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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!

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I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. meursault – I’m also intrigued at trying out shades from new/different manufacturers. Have a few pairs of Oakleys, those Salice’s look pretty darn cool for on-bike wearing. I’ve been digging some of the Uvex shades on the Giant-Shimano team and the (is it… »

  2. @frank Straight out of Twins casting. The 171 cm Italian guy and the 197 cm (?) Dutch guy. Perfect pair of twins. Well, the article has done it. Picked up a new pair of White Lightnings. Decided to give the Rudy Project photochromics a try. I wonder i… »

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. Normally I’m happy for any stage winner. But Kristoff, I don’t know, I just don’t feel much love for him. Is it because he wins without looking like he’s trying? Normally seated, doesn’t really rock or throw his bike. Is it the big ugly helmet? The 27-goi… »

  2. Jeez, just when I thought this was a safe place. Please, for fucks sake, don’t put “-gate” after every single goddamn thing that happens in the world. Watergate. Big Fucking Deal. Some monkey humping a tennis ball and using an inhaler – NOT a big fucking … »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. Heavy gavel? He come tha judge, he come tha judge… I have been spending too much money on nice shades since I was 12 and put about twenty lawns towards a pair of Oakley SubZeroes. Those things were odd, but lovable. As I write, I’m contemplating anoth… »

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. Hmm, don’t you think Nibali’s ride on Stage 5 is worthy of preventing an “asterisk” making? He smashed it hard, ahead of the Classics guys (minus Boom) and put serious time in Contador. Call it bad luck, but Froome crashed a lot in the first few stages, … »

  2. Tried to warn ya about picking Talansky. I just thought he’d crashed too hard more than once. (No dislike, I just thought he might be beat up.) As for Gallopin. Oh boy! What a ride. When he crossed the line on Stage 10 a soigneur had to hold him up. That… »

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending it t...

@Ron's posts:

  1. @Nate Welcome! Enjoy your time over here. I’m heading to northern Ontario in early August for a week at a pal’s cabin, located in the middle of no where. I’ll use the lake to stay on top of Rule 33. »

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. Holy fack…I want to know more about the execution of a Luxembourg Wedgie! Do you need a soigneur or rouleur to help you execute this, or is it a one man job! »

  2. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Valverde 4. van Garderen 5. Mollema »

  3. I think anyone presuming the racing is simply going to settle down after the first 10 stages is bonkers. I see a sustained insanity to this edition. I’d also be curious as to exactly how Bertie sheered his shoe/cleat. Did he break his cleat off in the pe… »

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending it t...

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  1. Awesome, Gianni! I was actually thinking about this today when I rode. Actually, I was thinking about how I no longer think about it. Rule 33 has been internalized. Just feels right. »

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. Yikes, that is bad news about your Canyon. Glad you are trying to be positive about it, and not too roughed up. Heck yeah, I haven’t made any major purchases in a long time. Just chains, tires, etc. Coughing up $2000 seems insane when you haven’t done it… »

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. Oh no, I thought it was just silly drivers playing with phones when behind the wheel. Now we have RedBeard dialing up for a pizza to be delivered to the finish line…Jaysus. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-de-france-shorts-paolinis-communication-ma… »

As Le Tour approaches rapidly, memories of Tours past come to the fore, and riders who may have gone unnoticed for the remainder of the racing season are once again lauded for their performances on the biggest stage there is. We know them as the Evanescent Riders.In 1993, one such rider was the Colombian climber Álvaro Mejía. ’93 was also...

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  1. Is he wearing a POC helmet?… »

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. Oh no, Vinokourov doing interviews in a backwards teal colored golf cap. Ouch. »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. ChrisO – I thoroughly enjoy that photo of you and Marcel. Very cool. I have no idea how I’d feel meeting one of these PROs. To me, they are otherworldly so I don’t know how I’d react or what I’d say. I ride bikes, you ride bikes, but you…well, you ride … »

  2. Huh, was Ice technically a “rock” star? And oh no, I can’t believe that final photo on the bottom right. I’ve done my best to have absolutely no clue who that fucking jerk is or what he’s up to. I feel like the end is near when that clown makes an appeara… »

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. @ChrisO Last week was at the in-laws, then visiting the Olds. I haven’t watched regular t.v. in a long time. (I either watch Eurosport online for cycling or movies.) Seeing all those commercials for all that garbage gave me great insight into why so ma… »

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. G’rilla – Yup, when it rains I either ride cross or toss spare road wheels on my cross bike and ride on the road. My rain road bike sees very little use these days, considering selling it off too. But…I fear I might regret it. Nothing special, but a sol… »

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. Hmm, can’t see the posts here, and the red cog around the V doesn’ t spin either. Just me or is something up? »

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… »