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Velominatus Paterfamilias. 2011 Vainqueur du Velominati Superprestige.

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We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. Not in the stars for me this year, but I am very much lookjng forward to reading about all the trouble you get yourselves into. »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @teleguy57 had a blast riding my 27s today. »

  2. @TommyTubolare just the man I was hoping would chime in!  Thanks mate. »

  3. I’ve recently found a wee cut in the sidewall of my Veloflex. Is this repairable and if so, how? »

  4. Different top tubulars each have their own sound.  FMBs hum, Veloflexes fizz, the Schwalbe Ones I have fitted recently sizzle very quietly. I love them all. »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. @brett I wonder why? »

  2. @PeakInTwoYears If @Buck moves to Portland they better make a TV show out of it. »

  3. @brett and by the way, it was a cheap brothel, not a hotel. »

  4. @Buck Rogers don’t forget the sister, Gonorrhea. @brett so difficult to tell the difference between OD and murder. If only M Poirot could have been induced to investigate the case of a lowly fellow Walloon.  But no, Hercule was too busy indulging his Ang… »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. @Buck Rogers No one could luft a cycling cap like big mig. Hafta give him that. »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. @brett I’m sure you are familiar with the general outlines, but the details I imagine died with him. »

  2. Famous for dispensing pot Belge prepared according to his own recipe, in addition to the mechanical assist. »

I’ve never been to Africa before, although I’m not sure Cape Town counts as “Africa”. One thing I noticed is that everyone here is very skinny. I also noticed that the meal proportions served at restaurants are very modest. That shows the difference between prevention and treatment when dealing with obesity; whereas in the U...

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  1. Cheetahs are the fast ones. The leopard will just wait in a tree and drop on you with no warning. Also, add springboks to the list. http://youtu.be/S2oymHHyV1M »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

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  1. Trivia is back! »

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...

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  1. @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions! »

  2. @kixsand. height is a very crude measurement to determine frame size.  body proportions are more important as to the rider and for the frame itself top tube length and seat tube angle or stack and reach matter a lot more than the label the mfg puts on it…. »

  3. @Ron  no. There is nothing wrong with a traditional threaded BB. The new stds are marketed as being more stiff but really they are just cheaper to manufacture. And from all i hear on the road and on the internet they make compliance with the Principle of … »

  4. @kixsand if you need a 110 and a no setback post to make the fit work on a 58 it is almost certainly too big and will not handle as it’s meant to. »

  5. @rs_sttr Times are cool as fuck. Aside from that the only minor quibble I can see is that the saddle might be. But far forward. Of course, mine tends to end up the same way so I will just stfu now. »

  6. @wilburrox AFAIK shimano 11 cassettes don’t fit on 10s freehubs. »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. @therealpeel If you have climbs then you must have descents and you are in the drops then, yes? »

  2. @Ron I have at least a half dozen different hand/finger placements I deploy on the hoods. 11 speed campagnolo offers so many comfortable options. »

  3. @frank If you aren’t spending at least 25% of a hard ride on the drops, meditate on why, start doing some stretches or admit to yourself that you have slammed your stem entirely for aesthetic reasons. »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. @Rob i think you will find a pic of that wagon somewhere in this thread: http://www.velominati.com/nostalgia/anatomy-of-a-photo-campagnolo-candy-van/ »

  2. @Buck Rogers great rant, Buck! »