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Velominatus: meursault

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: United Kingdom

Social: Website

Bike riding, poker playing, guitar strumming, photo taking, philosophising, marxist sympathising buddhist.

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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. I have these too cool for school Also they go very well with white Kask helmet. »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. @ErikdR Indeed sir, I am still scratching my head (risking killing my only brain cell) continuing to think wtf is going on? »

There was a time when the world was painted in hues of black and white. Right and Wrong were separated by lines painted in such a thick, heavy paint that even to wander close was to already alter your very nature. The Elders taught us on which side we were to dwell and what evils would descend upon us if we were to transcend into the void. Litt...

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  1. Those bike lanes in the op annoy me because of all the crap that builds up in them, glass, flint, trees etc. I live in a souless concrete ‘new’ town, built to alleviate the slums of London after ww2. It has purpose built cycle paths. Unfortunately only a… »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. May I be the first to say, WTF is this? »

This note arrived to the Velominati Bunker back in April. It was a confession. It was a cautionary one. Everyone knows someone who has done this. I nearly did it myself*. I replied to Alex, not sympathetically enough yet his message has stayed with me. Is this worthy of a New Rule? Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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On our trip to Paris, my wife and I, in need of culture, rode the Vélib bikes to Cycles Laurent. This was our first French bike shop visit and excitement was high as we navigated our helmetless headed way through the city traffic. The shop is a classic; it’s crammed with bikes and clothes. There is no room to move. My wife immediately dove into...

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  1. Rapha one from last year, sold out in days. »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

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  1. I think the word fixation is a little harsh, you get a product that works and you want to share it. +1 on the ritual, I look forward to sunny days when not riding, in garden, cleaning bike with a cold beer. Not cleaning with beer obviously. »

Behind every great rider, there’s a great soigneur. The right hand man, the go-to guy, who tends every whim of his rider, feeding, watering, mending and massaging. Behind the humble Velominatus Regularus, however, there’s a string of injuries, tight muscles, bad posture and aching guns. We are our own soigneurs, and if you’re like...

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  1. @Brianold55 I wouldn’t mind giving the Tai Chi a go, looks cool as a bonus. »

  2. No stretches before or after here, same as when I played soccer. My inner buddhist says try the yoga but dunno… I read about an army experiment where they sent out two groups on some physical exercise, one did all the stretches and prep, the other nothi… »

Despite the proclivity towards being all-knowing that comes as a consequence of my being Dutch, the most beautiful things in life are discoveries that come as a result of not knowing. We are quick to answer but slow to think; the easy solution lies at our fingertips while the true mystery lurks just beyond, ready to reveal her secrets if only we a...

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  1. Fulfilled by emptiness. Very nice, I am going to meditate on that for the rest of the day. »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most cl...

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  1. 5. BarbUran BarbUran made me smile, nice one! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Joaquim Rodriguez 3. Rigoberto Uran 4. Domenico Pozzovivo 5. Michele Scarponi »

Here are a few lessons learned while in New York City.The Rapha store is an excellent place to begin a ride. It’s a killer bike shop with no bikes for sale. Once in the door there are ample places to rack a bike. Behold beautiful espressos, fresh croissants, bike racing projected on a whole wall, seats, tables, a WC, and evidently some nice kit f...

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  1. @ChrisO I hear ya Chris, but I really want that Citroen H van… »

This week we mourn the loss of a true Velominatus, Jim Oberstar. The vast majority of you will have never heard of Jim but if you ride a bike in the US you have him, in large part, to thank for the infrastructure you ride. Jim died this weekend, unexpectedly, at a spry 79.Mr. Oberstar served a nearly 40-year tenure in the US House of Representative...

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  1. Inspiring words Marko, thank you. »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. What is a pedalwan’s pedalwan called? My boy is reading The Rules (UK 1st edition) and loving it, even started asking me some maintenance questions… Pretty excited he is getting into the whole thing, gotta keep that fire stoked. Now we both need a sense… »

I would have to start training to even do a recovery ride. And I would have to own a cyclometer, HRM, and the unavoidable watt meter. And all that would tell me what I already don’t want to know. Ignorance is bliss until some teenager on a mountain bike gets by you and at that point you better not have a watt meter on your bike. Still, we hav...

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  1. @geoffrey Word, I sometimes go out just for the fun of it, plod along to a coffee shop along the lanes, admiring the scenery and wildlife. Makes me feel like I am on permanent school summer holiday, ah the nostalgia! »

  2. @frank What is this saving money you speak of, does it help buy more bike stuff? »

  3. @Teocalli That day still brings so many memories back, love it. If you crane your head around the edge of the pic you can see me at the bootom of the hill, bit like light from a star arriving centuries later… »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. @VeloJello Bookmarked, grazie mille. »

  2. Oh, and thanks for ‘How the Race was Won’ First I have seen of it. »

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  4. VSP PICKS: 1. Alejandro Valverde 2. Philippe Gilbert 3. Dan Martin 4. Joaquim Rodriguez 5. Vincenzo Nibali »

Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended wr...

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  1. Who would have thought a German/US cross could produce so many superb tools? I blame the brain drain after ww2. I own a number of Lezyne products as they all work so well, and look so damn fine. Btw in Roma Peroni comes in a brown bottle, and tastes jus… »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. What Ron said. I have some distance to do in June as I am attempting a Lejog. On recent  ‘training’ rides (erm coffee shop visits) I tend to ride very much within myself, always looking to conserve energy. I now think I need to get out of that comfort zo… »

@Harminator just submitted this little gem of a tale. It is too timely not to share with Paris-Roubaix looming. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Hmmmmm bacon sarnies! »