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Velominatus: Puffy

Order: Gray Order Velominatus

Location: Mackay, Australia

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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...

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  1. It’s funny, because it’s true! Thanks for putting into words something I have always felt and the reason I don’t do post ride coffee. »

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. @wiscot We have a few Tri dudes in our bunch. They’re cool because they are always in the bunch. They race with us too so know how to ride in a bunch, how to roll a pace line and all that. Then you get the tri-wads who roll onto the back of the bunch wh… »

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. Regarding Kit and grocery shopping. There is a precept that goes like this: The further away you get from the bike, the more rediculous you look in your kit. pre/post ride cafe… bikes just there – cool. Wandering around the supermarket.., bike is nowhe… »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. I laugh and think *idot* every time I see a set of shoes for sale on FB Bicycle Market. Just about every time they are new, “ridden once and don’t fit”. Good work… in your attempt to save a little dosh by buying on line you bought the wrong size and now… »

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. Man I LOOOOVE Baums. Pure bike porn in my book and I have a number or models rolling over as my desktop wall paper but the price is well, wow. I even had the chace for a factory tour which I am told is always personal and exceptional but I decided I didn’… »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. You bikes are obviously way cooler than mine, but I do at least still have the first real bike I bought too long ago to remember when. I still commute on that bike most days which allows me to post this photo. I like the bike, I enjoy riding it but I stil… »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. @therealpeel Really? So I rode/trained/raced on my mid range alloy bike complete with Sora and box section 32spoke rims for a couple of years. Got me all the way into the pointy end of B grade even. After that time I had saved some money and bought an … »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @freddy Something I work on in training in the hills. Change down a gear, to bring the cadence back up, BUT keep the power/speed the same. It is natural to take a break after the downshift and ease off. The other thing is riding over hills, not just up … »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. I gotta say every time I take the HED Stingers off after a race I am a little sad. LOOOOVE to be rolling around on those every day but nope, it just can’t be. Not only the expense of the 15-20 flats I get every year (long wet season), but the wearing down… »

This article started off as a Reverence for the Camelbak Podium, and might still be, who knows, it’s late and my mind is scrambled. As often happens when searching for a suitable image for an article, tangents often appear from nowhere and derail the original train of thought. Soon one finds oneself careening out of control towards the only...

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  1. @HMBSteve Oh FFS. He’s not even time trailing. How hard is it to pick a biddon out of it’s cage? As to the lead photo I see disrespect for the jersey, but I also see someone showing humility and serving others, not one being humiliated. But then WTF do… »

  2. @Dave You can disassemble those? How? I have three of them and think they are great bottles… even better the valve comes apart for cleaning. A mate loves his insulated camelbacks but they are taller to accommodate the loss of volume and still don’t h… »

I was asking earlier, how do you know if you are a cyclist? One sure sign is when one brings a bike on almost all vacations. If a vacation does not include some cycling, is it a vacation? If you asks that, you are a cyclist. Hopefully this has been a long-term condition and all other vacationeers accept this with a shrug, yeah, a damn Velominatus.V...

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  1. Guilty – where I go, the bike goes! »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. Nice, and timely. Over the past three months I have changed the way I trained. I used to lots of long hard efforts (20 by 20min with 5min rest) with a few short effort sessions from time to time. Also used to do, once a week, two times a 6km @ 10% avg cl… »

Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. It is more than just different equipment though. And why draw the line for advancement with Eddie? It’s just misplaced nostalgia.  Are we to make Jens go back to Eddies training style too? Have him on the same diet with the same ‘in-ride’ food/drink? He … »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @Chris E Dub At that when it is not raining/foggy. Add rain and the mirrors become covered in spray and cease to show anything at all. »

  2. @frank Arr yes well that is why the right side (In Aus/UK etc) is labelled “Overtakers” and the left side “Undertakers” »

  3. @brett The woman in the first Video has actually posted a follow up vid where she offers her apology and retracts her point of view. She was invited to go cycling with a dude so she could see it from a cyclist point of view. Some say it was done only to… »

@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… »

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