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Velominatus: Fred

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: San Diego

Marine

@Fred's activity:

Last week we completed the second stop in the tour for our book, The Rules; The Way of the Cycling Disciple. For the first two, we partnered with Rapha to do a five-to-six hour ride and then sign the books at the shop afterwards. In both cases, I was amazed by the quality of the riding and by the ride leaders themselves, Robert in NYC and Eric in...

@Fred's posts:

  1. @andrew Huh, the guy in the red, white and black jersey is levitating as well.  Interesting that he can pedal a bike all that way with legs amputated below the knee, but I suppose that when one can levitate, riding a bike without your lower legs become… »

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...

@Fred's posts:

  1. @frank I don’t do much with Campy, but I have an old 7spd RSX derailleur on my rain bike that works great with 9 speed tiagra…  It seems that the rear derailleur is not too particular as long as SRAM is not in the mix… »

  2. @frank Of course! »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

@Fred's posts:

  1. New Picks, probably just as poor as last time, but I still think Froome won’t finish the race. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Valverde 2. contador 3. Evans 4. Dan Martin 5. Schleck »

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...

@Fred's posts:

  1. Better? »

  2. @Bespoke As @Andrew said, only if you are paying for it.  A lot of folks won’t understand why they have to pay for extra bits if the LBS is keeping the originals.  Add in the cost of the Mechanic doing the work and the time the salesman has to spend at… »

  3. Crud, couldn’t get the text input to work on the phone… Anyhow, mid 80s Modelo 2500, Shimano 600.  I have a slick set of Benotto branded Tubs with the Shimano 600 hubs, but the straight block cassette coupled with me being way to fat to climb necessita… »

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  5. @Mikael Liddy Sadly this is often the case, even at the LBS.  When “fitting” comes with the price of the bike, the shops have a vested interest in convincing you that the bits on the bike are exactly what you need.  Any time spent changing parts and mak… »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

@Fred's posts:

  1. @strathlubnaig I read somewhere that they pulled the main bunch when they were in danger of being lapped.  Wasn’t a true DNF for most of those folks… »

  2. I predict Porte will become team leader after a run of bad luck and crashes for Froome….. Should be entertaining in any event. VSP PICKS: 1. porte 2. contador 3. van garderen 4. hesjedal 5. valverde »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. porte 2. contador 3. van garderen 4. hesjedal 5. valverde »