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Velominatus: sthilzy

Order: Gray Order Velominatus

Location: Down Under - Melbourne

Riding since 1984 - first major ride was the '84 Great Victorian Bike Ride, 13 years old. Started racing in 1985 with Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club until end of 1999. A couple of years off here and there - car racing, pubs. Tried MTB racing on & off. Briding, Breeding & Blippin since 2000, with the occasional summer rides. Still enjoy the bike and am riding more and feeling better for it. May even pin a number on the back in 2012~ Done it! Had a couple of crits in February!

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I’m trying my best to stay thin this winter, but I’m nowhere near where I was when it was warm and the days were long. I keep flashing back to the last time I felt genuinely skinny and declared to myself, “This time, I’ll keep it off!”This photo is a metaphor. Winter me is on the right, Summer me is on the left. Mi...

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  1. @gilly This is pretty close, »

I have a huge capacity for watching bike racing on TV. I’ll watch hours of it even when nothing is really happening. I’m certainly not bragging. So I’m quite certain I could sit in the cramped, possibly smokey, noisy, Gent velodrome and watch an evening of six-day racing. I bet the ratio of men to women (who actually want to be th...

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  1. One of the most successful riders in six-day racing in the 1970s and 1980s, winning an amazing 74 races is making a comeback at age 63! http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/12/danny-clark-making-a-comeback-at-the-austral/ Saw Danny win the 1990 Austral. A bul… »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

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  1. @minion Old school was to take one ball out of each side and run dry. »

  2. @Teocalli Can still see said bearings stuck between the floorboards in the shed at my folks. See them can’t get them. Pedals with free-ball bearings. Had more of a hard time getting them done over the other free-balls. As a kid working at my LBS, once… »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. @Haldy opps »

  2. Cobble inspiration from LeMan… http://41.media.tumblr.com/9916f8c158145daedd13d6bfe5b1de8d/tumblr_ng89jvmJF21rqu9lbo1_1280.jpg »

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. @Sir Laplack just between you and me, I had SPD’s on my road bike years ago because I was having to walk up stairs at work. Please don’t tell anyone! »

  2. @Sir Laplack  It’s called the Masturbation Principle »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

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  1. @DragoRosso That is sublime! »

  2. @Haldy Yep, too much black n white around. My next bar wrap will be red. »

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. @Buck Rogers Not for The Prophet! Still rocking the stripes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyinGsu5Q5A »

Going fast and looking good while doing it is our Velominati creed. Riding on the tops is the domaine of going uphill, where braking and aerodynamics are unimportant. In most other situations that position is too slow. The pros are usually flattened down in the drops or flattened down on the brake hoods. When us non-pros are not climbing, riding on...

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  1. @RobSandy Just do not try and freewheel after crossing the line! »

If we liked breathing stale, recycled air, we’d all take up a sport like wrestling or indoor fly-fishing. But we love the feel of a gale on our faces. We cherish the smell of cow manure filling our nostrils with its almost tangible grittiness. We hold scared the privilege to breathe in diesel fuel while doing hill repeats up l’Alpe d...

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  1. Kids! Don’t try this at home?! »

ChrisO is back with another installment of Suffering in the Desert. Enjoy. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @ChrisO All the best for you and your team! »

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. @thfc1987 If you’re going to make many small adjustments, especially seat and stem, get your hands on a bicycle torque wrench so you don’t over/under tighten the bolts, or worse strip the threads. »

  2. @VeloVita ? Rule #96. They may have to put a length rule on ponytails »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. Mixed feelings about The Badger. Heroic rides, but so much agro off the bike. BTW, Happy Birthday Badger! http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/news/57297/hinault-punches-on-at-sixty#__federated=1 still looks like he’d kick major ass! »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. @brett Choice selection for the Jaegher in waiting! You’ll need a front derailleur, another brifter and brake caliper. Looking forward to seeing the new steed! »

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. @RobSandy Nice set up! You very hydrated before each ride or a Rule #32 violator? Oh, valves to 6 o’clock. »

Sharing the road with cars is mostly a losing proposition. It’s hard to share when your vehicle weighs 8 kgs and the other guy’s is 800 kgs. If we have to share we have to let go and that is not easy, as @Kevin Wilkins explains. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. years ago had a passenger jump out and pull a knife on me after my mate gave the car/driver the finger for missing us by millimetres. Nowadays I tend to let things go if no contact is made. Near misses I give a wave as in “I’m here!” Me thinks Karma wil… »

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. A great starting point for a youngster! found here »

What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

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  1. Nothing wrong with this picture then? »

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. @kixsand Check her wardrobe first for any new additions, then you’ll have something to say about it. »

  2. Two engineering students were walking across a university campus when one said, “Where did you get such a great bike?”  The second engineer replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike… »

Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

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  1. @SamV start rides at V:am. That way you finish in day light before traffic starts to build. »