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Velominatus: ErikdR

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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.

@ErikdR's activity:

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...

@ErikdR's posts:

  1. @unversio Yikes! I hope we’re not seeing the start of some sort of bicycle equivalent of a horror show here? Holy crap, man – good thing you walked away more or less unharmed from that. (By the way: That was a real beauty of a bike in her days, from the l… »

  2. @markb Christ, it hurts just to look at that. Sorry about your loss, but glad to hear you walked (limped?) away from it more or less OK. I crashed my first ‘real’ road bike – a 13 kg bright orange steel Peugeot UO8 – into a piece of agricultural machiner… »

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. @wiscot And once again, I’ve been enlightened – cheers! Haven’t seen much of Laverne and Shirley, I must admit, although the name vaguely rings a bell – but ‘Happy Days’ was broadcast in the Netherlands (early 80’s, at a guess?), and I actually rather enj… »

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...

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  1. @Oli Ha… yes, indeed. Well played. »

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. @wiscot Wasn’t Elvis spotted there recently, as well? It’s a conspiracy, I tell you. »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

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  1. They required some break-in, but my DA C24 7850’s, properly tuned, equal butter fried in lard and served on an oil slick. Smoov… @MangoDave and, in particular, @freddy: nice photos! @Frank: nice article! »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

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  1. @PeakInTwoYears You’re welcome – and yes, that could be interesting. The experience would probably be sort of mutual, I reckon, apart from the fact that, at 6′ 4″ and 180 pounds, most would consider me a revolting big shit. I’m also an old, untalented a… »

  2. @wilburrox Seconded. Very nice job there, @PeakInTwoYears. Also, your answer to @SamFromTex re ‘deserving’ a quality bike was spot on, I thought. My hat, sir, is sincerely doffed to you. »

There are certain bicycle tools that once owned, signify much more than just ownership. For me, it was this Park clamp. No one starts out with a proper bike stand. For any cyclist, I see the early years of working on the bike as it leans up against the end of the bed. I also see no live-in girlfriend or second room to do this in. This era includes...

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  1. Great article, Gianni – thanks! The sentence “It was functional like a bowling ball is functional in a bar fight” had me wiping droplets of Danish Stout off the keyboard. Brilliant stuff. FWIW, I have a crappy and cheap ‘tripod’ stand that is excellent fo… »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

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  1. @Wiscot, agreed I must admit that I, for one, was completely fooled by those photos – which I had initially looked at without reading any of the text on the forum. Prior to the heads-up by @PeakInTwoYears, I actually thought I’d been looking at a genuine… »

  2. @slatanic I spy Campagnolo Delta brakes – and that is definitely Peter Winnen (yet another awesome Dutch guy…) Oli, Wiscot and other people in the know: where and when was this photo taken, y’think? »

  3. @DragoRosso Cheers – I just had a look at those forum pictures. Excellent. »

  4. @RVester Wow… just wow. »

  5. @DragoRosso That’s a very nice bike – and a great photo: the disappearing horizontal lines on the fence(?) make it look as if the stationary bike is approaching warp speed all by itself. Well done. »

Ever heard of Bert Oosterbosch? No, neither had I until I came across this excellent (and comprehensive) account from @ErikdR. A story of triumph and tragedy if ever there was one, everything you need to know about the Dutchman’s short career and ultimately, life, is laid out here. Give yourself some weekend reading time and enjoy. Yours in...

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  1. Aarghh… When will I learn to do my homework/check my facts properly before posting? Post died at the age of 77 »

  2. @ErikdR »

  3. @wiscot Indeed – and sorry – I’d misunderstood one of your earlier posts, I think: (i.e. #31: “From what I can tell, L to R is Priem, Zoetemelk, Van Vliet, Raas, Wellens, ? Oosterbosch. My bet for mystery rider is Pronk or Knetemann”.) I thought your … »

  4. @Ron Heheh… right. Post is quite a character still. I really got a laugh out of what he says about the radio-contact ‘earplugs’ that are used in races nowadays. He claims that if such technology had been in use in his days as a DS, he would have been … »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. I second Bianchi Denti’s (and Homer Simpson’s) sentiments: * drool * @Willburrox and @Kupepe: very well put. »

Ever heard of Bert Oosterbosch? No, neither had I until I came across this excellent (and comprehensive) account from @ErikdR. A story of triumph and tragedy if ever there was one, everything you need to know about the Dutchman’s short career and ultimately, life, is laid out here. Give yourself some weekend reading time and enjoy. Yours in...

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  1. @wiscot “Post comes across as never having had a second thought on anything…” Ha; brilliant! Yes, absolutely… well played. I’m 90% certain that the dark-haired guy immediately to the left of Oosterbosch is Johan van der Velde: the hair and face fit,… »

  2. @KogaLover Thanks for the links. Those are drool-worthy specimens indeed. »

  3. @wiscot Excellent stuff! Yes, Paul Wellens was my second guess – the features seem to match, somehow. As for the flying mop of hair barely visible above the left shoulder of Zoetemelk: could that be Henk Lubberding, perhaps? And something tells me that th… »

  4. @KogaLover Cheers – and yes, that’s it exactly: Champagne RoadSpeed from 1980 with the Shimano 600 Group-San. Only difference is that the front fork on mine – like on your Indian Red version – is the same colour as the rest of the frame. I’ll put a pictu… »

  5. @KogaLover Those Indian Red Road Speeds are absolutely beautiful. Mine are 1980 models – and the colour that year was ‘champagne’ – also very nice, really, but I must admit that the Indian red is even classier. Never been able to figure out what it is a… »

  6. @Ron I remember thinking that the documentary would probably be worth watching even for those who don’t speak/understand the language. The facial expressions speak volumes, most of the time. And I’m sure you will have appreciated the sound from those bi… »