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Velominatus: Andy Pandy

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

@Andy Pandy's activity:

Flies and dogs, two things that we don’t need on a climb.I had descended down this street many times, but I had never before ridden up it. I even said hello to the two excited pitbulls on the other side of the driveway gate. I like dogs. I like them until one of them squeezes under the gate and I’m going uphill slowly. Pitbulls arenR...

@Andy Pandy's posts:

  1. Dogs were one of the reasons for carrying a frame mounted pump, back in the days! When I was a kid just getting into racing, a spot of jousting with the local canines was always one of the highlights of any training run. »

No words survive here, only echoes. Echoes of our hopes, of our plans, of our failures. What we thought we might do when we came here is little more than a shadow; it flickers on the walls for a moment and when we turn to look, it is gone. Doubts swell up and bounce off the walls until they become so loud they can no longer be heard.Once we’ve en...

@Andy Pandy's posts:

  1. I remember seeing Millar winning a stage of the Kellogg/Milk Tour of Britain in the Manchester sometime in the late 80s or early 90s. It was my first live pro road race event. I couldn’t believe the speed at which he completed the circuit of the city afte… »

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...

@Andy Pandy's posts:

  1. After many years in the commuting wilderness, I’ve recently took the plunge and upgraded my old On-One Pompino for a Colnago Ace. Its old enough to come with Campag Veloce. Getting used to these newfangled gear things. I’ve been riding fixed for too lon… »