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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 past years racing as beginner CAT 5 on the road (I did cat up in '14). I have a blast racing mtn bikes in and around AL. And lately, I've been hooked after my first season of CX races: a looney tunes sport. Just riding bikes, especially with my kids ! What a blast. Cheers, Randy C

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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. @ErikdR YES! In fact he was and is pictured below eh? Someone referred to “cheeseburger lockers” the other day. I think Elvis was storing fried peanut butter sandwiches in his locker. But then he took up cycling! Recall ol’ Elvis performed the classic,… »

I love discovering things about people who I think I know. Maybe it’s a work colleague or friend of a friend who you run into once a month, maybe every week, and as the relationship lengthens and develops you pick up a nugget of information here and there. Sometimes a mutual acquaintance will proffer an anecdote, or if they’re talking...

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  1. Pro’s like small bikes don’t they?  I see pictures of Cancellara and think bike is way too small. And I’m looking at this picture and something’s just not right… And I swear it looks kinda like my daughter on her 24″ right as she had outgrown the bike a… »

I think it would be hard for anyone to make the case that Eddy Merckx was Roger de Vlaeminck’s Cycling Sensei, but I think we can all agree that De Vlaeminck was a student of Merckx, if only a student of his domination. But every student at some point becomes the master, and the driven student will always challenge the Order of Things.Eve...

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  1. @Ron That’s classic… not heard that before. Damn I love a good cheeseburger. I never keep ‘em stored in a locker though. Thank goodness for riding the wheels off of a handful of bikes. Cheers »

@Blackpooltower is obviously spending all his n+1 money on new cycling books, or he works in the little seen cycling-specific bookshop. Either way, he is nice enough to catch us all up on what is vvorthy. The lead image alone is enough, it’s fantastic. It’s worthy of its own article or, even better, a movie. It is not too late for hint...

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  1. @therealpeel No way a cyclist… Professional Rockbreaker? Yea, probably. Though I never envisioned him standing on top of the hill looking ready to crush a soul. The handful of times I’ve met him he’s kinda sorta snuck up on me. So maybe part Ninja?? … »

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 A little creativity and you mighta had your cat paint a particularly cool custom flame or stripe job that woulda made all the diff in the world for admiration of the bike. After all, $$ was spent… just to copy someone else’s idea ? Without… »

  2. @PeakInTwoYears I gotta say, I respect that, first, ya picked up on the BS and second, that you called out the BS in a particularly respectable (probably far more than deserved) way. Props due ya. Cheers »

  3. @RVester Oh that is cool. Very. Cheers »

  4. The young lady in the house wanted white bar tape and saddle on her race bike. I gotta say, it’s a pain in the a** to keep up. I have yet to find a good way to clean the tape. Maybe they’re only this white once, and that’s after you put it on and before y… »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. @markpa Mech. Absolutely. And this is coming from a guy with Di2 on two bikes and loves it. When I build up a modern steel framed bike it will be mechanical. Aesthetic reasons. Steel frame bikes have the classic look. Little servo motors, junction boxes… »

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. @SamFromTex From ’89 to maybe ’93 or so I had a POS Schwinn Mtn Bike dangling off the back of my very sweet 5.0 just about everywhere I went. Back then the five liter was gonna dust anything American on the road including ‘vettes. That was my third Mustan… »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. I have tremendous respect for folks willing to commit the resources and time to sorting out a custom build. The world is a better placed with these kinda bikes on the road. And craftsman around that’ll build them. Outstanding. Something tells me that that… »

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. @piwakawaka Yep. That’s mtn biking 101 isn’t it. I learned that lesson a while back when we put my buddy’s go pro on my helmet and watched the video later… and it was a lot of my front tire. Hah. I’ve since explained to my kids when we’re in the woods… »

  2. @Gianni First: That is perfect kit. Black shorts and the striped jersey = just right. The world was a better place before sublimated graphics on shorts. Most every jersey’s gonna look good with straight up good ol’ black shorts. And the one in the snap… »

@wiscot is at it again. He is the Velominati historian and I’m always pleased when more of his writing arrives at the bunker. Luckily for all of us, cycling has a long history, most of which we are unaware of. This was not taught at school. Any article that includes the words Spartacus and Hour Record in the first paragraph already has my att...

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  1. Okay, so I didn’t know where to post this. But I had to make note that it would seam that any time I see a snapshot of this cat on a bike,  it would look like the bike’s a size or two too small for him. So, either he’s such a bad ass on a bike that even a… »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. @fignons barber That’s good. Very. Friggen synchro swimming and Assos. Perfect. Cheers »

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. @Harminator I’m gonna patiently wait until the US$ is on par or better with the Euro and my Benjamins will carry some weight across the pond. Two more years and this little trip will cost a lot less on a US$ basis. In meantime, a new gruppo, HED Stinger… »

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. Couldn’t resist this old post… @VeloSix I swear it’s gotta be the meth rush addiction of cycling… a friggen blast   @gaswepass Every bit of that. @VeloVita Indeed ! @anthony I’m with ya on that! Cheers all »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. @frank Tried to get a close up look at the orange banded chronograph but couldn’t make out what it was. For the longest time I’d simply kept the watch while on the bike to the good ol’ good ol’ ironman watch but lately I’ve left been less particular abo… »

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. @teleguy57 Man that strap looks like it’s about to slice your ear off at the lobe! I am so particular about straps not touching my ears it’s enough to drive me nuts on a long ride if they do. And if I have to adjust my helmet because of a hat underneath… »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. Hey all, re: Vittoria Pave’s…when I first started riding ‘em they had the green stripe down the middle. Now they come with the green sidewall. And, I’ve recently noticed, they also care available in all black. That’s news to me ’cause if they’ve always … »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. @Harminator Me? Irish? I’m an American mutt. On the other hand, there are a lot of Malone’s on the missus’ side of the family and my daughter, with her name, will be welcome to any party on the 17th of March. 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. The young lady getting sideways on her original Green Machine (these things are a blast): And her upcoming Green Machine… we’ve got most components on hand at the LBS and are thinking now about remainder of little details for a race machine under the… »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. @harminator I’m thinking Irish Pirate Treasure Trench is not result of an auto correct typo kinda thing… So I checked my bike and was looking all over for IPTT before I head out yesterday on to some dirt and I’ll be damned if I could figure out what … »

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. @ChrisO TT bikes just look screaming fast. There was a GCN video back during the Vuelta with the GCN cat riding with Chris Froome on a rest day. Froome was riding his TT bike. Said he liked to do 1 or 2 rides per week on the TT bike when training, general… »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. This might be one of the stranger threads I’ve read here. But then again, I haven’t been around that long. I’ll probably be better off just sticking to the bikes thread…  Cheers all. »