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Velominatus: ChrissyOne

Order: Velominati +1 Contributor

Location: Seattle, WA

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Single female from a small village in the Puget Sound area. Lifelong rider of most two wheeled things, and highly skilled at photography and Awesome. Mountain biker to my bones, I've flirted on and off with drop bars, but never wanted to become one of Those Fucking Roadies. I had an aluminum Cannondale years ago, but it wasn't a love affair. I sold it after a time, and learned not to cheap out and buy the wrong bike. For many more years was a happy mountain biker again - then one day something in my brain snapped, and I became addicted to longer and longer road rides. My derangement grew until I added slicks to one of my prized full suspension classics and piled on the km's. I finally decided to buy The Right Bike and luckily found it, rendered in the silky luscious carbon I could never afford before. My joy has been overwhelming. I still ride the mountain bike, but it's a rare treat. Road biking has given me back the guns of my mid 20's, though I do feel I'm getting soft for lack of big-mountain crashes. The horrible, dark secret of it all is that I do this mainly to improve my motorcycle racing. In conclusion, Bikes. -c

@ChrissyOne's activity:

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...

@ChrissyOne's posts:

  1. @RedRanger You’re welcome. »

  2. Let’s not forget that Rule #94 extends to the bike itself, and is the chief driver behind the N+1 equation. At least that’s how I’m trying to justify buying a rain bike. »

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...

@ChrissyOne's posts:

  1. @Tristen Bonacci Tristen, It seems you Get It. Welcome, and please stay!! This board needs more women. It’s a massive sausage fest. -c »

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...

@ChrissyOne's posts:

  1. I just did one of my normal training loops and made an effort to stay in the drops as much as possible. And I soundly crushed all my best times. It was surprising because it didn’t feel like I was riding harder. Consider me a believer. »

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...

@ChrissyOne's posts:

  1. @PeakInTwoYears You’re on. Sounds easy. My top speed on Sedgwick hill in Port Orchard is 115. =) »

  2. It would be great camouflage if he did the whole ride in front of that garage door. »

  3. @PeakInTwoYears True words. It was my first group road ride, but I have plenty of experience riding close quarters and exponentially faster on the moto corse. The whole group exhibited top notch skills from the start. After that first section of trail,… »

  4. @Mike_P I know it’s difficult to tell, as we’re all looking so Casually Deliberate, but we’re moving along at a healthy clip here – a good 30 kmh at least. Panic braking would have meant certain disaster. »

  5. @Mike_P I know it’s difficult to tell, as we’re all looking so Casually Deliberate, but we’re moving along at a healthy clip here – a good 30 kmh at least. Panic braking would have been certain disaster. »

  6. Well obviously someone figured out the +1 badge, and again I am honored. I love that photo (shot by Frank, and that’s me on the right) and I can’t stop thinking about that wonderful day. »

  7. @Rules Be Damned And this is why you fail. Cycling is a psychological endeavor. Not only is it necessary for one to manage one’s own mental state to deal with the rigors and challenges of the road to pump power through the guns efficiently, but one als… »

  8. @Mikael Liddy Strong work indeed, and especially effective here in ‘Murica where the big beasts abound. In my local territory, however, I have the great fortune of passing an empty strip mall on my way out of the house. The lights are always out within… »

  9. @Barracuda Mirrored shades are the clear advantage here. »

  10. @sthilzy Agreed. And this goes for any cycle I ride. I’ve been known to pull the YMCA up onto the sidewalk  or ride along side a polished sheet-metal lorry to get a better look and make sure my leathers are still crisp. Looking good may or may not make … »

  11. I have many flaws. But this is not one of them. I take Looking Fantastic more seriously than almost any other aspect of cycling. Riding by the big store windows? Yes, I am in fact checking myself out. I will do many dumb things. But I will do them all wit… »

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...

@ChrissyOne's posts:

  1. “Its 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.” I couldn’t help notice that the story changes once the descent begins. ;) »

@Harminator just submitted this little gem of a tale. It is too timely not to share with Paris-Roubaix looming. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

@ChrissyOne's posts:

  1. You’re lucky you didn’t end up at a Pink Floyd show. »

  2. @DeKerr The camera could have been a few inches to the right, so the seat post lined up with the stem. But now I’m just nit pixeling. »

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...

@ChrissyOne'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!

    Event Details

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

    Location
    Brouwers

    Cogal Details
    Route Details


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...

@ChrissyOne's posts:

  1. @G’rilla Remember: Get 2 at a time. »

  2. @Bespoke It seem like that’s the only way its going to work on a bike. Automatic or not, you have to cut the power to the drivetrain at some point. Don’t you kinda have to do that yourself? »

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...

@ChrissyOne'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!

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

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

    Location
    Brouwers

    Cogal Details
    Route Details


  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


  4. 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