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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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Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @blackpooltower This. Years ago had a car passenger jump out with a knife after my mate gave them the bird. He gave the bird because they were being smart arses when driving past us really, really close with the passenger door open. My mate did a U-ey,… »

  2. Hmmm running red lights? Pedal power: VicRoads considers allowing cyclists to run red lights I do quietly enjoy lane splitting when cars are stuck in gridlock. Gaps are left from drivers still texting/updating social status and can slot in front of them … »

  3. I always think that I’m a tractor on the road. Motorist don’t curse a tractor going 25km/h, compared to a cyclist going 30+km/h. Bike riders do 20 tops. If a motorist gives me verbal and I happen to catch them at the next set of lights, I ask them to swap… »

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. This may be a good idea?! Pedal power: VicRoads considers allowing cyclists to run red lights http://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/pedal-power-vicroads-considers-allowing-cyclists-to-run-red-lights/story-fnii5sms-1227055875630 We’ll end up here http… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Contador 2. Froome, C 3. Rodriguez, Joaquin 4. Valverde, A 5. Aru, F »

Summer is a time for getting fat. Winter is a time for getting fat as well, but in a different way; in Winter we get fat on meals of meat and potatoes covered in sauces made of meat and potatoes. In Summer, on the other hand, our minds get fat: we get nice tans, we tone our muscles, long days see us riding at any hour of the day that suits us. W...

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  1. Last day of winter downunder, just on 6am Beach Road. Been enjoying the V:30 starts. Love riding into a sunrise. »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @century0fakers This’d be genuine badass; Rule #16, »

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. Sad news – Cycling has lost a grandfather. http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/giovanni-nani-pinarello-dies-92_344049 »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. @Mike_P The day Faboo has a crack at the hour, he’d whinge an hour is too long if he keeps on this current path he’s on. »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. As a complete kit, including steed, ANC-Halfords did a nice job. Jersey did get a bit sponsor heavy, but the colors of the kit flowing onto the Peugeot with orange tape/saddle topped off nicely with Cobalto brakes. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download… »

  2. @Mikael Liddy 70% off! You lucky bastard! »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Longoria Borghini 4. Cromwell 5. Johansson »

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. Tripped over to here, and found this gem. Reason for Rule #15 and Rule #16 – class! Work productivity has suffered now. »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. Just bought a new seat clamp after raising the saddle a couple of mm’s and going ‘two turns passed stripped, then back it of half a turn’ to tighten the clamp. Feel the need to go a bit higher again. Tip – if you’re going to Eddy Merckx about your positio… »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. @piwakawaka Cool! This your place? »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana, N 2. Froome, C 3. Rodriguez, Joaquin 4. Valverde, A 5. Aru, F »

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...

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  1. Kept seeing @itburns avatar in my thoughts on this mornings ride. Missed, not forgotten. VLVV »

Never forget your roots, they say… OK, I’m a child of the 70’s, and back then bicycles were as big a part of my life as they are today. We’d always be out riding, building tracks and jumps, and tinkering with our Dragsters, stripping them down to emulate our motocross heroes, with varying results.All these memories came f...

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  1. Thanks brett for the long trip back down memory lane! I thought ‘sissy bars’ were for your sister to hang on to!  pic ~1977 Those front guards ended up touching the downtube via the forks copping gutter stops. I thought my bike was cool until one kid i… »

  2. @imakecircles Same here! Pissed me off riding with mates down to the creek and they were flying over the rocks and potholes on their BMX’s, while I was struggling to steer the 27″ wheel through the dirt track! Worked out for the best though. Thanks Dad! »

It’s no coincidence that Stage Five of the Tour was not only the best one to watch, or that it helped decide the race before nary a hill was crested, but that it was just, well, Stage Five. Only last minute copyright clearances prevented the organisers actually dubbing it Stage V, though they managed to get the rain delivered on time, an ess...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy what are you going to wear on your hands? We’ve got V degrees in the tomorrow morning in Melbourne. I’m thinking of cutting off the finger tips off rubber gloves then putting on the full finger gloves over them. »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. A.Valverde 2. J.Rodriguez 3. N.Roche 4. T.Gallopin 5. P.Sagan »

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. Rule #7 – Suppose the rainy days of the TdF washed out the tan lines? found here »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kirsten Wild 2. Giorgia Bronzini 3. Marianne Vos 4. Lizzie Armitstead 5. Jolien D’Hoore »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @Ron Broom wagon getting heavy with those bis names! Found here »

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. @Al__S isn’t that a rebadged Ford Focus? »