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Velominatus: HigherGround

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: Pennsylvania

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@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. Great job guys, thanks for sharing! »

I’m a naturally loud and weird person who expresses excitement through volume. Also, alcohol is supposed to be a depressant, but it doesn’t appear to work for me; all it does is make me happier (and louder) – until I have a little too much at which point I get weirder (a too-happy, too-loud kind of weird). But being a happy pers...

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  1. @Ron Ron = Tom Steels’ pseudonym? »

  2. @marko I was thinking that someone would have to be doing coke to knowingly, intentionally purchase a bidon for $130.00… and then I noticed that is a “sale” price, and it is regularly $150!  I’m glad the reality sunk in before you pulled the trigger! »

Rules! Hear me fools: The Rules mark the beginning of the path to enlightenment, not the end. There are higher planes, expanding dimensions. Beyond the color of your bar tape exists a man, a mountain, and a bike. This is where the world begins.Keeper Jim wrote this, reporting on his utilitarian climb of Mount Ventoux. He posts less than the rest of...

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  1. Gianni, thanks for another great article!  This article, and the responses to it, were a nice antidote to the  craptacular end to my day at work.  I enjoy this community for the exact same reasons as mentioned above by PeakInTwoYears.  ChrisO’s response h… »

We’re not really supposed to have favorites, but everyone does. Just ask your parents. So while I’m not supposed to have a favorite, I do, and its Rule #9.Bad weather immediately separates the wheat from the chaff, and so the weekend warriors stay indoors and leave the roads to the devout. I talk most often about riding in the rain, wi...

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  1. @Teocalli I’ve been riding over 30 years, and there aren’t too many things that make me say, “Holy shit!” but that was one of them!  Thanks for posting it. The side effect is that every time I see a video with scenery like this, it just reinforces my d… »

Forget quick-release skewer, the mechanical derailleur, carbon frames, or disc wheels. Never mind clipless pedals or brake-mounted shifters. Scratch those deep-section road wheels, lightweight helmets, or miracle fabrics.The most important innovation in Cycling had nothing to do with those incremental advances, but rather with the invention of Cycl...

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  1. @ToeOverlap Do you notice any significant difference in quality or comfort? »

  2. @DCR I believe it was to give him something to push against, for better leverage.  If I remember correctly, the Italian national team used another approach in the TTT at the Worlds one year, when they wore belts that had them tethered by a cable to the… »

  3. @il ciclista medio Seriously, thank you for coming up with DiBasco’s name.  That would have bugged me, but I doubt I would have been able to recall it on my own! »

  4. @sthilzy Lachlan Morton would probably say so. »

  5. I had a pair of those early Rudy Projects from 1987.  Unfortunately, they were lost during a foray in to the Dark Side (mountain biking).  I also had a pair of the Oakley Factory Pilots.  I’m not sure where they are now, but an expedition through my paren… »

Although he was already an active community member, I began my friendship with Dan Richter in early 2012 after he reached out to me regarding some wheels he wanted us to take along on Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012. At the time, he was an amateur wheel builder making some money on the side selling his wheels on eBay. Like many of us in this co...

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  1. @Mike_P It’s rare for me to literally laugh out loud at something I read on-line, but this was one of those times.  Well done! »

Andrei Tchmil got so tired of the palpable disappointment of not being Belgian that he decided to become one. Envision the world the way you want it to be, then make it so.People are cynical when I talk about Belgium. They think I’m only Belgian on paper. That is not true. Yes, I was a Russian, even a proud one…. Now I am proud to be Be...

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  1. @Marko RIP Wouter Wow, he was wearing 108 in that photo as well.  I pass a few houses with the # 108 on some of my regular rides, often including a decent back home.  It reminds me of Wouter every time. »

A Velominatus gives the impression of having been born on the bike; the connection between rider and machine is so deeply entrenched that one can hardly draw the line where one ends and the other begins. There is an air of relaxed precision that is part innate and part learned through countless hours devoted to the craft of riding a bicycle batshit...

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  1. @unversio This should be added to the Lexicon. »

Legends are central to any culture, ours perhaps more than most. The Ventoux is a French legend, rising 1912m above the rolling hills of Provence. The road is thick with the paint of Tours past and the names of giants. The grade is 7%, on average, though 10, 11, and 12% are routine throughout the middle section. The classical route begins in a smal...

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  1. On a more serious note, that reminded me of my trip to Alpe d’Huez in 2004.  I had my own bike with me, but I slept in a rental car at the foot of the mountain the night before I rode it.  Being there and doing it is the most important thing of all.  Eric… »

  2. Fuck yeah! »

My trouble isn’t with being a good descender; it is with cornering and stopping – and sometimes both. Or, as G’rilla puts it, “Descending is like sex; how good I am at it has nothing to do with how much I enjoy it.”Descending is demanding and requires great skill. It is not a time for resting or taking it easy; getting...

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  1. @Fiery It’s like Graham Obree took him out drinking the night before the race, and filled his head with all sorts of ideas. »

In our first installment of reader-submitted The Bikes articles, we bring you this drool-worthy Tommasini, fully equipped with Delta brakes, classic-bend bars, a Regal saddle, and three-cross wheels.Ron takes us through a story of how being the Cycling Sensei sometimes works out to the benefit of not just the student, but also the teacher. Enjoy...

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  1. Beautiful!  I had a Basso Ascot, also with Columbus MS tubing, although it was nowhere near as beautiful as the Tommasini.  I hope you’re still setting it free for a gallop once in a while! »

Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases.Saddle bags: how do we define them? Is it a saddle bag if it attaches to the seat post and the saddle, if it has a zipper, if it is leather, has two natty straps with buckles, if it swings below the saddle like bumper bollocks? Continue reading...

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  1. @Kiwicyclist That’s not actually her bike?  Damn, another fantasy comes crashing to the ground like the Hindenburg… »

This has to be one of the best photos of the 2013 Tour: Nairo Quintana at the finish on the Ventoux. Nairo gives very little away when he climbs but as he crossed the line his head dropped and the lights went out. He later admitted having gone too early again. Before that, on the slopes of the Giant of Provence, he knew he was going to win. Then h...

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  1. @Gianni:  I’m in total awe when I see these guys, I would never want to mess with their concentration. That, in a nut shell, is the difference between a true fan and the attention whores. »

How can we not talk about the Tour? After Sunday’s stage it’s hard not to be a little excited. Until yesterday the most thrilling thing I had seen was Mark Cavendish’s mad man chase back to the peloton after a late-in-the-race crash. He needed to get back quickly as the race was hurtling toward a sprint finish he was supposed to w...

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  1. I like the single color paint scheme, as it reminds me of some of the classic bikes such as the Pinarello, DeRosa, Gios, and certain Merckx bikes from the 70’s and 80’s.  Unfortunately, the shade on the current Treks is too close to celeste, in my occasio… »

Update: You can watch the live stream (assuming it works from the velodrome) on the Velominati channel at USTREAM. When you log in, you’ll first see my little test video of my puppy eating grass. Please disregard me yelling at it. That never happened.I have always considered myself to have a good imagination, something I attribute half to my...

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  1. At the risk of seeming pedantic, but out of a greater need to show respect to Mr. Merckx, I would like to humbly point out that the link to Festum Prophetae in the first paragraph lists his birthday as June 16 instead of June 17… not that I am opposed t… »