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Velominatus: Puffy

Order: Gray Order Velominatus

Location: Mackay, Australia

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@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Wow. Thanks for putting some perspective on things for me. Rule #6 is also one of my favs and is inscribed on my top tube along with 1, 5 & 10. When I hang my head I see them and push on. »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. @Barracuda My VMH would agree with that. She often says ” You’re cranky when you don’t ride for too long” whilst pointing to the garage indicating I need to go for a ride. Unfortunately the only reason I haven’t been riding enough is because of factors… »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. It must be a sign. I was taking the racing wheels off yesterday and putting the training wheels back on. I race on Carbon Tubbies, and train on carbon/alloy clinchers and was annoyed at the fact I have to keep changing pads. A solution is to train AND ra… »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. @frank Boring? No, the point is to ride, not fluff around with endless variations of positioning. The “dissatisfaction – rectification – satisfaction – and repeat cycle” sound like a pain the in arse, not to mention annoying. I want to, and do, climb o… »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy But’s over now. It’s done, he’s out. Nothing can be gained from it. »

  2. Why did you feel the need to point the finger at the guy as he walks out the door? Was it really necessary? »

Cyclists love socks. I know I do. I’d make a point of collecting as many pairs as I could from every race, event, shop or rep that I ever happened upon. Some were so good that I still have them, others, well, let’s just say they were “re-homed” long before they got the chance to retire gracefully after years of loyal service...

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  1. Black? Hrmmm, I dunno…. In the rain, sure but otherwise… How do you go with the leather in the Giro’s? »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. Some folks are sensitive to mm changes, some are not. I for one, am not. After buying a new bike and setting it to match the old one I rode it for a a few months. Position fine. I then decided to drop the 5mm spacer out from under the stem that wasn’t th… »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. If you want to listen to music on the bike, fine, it’s your loss, your funeral but for Gods sake, ok, for MY sake don’t put your music on your phone and play it via loud speaker up the climbs. Ye gads! It’s one way to run a guys rhythm that is for sure. F… »

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. @xyxax I run latex. They are easily damaged if you pinch them in the rim so you need to take extra care there but no, not any harder to mount. Get some air into them so they hold their shape (ie don’t lay flat) by breathing into the valve. You will find… »

  2. @DeKerr *Applause* Well done, all you need now is a saw. I warn you, it’s addictive. I am still wanting to go lower but my LBS owner, fellow racer, ex-domestic pro says no, I am low enough and I need to give my diaphragm room to move. »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @tessar Depends on what you’re training program looks like. Of course there are a thousand opinions but mine is simply that time in the Gym replaces time on the bike so I get my strength work done on the bike. Specificity… If I was a track, bmx or sh… »

  2. @Rom Not in a bun, but I do have long enough hair that it’s tied back for racing! No, “bro, I don’t even lift” I could do with some bulk but really, it just adds weight and does very little to improve ones cycling ability. »

  3. @Mike_P Haha! I’m a road cyclist. Till, skinny, long limbs, weigh 69kg, 185cms, shave my legs, have arms akin to a 12yr old girl and wear skin tight lycra on a daily basis. Where did you get the idea that I, (or any cyclist) was a model for the traditio… »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

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  1. Timely Frank…. timely. I had a KOM (6km at 10%) on the weekend just gone. I’d been gaining on the guy in front for three kms. He had stayed on the winners wheel longer than I had, but it was clear to me he’d hung on for too long. I was within the last … »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @Rom Get yourself one of these (for the guns): Yes, a machine that has a multitude of spinning tweezers that rips the hair out at the roots. Don’t you dare suggest it’s too painful because I’ll just say HTFU and point to Rule #5. What, can’t handle a … »

  2. Does dribbling enhance or detract from the Whale Shark impression? I suppose Whale Sharks could be dribbling but we wouldn’t know since they are under water. I just ask because when Tony get’s his TT on, man, he looses quite a bit out of the gob. The TDF … »

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. @Triathlete If all your races are TT’s, and all your training is for them, why the road bars? Why not make it a proper TT bike (and not a road bike with TT bars) with TT cockpit and profit from the better aero. »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. Interesting your article on fashion aesthetics is lead by a photo of a rider wearing black socks…. »

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending i...

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  1. My Mrs thinks me weird that I have smooth guns but has asked me not to go back to full hairy since she doesn’t like it! Go figure. Personally I think it has bought us closer together. We have another thing to discuss and we have on occasion sat together a… »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. I hadn’t realised how good our bunch was at riding tempo until there was a road safety initiative that started with a bunch ride. It was poorly attended and was populated by “easy” bunch riders, those of a more recreational nature. This guy ended up on th… »

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. @Matthew Bennett It’s PATH, not a friggin teleporter to top Mt Velominatus! A path requires, steps, and usually many to get to the destination. No one, at any point along the path scoffs at those not as far long. No condemnation, no judgement. You don’t … »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

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  1. @Beers Yes, I tell the wife (and kids) not to bother with road races although my parents were keen enough once they manned a follow car. Not a bad way to see it really. Crits, I think, are the closest a club road racer will get to the spectator buzz of … »

Maui Velominatus Dave is tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. @souleur Funny you should say that. As I mentined in a post above, my previous “coach” used the ‘ride more’ or TITS principle as I like to call it. (Time In The Saddle). I was always tired, fatigued and my performance plateaued. The new Coach’s motto is… »

  2. @Mike_P Make sure you get a good Coach with runs on the board! My previous “trainer” (he wasn’t coaching me!!) lead me through that exact cycle and when I finally pulled the pin after 64 weeks, he had admitted he’d overdone it but was continuing on the … »