.

    Bipedalism. Stop leaning on your arms and hands. It has no benefit, but instead risk. Burn calories, not cartilage.

    Merci beaucoup.

  48. @Frank Not a complaint here but has anyone else had the following? I can post no problem fro my iPhone but since the site upgrade I can’t post from PC. In the dialogue box I have no visible cursor, yet if I take my time and write a post, even though I can’t see it, when I press submit it appears! I’m on Explorer.

  49. It all works fine here on Chrome.

  50. @gilly

    In my experience, any issue with the site is usually solved by clearing the cache in your browser.

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