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Velominatus: DocBrian

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Australia

Retired teacher. PhD in Education. Nidan in Judo. SCUBA diver. Took up cycling 3 years ago. Llove it. Do long charity sportiness. Too slow to race, but have good endurance for oldie. Live in Burradoo, about 100km from Sydney. Great cycling region. (Home of Brad McGee, Caleb Ewan)

@DocBrian's activity:

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

@DocBrian's posts:

  1. I will never suggest to any living person that they sign into this bullshitnblog, run by self-opinionated morons who seem intent on rubbishing anything that could take them out if the dark ages. Fuck yourselves silly »

  2. @HeinrichHausslersHairstyle Amen to another who has moved to the Church of Electronic Shifting. May Di2 forever be with you. »

  3. @marcus His gear problem was snow jamming mechanics of his dérailleur, nil tondo with electronics. Could happen even with the best of mech shifters »

  4. @minion Most assessments show that despite slightly greater weight, elect gears save significant amounts of time over even moderate distances because of their greater efficiency, mainly in their speed of gear change. Sometimes efficiency beats lighter … »

  5. @Deakus The Society of Luddites is looking for new members!  So, too, is the Flat Earth Society. Velominati are better than that! There is no reason that batteries will fail more than gear cables snap or stretch. Elect reduces chance of dropping chain, … »

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...

@DocBrian's posts:

  1. @Blah And I third that. had them for several thou km. no vices, no problems. Roll well Eric etc. »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

@DocBrian's posts:

  1. @erik Thor, the greatest god, is with you, Cadel. Good beats evil every time in the movies. The Force be with you. »

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...

@DocBrian's posts:

  1. @minion And our next Prime Minister, as big a boofhead as he is, rides a very nice handmade Hillbrick. »

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. Off to Mudgee for 4 days. Home of Mark Renshaw’s wife’s family, but also unfortunately staying in the cave of VHM’s mother. Four days of riding ,Mudgee to Gulgong (60km return), Lowes Peak, Ulan. Couple of hours on bike, back to pub, watch recorded Tour d… »

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...

@DocBrian's posts:

  1. Electronic shift: instant. auto indexing. Shift down while powering uphill without pausing your pedal stroke. adjustment dead easy. Battery Charge lasts for ages. Less clutter on bars. No need to,lube/renew gear cable. New models all have 11 speed capabil… »

  2. @Deakus Try it. You’ll fall in love! »

Day 5 of the Six Days of the Giro continues with an impromptu VSP event.Lets have a look at where we are in the 2013 Giro. Wiggins must have spent time training in Luxembourg because he’s been descending like a Schleck when things get dodgy before disappearing into the team van to have a cry about it. Hesjedal has put in some good moves and...

@DocBrian's posts:

  1. Nibali looking good at 41sec ahead of Cuddles. Early days, but 1st and 2nd appear to be set. Impressed by Cadel, but can he get over Nibs? »

We’re into day four of the Six Days of the Giro series, let’s talk trash. Yes the Tour de France started a few years before the Giro and has always been credited as The Tour to win. You win the Giro, you are a stud. Win the Tour and you are a stud for life. Why is that? Is the Tour longer, tougher, more murderous, more beautiful? In the 20...

@DocBrian's posts:

  1. Live coverage now. Astana using too much. BMC working nicely together behind, saving energy for climbs. »

Not only do most of us have a tale of our Cycling Sensei, but we also generally have a story for how we came into our current Bike Number 1. Those of us who were online last week probably noticed Jeff’s manic posts regarding a Look that he spotted at a big-box retailer, for a price that should have him constantly looking over his shoulder for...

@DocBrian's posts:

  1. @Tartan1749 Arse not what you can do for your saddle, but what your saddle can do to your arse. »

  2. @ped The San Marco Aspide that was replaced could have been useful as an automatic tampon remover or for conducting deep prostate examinations. »

  3. @Rob I use a Spec Romin Evo Comp Gel. Great saddle. Gap prevents any sign of peristaltic paralysis. Perhaps the slightly more expensive Spec Romin Pro is a bit better. »

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...

@DocBrian's posts:

  1. @JessicaAlba Not sure what you are on about. If you read what I wrote you’ll see that it is in fact spelled correctly. It is only in once colonized uncivilized countries that TIRES oils acceptable »

  2. Jessica: I would think that tyres are necessary? »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

@DocBrian's posts:

  1. @frank thank you. No idea why multiple shots appeared. Mislabel sling was my boohoo. »

  2. FRANK:  SOMEHOW LABELS GOT MIXED UP AND MULTIPLE SCANS RECORDED. HOPE YOU CAN COPE WITH THIS.  PLEASE. PURGE THE PROBLEMATIC ONES. BRIAN. »

  3. Pantani: Stage 11 of 1994 Tour. From Cahors to Lourdes-Hautacam »

  4. Eddy Merckx: Final Tour, 1977 »

We continue our Six Days of the Giro series with a look at the troubled bond between Marco Pantani and the Giro.Some were meant to be tormented, as though it were preordained that their brilliance should be balanced with fatal flaws. These are tortured souls, whose dramatic highs are equalled only by the devastating depths of their lows.…...

@DocBrian's posts:

  1. @frank Imagine that species of humanity if they were allowed to drive cars or vote! »

  2. @Deakus Then make sure that it is made of quality latex! »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

@DocBrian's posts:

  1. @mouse Cadel’s big test will in on the long climbs of Stage 4.?A good showing there and he moves closer to being a favorite for Le Tour. Never write him off! »