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Velominatus: Rom

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

A dedicated MAMIL but was touring and some racing from age 15. Now weekly group rider, some racing and TT.

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What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

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  1. @wiscot Smells like dank “wet dog smell” cyclists in the winter but they put out heaters for us. Smells like dank hipster beards later in the day. »

  2. @wiscot Like this »

  3. Of coarse this doesn’t apply to VMHs in the same way who as usual with life can get by with a lot more fashion options than men. It helps that both men and women will admire the VMH form, but men’s not so much. a VMH in Lycra is much more pleasing. our … »

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. @piwakawaka Looks like you Zipped up the hills. Ha. »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Van Avermaet 3. Demare 4. Vanmarcke 5. Nizzolo »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Van Avermat 3. Demare 4. Vanmarke 5. Nizzolo »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. I’m in the market for some new shoes now my bunion has been fixed. I need widish shoes still. Are Bonts wide in the toe box? I had heard that latest model Fiziks were wide but @Gianni, you’re saying they aren’t? »

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. @piwakawaka Nice. It says Zipp so it must be fast. I’m waiting on some Zipp base bars for my TT bike. I’m expecting amazing things. »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Rodriguez 2. Contador 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Aru 5. Valverde »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Valverde 3. Sagan 4. Cancellara 5. Nibali »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Bronzini 4. Borghini 5. Van Dijk »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. T Martin 2. B Wiggins 3. R Dennis 4. Van Garderen 5. Tuft »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. T Martin 2. B Wiggins 3. R Denis 4. Van Garderen 5. Tuft »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Van dijk 2. Villumsen 3. Stevens 4. Longo Borghini 5. Small »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Van dijk 2. Johansson 3. Stevens 4. Scandalova 5. Small »

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. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Uran 4. Rodriguez 5. Valverde »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @wiscot Their Ridleys look awesome too. Another blight is the scourge of charity ride jerseys. Big ups for the charities but they’re usually shocking colours and overdone with logos. »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. Ok, as no one has jumped in, in a bad German accent: “Shut up Brett” »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Uran 4. Rodriguez 5. Valverde »

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. @wilburrox Nice work man. You must be proud. »

  2. @Hasse Maybe you’re sad because of your dad’s EPMS. nice team jerseys. »

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. No. 3 1980s style. I have a nice Super Record crank for it but it’s a 54/45! May need a respray in the future. »

Never forget your roots, they say… OK, I’m a child of the 70’s, and back then bicycles were as big a part of my life as they are today. We’d always be out riding, building tracks and jumps, and tinkering with our Dragsters, stripping them down to emulate our motocross heroes, with varying results.All these memories came f...

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  1. @Brett, my first 10 speeder (well 12 speed by then) was the Malvern Star Moscow 80 named after the Olympics half the world didn’t turn up to. This was the start of my proper cycling phase and I road this boat anchor with panniers from Perth to Kalgoorlie … »

  2. This was my first bike that I got for my 9th birthday. It started life as a purple dragster and later received modifications including low rise handlebars and 28″ forks, with optional 20″ or 28″ front wheel. Poor landing skills off jumps resulted in prema… »

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. Great piece. My boy is a cricketer and soccer player but hasn’t gone near a bike since primary school. He has a pick of a 7 bike garage although his 15 yo 6’2″ body limits some choices. I think he’d make a great climber and engine, but not a sprinter g… »