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Velominatus: Haldy

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Location: Mountlake Terrace, Wa

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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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Happy living in our stressful lives is all about organization. For instance, I like to sort the tasks first by priority and then group tasks of equal priority into buckets of minor priorities. Software developers creatively call this approach to organization a “bucket sort”. This helps break down what appears to be an insurmountable me...

@Haldy's posts:

  1. @frank As much as I like Niki Terpstra( given his amazing turns of speed on the 6 day boards this last winter), it pained me to see him ride off and win Roubaix this year…I was dearly hoping that Boonen was going to take it! »

  2. @Frank..let’s not forget 1994. or better yet…1984, and the reason why my son’s name is Sean- »

  3. @Frank- Are you going to put that cracking form to use at the Falling LeaVes Cogal? »

  4. @unversio 88 was very inspiring, as was 1980- »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Simon Gerrans 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Michael Matthews 4. Ben Swift 5. Peter Sagan »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. Vos 3. Johansson 4. Stevens 5. Prevot »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Martin 2. Sir Bradley 3. Rohan Dennis 4. Tony Dumoulin 5. Luke Durbridge »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Ellen Van Dijk 2. Linda Villumsen 3. Hanna Solovey 4. Carmen Small 5. Evelyn Stevens »

Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. @Gianni – Same with Moser..who I will point out…went farther than Jensie… »

  2. “Eddy recently said if he had Chris Boardman’s plastic helmet, shoe covers and clip-in pedals he would have gone over 50 km/hr. As much as I liked the UCI Hour Record, it was already corrupted by that difference” I hear similar statements to this and I po… »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Uran 4. Martin 5. Contador »

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. Gilbert 2. Roche 3. Gerrans 4. Bardet 5. Martin »

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. Abbot 2. Vos 3. Ferrand-Prevot 4. Pooley 5. Lichtenberg »

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. Froome 2. Contador 3. Valverde 4. Nibali 5. Talansky »

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...

@Haldy's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy, @piwakawaka There..red tape applied…better? »

  2. @Mikael Liddy Yes! Got Stem! I have a very low and long position on the bike. As for the blue tape…that’s from the previous steed. My custom Don Walker is getting an upgrade to Red22 and a new fi'zi:k cockpit, so I just swapped the bars right and other … »

  3. Yeah…N+1 happened again! All hail Rule #12! »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sir Bradley 2. Bauke Mollema 3. Rui Costa 4. Kreuziger 5. Pozzovivo »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goi...

@Haldy's posts:

  1. @Nate Crumpton would be a good choice for sure. I also have a Parlee on the list. A shop I ran dealt Parlee bikes and I got to take a tour of the Parlee factory and talk with Bob Parlee himself for a day. We did up a worksheet of my dream bike from the… »

  2. @asyax Will do! I can’t wait either! @antihero I am fortunate enough to be employed within the industry so I have access to beautiful, beautiful bikes..at less than full pop! So I very much embrace Rule #12. »

  3. @asyax Will do! I can’t wait either! »

  4. @Nate That doesn’t mean the list can’t still exist! :)  Despite the future arrival of the Peg and Sachs..I have my eyes on an IndyFab, or a FireFly..and since I have never owned a carbon bike… »

  5. @Nate Wait…would be on the short list, or is on the short list..after all…Rule 12… »

  6. @frank Ahh,the scarfy thing…the instant way of making your Flandrian Best look ridiculous. »

  7. @minion Yup..banned by the UCI, but since my local racing is not UCI I can race them here in our weekly series. The only place where the ban could affect me is when I race at Nationals, but USA Cycling has opted not to enforce that rule at the Masters … »