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Velominatus: Puffy

Order: Gray Order Velominatus

Location: Mackay, Australia

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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...

@Puffy's posts:

  1. Mid 1994 Corsa Extra, from the land of the Dutch no less! Sure that gives it a little extra street cred? »

  2. I got a new paper weight for the office…. Now the agony of choosing the parts… »

I love discovering things about people who I think I know. Maybe it’s a work colleague or friend of a friend who you run into once a month, maybe every week, and as the relationship lengthens and develops you pick up a nugget of information here and there. Sometimes a mutual acquaintance will proffer an anecdote, or if they’re talking...

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  1. We have an ex NRS pro in our bunch. He’s still young and was going places but he got sick and had to give it away. Sometimes I feel sorry for the bloke… no one to give him a run for his money in these parts (although we try) but then I race with him and… »

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...

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  1. @Buck Rogers Second piece? Is that were I have been going wrong? »

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. As to bearing drag with sealed bearings… take out the seal. I have a german vintage track disc, a “666” and it runs cartridge bearings, no seals, no grease, just a drop of oil = low drag. That was back in the 80’s. »

  2. Mentioned already but DA hub run old school cup and cone. I have a pair of 11speed C24’s. It costs something like $30 for a set of new ball bearings and grease to service them. Awesome. »

  3. My lovely 11speed Dura Ace hubs have cup and cone, loose balls and are cheap to service.   »

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...

@Puffy's posts:

  1. @Owen What are you talking about? Bikes are bathed daily – post ride. »

  2. @Frank “Who in their right mind would ride with white socks and bar tape?” Love my white bar tape… Socks too. I used to resist it based on the effort required to keep it clean. I gave in because I love the way it looks, and it’s not that hard to keep … »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @Buck Rogers @Haldy Thanks for the replies. I have so far been carrying an unglued tub but it means that after a flat the ride is rather sedate for fear of rolling it off. I don’t know if this fear us justified or not. Kinda ruins the ride especially if… »

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. What about this little beauty. Built by Geoff Scott… lugged! WANT! Hard to go past a BAUM, but the price certainly helps. This has featured in many a dream; »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. Tubular users… Do you pre-glue your spare? What about using tape, but leaving the rim side cover on the tape ready to pull off when you need the spare? »

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. Oh forgot to add; Sudden braking in a fast bunch is disastrous too. I have a buddy that refuses to ride track because “those bikes don’t have brakes”. I keep telling him its safer that way but he just doesn’t believe me. »

  2. Hands on the tops, forearms level (or near) is super aero too. »

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. @Olsonist What peculiar type of bike do you ride?. About the only amount of water getting past the seat posts on my bikes is maybe an entire drop. They are a tight fit and held by friction so… In any case, all three of my frame have drain holes in un… »

I have a huge capacity for watching bike racing on TV. I’ll watch hours of it even when nothing is really happening. I’m certainly not bragging. So I’m quite certain I could sit in the cramped, possibly smokey, noisy, Gent velodrome and watch an evening of six-day racing. I bet the ratio of men to women (who actually want to be th...

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  1. @Steven @Gianni So is it Ghent then? I remember reading about 6 day races. I seem to remember then ended up banning them… to dangerous or something but that was back when they actually raced for 6 days. »

“My dear, Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. ~ Falsely yours” ― Charles BukowskiIt&#...

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  1. @Barracuda My VMH detects same, usually only after two or three days off the bike but she’s not so polite about it. All I get is “Go for a bloody ride will you! You’re getting cranky again!” »

I’ve never been to Africa before, although I’m not sure Cape Town counts as “Africa”. One thing I noticed is that everyone here is very skinny. I also noticed that the meal proportions served at restaurants are very modest. That shows the difference between prevention and treatment when dealing with obesity; whereas in the U...

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  1. Don’t we have a rule that says “where the Velominati goes, so does his/her bike”. Huh… I thought we did and observe it obsessively. As to the fat problem. 1, your not allowed to call it fat. Well, that’s what it is. No, you’re not voluptuous, you are i… »

Sharing the road with cars is mostly a losing proposition. It’s hard to share when your vehicle weighs 8 kgs and the other guy’s is 800 kgs. If we have to share we have to let go and that is not easy, as @Kevin Wilkins explains. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. I took have a bad temper… I have a solution though. Remember these dudes? They have become a mascot of sorts. I have/am learning to bite my tongue, to not react. This applies to things beyond motorists, but life in general. “Smile and wave boys, … »

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… »