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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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It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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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 »

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...

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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. »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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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? … »

Today is a special day for two reasons. First, it is Sinterklaas Avond, an important holiday in the Netherlands and Belgium. Second, it marks the launching of a new feature for Velominati which we are calling the Kermis. A Kermis is a carnival usually marked by a criterium bicycle race held around the perimeter of the festival grounds. Because o...

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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… »

  2. @The Pressure Mea Culpa – and my apologies, sir, for having conjured up that appalling image. But yes, in those days I really thought that smoking – whenever and wherever – granted me a certain street-cred, I suppose. Pathetic… Still, there’s somethin… »

  3. @RedRanger Ah yes – Samson! Very nice taste… A lot of people rolled their own in those days – and it was funny how they would usually be either a ‘Samson’- or a ‘Drum’-person – you would hardly ever see anyone cross over (I would on occasion cadge a … »

  4. @brett Heheh – I wish. Not really, though: I was way too much of a long-haired hippie at the time, I’m afraid »

  5. Nice one, Brett… I’m a bit ashamed to have to admit this, but back in the day (early eighties), I had a tendency to combine two nasty habits: one was smoking (particularly roll-your-owns. with the Dutch brand ‘Drum’ being my favorite), and the other, r… »

My trouble isn’t with being a good descender; it is with cornering and stopping – and sometimes both. Or, as G’rilla puts it, “Descending is like sex; how good I am at it has nothing to do with how much I enjoy it.”Descending is demanding and requires great skill. It is not a time for resting or taking it easy; getting...

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  1. @zeitzmar Beautiful video; absolutely beautiful. Thanks for posting this. Correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I can tell, the rider seen in action here on the descent is José Manuel Fuente (credit where credit is due). But that being said, the foota… »

Growing up, I imagine my dad did his fair share of worrying about me getting into trouble with chemicals and girls. Like with most problems in life, the solution lay in Cycling; training encouraged healthy behavior and once my dad convinced me to shave my legs, no one needed to worry about the girls anymore.Cycling caused its fair share of problems...

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  1. @Ken Ho Classic… I probably am (and always have been) a rouleur, if I’m anything at all. Even back in the day, when I was hovering somewhere between 82 and 78 kg (at 193 cm, or 6′ 4″), I was never the one to start any fireworks, however much I wante… »

  2. Ha! Nice one, Frank… Chapeau »

Five is an important number. Assuming nothing has gone amuck in our development or our usage of cutlery, we each boast five digits on both our hands and both our feet. Most of us have five senses. Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.The Babaloni...

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  1. @JohnB Heheh… Well played. They are very comfortable, in fact: soft uppers, and the blue mesh-like material ventilates well. The soles are reasonably firm, if a bit ‘flexy’. Perfect for two hours of Casually Deliberate riding, but for day-long rides… »

Disregarding my Schwinn Typhoon, I started keeping score with my 1976 Peugeot PX 10 LE. It came with a Stronglight 52 x 45 and a 14 x 21 five speed freewheel. I always thought this Peugeot was set up for the pavé of northern France with those gears and wire-wrapped and soldered 3x tubular wheels. Yet according to Peugeot’s advertising, this...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy OK, I see – Cheers! As for the Cogal in Oz in February: I would sure like to try something like that at some point – but ‘unfortunately’ I have a 4-week-long ride lined up in the USA in the summer of 2014. I fear that most of my holiday … »

Five is an important number. Assuming nothing has gone amuck in our development or our usage of cutlery, we each boast five digits on both our hands and both our feet. Most of us have five senses. Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.The Babaloni...

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  1. The business end of my 1986 blue steel Moser, shown here with the shoes I use when riding it. The shoes are ‘Vittorias’: old and cleatless, scuffed, dirty, but still going strong. They are actually older than the bike… »

Disregarding my Schwinn Typhoon, I started keeping score with my 1976 Peugeot PX 10 LE. It came with a Stronglight 52 x 45 and a 14 x 21 five speed freewheel. I always thought this Peugeot was set up for the pavé of northern France with those gears and wire-wrapped and soldered 3x tubular wheels. Yet according to Peugeot’s advertising, this...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Yep – East coast of Jutland, that’s the home turf, at the moment. (I live about 90 km south of Aarhus – i.e. a bit closer to the German border – in a town called ‘Kolding’. As you probably know, the West coast of Jutland is pretty flat an… »

  2. @Mikael Liddy I had a quick look at ‘Google Maps’ to check the place out – it did, indeed, look somewhat under-whelming. I’m puzzled, though: if the island is that small (and there’s not all that much going on, from the looks of it – apart from that Ca… »

  3. @Barracuda OK, thanks! Granite Island, eh? Now that sounds like a good place to go for a ride… »