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Velominatus: Bespoke

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Toronto, Canada

Social: Website

Member of the "Cycling is the New Golf" club. The only pursuit from my embrace of middle age that works up a sweat, as clearly golf, curling nor the consumption of single malt (even vigorous consumption) don't. Except perhaps in the middle of the night.

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The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @wiscot Are  you complimenting his magnitude? »

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. @Teocalli The two bidon cages? »

  2. @Steampunk Seriously? You can tell a difference from the previous wheelset (before the crack)? »

  3. @Steampunk Glad to know you took care of that issue properly. Let us know how smoothly they roll. »

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. @Harminator Another great piece of writing. Thanks! »

  2. @Harminator Eloquent and enticing. Thanks for this. And, more please. »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @chew Hope you have a speedy recovery and hope you aren’t in too much discomfort. Sounds like quite a crash. »

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. @Rom Very happy to be a pedalwan sometimes. This would be one of them. @Optimiste Must make for pretty interesting office decor! »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. @unversio Just riding you! Nice illustration. »

  2. @unversio Those ear pieces look a bit uncomfortable and not very aero. »

  3. @unversio @anthony Interesting influence from automotive design, to my eyes: »

Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride recovery ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4...

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Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local h...

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  1. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

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    Date - June 22, 2014
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  2. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

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    Date - June 22, 2014
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    Café Domestique

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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. This is pretty exciting!: http://youtu.be/QE97iUvSHk0 »

Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local h...

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  1. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

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    Date - June 22, 2014
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  2. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

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    Date - June 22, 2014
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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. @brett And well padded elbows. I’ve heard of knees to the pavement but not of elbows. Impressive. »

Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local h...

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  1. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

    Here is the route.

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    Date/Time
    Date - June 22, 2014
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Café Domestique

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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. @wilburrox Charming pic! Best to err on the side of caution. »

Maybe it’s the milestone of aging that I recently reached. It could be an awareness of the unique foibles of this sport/activity/pastime that I practice. Possibly, I just woke up one day and realised that this is a weird thing for a middle-aged man to be doing. The time for reassessment hit me, involuntarily and without warning. And I’m...

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  1. @gettingthere Wonderful, poetic post. Appropriate for the equally so article. Thank you and thanks Brett. »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most cl...

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  1. @wiscot Dowload Adblocker Plus and get rid of those popups. »

  2. Did y’all hear the reference in the broadcast to Cafe Roubaix in the shoutout to Hesjedal? »

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. @KW You know, like … hammering to the cadence of Merckx (dude). »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most cl...

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  1. @unversio Love that photo. I can read my own story into it but would like to hear why you posted it. Unless it’s self evident, then I guess my story will suffice. »