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Velominatus Paterfamilias. 2011 Vainqueur du Velominati Superprestige.

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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! »

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. @Haldy either answer is correct.  The veloflex are great.  The FMBs are sublime. Note that the FMBs run big the “27s” are gigantic more like 29. »

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. @Gianni I was appalled when I found out 7-11 were riding Huffys. Only later did I find out they were not actually made of pot metal but were custom machines. »

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 not sure of the price but you might want to look up Roland Della Santa. »

 Rule #4 is clear but how do you explain to your five year old what a twatwaffle is? I was left trying to define twatwaffle to a room full of relatives, none five years old but a few close to ninety-five years old. Someone opened The Book of Rules and loudly read out Rule #4. Some hand waving and muttering about the Dutch deflected things, thankf...

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  1. Awesome. This is totally going in our library.  »

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. @frank Grenache blanc. »

  2. @frank I know that pays and the wines of les cailloux well: not just CdP but Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Rasteau etc. Next time you are down this way I’ll have to dig about in the cellar for a couple good bottles. My parents have a place over in Vaison la Ro… »

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. @frank Hey now Texas is just a whole other country »

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. @il muro di manayunk my brother in law grew up on BMX bikes and motocross machines. Has mad bike handling skills. The other week I saw hI’m do a 20 meter manual on his road bike.  That is not me however. For me a respectful fear of wadding it up seems to … »

  2. I am not sure what the connection is between riding off road and Chateauneuf du pape however. »

  3. Awesome topic. Another pointer: go on a ridiculously long ride and get really tired before you hit the  challenging stuff.  This was sort of the organizing principle of the Bay Area Cogal this year.  You will be brain dead which will force you to learn to… »

The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the...

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  1. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

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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. Orange on steel. »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @Quasar I thought you were talking about riding in the tour of Beijing. »

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. @Nate top of my list. And you can work with him locally. All the more fun. AlsoStupid iphone. »

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