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Velominatus: Haldy

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Mountlake Terrace, Wa


Lifetime devotee to the Brotherhood of the Wheel. Breaking Away is the major influence of my life..have been a cyclist since my Dad and I saw the movie in the summer of '79. Started racing in 88, still do to this day, and have been a shop bike mechanic since 1991.

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Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

@Haldy's posts:

  1. @DeKerr Tell me about it…I plan on getting the Derailleur alignment gauge sometime soon. I have the BB tool as well. »

  2. @Gianni I have the dual sided Crombie here at the the shop…the VMH got it for me as a Christmas present. Best tool I have hands down. The beauty of it is that it fits over the qr nub…no need to pull the qr to change cassettes…that saves an amazin… »

  3. Well..I am gonna have to give my computer a little Rule #5 smack down as it doesn’t want to up load the pic so here- »

  4. Hmm…let’s try that again… »

  5. Here’s another well thought out option from Abbey Tool Works. I have a growing number of their tools…. »

  6. @Gianni I cannot fault your logic on this one! Well played. »

  7. @Gianni It’s when we start combining tools that we run into problems! Right tool, right job, keep it simple. I even shy away from the tri-allen wrench in most cases and just use the single size I need at the time. But of course, I do have the luxury of… »

  8. @Gianni - Well that’s why I have one of these at the bench at all times. Right tool, right job. :-) »

  9. @Gianni- Have you ever wielded a Hozan pedal wrench? Although there is no bottle opener, it is and has been the go to pedal wrench for me for more than 2 decades! »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. E. Stevens 2. Borghini 3. Vos 4. Pooley 5. Armistead »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. Once again….tossed pieces of paper in the air with names on each one…prayed for guidance from The Prophet and ended up with these picks- VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Gilbert 3. Valverde 4. Vandenert 5. Gerrans »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. @wiscot Girders….only if that’s what you consider Ambrosio Nemesis rims to be! »

  2. @KW You sir are an inspiration! :-)  I’d happy do a full overhaul on the spot for free coffee! I also have a scotch habit…there are many Seattle bike racers riding on hand-built wheels that were paid for in bottles of Scotland’s finest. »

  3. All Hail Rule #94!! As a lifelong member of the Brotherhood of the Wrench I have seen many,many acts of tomfoolery enacted upon poor unsuspecting bicycles by people having no idea how to properly wield tools. If you don’t know how to fix it..IT’S OKAY..w… »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. Threw a bunch of names up in the air…prayed to The Prophet and this is the order in which they landed….. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Gilbert 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Valverde 5. Thomas »

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. Tough call….gut tells me Spartacus will pull it out though… VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Vanmarcke 4. Wiggins 5. Phinney »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @Mike Stead (@tweetymike) And herein lies the beauty of the design of the Double-Tap. When you go to make that Hail Mary shift…the system recognizes your need to review Rule #5 and drops you down a gear so you can stand up out of the saddle and dish ou… »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. @frank Okay..I’ll give you that I suppose, but I’ll take that kind of “weak” anyday! As an…aging racer myself, I know I have to be more careful with the matches I burn whilst racing against the youngins at the track on Friday nights and I think that Spa… »

  2. Do you think he really he was “relatively weak” ? I feel he has been conserving his strength, and not burning as many matches as years previously. Now..this weekend, we may, just may behold the full power as he becomes the only person to do the double..3 … »

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. My picks- »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Johanasson 2. Armistead 3. Van Dijk 4. Borghini 5. Stevens »

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. Gonna go like this… VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Cancellara 3. Sagan 4. Vanmarcke 5. Terpstra »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. Here are my picks- »

  2. Here we go- »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Borghini 4. Stevens 5. Van dijk »