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Velominatus: GottaRideToday

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Tazewell, TN 37879

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I am a 50+ bicycle obssessed Univ Prof and father of an athletic 15 yr old rider. Both of us race a little (the kid is more competitive than his dad) and ride metric centuries. We have a few bikes in the garage (MTBs, RBs, SSs, vintage heirlooms) and I might be close to flirting with the S-1 equation but so far I remain happily married.

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  1. @DocBrian Gold looks good when you win an Olympic Gold Medal. Until then its like Rainbow tape. »

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. @Deakus Complete agreement here. I  don’t strava, but it seems to me KOM is an uphill competition and I have yet to see a finish line at the bottom of the climb following the descent. I run my own KOM and compare performance (HR, ET) each ride w/ my gar… »

Rule #34-Mountain bike shoes have their place-on a mountain bike.During our very recent Cogal I gained some on-the-road insight on Rule #34. We were on a part of the route I have never ridden on a bike and had no memory of. The pavement was pavé, Maui-style. Somewhere deep down below the surface of the road was primordial road, patched with onl...

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  1. @the Engine Stalled on a climb momentarily where the Garmin went on autopause. Was still able to take a breath and stand on the pedal to keep going. Hit the ground hard yesterday as I went over a rain slick wooden bridge. I think I am ok although my sho… »

  2. My n and n+1 roadbikes are fitted with SPD pedals, the CX bike w/ mtb pedals, and my single speed with MKS Gr-9 pedals & toe clips (no straps).  If I feel like hammering some V w/ the SS I will trade pedals for SPD.  The SS is generally for on campus … »

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. @sthilzy I do not worry about the tape and let it  stay mingy at the grips over the hoods and on the drops.  I just replace it yearly, or maybe in mid-season if it really looks ugly. That being said I am in constant evaluation for a tape that resists th… »

Clouds hang heavy in the sky, plump with a rain which contemplates the opportunity to hurl itself towards the Earth below. I get the sense that we wait for each other, the Rain and I; the rain relishes the opportunity to soak my clothes and skin, seeking to corrode my resolve while I cherish the opportunity to prove to myself that it will not be s...

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  1. As previously advertised, it was an awesome day to ride in the Cumberland Mtns.  Saw way too many people getting their X-mas lights up on their double-wides and inflatable Santa’s out in the yard w/the hounds and sporting chickens.  Not me though.  The  t… »

  2. @Beers Approx 1200mm (avg annual) in the TN/KY region where I ride. Nov-Jan appear to get ~90mm avg monthly precip. Have a beautiful day going on outside right now. I am heading out for a couple hrs and looking to go over the top on my 2000 miles (3225km)… »

  3. @minion Here in TN it does not rain everyday (like the Pacific NW), so it is generally possible to pick and choose the better weather for riding. I don’t mind being out on the ride and getting wet (Rule 9 cold/wet), but starting out in the downpour (delug… »

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. @mcsqueak I also wear RoadID. It’s your best bet for ID in case of an accident. Like many other I ride solo on some remote rural roads. My VMH insisted a couple years back when I was MTB back up on trails where cell phone coverage was sketchy »

What I have always loved about Mountain Biking is the immersion into the woods; the sense of solitude that comes in the wilderness that is lost entirely in the convenience and hustle of the cities I’ve always lived in. What I always hated about Mountain Biking is that my mountain bike never feels enough like my road bike.I was but a budding...

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  1. @Benj I am using shimano spd mtn bike pedals. Only because I had an extra set sitting around and did not want to spring for a new cleat/pedal set up. So far I have not had any issues, but I have not done any full run ups in a mud wrestling pit either. »

Evelyn Stevens was working on Wall Street four years ago and is now the best American women cyclist. How is that possible? Her parents must be enjoying dinner with pulses of 40 bpm and sky high VO2 maxes. Are they both professional marathon runners? Is that how they met? Maybe they have never attempted aerobic sports. If Evelyn has siblings and the...

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  1. @Ron I just accept it as the landscape I live and work with in real life. I am an academic and try to slip out the door early for a mid-week ~1 hr, 15 to 20 km ride, and get something ~ 2 or 3hrs in over the weekend, either Sat or Sun…once in a while … »

  2. @Jeff in PetroMetro My 15 yr old drops me like a rock on the climbs. But, I look good on the descent.  Here’s hoping the hardwork I put in now will pay off in a couple years when I can race as a 60+ Masters. »

The recent headlines being made in the cycling world have honestly not garnered a whole lot of attention at V-HQ, at least where a certain COTHO is concerned. Yes, The Keepers have added to the usual discussions on the topic here, read the news, and given it some thought. But we really don’t feel the need to take any sort of official position...

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  1. @Ron That’s exactly what I thought this morning when I read it. Too bad he was unable to compose a well written statement of facts that clearly exposed their conflict of interest and profit from turning a blind eye.  Of course those points have been disc… »

With the writing of our first book supposedly well underway (but in reality being discussed ad-nauseum in the Boardroom rather than actually committed to text), The Rules have at least been getting some form of attention from The Keepers. When deciding which Rules each of us were to curate, no-one really had much idea what exactly was in there; ask...

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  1. @Blah Ditto here!  I ride in TN with +80% humidity and summer temperatures ~ 30C; two 750ml bidons are standard and generally depleted at the end of a 2hr ride.  I will sometimes swing by the car during a second 50k lap to pick up new bottles I have prel… »

Some people are supremely good at it, reducing complex situations into matters of simple black and white. This isn’t my particular area of expertise; I enjoy wading through the pools of ambiguity a bit too much to go about bludgeoning this beautiful world into absolutes. In fact, I would venture that delighting in nuance is part of what dist...

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  1. @Oli I agree. I spent last year mashing the big ring in hopes that it would make me stronger. Perhaps it did in a minor way, but I have learned that judicious use of the appropriate small ring/cog combination allows you to keep momentum and still save t… »

What I have always loved about Mountain Biking is the immersion into the woods; the sense of solitude that comes in the wilderness that is lost entirely in the convenience and hustle of the cities I’ve always lived in. What I always hated about Mountain Biking is that my mountain bike never feels enough like my road bike.I was but a budding...

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  1. Great post Frank. I am in the process of building out my CX frame from last year. Its a poppin red Masi CXR.  As a Velominatus Budgetatus I am going with a 105 groupsan/ SRAM Rival crankset. I have a couple gravel bike path/ broken pavement loops in mind … »

Normally The Keepers reserve our Reverence articles for products we’ve used for years, or with new stuff that has had at least six months of duty. Riding the cobbles of Belgium and Northern France can put most gear (and bodies) through six months of abuse in just a few weeks, so in this case the work these tyres have been put through there an...

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  1. @snoov Higher thread count also makes tires more flat susceptible. So while Open Corsa will be a smoother tire, it is also more flat prone. I have a friend who rides Vittoria Diamante (1 step below the OC, 1 above Rubino). We ride the same roads, same tra… »

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. @Mikael Liddy LOL. Its a bottom bracket stand I use outside when I clean the bikes. Don’t like it much in the garage because its really unstable. »

  2. @MJ Moquin It’s a 90mm. The frame size is 58cm. I started w/ at 110mm and worked backwards to find the best fit for me to be able to ride on the hoods comfortably. The 56cm frame would probably let me run a 110 or 120 stem, but I felt there was too much t… »

  3. Here you go. Felt like it was time to post a couple picks of my alpha bike. »

  4. @Ron Yea, Park is a 1st class company. Glad I do business with them. »

It was a simple time. Team kit was understated, with black shorts and a few colored panels on the jersey. Race Leader and National Championship jerseys were plain, and often even lacking in the name of the sponsor. National Championship jerseys in particular were a matter of national pride more than sponsorship; it was an honor to fly the colors o...

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  1. @frank +1, I like the idea of a distinctive retro woolie. Lot of effort has gone into the current v kit design. Wear it with pride and keep throwing down some V. Good luck w/ the ride this week. »

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. @King Clydesdale As you asked, are you in “new crankset land yet?” Ask yourself what crankset do you have, and are you ready for an upgrade? If it the stock FSA or Truvativ that came on you bike you may be ready for a decent up grade into an Ultegra, or… »

  2. @The Oracle Yea, working on my carbon bike is at another level of expertise and sophistication. I also don’t do wheels (yet) but will start learning once I get my shop set up correctly with a good bench and tryuing stand. Fortunately, my wheels stay prett… »

FDJ guy: Is that the new fi'zi:k Kurve in Bull?Fast Phil: Oui. Continue reading...

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  1. @paolo I picked up some Oakley Flack Jacket XLJ for this season. Have opted for the photochromatic lenses so I don’t have to carry another “clear” pair in my back pocket. Right now the dark seems dark enough, and the clear end looks good for the shady st… »