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Velominatus: Efe Balli

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Istanbul, Turkey


An 18-year old follower of the V. Currently studying Aeronautical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University.

@Efe Balli's activity:

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...

@Efe Balli's posts:

  1. I would pay top dollar for the voice warning “You little P.O.S., forget about shifting to a smaller gear before I switch to the big ring”. Same system should have some sort of GPS and autoshift to 53×11 near townsigns. »

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...

@Efe Balli's posts:

  1. @frank Hopefully it won’t lead dopers into threatening their teammates, a la Lance. »

We’re an odd bunch, us Cyclists. Shaved legs, scars, tan lines, muscular legs paired to scrawny upper bodies. These things that make us stand out are some of the things I take great pride in. I marvel at my freshly shaved guns and how smooth they feel under my dress clothes when I’m stuck at the office. I’ll stand in front of the...

@Efe Balli's posts:

  1. @Efe Balli whenever you’re going for a ride* »

  2. Waddling in the house, trying to find keys/pump/wallet/multitool/anything that seems to get lost whenever you need to go for a ride. Also the guilt that you’re wearing out the cleats with every step you take. When you return… The look at your roommate’… »

I read recently that a number of Pros like to ride the turbo for an hour or so before having breakfast in the morning to jump start the old metabolic system. Which means that now I ride the trainer for an hour in the morning before breakfast. I think the Pros probably do it to lose weight, and I do it partly for that reason but also to burn off th...

@Efe Balli's posts:

  1. @ErikdR I’ve thought the same. At least having the fan mounted toward my butt instead of the side would really help me cool down. Man, even the wind from the wheel helps a bit. »

Forget quick-release skewer, the mechanical derailleur, carbon frames, or disc wheels. Never mind clipless pedals or brake-mounted shifters. Scratch those deep-section road wheels, lightweight helmets, or miracle fabrics.The most important innovation in Cycling had nothing to do with those incremental advances, but rather with the invention of Cycl...

@Efe Balli's posts:

  1. Check out the handlebars on LeMan’s bike. »

Assuming you ride somewhere outside the borders of Antarctica, you have likely already heard about the injustice being imposed on our friend and fellow Velominatus, Dan Richter who goes around these parts as @Dan_R.I’ve been riding Dan’s wheels for a bit over a year, and they are the best I’ve ever had. After hearing about the sui...

@Efe Balli's posts:

  1. There are some thoughts on the interwebz about whether this thing is some sort of an advertising campaign of Specialized. Seems legit, but Specialized has also gained many enemies and lost many friends, including hardcore Specialized fanboys. The best ca… »

I don’t have to tell anyone around here that @Cyclops is weird guy; most of you have already figured that out, and if you haven’t figured it out, you will soon enough. But weird doesn’t have any negative meaning, if you ask me. In fact, I’d say we’re all weird which makes normal more suspect. Several years ago, long be...

@Efe Balli's posts:

  1. Simply AWESOME work, chapeau. How did you set/check the frame alignment? A friend of mine built a steel frame and used homebuilt jigs made out of drawer rails. And IMHO the zipp 303 tubs and reynolds’ simply do not go with this bike. I’d say no less tha… »

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...

@Efe Balli's posts:

  1. @piwakawaka only if I didn’t have to meticulously clean the white part after every ride… »

  2. @freddy Thanks. Strangely KTM didn’t expand the bike department on North America. Domination of US brands, maybe? Buy some European bikes. »

  3. Love this website. I found that I’ve already living by most of the rules of the V. What do ya think of my steed? (SPD’s removed to preserve your eyesight.) Also, the heel rub really took its toll on the crank. Any ideas to eliminate heel rub, and repain… »