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Velominatus: ErikdR

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Kolding, Denmark

Dutch-born in 1958, have lived in Denmark for almost 20 years now (married to Danish woman). Avid cyclist (touring) in the late 70's and 80's, and now in the process of 'picking up' cycling again - and trying to restore '80s road bikes to former glory.

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Froome 2. Jurgen van den Broeck 3. Bauke Mollema 4. Alberto Contador 5. Nairo Quintana »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. @Ron Same here – the only two-wheeled machines I’ve ever been on have been human-powered. (I.e. by what the Danes – charmingly, I think – refer to as a ‘rye-bread engine’) »

  2. @meursault The Motominati have taken over the asylum. »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

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  1. Admit it, Frank: you’d have bought the stuff anyway, regardless of how well it performed, just because of the name. (I must admit that it makes the Veloforma look mighty fine though – as if that thing needed to look any more gorgeous, FFS…) Nice touch i… »

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  1. @VeloJello Cheers – and I hope you’ll find the sitting-up-against-a-wall stretch beneficial. FYI: In case your hamstrings are a lot more supple than mine and you find that you can bring the backs of your knees to the floor without any strain whatsoever, … »

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  1. Very nice piece, Frank – and quite timely, as far as yours truly is concerned: just over a week ago on a solo training ride, I was overtaken by a cyclist who was clearly in much better shape than I (and a couple of decades my junior, I reckon, but that sh… »

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  1. Darn – that should have been “I suppose you can deduce…”, »

  2. This may be slightly off-topic, but I assume that most of you are aware that you can actually do some forms of mild but beneficial stretching while actually riding your bike? This could include coming out of the saddle and, while standing on the pedals wi… »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Cadel Evans 3. Joaquim Rodriguez 4. Domenico Pozzovivo 5. Przemyslaw Niemiec »

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  1. @JohnB Well put, @JohnB. »

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  1. A quadruple Delgado later (Stupid work assignments; stupid deadlines…), here goes again  – and without a clue, really. VSP PICKS: 1. B. Mollema 2. A. Valverde 3. M. Kwiatkowski 4. P. Gilbert 5. D. Martin »

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  1. Cheers @Gianni – this article brought a welcome blast of mirth and some pleasant musing at the end of a very long working day. Great stuff! »

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  1. Go cloggies VSP PICKS: 1. Slagter 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Dumoulin 4. Valverde 5. Mollema »

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  1. (Some) dark horses for dark courses VSP PICKS: 1. Zdenek Stybar 2. Sebastian Langeveld 3. Greg van Avermaet 4. Niki Terpstra 5. Tom Boonen »

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  1. @freddy Oh my… I simply had to quote this one more time – f***ing brilliant! While reading it, I can almost, in my ‘mind’s ear’, hear the metallic voice of HAL pronouncing this piece of poetry. Well done, sir. Oh, and Gianni: great article. »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Zdenek Stybar 2. Peter Sagan 3. Fabian Cancellara 4. Sebastian Langeveld 5. Sep Vanmarcke »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. A. van der Breggen 2. Lizzie Armitstead 3. Emma Johansson 4. Maaike Polspoel 5. Evelyn Stevens »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Anna van der Breggen 2. Elisabeth Armitstead 3. Emma Johansson 4. Maaike Polspoel 5. Evelyn Stevens »

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. @Teocalli Great – thanks for the info/history. Wow; 1932. And here I was, thinking I was old… Once again, hat. »

  2. Great writing, Teocalli – and beautiful restoration of a worthy steed. Chapeau. Those are stylized Olympic rings in the head badge, right? Would you know if they are referring to anything specific? (e.g. bikes of this brand being used at Olympic events or… »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. Outsiders and dark Dutch horses… And a ‘butcher’ happens to be called a ‘slagter’ in Danish… Nuff said. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Simon Gerrans 3. Tom-Jelte Slagter 4. John Degenkolb 5. André Greipel »

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...

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  1. Whoops – apologies for the double post. No idea what went wrong there »

  2. Nice post, monsieur Franque. I’ve often thought that it would be great to rig that contraption up in such a way (air ducts? chain transfer?) that the big fan ends up wafting a firm breeze into the face of the rider. Wouldn’t that – literally – be cool? … »

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  1. Excellent initiative, meneer Frank. Hoedje af. In fact, this particular article was one of the first I read when I stumbled across this hallowed website. Enjoyed it thoroughly then; Nice to see it again. Am living in Denmark, as mentioned before – but vi… »

When you’re a kid, riding with your hands off the bars is something done for thrills, for style, and to impress chicks. As an older, wiser Velominatus, it can be a handy maneuvre to aid removing or donning extra clothing, taking a feed from your pockets, and to impress women (because that’s how adults refer to chicks). Get it right and...

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  1. @all A tad off topic, perhaps – but in case any of you out there are having trouble kicking the smoking habit, and are at present mucking about with nicotine plasters, plastic inhalers, nasal sprays and all kinds of other expensive substitute crap, two w… »