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Velominatus: EricW

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

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When in doubt, sur la plaque.

@EricW'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...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @frank I’ve yet to ride a SRAM equipped bike that doesn’t.  I think it’s in the body itself. @Gianni Truth. »

  2. Sram’s Doubletap already does this when you’re in the littlest gear and reach for a downshift.  It’s a feature! »

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...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @Barracuda I just saw that too.  DAMMIT just when I thought I’d go out an buy that damn Enduro.  It’s like they don’t want my money. »

  2. @Teocalli It was already there, but maybe I should ride with graffiti supplies at the ready.  Also I just re-read my post and man I should not be allowed to type late at night. @Weldertron Holy moly that thing is gorgeous. »

  3. Not too shabby for a parts bin commuter/rain/graveur build, hence the pedals and lights.  Finding a ISO 102mm square taper for the Record cranks is like trying looking for hen’s teeth. I’m also using the spoon and noticed the rattling.  I’ll probably a… »

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...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @frank Thanks, although I’m not certain I want to switch away from cork as thorough online research (20 minutes or so) seems to suggest that using anything other than cork on Bontragers will cause them to spontaneously combust, the undead to rise from … »

  2. @Gianni @antihero hit it on the head, the carbon compounds are basically for keeping the resin surface fresh.  Since I run Carbone Bontragers, I know very well about crappy braking surfaces with subpar resin.  I just love Bontrager’s solution of cork p… »

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&#...

@EricW's posts:

  1. That is, in every way a beautiful bicycle, and wonderful writing.  It’s amazing how much geometries have changed. »

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...

@EricW's posts:

  1. What is this “brake” you speak of and what function does it serve? In all seriousness, @Nate and I saw too many melted Carbone wheels at Eggtimer’s Gran Fondo last year that I’m convinced discs are the future.  I, however, plan on not being part of that … »

Last year we read that Philippe Gilbert is riding a 50cm (top tube of 535mm) BMC frame and he is 1.79m (5’10”) tall. Now it’s reported in Cyclingnews that Ritchie Porte’s Pinarello is a 46.5cm frame (top tube of 515mm) and Porte is 1.72m (5’8”) tall. He is no Nairo Quintana but somehow he is on Quintana’s old bike. Porte is just one i...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @Nate I have some crit racing friends who ride teeny tiny bikes for the exact reason you’re talking about. I wonder if the bike size choice doesn’t also have something to do with riding style.  Some people like to turn “from the hips” while others tend… »

  2. @klassman I noticed this going from my 58cm TT Colnago to a 56cm TT 3Rensho.  Combined with the steep ST and a little less trail, I find myself barely needing to brake on hairpins that the Colnago would push wide on. »

Rules! Hear me fools: The Rules mark the beginning of the path to enlightenment, not the end. There are higher planes, expanding dimensions. Beyond the color of your bar tape exists a man, a mountain, and a bike. This is where the world begins.Keeper Jim wrote this, reporting on his utilitarian climb of Mount Ventoux. He posts less than the rest of...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @Gianni If one gets dropped but looks fantastic, did you really get dropped at all?  Things to ponder. @afroturk Electrical tape, when wound correctly and tightly looks very tidy, and can be color matched to the bike.  Further, those little val… »

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...

@EricW's posts:

  1. If @danR doesn’t carry Volagi, he should start.  I bet those guys would love to have him as a distributor. »

Having asthma is kind of like winning the lottery, except it happens to more people and instead of money you win a chronic difficulty in breathing. I wouldn’t say I’m proud to be an asthmatic, but it’s not information I’m ashamed to share. In doing so, I often discover others who are similarly afflicted, and upon doing so w...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @razmaspaz Perhaps I’ll just declare my general hatred of bicycles, cycling attire, and other velo-related periphery/equipment and cover all my bases. »

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...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @Kupepe My Colnago Super is built up in the same spirit.  I’d go dark everything including tape to let the frame shine through.  Also, going black everything makes the modern oversized pieces look slimmer, which seems to fit better with the traditional ga… »

A Velominatus gives the impression of having been born on the bike; the connection between rider and machine is so deeply entrenched that one can hardly draw the line where one ends and the other begins. There is an air of relaxed precision that is part innate and part learned through countless hours devoted to the craft of riding a bicycle batshit...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @Marcus Whoa, I leave for dinner and things just got really weird. »

  2. @Mike_P Oh believe you me, I am no grimpeur.  Hence I have to fake the funk to look CD on the way up. @Ron I don’t wear slim shades with a cap on but I violate Rule #36 on occasion to go with the cap + Wayfarers in true hipster fashion. »

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...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @Teocalli Agreed.  My Colnago is a well used late 70s frame.  The outside has been stripped and painted more than once, and shows very minor surface pitting and a small spots of surface rust.  I coat the insides of the tubes with JP Weigle if I have it on… »

A Velominatus gives the impression of having been born on the bike; the connection between rider and machine is so deeply entrenched that one can hardly draw the line where one ends and the other begins. There is an air of relaxed precision that is part innate and part learned through countless hours devoted to the craft of riding a bicycle batshit...

@EricW's posts:

  1. If I pass another rider on a long climb, I find that a casual swig from the bidon while gently resting the other hand’s fingertips on the flat looks especially pro (and works well to hide my labored breathing). »

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...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @Weldertron 1. I’ver heard stories of GXP BB’s failing on Omniums.  Some theorize it’s because of the additional stresses of skidding/trick-riding that it wasn’t designed for.  I used to run it on an old track bike commuter and never had an issue.  Of cou… »

  2. @DCR My suggestion regarding bikes by LeMan is to check the paint quality in person.  My Poprad has excellent paint, but I owned a Chambery with paint that peeled off if you look at it wrong. »

  3. @DCR I was at that point about 4 months ago.  I ended up a steel Lemond Poprad, simultaneously solving my CX problem while also giving me a wet weather/winter’gravel bike.  Dug an old Veloce Gruppo out, slapped a Campy 42t triple middle ring on the out… »

The first tire patch kit I ever owned came in a big green box, had several patches of various sizes which were possibly made of old truck tires. It also came with a sheet of 60 grit sandpaper. The mild high offered from sniffing the glue while applying the patch almost made you stop caring you’d gotten a flat in the first place. Stoned on glu...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @frank I try to read all the articles in spurts, hence my sporadic commenting pattern.  I think the quality of writing on the site is excellent.  It strikes a great balance between conversational and formal. To me, the greatest asset of this site is the c… »

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...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @xyxax Thanks!  With the number of rule violations I see on a daily basis around here, @Nate and I are just trying to hold the line. »

  2. @revchuck How is the wear life on the mavic ceramics?  Do you have to use special brake pads?  I remember lusting after those a while back, but never pulling the trigger. »