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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. That’s the best piece I’ve read here in some time, @Steampunk. Kindness and an unassuming personality won’t win him many bike races, but do mean that he’s a damn fine human being.  Chapeau, sir. »

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  1. There’s  a prevalent myth that raising one’s bars and lowering one’s saddle will make a bike more comfortable, leading to the prevalence of galaxy-class headtubes and spacer stacks on many bikes. Does this work for some people?  Sure.  If you have very l… »

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  1. @Mikael Liddy This.  That applies to any aspect of life I can think of. »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goin...

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  1. @Haldy You obviously aren’t working at the Velominatus Budgetatus end of the spectrum.  Put me down for a Peg too.  On your tab. »

  2. @Chris Popping the tub into a water bottle on the seat tube is a good option for rides that don’t require lots of fluids. »

  3. @frank Out of an abundance of caution, I tend to over-glue my tubs.  Removing them from the rim by hand results in nasty blisters on the thumbs, and often rips the base tape right off. As such, I carry a tiny multi-tool that has an equally tiny knife … »

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  1. @Buck Rogers +1.  Hating and resisting pain will only get you a little way down the road.    You have to embrace the pain and even love it a little. »

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  1. @TheVid This squared.  I find putting the bike in a trainer works best, especially when the pedals have been over-torqued. »

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  1. Pain brings clarity.  I ride looking for the moment when everything gels and the world makes sense again.  This usually happens only after I’ve pushed body and mind to the ragged edge of what they’ll tolerate before breaking. I’ve been told that I ride m… »

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  1. @scaler911 Yes…we have to teach it to anyone who shows the slightest interest. On one of my first group rides, I did a number of dumbass things, among them being cheeky enough to think that I could hang with a bunch of dudes that were way out of my l… »

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  1. @Marvellous Can you feel the depth of my envy from here?  That looks like a fine and pleasant misery of a climb.  Sweet. »

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  1. @Ccos For pure road riding on one’s road machine, no.  Codifying exceptions to the rules is the road to perdition. That said, I do a lot of Audax, a discipline marked by the worst sort of Rule violations:  Galaxy-class EPMS, YJAs, and unshorn guns abou… »

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  1. @tessar Dammit @tessar!  How dare you use facts and logic to justify your opinions!   Unacceptable. I do take issue with #3:  a tub is always going to corner better than a clincher at the same pressure.  I know without doubt that I can hit a nasty s… »

  2. @tessar Why is it then that the pro peloton eschews clinchers?  If they offered an actual speed advantage, the kings of marginal gains would be all over them, and yet they are still rolling tubs.  There is also the issue of high speed cornering:  a tub… »

  3. @Barracuda The carbon specific pads are mostly about not trashing your rim every time you brake – a brake pad compound made for alloy rims is like going after carbon fiber with a sandblaster. Rim-braked carbon clinchers have no place in mountainous te… »

For many Americans, their first ten speed bike was a Schwinn. It was heavy. Everything about it was heavy. It was the bike that was going to survive outside the bomb shelter. No one put a better crankset on a Schwinn. When we moved on that old bike languished in the garage and it was not coming back out. Not so for @Teocalli, for starters he didn&#...

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  1. BTW Teocalli, that restoration does my heart good.  I bow in respect for this bit of awesome. »

  2. @The Grande Fondue True that.  The compact frame has necessitated lengthy posts.  Note also Pantani’s non-slammed stem.  Still within spec – looks like 10mm to me, but unslammed. »

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  1. @unversio It’s Commuter Grand Prix, I know.  Sad but true. »

  2. @frank @frank is correct here:  at no time do I ever violate traffic laws (save perhaps for the speed limit on a good day.)   As a Velominatus (in training) I am an ambassador for our sport, and not a some idiot messenger boy. I always take the lane w… »

  3. @The Pressure Utterly foolish, of course.  Tell me something I don’t know. »

  4. For some reason I can’t quite explain, I get my jollies from playing in traffic at speed. My commute home has a lovely set of hairpin turns that terminate in a long straight runout of perhaps a mile.  It’s two lanes per side with heavy car traffic in thi… »

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. @Mike_P Golden Tickets don’t come in clinchers – you’re thinking of the tubular Nemesis rim, which is the finest rim that money can buy.  That includes Zipps and Enves and whatever other carbon hoops you care to name. The Excelights are fine rims, tho… »

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  1. I would like to take a moment to unhijack this thread, which has degenerated into utter  nonsense.   We sound like a bunch of pre-pubescent girls.  Just shave the fucking things and get on with it. »

  2. @Richard Johnson You’re new here, so here’s a hint:  don’t take the response to your query too hard.   Taking the piss out of ourselves is the point.  Welcome. Rule of thumb:  if it fails to help you Look Fantastic, it’s unwise.  If you’re operating und… »

  3. If your guns are sprouting hair, it’s an early warning sign that something in life has run off the rails, and that corrective measures are required posthaste. Corrective measure #1 is to shave every square millimeter and immediately apply a Rule V ride. … »