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Velominatus: Nik

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Seattle, WA

@Nik's activity:

I don’t know how a guy who shows off the better part of a half meter of seat post comes to the conclusion that his saddle is too low, but that precise thought occupies an enormous amount of time. Ever closer looms the minimum insertion point on my seat pin, yet I am irrevocably bound to explore its limits.I actually wish my legs were shorter...

@Nik's posts:

  1. @unversio Yes! The saddle can make all the difference.   I went from an old Selle Italia SLR XP to an SLR “monolink” and discomfort disappeared immediately.  Nearly the same saddle, but an improvement noticeable in a single ride.  My LBS in Seattle has… »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

@Nik's posts:

  1. @frank That seems insane (or perhaps the “perfect amount of dumb”) AND I have a feeling you would still not be impressed unless I reported back that I was riding those last secteurs in the big ring. Ouch!! »

  2. Speaking of Spring, I incorporated the first cobble sector of the Seattle Ronde into my ride yesterday.  Think I will keep doing that… »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

@Nik's posts:

  1. @andrew Agreed. »

  2. @andrew If the level of V he inflicts on above ride approaches superhuman, I’m fine with it. »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

@Nik's posts:

  1. @freddy I believe a high cadence and a low gear is most efficient and I love climbing with my hands on top of the handlebar.  If you never shift into the big ring and power up though, you may as well train on an elliptical machine.  I will stick to doi… »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

@Nik's posts:

  1. @scaler911 HA! I better buy him the book to reintroduce him to The Rules. »