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Velominatus: HMBSteve

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: SF Bay Area, USA

A SF Bay Area newbie. Took up cycling late in life in New Hampshire, but the hills in CA are likely to keep me here a while longer. One day at a time - living on the Bike as much as possible - trying to suck just a little less each time.

@HMBSteve's activity:

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

@HMBSteve's posts:

  1. Up for grabs VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Contador 3. Rodriguez 4. Froome 5. Valverde »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy – A-Merckx indeed.  Nothing better than the sunrise rides. Quiet, peaceful and mind clearing. »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. @Frank – thoughtful tribute.  This morning’s ride was solemn and introspective.  The headwind may have had something to do with it.  Roll with care. »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. @Steampunk – Chapeau! A fine piece of work and thought.  Nothing better than the pride that comes with the nippers.  Seeing them grow up, achieve whatever it is they are going to achieve and blossom into real human beings.  This can only be topped by ridi… »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. @Gianni – good stuff.  As a younger man playing hockey, pre-loading was a must and the Byrds’ Lover of the Bayou was it.  Psyched me up while suiting up and put a gnarly edge ont eh attitude.  Very appropriate for the rides where climbing is involved -  t… »

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  1. @Ccos Yes; this. The next one pales in comparison. Invincibility. »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

@HMBSteve's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gallopin 3. Van Garderen 4. Ten Dam 5. Valverde »

@HMBSteve's posts:

  1. @wiscot Agreed – best riders in the world available at the moment, duking it out in the mountains.  There is still plenty of talent, challenges and attacks.  Last man standing wins. »

@HMBSteve's posts:

  1. @wiscot – Chapeau! Great article; I am always learning here. The bike is an important part of my life and my reflections during my rides remind me constantly how precious everything else is. »

@HMBSteve's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Valverde 4. Talansky 5. Van Garderen »

@HMBSteve's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Vos 3. Stevens 4. Ferrand-Prevot 5. Bronzini »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

@HMBSteve's posts:

  1. @Harminator Well done! Great write up – love the pic. »

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  1. @Owen At least he refrained from posting pictures……oh no; I said it. »

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  1. Great stuff, Frank.  The most rewarding part for me is the view from the top and the knowing that you did it……Mt. Hamilton looking south to Monterey Bay. A few of the Velominati have been up this road. The worst part is that you can see the summit fro… »

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  1. Did anyone notice that Pozzovivo wretched his way out of the race within hours of finishing 5th in the opening time trial?  Me thinks my standings are fucked – no substitution for me this time.  I am going into the end of the week with the roster I posted… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Mollema 2. Rui Costa 3. Kreuziger 4. Pozzovivo 5. Izagirre »

@HMBSteve's posts:

  1. A good read Brett, I can sense the nostalgia and I have some memories of my own, but from the perspective of the Pedalwan facing the daunting task of learning about the bikes.  I have had the good fortune of learning from some really excellent LBS owners … »

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  1. Gianni – good stuff.  How about this for an authentic costume »

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  1. @jon jon Wait, what? »

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  1. @Brett – very well written, thoughtful.  At my age, I ride to ensure that there is more.  Every day on the bike is inspiration. Equito ergo sum. »

@HMBSteve's posts:

  1. @Rob – oh no; a Velominati thread off point! Squirrel!!!! No worries – I agree, the jersey find is a beaut and beers all around is even better. »

  2. @Nate A-Merckx.  There are many examples of celebrating the last place finish for that very reason.  The last place graduate at West Point is known as the “goat” and collects $1 from each of his fellow graduating cadets.  Two notable examples – George P… »

@HMBSteve's posts:

  1. Second Rest Day Swaps – Pozzi in for Rodriguez & Basso for Scarponi VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nairo Qunitana 2. Domenico Pozzovivo 3. Cadel Evans 4. Rigoberto Uran 5. Ivan Basso »

@HMBSteve's posts:

  1. @Willem – good stuff!  Best of luck in the future on the many beautiful rides that await. »

@HMBSteve's posts:

  1. @Duende That is just the best – I see these kind of morons all the time.  The ones with the red cars are the ones with the biggest (smallest?) issues. »