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Velominatus: Cheaves

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Atlanta, Georgia USA

I've been racing since the early '90's. My focus is now on cyclocross racing with road and mountain biking as training. 2013 35+ Georgia TimeTrial Champion Married with kids.

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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...

@Cheaves's posts:

  1. My #1. 2000 Litespeed Ultimate with Dura-Ace Team group. This year it got the shiny treatment on nearly every part within reason. For everyday riding… group rides, bad roads, the trainer, wet or cold weather. Spuds are on due to CX season. #2 comes o… »

  2. @ChrisO   Yes it is. If I’ve got to pin numbers on my back, this one gives me a bit of an edge over my #1. That being said, it hasn’t gotten many miles on it in the past year. I got peer pressured into racing the whole MTB series this year. I only had TT … »

Finding The V-Locus is something of an extension of the Goldilocks Principle; bars set somewhere between Sit Up and Beg and a face-plant, saddle height somewhere between speed skater and Baryshnikov, and reach somewhere between a unicycle and the Batpod. This is art more than it is science, a process of iteration and refinement. And everyone knows...

@Cheaves's posts:

  1. @G’rilla I hate when that happens. You’d think they’d have a better glue. »

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. @Thursday  there »

  2. I’m not any sort of a photographer, but here’s my #2 road bike. #1 road bike is getting a makeover… I’ll get pictures up once I see the sun again. There’s lots of shiny parts to get the sun in your eyes when you’re behind me. »

We’re heaping coals on the Giro frenzy that’s burning in all corners of the Cycling world by issuing the second installment of the monthly BigRingRiding Sur la Plaque series while at the same time kicking off the Six Days of the Giro series where we’ll post six articles on the subject of this, the best Grand Tour of the year. Y...

@Cheaves's posts:

  1. I caught up to a fella on a try-bike today with some of the fluffiest legs I’ve seen in a while. I thought those guys shaved everything. »

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...

@Cheaves's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy Check out the Food Lion bag near the bottom. Do they have those in Holland? »

As a dyed-in-the-wool Northerner, my time living in the South was a mixed bag. Southerners think differently, speak differently, eat differently, and prioritize life differently than do Yankees. In many ways, I became a better person during my time in the South, learning to relax a little bit and stop chasing my tail over everything all the time...

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  1. nothing like a healthy dose of “boooo” »

  2. I would like to congratulate my fellow Georgian Thomas Turner on his winning the Masters 30-35 CX World Championship. This guy barely missed first last year by about 20 feet. He’s been the local butt-kicker around here for the past few years. This dude ma… »

Eight point V bar. From the moment I bought my first set of high quality road clinchers, I’ve ridden at that pressure. I started with that number because that’s the pressure the sidewall told me to pump them up to; I didn’t yet understand much about balancing the benefits of high and low pressures to optimize comfort and friction;...

@Cheaves's posts:

  1. I got turned on to 25mm tires a few years ago and have never looked back. I ride both clincher and tubular 25s.  High quality 25s are nearly as light as 23s but they roll faster, corner better and last longer than thinner tires. The extra comfort doesn’t … »

I’m old as dirt. My first two race bikes employed toe clips and toe straps and that set-up was bad. For many reasons it was bad and any retro-hipster who thinks otherwise is wrong. When Lemond and Hinault started racing on the white Look clipless pedals, everyone but Sean Kelly quickly switched. Talk about a quantum improvement, it was long o...

@Cheaves's posts:

  1. If anyone hasn’t seen it, the owner (I think) of Speedplay has a huge collection of pedals from way back. It’s on the Speedplay site. I’ve given the pedals a fair shake, but they always felt like trying to pedal on ice cubes. Maybe I’ll try some of the l… »

The question tackled here is of carrying the bicycle, should it require carrying. The non-cyclist is perhaps more inclined to consider carrying their bicycle than is the Cyclist. Examples that come to mind include the navigation of a giant mud pit or a steep twisty narrow snowy descent, where the uninitiated may erroneously contemplate the like...

@Cheaves's posts:

  1. Thanks for the reminder. First ‘cross race of the season is less than 2 months away. Practice starts tomorrow. Gotta get a step out of that remount. »

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...

@Cheaves's posts:

  1. @Bill I’ve lately seen a few riders make a fist with the thumb sticking out and smacking their backside with it to indicate pulling off a paceline. Any other sightings? »