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Velominatus: Overijse

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Overijse, Belgium

American expat living in Belgium, on a three year assignment and loving every minute of it.

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  1. @frank @frank Yes it basically evolved into a semi-MTB 9 speed drivetrain with STI but didn’t start that way. The bike came with a 50×34 front and an 11-32 rear 9 speed (with Tiagra STI) but that just didn’t cut it for me on thick gravel and 20% grad… »

  2. @frank Yes it basically evolved into a semi-MTB 9 speed drivetrain with STI but didn’t start that way. The bike came with a 50×34 front and an 11-32 rear 9 speed (with Tiagra STI) but that just didn’t cut it for me on thick gravel and 20% grades of the … »

  3. What was supposed to be the bike to ride the 2011 Dirty Kanza 200, turned into my work commuter when I was transferred to Belgium before the race.  I tried riding my number 1 to work but the ‘tank’ aka Salsa steel (heavier than $hit)  is much better suite… »

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  1. @Chris Yes trailers are wildly popular in Belgium in fact if and when we move back to the US I fully intend to purchase a trailer.  They drive dinky diesel cars with giant 4×8 trailers for Home Depot (Brico here) runs, etc.  Its a really good idea.  Howev… »

  2. I was able to stash away my Yakima roof rack in the sea container when we moved to Belgium and made it fit on my Euro 6 speed manual mini-diesel engine 3 series station wagon.  For some reason the trend over here is to use the European phallic looking tra… »

Cyclists can (and usually do) go on for hours as to why they ride their bikes, and most of their reasons can sound, well, a bit flakey to anyone not enamored with shaved legs and being done up in lycra. “I do it to keep fit”, “It keeps me slim”, “I’m a competitor, I love to race”, “It’s the free...

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  1. @brett Yes for sure!  Belgian mud wreaks havoc on mtb bikes.  They ride mtb in the winter and road the other three seasons (actually there is only one other season called rain).  I think it is Belgian law or something – at least in the Flanders region, I … »

  2. My favorite, only to be served in its intended glass – Leffe Tripel.  It makes bike maintenance so much more fun: »

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  1. Being new in Belgium I bought a Garmin Edge 500 just to find out where the hell I went on my Sunday morning rides with the local club (http://www.twc-hoekske-maleizen.be/).  There were so many killer climbs that they routinely took me on I had to know whe… »

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  1. @frank Yes, unfortunately these banners were all over the Q8 gas stations which, consequently, are all over Belgium.  I had to do a double take on my way home from work one day when I saw this.  Disturbing… »

With the writing of our first book supposedly well underway (but in reality being discussed ad-nauseum in the Boardroom rather than actually committed to text), The Rules have at least been getting some form of attention from The Keepers. When deciding which Rules each of us were to curate, no-one really had much idea what exactly was in there; ask...

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  1. I have two cages and two 750 bottles in them, sometimes only water, sometimes some random hydration drink I mix at 50% called Isostar that I buy at the local Delhaize.  It gives me the salt and sugar i need, it tastes good (at 50% of suggested mix) and it… »

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  1. I don’t know how you guys feel about Bicycling Magazine but their web site actually had a really good video of a BMC mechanic cleaning a team bike and discussing tips – the process and tools he used were very simple and easy to replicate.  I learned more … »

  2. It’s awesome to have a very clean and waxed bike with a perfectly lubed chain in preparation for the A group Sunday morning ride only to have it rain the night before (which is standard in Belgium) and the leader of the club ride takes us through 90km of … »

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  1. A few years back I made a horrible choice and sold my first set of wheels.  They were hand built by Steve at Cycle Cellar in Ann Arbor Michigan where I was working while I attended school (Univ of Michigan (Go Blue!)).  They were Mavic Open 4 CD rims with… »

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  1. This may be off topic a bit but what about a tire boot if the damage (to the tire) is too severe?  Do you carry money (i.e. a Dollar or Euro) or the Park tire boot? http://www.parktool.com/product/emergency-tire-boot-tb-2 I am new to this site so please… »