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Velominatus: Piwakawaka

Order: Gray Order Velominatus

Location: Wellington New Zealand

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Mamil ,married, two bikes one yacht, no kids... Still pushing pedals.

@Piwakawaka's activity:

I think it would be hard for anyone to make the case that Eddy Merckx was Roger de Vlaeminck’s Cycling Sensei, but I think we can all agree that De Vlaeminck was a student of Merckx, if only a student of his domination. But every student at some point becomes the master, and the driven student will always challenge the Order of Things.Eve...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. Alfa. »

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. @pistard Great Shot! »

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...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @azryder @PeakInTwoYears great article, aero is not only everything it’s the only thing, dam ugly tho’ Had to quote the bike above because she’s blimmin’ loverly !! @azryder something looks a bit off with your saddle, maybe the angle of the shot? »

I’m trying my best to stay thin this winter, but I’m nowhere near where I was when it was warm and the days were long. I keep flashing back to the last time I felt genuinely skinny and declared to myself, “This time, I’ll keep it off!”This photo is a metaphor. Winter me is on the right, Summer me is on the left. Mi...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. Michelin Man, was, is, will always be. »

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...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. “everything else is components and tire pressure.” »

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...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @Barracuda No sign of de-lamination yet, can’t understand why they even put it on the alu rim in the first place, still a great wheel set, and they did replace yours, my cassette was 1 year and 1 week old…. still waiting…. »

  2. Haven’ t had a problem with Dura Ace hubs on the C24 wheels no adjustments in 8500km… unlike the cassette…. »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @Teocalli Don’t know about Pippo’s but mine had 8500km on it, 1 year old and 1 week over warranty… »

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...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy not custom, straight out the box! »

  2. Black only better, with red under… »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @brett well after this happened, might have a look at the Italian gear, hell only had 8500km on the block, snapped like a spoke up Ironside road not so ‘dura’ – ace. Still have a brand spanking new one for racing on the weekend. »

  2. @brett The only Campy that I really, really want…but it would be so, so wrong. »

  3. @brett shirley ya gonna get Bora Ultra’s? »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @ChrisO yep rate the Synthe as well, best thing was going from large size (also Giro) to medium for this model, feels real quick especially without the cap, although I am loving Giro’s new caps they rock. »

Going fast and looking good while doing it is our Velominati creed. Riding on the tops is the domaine of going uphill, where braking and aerodynamics are unimportant. In most other situations that position is too slow. The pros are usually flattened down in the drops or flattened down on the brake hoods. When us non-pros are not climbing, riding on...

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  1. @wilburrox try staring at where you want to go, an amazing thing happens, your bike will follow your eyes. »

ChrisO is back with another installment of Suffering in the Desert. Enjoy. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @ChrisO I hope it goes really well for you, you’ve done the work now reap the reward. »

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...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @@blackpooltower I’m confused, you mean 1.2- 1.7 standard drinks @ 5.5-8.5% ABV /per kg of fat?!? »

  2. Who OK’s this shit? »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. Brim should only be up when climbing steep gradients as you need to see the road ahead, this also means that sweat will run off the edges instead of dripping off the peak onto your stem. At all other times you should be riding fast enough and deep enough … »

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...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @markb only one thing worse than a triathlete, thats a scary German Ironman, surely you realised as she pushed your ankles past your ears she wasn’t trying to fit you to a bike!! »

  2. @RobSandy never use your lowest gear. »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. Sunday bunch has a third hour, it’s a time of quiet, as the pressure builds and the group thins out, no apologies are asked for or given, it is the reason I’m there. »

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...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. Wiggans can definitely ride like a hero. Cool? Check. Style? Check. Class? Check. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOkUgA4v2Vs TOC Diablo mo’ fo…. »

What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

@Piwakawaka's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy too much, when there are still more bikes to buy, Interesting how this whole thing is blowing up, mind you they are just trying to sell us more shit! »

  2. @Mikael Liddy maybe this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3ETSvI1RKI Paul Smith and endorsed by style guru David Millar, why they would have hoods tho’…. I spend all my time now trying to be as aero as possible, ‘cos i’m really f*ckn lazy, I’ll even … »