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Velominatus: therealpeel

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Philly

a bike commuting social working weekend warrior or at least I was. Now I am recovering from a stupid accident and waiting for the budget to align for replacement parts. I have to make do with mtn biking but it just doesn't feed my soul in the same way...

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Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending it t...

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  1. @Beers The VMW does not like it on me. Bummer. Plus, when I am too fat to climb and peaking in more than two years I feel like a poseur with shaved legs. »

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. When you have nothing to lose, risk everything. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. nibali 2. porte 3. thibout pinot 4. rui costa 5. valverde »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. I wonder if with cleaner cycling Pros will have more personality.  Did the years of Pharmstrong and the overall omerta create an environment of stone faces? Aside from a few notables like Jens and maybe Cipo there seemed to be more emphasis on stoic profe… »

When it comes to Rule Compliance, we have at our disposal three viable options. The first is to Obey the Rules. That one is pretty straight-forward because we wrote them down for you and also went to the great length of writing a book on the subject, partly as a public service to those suffering from insomnia. But The Rules are full of apparent...

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  1. hmm…posts not loading on phone or pc.  As far as the question of most rule compliant- what about Jensie?  He’s ugly as hell, but he’s so hard he makes the Mavic bike look resplendent … »

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. There goes my million from Road ID…I knew one of the favorites would crash out… But didn’t choose correctly. »

  2. @Buck Rogers It must be with ask the crashes… At least one at every corner. »

Maybe it’s the narcissist in me or maybe I never really learned how to share properly, but I prefer my birthday over Christmas. My birthday is the one day of the year where everything is about me. No feigning interest in other people’s gifts, no getting distracted by any greater meaning. Just me and my loot, as it was meant to be. Spea...

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  1. @Owen Long live Steephill!  Man, what a treasure for those of us too poor to visit the race in person or even to pay for the on demand stuff. »

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. @LeoTea Indeed. It’s ridiculous. Stand around for hours waiting for the race to come by and the most important thing is selfie or a blurry shot?  I get it, if and only if, the person is at least a serious photog hobbyist… And the camera is not an iPho… »

Maybe it’s the narcissist in me or maybe I never really learned how to share properly, but I prefer my birthday over Christmas. My birthday is the one day of the year where everything is about me. No feigning interest in other people’s gifts, no getting distracted by any greater meaning. Just me and my loot, as it was meant to be. Spea...

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  1. Nicely done.  I still look back on Floyd’s win* with a great deal of fondness.  It was the first tour I followed via the cycling news live feed. To me, his Stage 17 win is one of the truly great rides (in probably one of the worst team controlled Tours ev… »

Who learns of their cycling potential while in the military, serving in Africa? @wiscot is once again serving up some great cycling history in his post about  Joaquim “The Bull” Agostinho. As dangerous as cycling seems, surprisingly few professionals get killed racing or training. Agostinho was one of the unlucky few. He was a man for...

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  1. @wiscot Where do you find this stuff? Its crazy incredible. »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. @Gianni Always had a problem with men in white shoes and socks.  No matter how funny or fast. »

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. Delgado’d the women … Damn VSP PICKS: 1. contador 2. Rodriguez 3. froome 4. nibali 5. valverde »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

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  1. Nicely said @DCR @teocalli these are the reasons I don’t get involved in Cross.  It’s shockingly expensive… Gotta have tires for every condition, two functional and light weight bikes, and cowbells.  Just crazy. »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

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  1. @sthilzy Is there a difference between diaper rash cream and chamois cream? @Owen Why filter anything… This is a safe space, mostly. »

Maui Velominatus Dave is tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. @souleur True, the CogFather is, well, fuckin Eddy. Why would he need any such thing- he simply devoured anything in front of him?  Gino was too busy racing secret message under the eyes of fascists to even be bothered with watts/kg nonsense.  As a velo… »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

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  1. @wiscot Ya dude, I dream and have nightmares of climbing a real mountain.  Being on the north side of too fat to climb makes me curious about what it would be like.  I started riding on the flat windy plains and now suffer in urban hills, but have never… »

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. Blessed are they that Rule 5, for they will find enlightenment. Blessed are they that Rule 9, for they will be called hard men and women aka Bad Ass. Blessed are are they that Rule 14, for they are on the path to looking fantastic. Blessed are they who… »

I’m not even talking about all the pseudo-asthmatics out there, vaping their way to better breathing. My breathing is just fine. It’s my little citron sized heart that is slowing me down. Is there a street-legal injection or vacuum pump for heart enlargement, or a trip to a doctor in the Congo that would transplant a badass Mandrill heart for m...

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  1. @wilburrox I know it’s sacrilege, but i never could get into espresso… Unless it was in cafe con leche, otherwise I an with you- coffee large and black. »

  2. @Ccos I knew there was a reason I drank so much. »

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. @ChrissyOne Great points.  I think bike advocacy is great, but until their are true fundamental changes in the way we drive (I doubt this ever happening)- those of us on two wheels need to accept the reality of thinking for them. »

  2. Not me… Never been on a motor cycle, although I think to myself “holy batman, most of the thrill of a bike, a ton more speed and quickness, and none of the effort- I’d probably kill myself. »

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. @VirenqueForever I think people who post comments on websites are usually the lowest of people… »

  2. Man, how true.  Especially in the stop and go out urban riding. There is no “relaxing ” when riding in much of Philly.   @VirenqueForever I have read elsewhere that this is true and safest idea. @Weldertron I don’t even understand. »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. @Steampunk More tramadol to ease the pain, an inhaler to assist with anxiety decreasing deep breathing, and another trip to the edges of the rule book to find more marginal pharmaceutical gains. »

I hate to distract from Marko’s defense of his POC helmet and shades photo but @snowgeek is weaving cycling and sailing together here. It may never have been done before so please read carefully. The two activities have almost nothing in common except the wind and being wet and miserable. @snowgeek is not dwelling on the wet and miserable par...

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  1. 7 @Ccos On point. »