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Velominatus: Hobbanero

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

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Aging roleur. Occasional racer.

@Hobbanero's activity:

I have weird feet, apparently. It’s not really something you normally come to realize without asking questions that one rarely has reason to ask. I might have asked them, though, had I ever had any notion that feet don’t always have to hurt in a cycling shoe. Hurt might be a strong word – more like “squished” or “numb”. I’ve also h...

@Hobbanero's posts:

  1. I got some Vaypors this Summer. I also have low volume feet. I have had two issues with the shoes. The first is that the shoes seem to be made on a high volume last. I have to use the standard Bont insoles under my custom insoles, or I just can’t get them… »

During the birth of The Rules, just like the Big Bang, there was a flurry of new activity, too much expanding and not enough contracting; certainly not enough thinking. It’s hard to keep the throttle back when divining the Word of Merckx in real time. The interweb tubes whistled with new Rules shuttling back and forth, beers consumed, genius...

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  1. Can I get a ruling on when to use Flandrian versus Flemish? Intensive internet research has only further clouded the issue. »

On Saturday I rolled out solo in my Flandrian Best to meditate upon the V. I’d been troubled of late by turmoil among the Velominati…What color socks? Warmers or tights? Helmet or no? Not to mention the lingering melancholy brought on by the realization that the Keeper’s Classic would roll out without me, chained as I am to the yo...

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  1. Bummer…I’ll be Five and Diming at the Merco Stage Race. Similar experience I am sure, except slightly more pain and a lot less booze, and more flagrant Rules violations. I hope I can get my tan lines sharp by then. »

The Rules, of course, are a sort of reference guide for those of us who may need a little bit of help making sure we act and look Fantastic at all times, whether on or near the bike. However much they are steeped in the history of our sport, they are by their very nature incomplete and always evolving, subject to the continuous development of the s...

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  1. Perhaps this abomination will quell the debate about the Carrera jeans shorts, but making them seem inconsequential in comparison. Of course, I will admit a secret love of the Lion King’s outfits, but I know never to actually wear one. »

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. I’ve whined about Thomas Voeckler on this site for years. After his yellow jersey escapade in the TdF many years ago he became the new Richard Virenque, the new golden boy of French cycling. That was my first problem with Thomas as I never liked RV, let me rephrase, I always hated RV, though he tr...

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  1. While you are talking about awesome descenders, let’s not forget Nibali. In the Giro, he was flying down the dirt descents in the Strada Bianche stage–the only rider I saw who never put out a foot in terror, even though at times he was clearly sliding. … »