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Velominatus: wilburrox

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Tuscaloosa, AL

I like riding bikes. Both fast and for fun. As a youngster I del'd the Pittsburgh Post Gazette 6 days/wk riding a cool 10 speed Ross. I saved enough to get a cool 12 speed Schwinn Voyageur that I rode to campus every day at U of Pittsburgh. I still ride that bike. Regret I waited far too long to get in to racing. So, I had much fun racing as an old man beginner CAT 5 (I did cat up in '14) and also mtn bikes and riding year round in AL. Cheers, Randy C

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To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. @DeKerr Thanks! I needed that to be brought to my attn ! I’d swear I’m clueless about some things. One would think it’d just be natural to landscape the video but I don’t know what I’ve been thinking. Again, thanks. And she did indeed kill it as she’d … »

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. @piwakawaka 10-4 to that ! And not a minute of obsession is time wasted. »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. The young lady early this fall knocking off a 10 mile TT PR was Belgian dang near 100% for little over 30 min’s vs in the drops insisting she has more control… just maybe, she secretly wants to keep the white bar tape pristine. I wouldn’t be surprised. … »

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. @Gibstone Hear about Ford’s new F-150 going Aluminum? This is the part of the truck that counts. And it is steel: Specialized’s Allez bike is a sweet AL alloy frameset manufactured from hydroformed alloy tubes. It’s just not round tubes like old Ca… »

 Rule #4 is clear but how do you explain to your five year old what a twatwaffle is? I was left trying to define twatwaffle to a room full of relatives, none five years old but a few close to ninety-five years old. Someone opened The Book of Rules and loudly read out Rule #4. Some hand waving and muttering about the Dutch deflected things, thankf...

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  1. It is about the bike… and my daughter knows that too. She digs bikes a lot. And she knows a meticulously clean and maintained bike is a fast bike. I will say this, I am a lot more interested in discussions here about bikes than I am about philosophical … »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Baum bikes are very, very cool. And I see discs on the Indy Fab. How ’bout them apples… I jumped on a Tarmac the other day with discs. I like. »

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. @ChrissyOne Looks dang near like new! That’s more than a little effort maintaining a mtn bike in that condition. I can respect that. And that’s some real deal hardware from back in ’03.  Ya musta been taking the mtb’ing pretty serious. You’ve seen Danny… »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. @Deakus Ignore the weird feel in the shop ? ohhh man… I’m a big believer of having the shoe feel awfully good right out of the box or I’m not interested. 46.5 wide Specialized. I’ve ‘em in a couple of models and they work great for me. Alas, if ya li… »

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. @Barracuda WOW. I’d not been familiar with these bikes. But I was just at their site and they sure are beautiful pieces of work. Ohhh man… Cheers, thx »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @ChrisO I’d figure that on a TT bike the little ring is mostly superfluous ? Still, I guess it’s there for a reason. And every time you reach out on that bar end to yank that little lever so as to guide the chain in to the big ring just say to yourself… »

  2. @piwakawaka Shimano’s new XTR electronic for mtb can be operated with one shifter. Basically you program the algorithm to sort out the FD shift for you as you go up or down the gear range. Very cool. My experience is I’m more frequently redlined and sh… »

  3. @ChrisO Not only that, they can mash a button that’s been strategically placed so as to better manage the sprint ! What I’m gonna take from this is the purely psychological effect that my drivetrain has a battery attached to it and I should be faster than… »

  4. @ChrisO Oh come on man… dump the battery powered power meter then and ride by feel and what the race dictates… that’s just a little more pure hey? whatev… Still, I might well have put more miles on a down tube friction shifting 12-sp bike this p… »

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. Modern steel frame bikes are flat out works of art. Beautiful. And for personal reasons steel frames have a soft spot in my heart. Maybe six times a year I’m at Waterford’s website dreaming of my n+1. Yet I never pull the trigger. A Waterford bike w/SRAM … »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @conrad It only happens once. And before it totally dies your FD shifts to the little ring and stays there. You have plenty of juice to get home using the RD from where ever you are. The real kick in the ass is when you leave home with your bike in the … »

  2. @Haldy @ChrisO Like it ? More specifically, love it! I’m guessing it’ll be a couple years when most road bikes in my garage will be made predominately of carbon and have fully functioning electronic and hydraulic systems on board. Hard to believe we… »

  3. @frank 10-4 to that. Though even on Di2 there are good shifts and bad shifts. And I’m always playing around with the FD position and the micro-adjust on the RD in an effort to make the shifts even more seamless. Or at least give me the best opportunity… »

  4. 32 year young Shimano Altus LT shifters that still work flawlessly. Uhhh, relatively speaking. Though the “novelty” wears off pretty quickly it is fun keeping up the chops so to speak and jumping on the old bike every now and then. This cat I ride with op… »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. I suppose I’ll go carbon wheel set when I’m also going road disc… that’s a ways a way for me but can we safely assume someone’s gonna some day soon bomb down a rainy, wet Pyrenees Mtn stage to take yellow using disc’s and that’ll be that for timing of a… »

  2. @Mikael Liddy after spending more than a year thinking about my daughter’s n+1, making the jump up from a 24″ wheel set to 700c, the C24 is exactly the wheel set she’s now riding. She took home a gold medal in AL State RR Champion Jr’s event the first wee… »

  3. Don’t we all just love obsessing about all the details?  And wheels ? That’s near the top of the list. If I spent as much time thinking about world peace as I do wheels I’d probably have a nobel prize. In the grand scheme of things that might sound kinda … »

This article started off as a Reverence for the Camelbak Podium, and might still be, who knows, it’s late and my mind is scrambled. As often happens when searching for a suitable image for an article, tangents often appear from nowhere and derail the original train of thought. Soon one finds oneself careening out of control towards the only...

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  1. @DeKerr Cheers! »

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. @ChrissyOne !!!! Love it… And my daughter would say when racing her 24″, “I’m gonna take a spinarello on my Pinarello”. Her go to bike for getting around the neighborhood now is a little BMX bike. I could see her digging a single speed steel frame beaut… »

Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. You know what’s interesting here is how the attempt all came down… recall earlier in the year all the news was Cancellara and Trek factory racing have a run at this thing. It was blah blah blah for months. And then on hold waiting clarification of rules… »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. I bet I’ve said it a thousand times if not 10 x that… F*** CANCER… Bob, your daughter is beautiful and awesome and rocks. Best of luck, strength, spirit and everything else for you and yours. RC »