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Velominatus: Ron

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Turning the cranks, one day at a time. I'm a Yankee originally from upstate NY, now living in the south with my wife, 3 cats, 1 dog, one housemate who rides a lot, but almost never for fun. After being adrift for a year or two after college sports ended, I bought a used road bike. Commuting to work, then weekend rides. Now I'm more or less hooked, but it has been a great addition to my life. I try to remember I'm just riding for fun, but occasionally I'll race and ride too much. Oh, and this is the first sport where being on the small side of things has never been a drawback and maybe is a plus. I LOVE that part. Lots o' bikes. Nice carbon LOOK, nice steel Casati, less nice steel De Bernardi, a fantastic "mid-life crisis" Tommasini, Bianchi track bike, an Al/carbon Van Dessel, and a no-name steel cx bike for commuting and touring. Jeez, I didn't realize I had all those until I wrote them down. Couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of this community. It's taken me under its wing and transformed me from a biker to a cyclist!

@Ron's activity:

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. 47 kph average puts things in perspective, BIG time. I don’t really solo ride to set PRs, but I know on my 2-3 hour loops I’m doing well if I average upper 20s. 47 kph for hours, in those conditions, over cobbles, makes even a pretty decent cyclist like m… »

  2. @VeloSix Umm, didn’t he go to grab it with his left hand, then realized, “Holy fuck, my wrist is killing me, I’m not pulling on the door frame with it”? »

  3. @frank Frank – Do you need me to mail you some Chill Pills? I’d have gotten (more) worked up, but 2 hours of futbol in 35*C yesterday took a bit of wind out o’ me sails. That stage was incredible. I fuckin’ loved the decals on the Shark’s wheels spinn… »

When it comes to Rule Compliance, we have at our disposal three viable options. The first is to Obey the Rules. That one is pretty straight-forward because we wrote them down for you and also went to the great length of writing a book on the subject, partly as a public service to those suffering from insomnia. But The Rules are full of apparent...

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  1. Frank, you just keep the hits on rolling…over pave, over tarmac, over mud. STRONG work! I love this. I pretty positive I have internalized the Rules and La Vie Velominatus. Just one peek at a bike, or a cyclist, and I can tell if that Dude Can Roll. W… »

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. I think Boom fell as well, right? Feel like I saw him slip out at some point, but maybe I’m wrong. Difficult to remember all those crashes! Nice win for soon-to-not-be Belkin. Hope they can keep that squad of riders together. Hell yeah, the decision to l… »

Maybe it’s the narcissist in me or maybe I never really learned how to share properly, but I prefer my birthday over Christmas. My birthday is the one day of the year where everything is about me. No feigning interest in other people’s gifts, no getting distracted by any greater meaning. Just me and my loot, as it was meant to be. Spea...

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  1. Ha, slaughtering a pine tree! That’s funny damn stuff, Frank. We have always cut our own and once the month is over, my father turns them into a walking stick, hewing down the trunk with his set of draw knives, passed down from his father. Makes me feel a… »

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. Really ups the excitement to see the routes, riders, and Followers at the first few stages. Thanks for all the photos, ride reports, and tales!! Kittel is showing himself to be pretty damn fast and Giant is showing they know how to lead a fucker out. Re… »

  2. Can’t believe we’re on the verge of July 4th, can’t believe Le Tour is here again. Time is flyin’ by. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Valverde 4. Nibali 5. Mollema »

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. Abbott 2. Vos 3. Borghini 4. Stevens 5. Pooley »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

@Ron's posts:

  1. @VeloVita Holy fack. Wouldn’t that make a great story for the newspaper. “Velominatus Killed After Telling Thief ‘Death Before I Break Rule #4.’” »

  2. @Gianni “Some dick”…they always have to ruin things for the rest of us… »

  3. downunder – worm your way into the local cross scene. Wait one year. Buy a used bike from the recently divorced guy who rides 15 races a year and upgrades every off season. Done. Very excellent cx bike at a great price. Al or Carbone, you choose. »

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. Geraint – thanks for the info! pistard – thank you! As I thought, I was being a fucking jerk. 22.2 diameter is the modern mtn. size, so I put on some Avid finger pull levers with some mtn. rising bars, and mated with some road calipers. It all works well… »

  2. In search of more info, and the British Championships has me thinking about a question I’ve had for awhile. Are racers paid/supported by their trade teams at the national races? How and why? (I guess a trade team is pumped to have someone ride all year i… »

  3. Okay, I’m stumped on this one and hoping one of ya can save me some time & energy. Putting together a cruisin’ bike for the VMH for her birthday on July 4th. Picked up some nice slightly rising Giant mtn. bars at the LBS yesterday. 31.8 clamp diamete… »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

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  1. Ha, I saw him race last year in Louisville! Yup, he got lots of support too. I love riding cross as an alternate to road riding. Racing is okay. The biggest drawback for me is: spend a few hours in the car, spend a few hours waiting around, race for 30 m… »

Maui Velominatus Dave is Tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. Goggles – as a historian I have to ask. Was “bonk” a term cyclists used twenty-five years ago (to describe something happening on the bike, not in the bedroom)? »

  2. Nice one, Gianni! Hmm, seems like the Soul Riders are first to chime in here! wiscot & Tobin – yup, I ride to just get out, feel the wind in my face, and have some fun. Maybe I’ll get the bug to compete (again) in the future, but these days I’m just … »

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. Right on, Puffy! Just rode for about two hours, 6-8:00. Love being home from a ride and feelin’ great before the VMH and the dogs and cats are even outta bed. Oh yeah, wore some of my new socks as well. The VMH gave me four pairs of DeFeet socks, in vari… »

  2. I always thoroughly enjoy seeing the cool places folks have been riding lately. Nothing too exciting route-wise for me of late, but darn, I LOVE summertime and being able to let the heat dissipate and ride late into the evening. Work all day, ride late, … »

I’m not even talking about all the pseudo-asthmatics out there, vaping their way to better breathing. My breathing is just fine. It’s my little citron sized heart that is slowing me down. Is there a street-legal injection or vacuum pump for heart enlargement, or a trip to a doctor in the Congo that would transplant a badass Mandrill heart for m...

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  1. Thank you, wiscot! Something to ponder. I thought Coppi won a GT before the war, then more after? Guess not. »

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. Strong work, nice words, Frank! I’ve only done one (long!) day of real climbing. I considered throwing my bike into the woods when I got to the Middle. I even stopped and sat on the guard rail. “I don’t get paid enough to do this.” A minute later I was b… »

Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local h...

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  1. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

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    Date - June 22, 2014
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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    Café Domestique

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I’m not even talking about all the pseudo-asthmatics out there, vaping their way to better breathing. My breathing is just fine. It’s my little citron sized heart that is slowing me down. Is there a street-legal injection or vacuum pump for heart enlargement, or a trip to a doctor in the Congo that would transplant a badass Mandrill heart for m...

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  1. Thank you wiscot, I do my best! Hey…as our resident knower of all cycling info I was wondering about ages of Grand Tour winners. I watched a recent interview with LeMan and he pointed out the fact that the podium at the Giro was made up of racers all u… »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. Well shit, gonna have to leave my dog off my Tour de France team this year. She’s got Addison’s disease and takes Prednisone daily. Froome’s recent juice: http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/team-sky-no-medicine-for-regret »