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Velominatus: Xyverz

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Just a budding Velominatus, trying to reconcile my self-image and Rule #33. Prefer riding distance over racing. In my other life, I'm a computer nerd.

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I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

@Xyverz's posts:

  1. Seeing this post makes me realize just how lucky I am to be alive after my incident with the motorhome in the 2nd Annual Bay Area Cogal. Definitely gone but not forgotten. I didn’t know him, but I’ll miss @itburns nonetheless. »

@Xyverz's posts:

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    Gravel Time Gravel Time

    Join us for the third annual Bay Area Cogal. We’ve done Marin and the Peninsula/Santa Cruz mountains. This year we’ll sample some classic East Bay roads and 40-50 Kms of dirt/fire roads.

    North Berkeley BART (ample parking) and the route looks something like this

    Recovery ales to follow at the Westbrae Biergarten. 

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 05, 2014
    8:05 AM - 3:30 PM

    Location
    North Berkeley BART

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

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    Gravel Time Gravel Time

    Join us for the third annual Bay Area Cogal. We’ve done Marin and the Peninsula/Santa Cruz mountains. This year we’ll sample some classic East Bay roads and 40-50 Kms of dirt/fire roads.

    North Berkeley BART (ample parking) and the route looks something like this

    Recovery ales to follow at the Westbrae Biergarten. 

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - July 05, 2014
    8:05 AM - 3:30 PM

    Location
    North Berkeley BART

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride Recovery Ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4...

@Xyverz's posts:

  1.  

    Gravel Time Gravel Time

    Join us for the third annual Bay Area Cogal. We’ve done Marin and the Peninsula/Santa Cruz mountains. This year we’ll sample some classic East Bay roads and 40-50 Kms of dirt/fire roads.

    North Berkeley BART (ample parking) and the route looks something like this

    Recovery ales to follow at the Westbrae Biergarten. 

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - July 05, 2014
    8:05 AM - 3:30 PM

    Location
    North Berkeley BART

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

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...

@Xyverz's posts:

  1. @Barracuda Holy shit, I just got wood. Gotta say, I really love the seat mast cap. The head tube badge is superb. Very nice indeed! »

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  1. My new #1 is a larger bike than my old #1… It’s also got longer cranks. The first time I was out on the new #2 after riding the new #1 for a while, the saddle felt far too short. I raised the thing up a full CM before it felt right… but then it starte… »

@Xyverz's posts:

  1. I’ve only ever used a trunk-mount removable rack when carrying >2 bikes. I can fit two road bikes quite nicely in the back of my car with the back seats folded down. When I put a rack on, my mileage turns to crap, so I prefer to put ‘em inside. »

  2. @Mikael Liddy Wow. What a twat. Nine months isn’t enough. :-( »

Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride Recovery Ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4...

@Xyverz's posts:

  1.  

    Gravel Time Gravel Time

    Join us for the third annual Bay Area Cogal. We’ve done Marin and the Peninsula/Santa Cruz mountains. This year we’ll sample some classic East Bay roads and 40-50 Kms of dirt/fire roads.

    North Berkeley BART (ample parking) and the route looks something like this

    Recovery ales to follow at the Westbrae Biergarten. 

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - July 05, 2014
    8:05 AM - 3:30 PM

    Location
    North Berkeley BART

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

@Xyverz's posts:

  1. On my Volagi, I’ve got a compact double in the front, and a massive 12-36 in back, complete with MTB derailleur. It shifts like shit, but when it’s in gear, I can spin to my heart’s content. I’m planning on rippin’ that shit out and putting an Ultegra de… »

@Xyverz's posts:

  1. Nice write-up, Frank! My winter season started in October when I was cutoff by a car and hit their right rear door at about 30kph. (This only 10 weeks after my lovely RV incident on the 2nd Annual SF Bay Area Cogal.) While recovering from that, I came do… »

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. @Barracuda  – Are those carbon or aluminum? Either way, I agree with Red on this. Check to see if they’re covered under warranty. »

  2. @marko – I’m really loving it so far. The brakes have a LOT of stoppiness to ‘em for sure! My ride on Saturday has really cemented the deal for me. This guy was very comfortable going up and coming down. I’m really looking forward to getting many miles on… »

  3. Since I’ve finally taken the opportunity to ride up Mount Hamilton, I tried to get a Rule #26 compliant photo, but I realize that my Rule #29 violation may negate my attempts at Rule #26 compliance.  Anyway… Here’s my new beauty in the wild: »

@Xyverz's posts:

  1. Merckxton

    The anual international Cogal will be held each year on the birthday of The Prophet, Eddy Merckx – June 17. Community members will have the choice to observe this in their own way; honor him by riding at the front all day, or head out alone to meet the Man with the Hammer with just a bit of food in the jersey and water in the bidon.

    We also encourage community members to organize Cogals on the day of, if possible, or on the nearest weekend day. However you choose to observe Festum Prophetae, make sure you do with with dignity and respect.

    Vive la Vie Velominatus.

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    Date/Time
    Date - June 17, 2014
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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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...

@Xyverz's posts:

  1. @EBruner Looking very nice there. The only Rule #26 violations I can see are that the valve stems aren’t at 6 o’clock. Those are some sexy bikes there. :-) »

  2. @xyxax I got my first long-ish ride in last Saturday. 85km with 1460m of climbing. Warm weather for most of the day. It was glorious, and the suffering I experienced by the end of the ride was tremendous. =) Looking for a repeat this coming Saturday with … »

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  1. As my friend Velomilurker David says, there’s no such thing as a bad wind. You have either training wind or helpful wind. V and VV. =) »

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. @Nate Thank you, sir! @xyxax Thanks! I’m looking forward to getting a good long ride in very soon. One thing about this new bike though… She’s not a lightweight. She feels almost as heavy as my aluminum. I have, however, weighed both bicycles. Trek: 8… »

  2. @Mikael Liddy – Thank you, sir. I’ve been lusting after the Volagi since I first heard about them almost 2 years ago. =) @ChrisO – Just so long as my test ride the day before doesn’t count. That being said, I have to give massive props to Crank2 Performa… »

  3. … and I also broke Rule #26 with my photos, but … I was excited and need a photo. I’ll get something better taken when next get up into the hills. »

  4. New Bike. =) My first carbon bike. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ »

@Xyverz's posts:

  1. VERY well written, thank you. This is the part of my love of cycling that I’m dreading, really. After over four months off the bike due to injuries, ilnesses, and accidents – okay, the accident was the catalyst, but the injuries and ilnesses came shortly … »

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  1. @HMBSteve Is this the coast-side of West Old LaHonda? »

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. @frank I have to agree with this assessment. Black is nice, but natural gives it that special look that says, “I pay attention to this stuff!” »