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Velominatus: Jay

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I am a 55 year old hospital pharmacist living in Mohrsville, PA. I have been a cycling enthusiast since 1973 with some periods of relative inactivity that coincided with a career and raising a family. I have increased my cycling activities over the last year or so, and have really taken off this year becoming more fit than I have been in the last 20 years. It was time for me to harden up. I also have a fascination with all things related to cycling, especially pro road racing. Fabian Cancellara is the rider I find most intriguing, but all of those guys are good. I am no where near as fast as I was when I was in my 20's, but I am happy with where I am right now. I plan on getting faster...

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Either CO2 cannisters or mini-pumps should be carried in jersey pockets (See Rule #31). The only exception to this rule is to mount a Silca brand frame pump in the rear triangle of the frame, with the rear wheel skewer as the pump mount nob, as demonstrated by members of the 7-Eleven and Ariostea pro cycling teams. As such, a frame pump mounted u...

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  1. I will stick with a frame mounted pump.  Just under the top tube where TK put the pump peg.  CO2 canisters just don’t cut it for me.  I just need to locate an appropriately sized Silca pump that can be painted to match the frame (in the interim a very ser… »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

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  1. As for me, I will stay with modern sealed/cartridge bearings and focus my attention on my pedal stroke and making deposits in the V bank. »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

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  1. A bright yellow frame with orange accents, set off by black saddle, bars, and tape.  A near perfect combo… »

I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tetrick 2. Solovey 3. Pitel 4. Drysdale 5. Lesueur »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. @Haldy I like your suggestion better than Frank’s since I can do the velodrome thing a lot more easily than the off-roading. »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. There is no way I can win the overall unless my points are squared. Presuming that I earn some… VSP PICKS: 1. Navardauskus 2. Degenkolb 3. Van Avermaet 4. Feillu 5. Nizzolo »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. Carbon is restricted to my seat post.  Give me good old metal alloys any day.  Steel frame, alloy components, and aluminum wheels (really light weight wheels) comprise my number one ride.  The bike is light and fast.  But, I am a bit of a retro grouch… »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. You cannot go wrong with a steel frame.  Modern steel is as relevent as any of the other frame materials currently in use.  Steel is the “frame” of reference for a reason… »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. 1 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp 6:25:33 2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:01 3 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida  4 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol  5 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team Damn… Exactly as I predicte… »

  2. Damn!  I delgadoed this one. I will disclose what my picks would have been after the final results are known… »

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. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Van Avermaet 4. Valverde 5. Kwiatkoski »

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. I just have a sneaking suspecion that Vos is not on her best form.  I don’t think that the sprinters will factor in the final.  I would like to see Stevens win, but I may be overly optimistic. VSP PICKS: 1. Stevens 2. Johansson 3. Vos 4. Armitstead 5. L… »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. @Harminator Is that outfit UCI approved for competition? »

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. I think that the UCI requiring a “standard” competition legal pursuit bike is one step towards reconciling the differences between riders moving forward, but at the expense of some techological gains.  I would prefer to have some degree of the measure of … »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. Suffering isn’t the only measure of a cyclist. Think about Rule #6. Some suffering may be inevitable, but the sheer joy of riding the bike is its best reward. »

@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. My real job when I am not riding my bicycle is to manage a pharmacy serving a cancer infusion center. I will tell anyone that the strength and resolve that our patients have when battling their disease will make anyone else seem like a pansy. I wish Bia… »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. I keep looking at that photo of the 70’s era Frejus and remember riding a Frejus track bike that belonged to a friend.  He actually asked me about the whereabouts of that bike a couple of years ago.  I told him, “I left that bike at your Mom and Dad’s hou… »

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. Since Quintana crashed out I am just thinking WTF… VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Contador 2. Valverde 3. J. Rodriguez 4. Froome 5. Martin »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. So long as I am comfortable on my bikes I don’t bother much with the minutiae of fitting. In addition, I doubt that Frank’s methodology would be completely accurate: different frame geometry from bike to bike.  A couple of degrees can make a noticeable di… »

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. Here goes nothing… VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Uran 3. J. Rodriguez 4. Froome 5. Contador »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. I don’t care one way or the other.  I still like Jens Despite all of the innuendo.  He comes across an extremely likable guy that just happens to be a true hard man as well.  I don’t believe that he has any obligation to talk about what he may or may not … »

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. I think that a portion of the freedom that comes from riding my bike is the fact that it is also a time machine, allowing my mind to go backwards in time to when things were less complicated. »

  2. @Nate I think that many of us in this community have shared a similar sentiment about riding; I know that I have.  A as cyclist Robin Williams is a kindred spirit, who also happened to be a world renowned comic genius and actor. »

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. I completely Delgadoed this one.   »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Pooley 4. Armitstead 5. Longo Borghini »