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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.

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Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @VeloJello Spot on! »

  2. @Nate Agreed; on the coast is fine – the real issues are in the inner bay around woodside, portola, etc.  Too many people, generally, all vying for the same airspace.  Bad recipe. Best to go where there are fewer cars for sure. »

  3. @frank – love the Urban Riding Tips.  In the SF Bay Area where you can’t swing a dead cat and not hit a cyclist, there is a decidedly love/hate relationship between the two camps.  While many of us follow these tips religiously, there are many cyclists wh… »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @Bianchi_Bob – my thoughts and prayers are with you, your daughter and the rest of the family. A serious and yet oddly uplifting story.  Stay strong (I don’t think you need much encouragement) and God bless your daughter, may she live a long and fruitful … »

Summer is a time for getting fat. Winter is a time for getting fat as well, but in a different way; in Winter we get fat on meals of meat and potatoes covered in sauces made of meat and potatoes. In Summer, on the other hand, our minds get fat: we get nice tans, we tone our muscles, long days see us riding at any hour of the day that suits us. W...

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  1. @Nate – there is your once per week early morning ride! »

  2. @Dave R – very jealous.  Is the second pic near Truckee?  I am headed up for a Tour du Lac in two weeks. »

  3. @Barracuda – I love the comparison photos. Looks positively sublime. Great part of the world. »

  4. @Nate – Ha! I have seen some of your early morning rides. Maybe you were just a little bit asleep at the start. »

  5. @VeloSix – Brilliant pictures.  I think I will work from home tomorrow and go for a longer morning ride! »

  6. @ShawnB – that’s as good a guess as any.  It is actually Higgins-Purisima in Half Moon Bay. »

  7. @frank – good read; conjures up many great and memorable rides. As you know from riding the Northern California Coast it rarely gets too cold or too hot here….unless you ride to the East or South Bay in July and August – @Nate’s territory. As I live on … »

@Nate’s take This year it was time for the Bay Area Cogal to visit my home turf in the East Bay. To make it more than just a long ride on roads I have ridden many times, and instigated by @EricW, the plan was to feature several sectors of dirt fire roads. A few scouting rides later, the route was planned. We rolled out on July 5 with @DaveR,...

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  1. @Nate – great ride for all you guys.  Sorry I missed it.  Probably would have needed the grappling hook to latch on to your bike anyway.  Hope to ride with you soon. »

Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

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  1. @Gianni – thanks for posting this.  For me, it is no longer about dragging the sport down or flogging the cheaters; it is about celebrating the V in those who toughed it out.  Inga’s is a cautionary tale for any parent who has children with other role mod… »

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...

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  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… »

It’s no coincidence that Stage Five of the Tour was not only the best one to watch, or that it helped decide the race before nary a hill was crested, but that it was just, well, Stage Five. Only last minute copyright clearances prevented the organisers actually dubbing it Stage V, though they managed to get the rain delivered on time, an ess...

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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...

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

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  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. »

Who learns of their cycling potential while in the military, serving in Africa? @wiscot is once again serving up some great cycling history in his post about  Joaquim “The Bull” Agostinho. As dangerous as cycling seems, surprisingly few professionals get killed racing or training. Agostinho was one of the unlucky few. He was a man for...

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  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. »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  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...

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