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Velominatus: El Segundo

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: South Australia

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@El Segundo's posts:

  1. @zipper Your turn. »

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...

@El Segundo's posts:

  1. Seeing as I’ve offered my opinion on other’s bikes I thought it only fair to prove I can take criticism as well as dish it out. I’ve just finished the update to my 25 year old steel beast and it feels like a new bike, which is no surprise given all the n… »

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@El Segundo's posts:

  1. @itburns @Buck Rogers Thanks for the recommendations. At the moment I’m restricted to what I can find on iBooks store so last night I started on Slaying The Badger. I’ve had no luck finding the others, so will have to try some bricks-and-mortar bookstor… »

  2. I’d like to offer my thanks to the Frank and the V community for providing me with the information and inspiration I needed to begin on the path of a Velominatus after a life of riding bikes but being largely indifferent to and ignorant of the world of se… »

@El Segundo's posts:

  1. @Geezer Seeing as you asked, I have to agree with Buck Rogers and Dr. C here, the gold tape looks crook. All brass, no class. »

@El Segundo's posts:

  1. @frank Fucking sweet Frank. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sylvain Chavanel 3. Boasson Hagen 4. Roelandts 5. Haussler »

@El Segundo's posts:

  1. @xyxax Fucking awesome video that. I’m still grinning. Thanks for the link. »

Imagine a world without the little things we take for granted; a house without a roof, a pub with no beer, a Keepers Tour without any clothes. The last one is a reality for me at the moment, five days in and still no trace of where the hell between Wellington and Paris my bag (filled with V-Kit, shoes, helmet, everything) is. The other thing that h...

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  1. @El Segundo ARSE! I didn’t realise this pick was submitted, wanted Cancellara then Sagan. »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

@El Segundo's posts:

  1. @ChrisO Sounds like a very Good Friday and a fine way to end a good season. Chapeau. »

Imagine a world without the little things we take for granted; a house without a roof, a pub with no beer, a Keepers Tour without any clothes. The last one is a reality for me at the moment, five days in and still no trace of where the hell between Wellington and Paris my bag (filled with V-Kit, shoes, helmet, everything) is. The other thing that h...

@El Segundo's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Haussler 4. Chavanel 5. Boonen »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Haussler 4. Chavanel 5. Boonen »

If I spent half a summer riding with one hand on the tops and one on the hoods, I spent the other half riding with each hand deliberately gripping the hoods differently. As any young Cyclist growing up in the United States in the late 80s, I had a major thing for Greg LeMond.I imagined Greg to be the perfect Cyclist, as youth often does of their...

@El Segundo's posts:

  1. @Simon And with his flagrant violation of the Three-Point System he could sell advertising space on his forehead. »

@El Segundo's posts:

  1. @sthilzy I dare say you were more disappointed than I, me being just a kid and a casual observer in Phil’s day. He was still a hero to me though. In retrospect my interest was purely nationalistic, and I never raced, I just liked riding my bike. The same… »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

@El Segundo's posts:

  1. @piwakawaka  Great name, I love fantails too, along with willy wagtails, blue wrens, flycatchers etc. but I love the Maori bird names even more, same with fish. Pukeko has to be my fave, so much cooler than swamp hen. And no I’m not a birdo, just a bit … »

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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...

@El Segundo's posts:

  1. +1 on the Chapeau to @Cyclops, living the dream. »

@El Segundo's posts:

  1. Sorry to drag things down this route, but I saw Anderson interviewed on Aust. TV recently where it was alleged he was present in the hotel room when the then 21 year old COTHO bribed ($50K) a couple of Italian riders to help him take the $1M prize for cro… »

@El Segundo's posts:

  1. @Barracuda @Barracuda Yes indeedy »

  2. @Mikael Liddy Thanks for the tip Mikael, it seemed too good to be true. I’m in SA (Victor) so looks like I’ll be burning up my data allowance. Still, it’ll be worth it. »

  3. @Deakus Praise be to Merckx, SBS in Aus. will be televising all the spring classics in their entirety. I’ll have to delve deep into “the suitcase of caffeine”. Can’t wait. »

Details are what separate the Velominatus from the Cyclist; we don’t just pay attention to them – we devour them. Our bicycles are carefully curated with every part sourced to meet our personal specifications, requirements, or whim.And just as fine cufflinks round out a finely tailored suit, the Velominati V-Cog bar plugs dubbed the Han...

@El Segundo's posts:

  1. @ChrisO Thanks.  It came good. 2 sets of V cufflinks heading my way. Jesus weep no more, Frank curse no more. »

  2. I should add that the zwarte cufflinks are for my reincarnating 80′s steel machine, a humble (Tange 900) Ricardo Elite, manufactured in my home town (back when we actually made stuff in Australia), and bought new by me as an 18 year old in 1987. I knew b… »

  3. Hi Velominati. Been lurking for a while but when I tried to buy these I got the “your cart is empty” message. I figured the shop is for registered folks only, so here I am, registered at last, but still no joy with the cart. What am I doing wrong? Tha… »