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Velominatus: Geraint

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Welshman living just across the border, but doesn't like to be away so cycles through the Principality twice a day on his commute. Keen cyclist since early teens, competed in time trials as a junior. Lost the path during university and early work years, came back via mountain biking and now a keen road cyclist again.

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Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. 51.850 I think. Looked easy for the first 40 mins or so, then started to look hard, then absolutely fucking brutal. I was welded to the screen. I find it hard to explain why one bloke riding around a track on his own for an hour is so gripping. But it j… »

I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

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  1. 1. DELGADO ROBLEDO Pedro Well, it would have been a shame to waste my last chance… »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. @Ron I suffer from this too. »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. I was away from my computer for 12 hours and Delgadoed, but it made no difference to my score. »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. Nice write up, makes me feel lucky that I haven’t experienced the pain and suffering of incompatibility, and the constant search for something that works. My first proper cycling shoes were Sidis – leather soles and screw-in cleats for use with quill ped… »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @Teocalli you’re probably right, it does seem to have stimulated some reaction elsewhere. I only said I’d be interested to try it, not that I wanted to fit it to all my bikes. I prefer to be open minded and try stuff, then I can dismiss it based on exper… »

  2. @Teocalli Just came across that myself and was about to post it here. I’d be interested to try it. »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

@Geraint's posts:

  1. @brett That dark metallic grey with v-orange sounds lovely. I’d personally go for a matching fork not an orange one, but that’s just me. Can’t wait to see this taking shape, nice work. »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. @frank I agree it’s total bullshit but would say it’s a big reason why more people don’t join clubs. They’re afraid that their kit either isn’t good enough or it’s too good, and they’ll have the piss taken by the club’s clique who’ll ride them off thei… »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. Nice. I like orange but I’d go for black. »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @Teocalli Crude punctuation? You mean like a misspelled ellipsis? »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. I think the point is that being brought up on primitive equipment develops skills that (mostly) remain valid even though the technology has advanced. One can sit stationary at the lights pressing one’s Di2 buttons all one likes, the buttons are still oper… »

  2. @Ken Ho I’m afraid I’ll have to defer to your clearly superior experience in that respect. »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. How about some actual cufflinks, for wearing with a double-cuff shirt? Just a thought. »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @markb Agreed 100%. I read about the benefits of full-power gear changes with Di2, but I’ve never been able to bring myself to do it, it just doesn’t make sense to me. Just because the mech is capable of shoving the chain across irrespective of the loa… »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. @Nate thanks again fella. I’ve been pleased with the puncture resistance of the Vittoria clinchers, especially the Pave CGs, but I might see if I can pick up some Veloflex in the winter sales. They should be nicely aged by the time I’ve raised the funds f… »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. @Buck Rogers agreed, I think you can add Sagan to that list, even though lately he hasn’t been making the final selection. No-one wants to tow him to the line, so no-one will try to shut down a late attack from a group he’s in. »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. @wiscot My understanding is that rims in the 25mm range are mainly designed to be very lightweight and won’t provide much aero gain. 40mm and up give you increasingly better aerodynamics, but have more material in them and are a bit heavier, but also st… »

  2. @antihero @Nate thanks for the encouragement and advice, chaps. I was thinking Veloflex, although I’m a serial user of Vittoria clinchers (pave CG, Corsa SR & CX) so I’m sure they would do the job nicely. It’s interesting how one can read the same th… »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. Meant to say: Chapeau to Danno, great way to end the season after the ‘mare he had in LBL and Il Giro »

  2. Great finish. Chapeau to Danno, great way to end the season after the ‘mare he had in LBL. Sammy Sanchez descending is scary to watch, I thought he was straight in the wall in that archway. Nutter. »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. @Gianni I love mango, as yet unrequited, but there’s time. The sour apple is what’s tempted me to go low spoke count and carbone. The [off-topic] question that remains is: should I go all-in and switch to tubulars? I really like your thinking regardin… »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. Team shorts. Extraneous rainbow decorations on bike and helmet, inspired by Jackson Pollack. Rhyming slang? Well, I suppose Spesh had to make a few bucks out of it. http://bit.ly/1x9sruA »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. I had buried this question and rationalised the R45 / Pacenti SL23 combo on my #1 as being adequate for my needs. Chris King has since announced a run of bright green parts, which would match the decals on my frame perfectly. I’ve managed to hold out so f… »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. I’m picking team issue shorts and no extraneous rainbow decoration. Cav knows how it’s done, hopefully he’s had a word. VSP PICKS: 1. CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto 2. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 3. KWIATKOWSKI Michal 4. ARU Fabio 5. CATALDO Dario »