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Velominatus: DeKerr

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Fond memories of canti's and rigid forks from the early mountain bike days. Now training in earnest as a Pedalwan.

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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. @andrew even if that is just the chamois and a healthy dose of ball sweat, it’s still fucking wrong. »

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. @PT Oh Crap! My bad. That should read “Go Netherlands!” I apparently didn’t eat enough bacon this morning. »

  2. I still can’t figure out how the math works for scoring, let alone how the Keepers manage to “interpret” some of the entries. Nonetheless, I’m happy with my 4 points and a position in the front swarm of the VSP peloton. Chapeau Terpstra! Go Norway! »

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

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  1. @teleguy57 titanium, Gruppo, cables perfectly framing the head badge, proper depth of field,  - gorgeous bike photo marred only by the Handlebar Dingleberry – the black on your left/belgian bar tape wrap needs some attention. Germany looks fine. And now … »

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. Rolls the bolts, stares into the carbon ball, and puts a little emotion into it. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara, Fabian 2. Boonen, Tom 3. Van Avermaet, Greg 4. VanMarcke, Sep 5. Van Summeren, Johan »

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...

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  1. My pre-loved n+1 came with a Group-san triple and, so far, the escape gear has only been deployed twice. A low-tech version of the Gianni 1000 would be to remove that little ring altogether so if I ever went for it again my bike would promptly stop to in… »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. @Optimiste AMerckx. »

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. I, uhm… I don’t know what to say about this. I would have expected the USMC to be a bit more, you know, compliant. http://io9.com/great-moments-in-bicycle-powered-warfare-1559730694 »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. Holy Merckx/Vos! I scored a point! Hurray for dumb luck. »

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...

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

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    Brouwers

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One of greatest cycling pleasures is riding with a mate. Riding ten centimeters off each other’s rear wheel for hours; trust is a beautiful thing. You swing over, ease your effort slightly so your mate rides through, you then tuck behind, in the draft, close and fast. It is the best. @Kah touches on this and other transcendent benefits from...

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  1. Oh fuck, I recall trying to hang with the big dogs at the VVhidbey Cogal last fall. Many lessons humbly learned, including the reminder from @frank and @urbanwhitetrash that it was time to apply Rule #65 and replace my chain, or fuck off. Then they promp… »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. @DeKerr 5. Niki Tergstra Terpstra – dammit! »

  2. Once again, no magic but no Delgado either. Screw the prizes, I just want to play. VSP PICKS: 1. Stijn Devolder 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Tom Boonen 4. Peter Sagan 5. Niki Tergstra »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. Speaking of throwing things – this is my random and uneducated pick. I just like the Netherlands, and a bit of Sweden. Also, much better than Delgadoing like I did last week. »

  2. Speaking of throwing things – this is my random and uneducated pick. I just like the Netherlands, and a bit of Sweden. Also, much better than Delgadoing like I did last week. VSP PICKS: 1. Kirsten Wild 2. Ellen Van Dijk 3. Emma Johannson 4. Lucinda Bra… »

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. @teleguy57 nice wheels, and glad you flipped the stem. Now, when are you going to do about the fenders and that saddle? »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. @Ccos ^This And a bit of this -> http://www.velominati.com/racing/the-perfect-amount-of-dumb/ »

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. @Weldertron (Assuming XY genes) Have you every had that moment when you see an absolutely stunning woman and you spontaneously swear… out loud? Well that just happened, only it was your bike that did it. The stainless filler, the Thomson collar, the c… »

  2. @Roger Wait. What? You made the “crank dimple” yourself… and then it cracked in almost that exact spot… I applaud your enthusiasm for embracing the way of the Velominatus Budgetatus but @Weldertron is right. Unless you want to send it to a pro it’… »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. @frank I think you meant: http://www.amazon.com/3M-Scotchcal-Reflective-Striping-5-Inch/dp/B00063XI64/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8 Unless the moulding tape is what was used to fix the R3? »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. I’m glad I wasn’t drinking when I read this, otherwise I’d be cleaning up right now instead of typing. Wait… why am I not drinking right now? »

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. Race 300 km in full Spring conditions and my opinion is that you get to rock whatever look your sponsor will let you get away with. Buff and beard included. Myself, I am a humble acolyte in observance of The V, so until someone writes me a cheque to ride… »

This winter Shimano showed up on Maui with a flotilla of Colnago C-59s set up with disc brakes. The lucky Shimano people tested the bikes on some of the nicest routes on the island, including some descending down the Haleakala volcano. Unbelievably they didn’t invite me along (!?). If they had I would have suggested a different place to ride, one...

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  1. @ChrisO , when stopping, the front wheel generates most of the braking force as it is the leading friction point of the machine. It is also the most important to feather (which is why, I believe, Campa has the dual pivot front – not for force, but for but… »

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. ohmygodohmygodohmygod! Anyone have $5G they’re not using? http://www.ebay.ca/itm/LOOK-695-Carbon-Road-Bike-25th-ANNIVERSARY-002-Bicycle-Frameset-W-Crank-/111306179454?pt=US_Bicycles_Frames&hash=item19ea5d837e&_uhb=1 »

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&#...

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  1. Shiny metal bits, pristine white bar tape, and fuckton of history. Excellent. »