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Velominatus: RedRanger

Order: Winner of the Velominati Super Prestige Vuelta a Espania

Location: wausau, wi

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Aviation mechanic. Riding a bike when ever I get a chance.

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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...

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  1. error, on the belgium and france part, but still a Rule #12 violation. »

  2. @G’rilla »

When it comes to Rule Compliance, we have at our disposal three viable options. The first is to Obey the Rules. That one is pretty straight-forward because we wrote them down for you and also went to the great length of writing a book on the subject, partly as a public service to those suffering from insomnia. But The Rules are full of apparent...

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  1. My biggest thing about the rules to that my bikes obey the rules cause Rule #4. For myself I do my best but I will never look pro. But the bikes in my stable need to look as dialed as possible at all times. »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. Rolling the dice. Hopefully my picks stay around for the entire race. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Valverde 4. Nibbles 5. Rolland »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. go ladies go! VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Pooley 3. Johansson 4. Abbott 5. Stevens »

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. I miss seeing him riding that old Yeti. »

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. @Mike_P like when people tuck in their tshirts into their jeans? »

  2. @Teocalli why is his polo buttoned all the way to the top? »

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. @freddy pretty sure this has been discussed before but it still counts as a fender. Personally though thats a better option. »

There was a time when the world was painted in hues of black and white. Right and Wrong were separated by lines painted in such a thick, heavy paint that even to wander close was to already alter your very nature. The Elders taught us on which side we were to dwell and what evils would descend upon us if we were to transcend into the void. Litt...

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  1. @Teocalli the internet is full of crap like this also »

  2. Bikes lanes might be great for commuting. But there is an element behavior manipulation or social engineering. Like bike lanes are the only place to ride and if there isnt a bike lane we shouldnt be riding thete. Just my initial take on it after 5 minutes… »

  3. A NYC bike lane »

  4. Rule #3 there is at the root of it all. I was in NYC a few weeks ago and I got to ride around on a rental bike. I didnt think it was all that bad. I had a blast. »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. I say this every year and Ill say it again, This is one of my favorite races of the year. »

  2. Lets see if I can break my single digit streak VSP PICKS: 1. Ender Wiggins 2. Mollema 3. Roman 4. Pinot 5. Rui Costa »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. @zeitzmar air ventilation could be a talking point »

There was a time when I held down ‘real jobs’. Jobs with (a little) stress, with (some) responsibility, but without soul. And while dealing with the great unwashed public never held much appeal, I always envied the guys who worked at my preferred LBS. They seemingly had it all––an endless supply of cheap bikes and parts, hanging out and s...

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  1. @Owen my inspiration/wallpaper »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. Interesting that there is no mention of the rumored POC. I dont have as much of an issue with the Evade as I do with the POC. »

There was a time when I held down ‘real jobs’. Jobs with (a little) stress, with (some) responsibility, but without soul. And while dealing with the great unwashed public never held much appeal, I always envied the guys who worked at my preferred LBS. They seemingly had it all––an endless supply of cheap bikes and parts, hanging out and s...

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  1. @Owen I ride all my bikes in the same kit. Lycra. »

  2. @Owen a MTB is mandatory for every AZ resident. Always wished I had made it up to Prescott when I lived in the state. »

  3. @infinity87 Super happy to have another AMT around. I work the same shift, 8pm-6am,  on CRJ200′s. @minion I think you over estimate the condition of most planes. dirty pigs is what most of them are, and working in the lav is no joy. »

  4. I miss having one of the best shops in the country as my LBS. they made it very inviting to stay and hang out while working on my bikes. now in a small town I am left with going to the ” best” shop in town. They get stuff done but I dont get the impressio… »

  5. Sometimes when Im elbows deep in a greasy airplane or working around a hot jet engine, I daydream about how awesome it would be to work at a bike shop… »

This note arrived to the Velominati Bunker back in April. It was a confession. It was a cautionary one. Everyone knows someone who has done this. I nearly did it myself*. I replied to Alex, not sympathetically enough yet his message has stayed with me. Is this worthy of a New Rule? Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. This was my solution to having my bikes on the rook of my truck for 3 days while moving cross country. Never ran into anything. »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goi...

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  1. @Geraint We all start somewhere. »