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Velominatus: Bespoke

Order: Level 1 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.

@Bespoke's activity:

What, another guest post? Seemingly yes, but in fact we are keeping to our every-other Friday guest post schedule. We must Keep The Schedule! @Harminator’s post about pigs was the little seen “pop-up” article; a confluence of Paris-Roubaix, Orchies pigs and Jupiler beer. These things go very bad, very fast if not served quickly. @...

@Bespoke's posts:

  1. I just finished watching an excellent documentary on the 4 deserts race: 4 ultramarathons across 4 deserts. The documentary was on a few individuals who did a 4 deserts grand slam: all 4 in one year. http://www.4deserts.com/ »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

@Bespoke's posts:

  1. @PeakInTwoYears And I’m thinking she is lighter now than when you were lighter then. »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

@Bespoke's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy @andrew Thanks both. I understand now: his gestures of frustration were to his group that weren’t sharing the load, not to his teammates. @Gianni I’m pretty sure that’s a vinyl skin. »

  2. @RedRanger Understood but, Terpstra didn’t seem to help out his teammate when it was called for. Am I missing something? »

  3. Can someone explain to this Pedalwan why Terpstra didn’t ride out Boonen when Boonen was clearly gesturing for someone to help out – I think it was around 60km from the finish? If Terpstra had enough left in the tank to ride to the finish like he did, sho… »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

@Bespoke's posts:

  1. @unversio Is that an aura radiating from the cassette?! There seems to be an emanating glow from that immaculate sprocket. »

  2. @ChrissyOne Cut the power to the drivetrain on the bike (bicycle) while shifting, for sure. With a double clutch car: power on, through the shifts. Not sure if that’s what you meant but my post wasn’t that clear either. »

  3. @wilburrox I believe Shimano had something called Flight Deck which was a computer that displayed whatever gear you were in so, perhaps the disparagement is already capable with a Group-san. Re: Ferrari and other performance cars: the foot clutch has b… »

  4. @Al__S Nice Post Al. »

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...

@Bespoke's posts:

  1. @Chris Fair. Subsequent 30 seconds spent did reveal that they are not so small; bike component of P&L notwithstanding. »

  2. @ChrisO There was a lot of forgiveness shown here after the Café Roubaix debacle. This far reaching, far fetched casting of legal aspersions towards another small? company clearly shows the bully propensities of the large company. Pretty distasteful, to… »

In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are...

@Bespoke's posts:

  1. In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are what really count.

    We’ll be leaving from Brouwer’s Café in Fremont at 10:05. No support vehicle is expected, but we’ll have lots of opportunity to refuel along the way. I will pre-ride the route a few days in advance and post GPX files and a queue sheet. The ride is intended to be no-drop, but due to the amount of climbing, we may break into separate groups before meeting back at Brouwer’s for post-ride Recovery Ales.

    Join us one and all to get a very minor taste what its like to ride de Ronde!

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    Date/Time
    Date - April 06, 2014
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Brouwers

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  2. In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are what really count.

    We’ll be leaving from Brouwer’s Café in Fremont at 10:05. No support vehicle is expected, but we’ll have lots of opportunity to refuel along the way. I will pre-ride the route a few days in advance and post GPX files and a queue sheet. The ride is intended to be no-drop, but due to the amount of climbing, we may break into separate groups before meeting back at Brouwer’s for post-ride Recovery Ales.

    Join us one and all to get a very minor taste what its like to ride de Ronde!

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - April 06, 2014
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Brouwers

    Cogal Details
    Route Details


  3. In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are what really count.

    We’ll be leaving from Brouwer’s Café in Fremont at 10:05. No support vehicle is expected, but we’ll have lots of opportunity to refuel along the way. I will pre-ride the route a few days in advance and post GPX files and a queue sheet. The ride is intended to be no-drop, but due to the amount of climbing, we may break into separate groups before meeting back at Brouwer’s for post-ride Recovery Ales.

    Join us one and all to get a very minor taste what its like to ride de Ronde!

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - April 06, 2014
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Brouwers

    Cogal Details
    Route Details


For many Americans, their first ten speed bike was a Schwinn. It was heavy. Everything about it was heavy. It was the bike that was going to survive outside the bomb shelter. No one put a better crankset on a Schwinn. When we moved on that old bike languished in the garage and it was not coming back out. Not so for @Teocalli, for starters he didn&#...

@Bespoke's posts:

  1. It’s interesting how we go back to the things that as kids we coveted. For me, and for many others, it was about cars that we dreamed about as kids. Hence the rise in value – crazy values sometimes, of muscle cars in the early part of this century. In th… »

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...

@Bespoke's posts:

  1. Does the lion in that clip look a bit like Frank wearing a POC? »

I came strongly into the Fall, stronger than in other years thanks to a late-season objective to do well at my first Heck of the North gravel classic in Minnesota. I was light and I had built good power and endurance by riding the steep gravel roads that pepper the North Cascades and suffering through brutal interval sessions on the windswept stre...

@Bespoke's posts:

  1. @Xyverz Continued healing and fast road to recovery. Enjoy the ride on the journey to full health and fitness. »

We recently lost our beloved Great Dane, Kirki, who we nicknamed Beene for reasons that elude logic. She was a good dog, more sweet than clever. A sad side effect of big dog breeds and their short lives is that it wasn’t until nearly the end of her life that she made certain key discoveries about the world. Such as that weighing nearly 65 kil...

@Bespoke's posts:

  1. Sorry for you loss Frank but happy that you have found a phrase to keep her memory in your lives – I like that. I’m sure you paired the rebirth (of sorts) of the book with the memorial. So, when the hell are you going to add Canadian stops to the book to… »

I am a road cyclist, at heart. Even when I’m in a car, I’ll daydream about riding the same road I’m driving. I’ll imagine how the tarmac might feel as my wheels carry me across it, the wind, the smells in the air. I’ll imagine how my lungs are expanding and contracting, cleansing me a little with every exhale. In my mi...

@Bespoke's posts:

  1. @Marko You are always so poetic. I appreciate your response. »

  2. Revisiting this thread due to current thoughts of a cx bike as my n+1: Why is there (to me anyway) such a (recent?) zeitgeist toward gravel? With the Heck of the North discussion and, what seems to me anyway, a growing momentum with CX and gravel riding,… »

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...

@Bespoke's posts:

  1. @Nate I was enjoying those as well. When they’re that nice, they don’t need to be ground. »

  2. @the-farmer Ambrosio Excellence, 32x. They do come in clincher. That’s the (golden) ticket. I run them with 25mm Continental Grand Prix. »

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...

@Bespoke's posts:

  1. @scaler911 As a “pedalwan”, Rule #33 has been a bit of a tough one to get around the gender bender connotations. Channeling an Enzo is something I can get behind. Err, understand. Just not this one: »

  2. @scaler911 Thanks so much for replacing this image: »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

@Bespoke's posts:

  1. @xyxax I was thinking about this article when I came across this device. Not considering the issues of breathing at higher altitudes, is there a relative difference in weight as you get farther away from the centre of the earth? In other words, is your… »