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Velominatus: ChrisO

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Location: Abu Dhabi

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An Aussie, transplanted to Britain and living in Abu Dhabi and now Dubai. One wife, two cats, three kids and four bikes. The wife and kids live in London, the bikes live with me, mostly. I'm a TV person - originally journalism, then consultancy and project management and now in audience research and ratings. On average I ride 10,000+km each year. I love club and group riding and have got more into racing, especially stage races and events. In the past I've done a bit of audax too. I have a Ridley Noah, a custom-built steel Roberts, a Colnago Master and a Pearson fixie.

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Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. @tessar Stand over the top bar, tranquilo. To loosen, the key is coming up when the pedal is forward. Hold the key in both hands, push down with the foot (gravity and guns combined) and bingo. Rotate cranks and do the other pedal. Works every time. N… »

  2. 8mm hex makes so much more sense – it’s a common tool which you probably have on a set with other keys used elsewhere on the bike. If you need more leverage it’s because you over-tightened them or didn’t grease them. I find this Speedplay love quite fas… »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Der Breggen 2. Pooley 3. Stevens 4. Armitstead 5. Vos »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Moreno 2. Rodriguez 3. Valverde 4. Gilbert 5. Vanendert »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. @doubleR @paolo Sounds good. Cogal on the way! If you’ve got a suggestion for bike rental then yes that would be great. I ride a 56 or 58. I often travel with my bike but given Friday might be tight it’s probably easier and quicker to return the rental… »

  2. @doubleR I am indeed – SLS Hotel I think it’s called. If more convenient though I could rebase somewhere else on Thursday night  – just have to get to LAX for a 1645 flight. A mini-cogal would be great if people could make it on a Friday. Would be coo… »

  3. @Nate Mmm, yes that looks good, thanks for the tip. I figured Friday wouldn’t be the ideal day to join a group ride anyway, apart from the issues of getting hold of a bike. »

  4. As this thread is likely to attract the attention of our many Velomericans it seems a good place to ask… is anyone in Los Angeles? I have most of a day to kill there in June (Friday the 13th as it happens). Attending a conference at a hotel in Beverly … »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. @Daccordi Rider Agreed – Allan Peiper seems to be doing a good job at BMC and they made the most of having credible alternative threats like Sanchez and Avermaet. They definitely earned their cut. It shows that it isn’t enough to just throw contracts a… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Gerrans 4. Swift 5. Gilbert »

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. @Tristen Bonacci I suggest you read Rule #42 again. None of your points are in any way at odds with the rule as written. As you say, “Don’t Hate”. »

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...

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  1. @Geraint For me it’s “too much”. Gilding the lily is the phrase that comes to mind. Part of that “too much” is the colour I think. One of those pieces might work if the rest was all black, or white but the totality is just horrific. There’s another di… »

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. @...

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  1. I confess I don’t like suffering – my motto is “train to avoid pain”. But I have to endure it in training in order to minimise it in racing or group riding. I guess that’s one of them there paradoxammajiggers. Tomorrow I will finish probably the hardes… »

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...

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  1. @andrew Sweet baby Merckx. @barracuda See, that’s what I’m talkin bout. »

  2. Speaking of Boonen, have you seen this. How can someone have so much style and class on the bike and so little off it. »

  3. @Mike_P Indeed not, but I don’t think (and certainly didn’t intend) that V kit falls in either of those camps . By perfectly matched expensive kit I mean the rider who is in a complete Assos system designed for whatever micro-climate is forecast that … »

  4. Lounge pants? What is the Mercan definition of these please? Is it what we would call track-suit pants or trackie bottoms? No need for pictures, we can do this by words I hope. In the UK a number of schools have recently had to send notes to parents ask… »

  5. I’m always bemused by anybody whose response includes the suggestion we should ride more, as if they think we have made some decision to cut back our time on the bike in order to post on the internet. Really, how long does it take them to type, even allo… »

  6. @Rules Be Damned Yes but there is absolutely no need for them to compromise each other. Casually Deliberate is a tranquil medium.Trying too hard is just as wrong as not trying hard enough. The rider tricked out from top to toe in perfectly matched exp… »

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. @VeloSix Excellent stuff and nice write up. Well ridden too. You and the break riders did well – if your Cat 5 is the same as UK Cat 4 (entry level) then it is unusual for any break to stick. Individually people don’t have the fitness to attack and then … »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. @geoffrey Maybe a few would get close to 5 w/kg for 20 minutes, but then to calculate FTP (sustainable power for one hour) you discount by a further 5%. On Andrew Coggan’s scale FTP of 5.2-5.8 w/kg is classed as Domestic Pro. »

  2. @geoffrey Yes it is but the missing element in your post is duration (and weight). Most anyone can do 5-6 w/kg for a short burst but I doubt anyone here would even come close to it on a 45 minute climb. If they can they should be contacting an agent … »

  3. @Puffy That’s very interesting, both for the article and for your charmingly naive idea that science and logic might have any impact on Frank’s pre-conceived and utterly unshakeable beliefs. On the article it is certainly against the grain – not just … »

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...

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  1. Cancellara is clearly the strongest, most in-form and deserves to do the double, but… I think this is another Van Summeren year where it’s the Peleton V Fabian and a feint turns into the real thing. VSP PICKS: 1. Stybar 2. Phinney 3. Kristoff 4. Cance… »

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. @chrismurphy92 Very nice – what version of TCR is it ? Although I’m given Giant bikes to ride my admiration for them has nothing to do with obligation. I would happily live with my TCR forever. I agree with the comments above that the cockpit could do w… »