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Velominatus: Beers

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Location: Waitakere

Tortoise extraordinaire

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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. @wiscot It surprises me sometimes how we are frustrated with how a race is won, rather than an all out ‘results are all that matters’ attitude. I mean, I don’t condone gambling at all, but in horse racing I’m pretty sure no one gives a fuck how the hor… »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  2. @antihero Reminded me of this: “Racing was at its hardest when the stands were full. Riders took it easy when they were empty and circled the track reading newspapers, talking, even writing letters as they pedalled with one foot, the other steering th… »

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. @Chris Thanks for letting me know! I have borrowed the Arione and Antares, no luck yet over 150km. I will continue in the hope of finding the happy medium you have… And Chapeau, 350km! Eghad! »

  2. @Chris 300km? Holy moly. Is your saddle made of fluffy clouds? After that length of time I’d be looking for a shotgun to end the butt-hurt.. What do you ride for a saddle at that distance? »

  3. Bonts have always intrigued me. Anyone got the good oil on their Riot base level shoe? »

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. @DeKerr That sure is a steed to be proud of, love the skinwalls. Chapeau on the purchase! »

Happy living in our stressful lives is all about organization. For instance, I like to sort the tasks first by priority and then group tasks of equal priority into buckets of minor priorities. Software developers creatively call this approach to organization a “bucket sort”. This helps break down what appears to be an insurmountable me...

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  1. Awesome freeze frames of glory days… Nothing gets me out of bed and on the bike in the dark like knowing you have a target, and that even one week off will hamper the build of form to that end. It can take 4 months for me to build (I have a poor consti… »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. @wiscot With a Ferrari painted with dolphins, I fear it is already too late… »

  2. He was worthy because he threw the dice and the others were too busy thinking they would get him, rather than working together to actually get it back for a bunch sprint. Say what you want, in an era when all the teams are against releasing top secret ri… »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @unversio Nah, just saying tis better to not be a judgemental dick and to help people, show them the way rather than shun them away. And my little story was to illustrate that I would have given up if it were not for my own stubbornness at ignoring the… »

  2. When I started, I had one bike that doubled as my commuter. I stumped up some cash for some cheap light wheels and GP4000’s, switched them in at weekends and started turning up to bunch rides. I tried hard to find an accepting bunch. I had poor fitting, … »

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. @frank Road ID actually have a smartphone app, you add a couple emergency contacts and your own details, then take a screenshot and set it as your lock screen. One more urban riding rule – Don’t undertake! Cars are very unpredictable and one time I… »

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 Wo, I thought that shot was from a catalogue, nice! @DeKerr Mate, you got permission, you should do it. I was in the same position, we’d just had another kid, busting our asses, tight finances with a little left, and the VMH said I should get… »

A friend recently asked my advice for how to prepare for the longest ride he’d ever done. My approach is somewhat unorthodox when it comes to this sort of thing; I like to train to ride a lot farther than the event itself, and whenever possible, throw in a handful of sessions with my old friend, The Man with the Hammer. I suggested he do the...

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  1. @Simon I’m not sure the dietician would have been talking of choc milk during the event. During a game they definitely drink electro/carb drinks. The science says choc milk is one of the best recovery drinks you can have. Research says protein is almost p… »

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. @frank Easy on the past tense mate, they’re not in Paris yet! What with all the talk on it being Spider and Bertie show before it had even begun, all we need is some over zealous selfie taker numpty to step into Vince, going down and breaking a collar, … »

  2. I’m going to keep my eyes open for this Bauer guy, rode like a stud, heart on his sleeve. One of the rides of the tour IMO… Just would have loved for it to have come off for the romance of the tour, but that’s racing. »

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 i...

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  1. @Gianni Additionally, shorn legs look fitter than unshorn! The definition improvement you get is impressive even on the ahem, heaviest of the bunch. »

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. Fuckity fuck fuck… VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. vincenzo nibali 2. Richie Porte 3. Alejandro Valverde 4. T Van Garderen 5. Thibaut Pinot »

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 i...

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  1. From what I understand those bastions of machismo the rugby players are also fond of shorn pistons. No one asks them though, nor questions their masculinity. Probably because they are twice our size. As for me, I just turn turn to them and say “Why do I s… »

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. @fignons barber Glad to hear you are ok mate. After my own off I found it poignant to realise bike shit can be replaced, health and lives cannot, so as far as that goes, sacrificing the Canyon to the road gods was a win.. Hope you get back soon. »

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. It was awesome to watch. A large number of crashes on corners on tarmac, I’m wondering if the slipperiness/rolliness of a tub at 60psi is easily handled in the dry, but makes for even more breakaway risk in the wet on the smooth stuff? »

  2. @Geraint It seems Porte also hit the deck, looking at his left shoulder here »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. christopher froome 2. alberto contador 3. jurgen van den broek 4. Andrew Talansky 5. vincenzo nibali »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. “take me doooowwwn in a blaze of gloorrraaaaayyyy…” »