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Velominatus: HMBSteve

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: SF Bay Area, USA

A SF Bay Area newbie. Took up cycling late in life in New Hampshire, but the hills in CA are likely to keep me here a while longer. One day at a time - living on the Bike as much as possible - trying to suck just a little less each time.

@HMBSteve's activity:

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. Up for grabs VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Contador 3. Rodriguez 4. Froome 5. Valverde »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy – A-Merckx indeed.  Nothing better than the sunrise rides. Quiet, peaceful and mind clearing. »

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. @Frank – thoughtful tribute.  This morning’s ride was solemn and introspective.  The headwind may have had something to do with it.  Roll with care. »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. @Steampunk – Chapeau! A fine piece of work and thought.  Nothing better than the pride that comes with the nippers.  Seeing them grow up, achieve whatever it is they are going to achieve and blossom into real human beings.  This can only be topped by ridi… »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. @Gianni – good stuff.  As a younger man playing hockey, pre-loading was a must and the Byrds’ Lover of the Bayou was it.  Psyched me up while suiting up and put a gnarly edge ont eh attitude.  Very appropriate for the rides where climbing is involved -  t… »

It’s no coincidence that Stage Five of the Tour was not only the best one to watch, or that it helped decide the race before nary a hill was crested, but that it was just, well, Stage Five. Only last minute copyright clearances prevented the organisers actually dubbing it Stage V, though they managed to get the rain delivered on time, an ess...

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  1. @Ccos Yes; this. The next one pales in comparison. Invincibility. »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gallopin 3. Van Garderen 4. Ten Dam 5. Valverde »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @wiscot Agreed – best riders in the world available at the moment, duking it out in the mountains.  There is still plenty of talent, challenges and attacks.  Last man standing wins. »

Who learns of their cycling potential while in the military, serving in Africa? @wiscot is once again serving up some great cycling history in his post about  Joaquim “The Bull” Agostinho. As dangerous as cycling seems, surprisingly few professionals get killed racing or training. Agostinho was one of the unlucky few. He was a man for...

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  1. @wiscot – Chapeau! Great article; I am always learning here. The bike is an important part of my life and my reflections during my rides remind me constantly how precious everything else is. »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Valverde 4. Talansky 5. Van Garderen »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Vos 3. Stevens 4. Ferrand-Prevot 5. Bronzini »

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. @Harminator Well done! Great write up – love the pic. »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

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  1. @Owen At least he refrained from posting pictures……oh no; I said it. »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

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  1. Great stuff, Frank.  The most rewarding part for me is the view from the top and the knowing that you did it……Mt. Hamilton looking south to Monterey Bay. A few of the Velominati have been up this road. The worst part is that you can see the summit fro… »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. Did anyone notice that Pozzovivo wretched his way out of the race within hours of finishing 5th in the opening time trial?  Me thinks my standings are fucked – no substitution for me this time.  I am going into the end of the week with the roster I posted… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Mollema 2. Rui Costa 3. Kreuziger 4. Pozzovivo 5. Izagirre »

There was a time when I held down ‘real jobs’. Jobs with (a little) stress, with (some) responsibility, but without soul. And while dealing with the great unwashed public never held much appeal, I always envied the guys who worked at my preferred LBS. They seemingly had it all––an endless supply of cheap bikes and parts, hanging out and s...

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  1. A good read Brett, I can sense the nostalgia and I have some memories of my own, but from the perspective of the pedalwan facing the daunting task of learning about the bikes.  I have had the good fortune of learning from some really excellent LBS owners … »

That any cyclist can enter the same arena with the same equipment as the professional helps to make cycling an awesome sport. True, the same thing could be said for golf or tennis but as a fan you can’t stand a meter away from any of those pros and scream encouragement. “Come on Tiger, RIP THAT FUCKER!” And if you attempt entry into Wimbledon...

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  1. Gianni – good stuff.  How about this for an authentic costume »

This winter Shimano showed up on Maui with a flotilla of Colnago C-59s set up with disc brakes. The lucky Shimano people tested the bikes on some of the nicest routes on the island, including some descending down the Haleakala volcano. Unbelievably they didn’t invite me along (!?). If they had I would have suggested a different place to ride, one...

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  1. @jon jon Wait, what? »

Maybe it’s the milestone of aging that I recently reached. It could be an awareness of the unique foibles of this sport/activity/pastime that I practice. Possibly, I just woke up one day and realised that this is a weird thing for a middle-aged man to be doing. The time for reassessment hit me, involuntarily and without warning. And I’m...

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  1. @Brett – very well written, thoughtful.  At my age, I ride to ensure that there is more.  Every day on the bike is inspiration. Equito ergo sum. »

On our trip to Paris, my wife and I, in need of culture, rode the Vélib bikes to Cycles Laurent. This was our first French bike shop visit and excitement was high as we navigated our helmetless headed way through the city traffic. The shop is a classic; it’s crammed with bikes and clothes. There is no room to move. My wife immediately dove into...

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  1. @Rob – oh no; a Velominati thread off point! Squirrel!!!! No worries – I agree, the jersey find is a beaut and beers all around is even better. »

  2. @Nate A-Merckx.  There are many examples of celebrating the last place finish for that very reason.  The last place graduate at West Point is known as the “goat” and collects $1 from each of his fellow graduating cadets.  Two notable examples – George P… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. Second Rest Day Swaps – Pozzi in for Rodriguez & Basso for Scarponi VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nairo Qunitana 2. Domenico Pozzovivo 3. Cadel Evans 4. Rigoberto Uran 5. Ivan Basso »

This guest post was sent to us from Frank’s sister about her son Willem. When I read the post I was thinking Frank’s sister had written it and that all Stracks have the same dreamy cyclo-centric writing style, damn them all. But, as usual, I was wrong. Frank’s sister did write this:This was written by my friend Dan, who took Wille...

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  1. @Willem – good stuff!  Best of luck in the future on the many beautiful rides that await. »

Anecdotal research suggests that people are being let off-leash without adequate training to perform basic activities such as walking on sidewalks or through airports and busy city centers. I’m assuming this expands to shopping malls, but I never go there so I can’t be sure. It’s easy to blame the mobile phones which apparentl...

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  1. @Duende That is just the best – I see these kind of morons all the time.  The ones with the red cars are the ones with the biggest (smallest?) issues. »