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Velominatus: RedRanger

Order: Winner of the Velominati Super Prestige Vuelta a Espania

Location: Tucson, AZ

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Aviation mechanic/Avionics tech in training. Work part time. Riding a bike when ever I get a chance.

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The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. @unversio My former lbs in tucson had a grinding wheel they used to clean up cable/housing ends. A dremel would work for home applications. »

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. @wiscot Best of luck guys. If I thought I could make it the whole ride I would show up. maybe next year. »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. @ChrissyOne was that your doing? fuck, one more reason to give em more of my money. »

  2. @Gianni there is a certain online vendor that has it for sale right now also. »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. @Steampunk that was fun to watch. thanks for sharing. »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. @RedRanger and riding up the west side hgwy would be really nice. »

  2. @Rob god I hope so. the Rapha store is in the meat packing district, so very close to the waste land we call New Jersey. »

  3. As an aircraft mechanic I can really appreciate Rule #94. That said, some times you need to get creative/fabricate custom tools. Like when I used a C clamp and some wood to install a press fit BB. But now that I have 2 bikes that require pressing in BBs, I… »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Nibbles 3. Cunego 4. Valverde 5. Mollema »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. Vos may very well be on form. She was racing MTBs in California at the Sea Otter Classic. Where she won the short track race and the cross country race. She dominates in every discipline she takes part in. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Pooley 3. Armistead 4. Joh… »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. @brett I would love to see Cunego get some podiums this year. »

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 stunner »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. another throw of the dice VSP PICKS: 1. Mollema 2. Valverde 3. Nibbles 4. Gilbert 5. Roman K »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. @wiscot yes. Very casual deliberate. »

  2. Helmet tipped, stud. »

I’m old as dirt. My first two race bikes employed toe clips and toe straps and that set-up was bad. For many reasons it was bad and any retro-hipster who thinks otherwise is wrong. When Lemond and Hinault started racing on the white Look clipless pedals, everyone but Sean Kelly quickly switched. Talk about a quantum improvement, it was long o...

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  1. @sthilzy a real issue as the industry pushes disc brakes on road bikes down our throats. »

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. I love my compact bars and nothing will dissuade me from that. And lets not forget, compact bars are > ergo bars. »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. @Bespoke http://cyclocosm.com/ is always worth checking out for a post race recap. »

  2. @wiscot and no dust cover? that kind looks like shit. »

  3. @Bespoke A lot can happen between 60km and the finish. »

  4. I would love to see EBH make the next step in his career. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Boss Hog 3. Stybar 4. Degenkolb 5. Boonen »

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. @chrismurphy92 if needed move the stem up and then flip it cause slammed and +degrees is < not slammed and -degrees. »

  2. @chrismurphy92 if needed move the stem up and then flip it cause slammed and +degrees is »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Cant wait to see this VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. devolder 3. boonen 4. sagan 5. stybar »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. I really want that…Fuck all 3 prizes are so awesome. »