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Velominatus: Flying Crowbar

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: H-Town

Former road racer who now races vicariously through live feeds of Le Tour, PR, etc. I ride about 20% as much as I want to. Kids will do that to you. I currently ride a Giant TCR Advanced in T-Mobile colors. Yeah, it probably violates a Rule or V, but it is one nice ride.

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I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. I haven’t posted here in forever, but I thought I’d chime in. @monkeyscat and I had the pleasure of sharing a ride with @itburns a couple of years ago. I learned from his posts that he lived in the Houston area, and living in H-town myself, I wanted the … »

I’ve never been able to decide if choices are a gift or a curse; a lack of choices introduces simplicity but also with it the risk that the simple choices do not meet the demands of a complex world. An abundance of similar choices, on the other hand, often reduces the impact of getting things a little bit wrong, but also decreases the thought...

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  1. My goal has always been to ride the same gears Jens rides: 11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-12 Rumor is he has the 12 on there for the toughest of climbs. It has never been used. »

We interrupt the current programming for the following announcement:The more clever among you might have noticed slight shiftings of the sands, a new scent on the breeze. Indeed, the Velominati Boardroom has been bristling with activity of late; the meetings longer and more regular, the pints downed in quicker succession, the views shouted in loud...

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  1. @actor1 Hilarious! My oldest son’s soccer coach sounds about like that, without the F-bombs. »

I’m quite upset about it, actually, all this racing that’s been going on in perfectly good weather. Vlaanderen, dry. Roubaix, dry. We were nearly guaranteed shit weather with the Olympics in London, but even then, only the women got to get all Rule #9 on our asses – and only for one race. Damnit, I want Epic, and if we keep insis...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Sagan 3. Boasson Hagen 4. Martin 5. Boonen »

It seems like just weeks ago that Cav won his rainbow stripes, things were said, umbrage was taken. Luckily we have found more umbrage so we are good to go. This course is not like last year. It’s not exactly a sprinters finish. It’s a 128 km rumble in Valkenberg and the Dutch team is there for Marianne Vos. She has finished second in...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Arndt 3. Pooley 4. Brozini 5. Stevens »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @jimisurf Holy crap! Well done! Sounds like that was a race for the hardmen, which is what you definitely are after finishing that ride. »

  2. @sgt Dang! How did I miss this post? I have no complaints about the weather during our ride, given that it is usually 30-35C with 90% humidity in early August in Houston. Plus it is a lot more scenic in Santa Barbara, unless you like looking at refineri… »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @frank I notice The Badger is holding the bars the same way Fignon is holding them in the Defining Moments: My First Kit lead photo. »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @Steampunk To keep this sub-topic cycling-related, I noticed that an ersatz YJA makes an appearance at about the 1:42 mark. »

One of the loveliest things about the Grand Tours is that you get a feel, by the nature of the route, of the country’s landscape and physical qualities. Italy is littered with mountains and coasts, France is bordered by mountains with large swaths of open landscape throughout, and Spain is like Tatooine; mostly desert with some rocky outcropp...

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  1. I’m still hoping to secure a top-100 finish overall. VSP PICKS: 1. Clenbutador 2. Froome 3. Cobo 4. Roche 5. Menchov »

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. @sgt Thanks. Your Izoard is a thing of beauty, as well. »

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  1. @itburns You, @monkeyscat, @JiPM and I need to get together some weekend for a ride. »

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. @sgt I could not agree with this more. I’ve had my #1 for five years now, and I like it more with every ride. »

As children, none of us were given an allowance. Instead, we were taught from a young age that if we wanted to buy something, we had to earn the money in order to do so. To facilitate the model, and possibly to avoid child-labor law infringement, we were paid to do chores around the house in exchange for a cash payment directly proportional but not...

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  1. @The Oracle Ha! I did the same thing the first few times I watched that commercial. »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @Blah Hmmm… I may need to look into the sewing machine upgrade for my bike. I wonder if they come in full carbon? »

Clad in skin-tight clothes and cleated shoes, we walk with all the grace of a chicken with a repetitive stress injury. Yet once astride our machines, hovering above the tarmac and enraptured by the sensation of flight, we are transformed into a picture of fluidly harmonic articulation which belies the power and skill that drives us forward. Years...

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  1. @Flying Crowbar Well, I contemplated, cogitated, and ruminated on my form while climbing with @sgt this morning, but I was so far into the red zone that I couldn’t do much about it.  »

  2. @Cyclops Happy birthday! »

  3. Two brief stories about my oldest, now 17, who is a huge sports fan. When he was probably five years old, we were over at a friend’s house to watch a mountain stage of the Tour. As different cyclists appeared on the screen, he would immediately identify … »

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. @Monkeyscat Looks awesome. I hope you are worthy of that bike, otherwise there will be an intervention. »

Clad in skin-tight clothes and cleated shoes, we walk with all the grace of a chicken with a repetitive stress injury. Yet once astride our machines, hovering above the tarmac and enraptured by the sensation of flight, we are transformed into a picture of fluidly harmonic articulation which belies the power and skill that drives us forward. Years...

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  1. Great article. I will contemplate on my climbing form during the ride tomorrow. »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. I received my Zwarte V-jersey on Monday and am looking forwardi to an inaugural ride on Saturday with @sgt. As El Mateo said, the fit is perfect. »

What a difference four years can make. In Beijing, Nicole Cooke was the dominant rider in Women’s Cycling, taking wins in every important race on the Women’s calendar for several years running. Fast finish, good in the hills, good against the clock, she helped give context to what we mean by the term “all rounder”.Four year...

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  1. I figure Vos will be tough to beat. After that, I got nothing. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armstrong 3. Cooke 4. Bronzini 5. Stevens »

You can all wave “goodbye” to your Post GT Depression Syndrome, because the Men’s Olympic Road Race is only three days yonder. I don’t typically give two shits about this particular event; while contested by national teams, unlike the Worlds it appears as just another one-day race on a calendar filled with events that carry...

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  1. I would love to see Cav win it. VSP PICKS: 1. Cavendish 2. Greipel 3. Sagan 4. Gilbert 5. Boonen »

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks but you can grab a beer and watch that old dog do the same stupid thing over and over again, which is almost the same as a doing trick. On an unrelated note, I find myself, for the third year running, staring down the business end of the week approaching the Climb4Cancer time trial up Zoo Hill in Issaquah...

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  1. @frank I predict you will shatter the 12:00 barrier if @marko simply texts the message, “I just posted an emoticon.” Your rage will take care of the rest. »

Even Wiggo said it’s just a bike race. Bike racing may be just that but Cycling is life. And Love is life and it’s amazing when they all get tangled up together. We first heard from @Farzani months ago; a Belgian in training. She said she had an on-going story to tell and asked if we were interested. It’s an honor we can share the...

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  1. Yes, thank you for sharing your story. You told it beautifully. Stories like this remind me that I need to savor every ride, as should we all. »