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Velominatus: Puffy

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Mackay, Australia

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Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. @DerHoggz ..or twist tops. Maybe it’s an indicator of the quality of what I drink but I have not needed a bottle opener for probably more than a decade. »

  2. @Gianni Pffft. Like I could be bothered to read an article about the US release of a book I already own. »

  3. What Rule #94? News to me, and “The Rules” page… »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. @Ccos @frank Hey, I actually have a great sense of humour only sarcasm,subtlety, and veiled humour is lost on me. Actually, the greater problem is I just suck at conversation…. »

  2. @frank You think there is at least, and I would have agreed with you until I read this: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24550843 »

  3. I can’t take it any longer. Frank I don’t know what dilusional drugs you are on but come off the grass! Riding in the big ring is certainly NOT giving you a mechanical advantage over the small ring beyond losses due to the chain bending a tighter radius. … »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @DeKerr Sounds like you are engineering a rest stop to me. »

  2. I quite like the double tap function of climbing up a gear when you attempt to find a lower granny. It’s like my bike telling me to HTFU, reminding me it’s now a 5 & dime situation. When it happens, I make myself push the bigger gear for a while as pu… »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. ‘The mind always fails first, not the body. The secret is to make your mind work for you, not against you.’ – Arnold Schwarzenegger In the same veign, this is my favourite V-article. By the way, as you wonderfully alluded to, zero gravity is a bad thing… »

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. @roger Why not take it to a local aluminium fabricator. They should be able to tig it up for you no problem. If you want a better repair, get them to add a compensating plate over it but probably not required. Take it home, give it a hit with the flap di… »

  2. @Weldertron Nice. I like the extra detail brought out by the black piping. »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. @Barracuda A buddy lives in a small town full of give-way signs. Cars entering roads at night without looking is a problem for him so he put the (legally required!) wheel reflectors back on his bike. They are white, not yellow but swears despite the ugl… »

  2. @sthilzy As it happens, I smile and wave both at the idots, and those going a little out of their way to do the right thing. Including the wanker in the cement truck on the rainy pre-dawn. There were only two of us on the road, but for somereason he dec… »

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. @nimmersatt Are Veloforma’s from open molds? I thought they were designed by Veloforma, just produced by others in China. »

I just got turned back from a ride. 5k from the house I realized my bits were getting too cold not only for comfort (in which case, apply Rule #5 and move on) but safety (i’ll take my vasectomy in the hospital, thank you very much). It’s a lovely sunny day, the only problems being the minus 12C temp, biting headwind, and leg warmers th...

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  1. @Marko I way I understand it, The Rules only truely apply to road racing (style machines, maybe you don’t race) anyway. A commuter, My Mrs and her flat bar for riding to the park with the kids, MTB etc aren’t the disciplines where the rules are aimed, n… »

  2. @frank Can, and do. But I hear ya. Eg, Victorian High Country »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. @frank Then there are those pedals which are mounted on crank arms. I forget their name but similar theory to oval rings I believe. »

  2. @frank I was reading something by a biomechanist last year who said a fused ankle is ideal for cycling. There is energy lost/used in keeping your ankle angle stable, then as they muscles that do that fatigue, you loose energey as the inital part of your… »

  3. @frank On a pure less drive chain loss basis, yes, staying the in big ring is more efficient, I agree. Based on that theory alone, you should be running a 55 (or more!) up front and a 32 out back. »

  4. @frank That makes a lot of sense, and also confirm with what my coach tells me (85-100 rpm). Thing is, it depends on the riding being done right? An group ride will see me returning 98 rpm average in post ride analysis. In a race, or doing hard interva… »

  5. Since it’s listed under “keeper sites” in the footer, I submit this link which is a good read on the topic and includes comments from Mr Osymmetric, Jean-Louis Talo, himself. Personally I like the idea, but given my prefered cadence seems to have me chang… »

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. @freddy  Publishing a photo of a rule breaker, does not automatically invalidate the rule. Having said that, the rule actually says facial hair is to be “carefully regulated”. The commentary under may go further but the rule is as stated. »

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. Don’t know how long a descent and at what grade you need to start melting quality rims but my Roval CL60′s (clincers) were nothing short of perfect for the recent Scody 3 Peaks Challenge. I cautiously tested the heat of the braking track at the base of Fa… »

For many Americans, their first ten speed bike was a Schwinn. It was heavy. Everything about it was heavy. It was the bike that was going to survive outside the bomb shelter. No one put a better crankset on a Schwinn. When we moved on that old bike languished in the garage and it was not coming back out. Not so for @Teocalli, for starters he didn&#...

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  1. Nice story, and whilst I have an old friend hanging around (acutally commute the whole 3km to work on) it’s story isn’t as great as yours. The rest is the same though. The bike is nothing special, a Repco Superlite and common as here in Aus. There are far… »

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. @Barracuda Under what ticket does he qualify for “Dr” Phd? MD? Chiropractory is not a science as in “medical science” but hey, if it works for you…. I would be VERY cautious about letting a Chrio manipulate my neck however. Easy to screw up, and if th… »