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Velominatus: revchuck

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: United States

Retired Soldier, came into cycling at age 56. Enjoying the hell out of it!

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It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. Shoot, I got an error message the first time I submitted, so I tried again.  Please remove #212. »

  2. There are three guys I’d like to see win, but both Cancellara and Boonen have already done it, so it’s Sep’s turn! »

  3. There are three guys I’d like to see win, but both Cancellara and Boonen have already done it, so it’s Sep’s turn! VSP PICKS: 1. Vanmarke 2. Cancellara 3. Boonen 4. Stybar 5. Phinney »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @wilburrox In this year’s first crit in February, I lined up next to a gorgeous black Paramount.  He did well, and looked good doing it. »

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. @DerHoggz I’m currently racing the last pre-Smartweld version (2012 E5) and it works fine, including for 150+km training rides.  I spoke with another racer who had the frameset I have and went with the Smartweld version, and he said the new one is a not… »

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. @Teocalli – Well done! »

I came strongly into the Fall, stronger than in other years thanks to a late-season objective to do well at my first Heck of the North gravel classic in Minnesota. I was light and I had built good power and endurance by riding the steep gravel roads that pepper the North Cascades and suffering through brutal interval sessions on the windswept stre...

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  1. @frank, the feeling of going from base to race is a whole ‘nuther ball game.  In the South, we’re already into race season.  It’s the first time I’ve done a real base effort – two months of 16-18 hour weeks – and that part of the motor is working well.  T… »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @Ron I bought new shoes…for my bikes.  Seven 700x25c Michelin Pro4 Endurance tires; new shoes on my two main bikes, another set for when the 700×23 versions wear out on my rain/gravel bike, and a spare. These tires are sleepers – the same set so far … »

We recently lost our beloved Great Dane, Kirki, who we nicknamed Beene for reasons that elude logic. She was a good dog, more sweet than clever. A sad side effect of big dog breeds and their short lives is that it wasn’t until nearly the end of her life that she made certain key discoveries about the world. Such as that weighing nearly 65 kil...

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  1. Frank – Condolences on your loss of Kirki. Any plans for doing this in a non-hipster location, AKA fly-over country?  Baton Rouge is only 40 kms from the Rouge-Roubaix route… »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

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  1. “I had to do an hour and a half of hill repeats to get 1,000 meters of climbing, and that’s in what’s considered hilly country around here.” Shoot, I wish I could edit posts here…the above refers to a different ride entirely than that century. »

  2. @norm That’s not flat.  Not far from where I live in south Louisiana, I rode a century (160 km) with a total elevation change of That’s flat.  I had to do an hour and a half of hill repeats to get 1,000 meters of climbing, and that’s in what’s consider… »

Up here in the Northern Hemisphere, this off-season is the time for rest and repair. The body and bikes need some extra refurbishment. It’s fun fixing up the bike; buying new bits in the bike shop is easy. It’s not as much fun fixing up the body.VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. I can empathize.  I was diagnosed with low-grade prostate cancer a couple of years ago.  No surgery required, just semi-annual visits to my urologist for the Fickle Finger of Fate to make sure it’s not getting worse.  (Thankfully, he’s got small fingers!)… »

Patience has never come naturally to me – I’m more Calvin than I am Hobbes in that regard. Yet I am meticulous and demanding of myself and those with whom I journey through life. It is a conflict that has caused its fair share of grief; my childhood is piled high with memories of incidents where I made choices and mistakes that robbed...

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  1. @Frank – What’s your opinion of those Gommitalia Calypso tires?  They look interesting, especially at the price (~$80/pair). Of my last four bikes, three were bought as framesets.  The exception is an ’87 Centurion Ironman, which promptly had its entire … »

I walk away from social gatherings with an acute sense of accomplishment whenever I haven’t offended anyone and when my friends all stayed awake. I view myself as a bottle of wine that keeps getting better with age, but I’m slowly coming to grips with the notion that I am actually a bottle that may be corked. The great irony of life is...

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  1. Most of my rides are solo because I live out in the boonies in Louisiana, and involve out-and-back routes with no bailout possible other than turning around.  I’ve always been comfortable with the silence. I’ll be racing with a team this year, and the te… »

Finding The V-Locus is something of an extension of the Goldilocks Principle; bars set somewhere between Sit Up and Beg and a face-plant, saddle height somewhere between speed skater and Baryshnikov, and reach somewhere between a unicycle and the Batpod. This is art more than it is science, a process of iteration and refinement. And everyone knows...

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  1. Good timing for this article.  I just switched the insert in my one Specialized stem from -8 to -12 degrees, went for a short (~45 km) ride and my hamstrings were talking to me.  I’ll leave it that way for a few hundred more and see if they pipe down.  I’… »

The cycling cap was part of any kit: nearly black shorts, team jersey and cap. It would be matching, it would be cotton. In the day before the required helmet, the cycling cap was it. Unrestrained by helmet or hairnet, the cap was the crown upon the head. It would sit high on the head, not pulled down like a baseball cap. It sat no higher upon the...

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  1. @Buck Rogers That’s a rare occurrence.  I’ve known a bunch of Ranger qualified officers during my Army career, but I’d never met one who had been assigned to a Ranger unit, much less commanded one.  My battalion XO way back in the late 70s was one of t… »

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. @DCR I don’t think Deda offers one for 1-1/8″ stems.  I ordered one from Ribble, and it’s 25.4mm…pretty sure it’s the only size they make.  I’m using a Profile Design adapter on my ’87 Centurion Ironman.  It’s similar to unversio’s, but silver. »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @xyxax Re: the Powertap Pro+ – I’ve got one as well, bought it NOS a year and a half ago.  I’ve got 12k+ kms on it and it’s been faultless.  I’ve had to replace two sets of batteries, nothing else.  The last set of batteries died eight minutes before the … »

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. @Teocalli Just a thought…steel is great – I love mine – but might not be the best material for a winter/training bike.  Riding a steel frame in the wet usually requires you to remove the stem and seat post to drain it to prevent rust.  Aluminum is mor… »

The first tire patch kit I ever owned came in a big green box, had several patches of various sizes which were possibly made of old truck tires. It also came with a sheet of 60 grit sandpaper. The mild high offered from sniffing the glue while applying the patch almost made you stop caring you’d gotten a flat in the first place. Stoned on glu...

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  1. @eightzero Dammit, you stole my line! »

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. @EricW I have a set of wheels built up with Open Pro CD rims with ~20k kms on them.  The anodizing has worn off the brake tracks, and it does look cool.  OTOH, the Wolber Super Champions on my ’87 Centurion Ironman still have the anodizing intact, due t… »

The first tire patch kit I ever owned came in a big green box, had several patches of various sizes which were possibly made of old truck tires. It also came with a sheet of 60 grit sandpaper. The mild high offered from sniffing the glue while applying the patch almost made you stop caring you’d gotten a flat in the first place. Stoned on glu...

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  1. @PeakInTwoYears Or riding in the rain.  Last weekend during a rainy ride, we rounded a corner at a moderate speed and the rear tire of the guy in front of me just slipped over 15cm or so.  He was riding on Gatorskins.  He’s a skilled rider, so it didn’t… »

  2. @Rom I do.  I learned in, oh, ’58?  I’m comfortable riding on them as well.  My record is five patches on a tube.  I had to throw that tube out when I bent the teat at the top of the non-replaceable valve core.  Serves me right for doing a road race tha… »

I’m compliant with Rule #74: no Garmin, no cyclometer, just an uncluttered cockpit. I’m not anti-data, if I could generate some awesome data I’d like to know about it. If I was racing I would train with data. I just got bored with looking at the numbers and not doing anything about them. When my Cateye cyclometer/heart rate monit...

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  1. Another perspective, from an older guy.  As you get older, the line between “tough” and “stupid” becomes much finer, and the penalties for crossing it more severe.  When I decided to start racing at 60, I wanted to track what I was doing with more than ju… »

Merckx famously professed that after a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. He obviously meant this figuratively, not literally, because those mud guards on his bike aren’t going to take a big bite out of whatever that lorry has to offer him by way of a Flandrian Facial.Winter is a tough time for those of use pawing about in search of...

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  1. @Inspector Gadget People cite Rule #9 all the time. I must ask, what is more mentally difficult, riding outside with friends (peer pressure to go out in the slop) or facing 90 minutes indoors alone on a trainer or rollers pushing out constant power and i… »