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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.

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Rule #57 is clear: No stickers. The detail-oriented Velominatus, however, will immediately understand the difference between a sticker and a decal. You cherish your machine; the Name Badge allows you to mark your trusted steed with your call-sign. Each Name Badge is hand-made to order and bears the name you designate.Made only of the highest-qua...

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  1. @Magnus D. Flå @Magnus – more power to you! Lookin’ good. »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. Accelerating from the drops, especially on a climb defintiely provides greater leverage.  Another tip I once received from one who is far more educated than I in all things cycling: when standing up int eh pedals on a climb, click up one more gear and pou… »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Boonen 4. Phinney 5. Terpstra »

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. @Tom Mc Very sorry to hear that – best wishes to your brother. »

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. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Thomas 4. Vanmarke 5. Terpstra »

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. Armitstead 2. Stevens 3. Johansson 4. Van Dijk 5. Wild »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. I get the thteoretical physics of this, but I would think that the oval spin would be so out of the ordinary as to be distracting.  I favor The V-meter and the round ring for judging the cadence and the tempo.  However, no denying that Ms. Vos knows where… »

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. OOPS – now see that Boonen is out; move others up and replace spot 5 with Kreuziger VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Phinney 5. Kreuziger »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Sagan 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Phinney »

We recently lost our beloved Great Dane, Kirki, who we nicknamed Beene for reasons that elude logic. She was a good dog, more sweet than clever. A sad side effect of big dog breeds and their short lives is that it wasn’t until nearly the end of her life that she made certain key discoveries about the world. Such as that weighing nearly 65 kil...

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  1. @frank – by the way, given the number of cyclists in the Bay Area, you may want to consider a book signing and ride on the Peninsula (Palo Alto or Woodside) and maybe one in the East Bay and one in Santa Cruz as well.  Just sayin’, we could keep you busy … »

  2. Great ! Looking forward to a ride with the Keepers in SF when you get here and a signed (purchased) edition of the Rules.  Chapeau indeed! »

My favorite feeling is perhaps the empty hollowness of hunger. That statement, in itself, is a declaration of the privileged life I’ve led; it is borderline obscene to boast of such a thing in a world where 842 million people don’t have enough to eat. Nevertheless, being lucky enough to have been raised in America and just competent eno...

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  1. Great timing on this article for my annual hunger fest.  You nailed it.  Lent is on the immediate horizon and it is just the catalyst any cyclist needs to drive the hunger bus.  Delete alcohol, sodas, sweets, coffee and tea (merely vehicles for sugar and … »

Fleurieu Peninsula – Velominati Cogal 8th Feb 2014.Notable quotes to sum up the ride that nearly wasn’t. Continue reading...

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  1. Chapeau to all involved.  I am sure that we have all rideen in some miserable weather, but that kind of heat is the worst.  Great pics, Hugh.  Now maybe all of you were truly at climbing weight at the end of the ride – well, at least until the beer happen… »

Every time we get on our bikes, we are playing a game of Russian Roulette. We take care to maintain our machines, to make sure they are in perfect running order, we look after our bodies to maximise our performance, and we, hopefully, abide by the rules of the road to keep ourselves safe from the dangers of other road users. But ultimately, our liv...

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  1. Amen »

To look good is already to go fast. -Paul Fournel, VéloMy approach to research is pretty straight forward. First, I develop an opinion – usually in a cognitively compromised state. This is the first step in the process for the simple reason that it avoids the bulk of the hard work involving things like reading and thinking. Next, I cherry-pi...

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  1. @frank Responding just so I can see the pictures again.  I have ridden with these gals on a charity ride in California.  They are as fast as they are good looking.  Funny enough, I mostly rode with Amy Charity (Ha!) who is the Colorado State Champ, amo… »

I recently overheard someone say that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. This is the kind of statement that makes me want to hate people as a species a little bit. Of course there such a thing as bad weather. There are also bad people (loads of them), bad ideas (even bigger loads of them), bad advice (especially on the inter...

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  1. @Ron Thanks very much – sounds like a good plan »

  2. @Gianni I am envisioning an inverted sort of William Tell thing……or maybe the knife thrower at the circus »

  3. @roger Perhaps application as well. »

  4. @frank Thanks, Frank – helpful »

  5. @Ron Never worn base layers.  What do you recommend, short sleeve, no sleeve? »

  6. @Ron Hobart & William Smith? @ChrisO – very cool stuff. Jealous for that; the domestiques are amazing work horses. »

  7. @The Oracle All of you Harvard wannabees have got to knock it off.  Vandy, UWiscM and a variety of others are better than that.  Harvard is past its sell-by date.  It is overrated.  Try the USNA if you want a heavy does of The V along with HTFU and a gr… »

  8. @Jon ooh; somebody is Mr. Grumpy Pants. »

Strength can be a fickle thing this time of year, when the training isn’t as consistent as it should be; it comes and goes, sometimes several times in the span of a single ride or even a climb. Like a rosy-eyed dreamer I keep awakening as I train, thrown like a rag doll between a state nearing euphoria and one resembling purgatory.My mind is...

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  1. @Mike_P Amen.  Each year is a “cycle” in a longer path to improvement on  and enjoyment of the bike and the ride.  My times at this time of year are behind my best from last year.  The stregnth is gaining, but the climbing weight, well……..Set a goa… »

  2. @Teocalli Brilliant – looks like ny ride around Tahoe last year in some serious #9 conditions. Nothing better than the feeling of busting out of the pain cave and looking back at what was accomplished. »