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Velominatus: Rob

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Miami Beach, close to America

Old dog rider with some amateur race experience back in the day. Still going fast but seeing the writing on the wall... Day job is self employed metal smith. Occasional mushroom hunter, collector of antique spoons

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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. @roger Roger, I can’t add anything crept your going to blind some unsuspecting squirrels tomorrow! That package is rad. Give my best to Buck and all – have fun! »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. Yes, good man and great move! Although I found it strangely  anticlimactic – too many strong men marking each other, or the fact that I think the time was fast and they were all blown? »

@Harminator just submitted this little gem of a tale. It is too timely not to share with Paris-Roubaix looming. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Nice one, puts us in the proper mood! I am so stoked for this race, got back from this mornings effort and tried to find the live feed, bummed that its tomorrow… »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Van Avermaet 4. Kristoff 5. Boonen »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @seemunkee @freddy Holy Joop Zoetemelk! I just checked and am so surprised to be on the podium! I only hope I make it to the showers next weekend… Can’t wait PR has to be my favorite race. Good luck all! »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. @Gianni it is like 10 guys could nail this one and the 3-4 favorites only need to hiccup to fall short by one podium step… drink Kerin at least it is cycling related! »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Armistead 3. Van Dijk 4. Borghini 5. Moolman »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Vanmarcke 4. Devolder 5. Sagan »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. @ohbejoyful Nice one! It does seem to explain the reason we all get captivated by 2 wheels. I like the big picture of what the vid is about too and that may explain why I feel no guilt for my hours on the bike? Glad you joined in. »

  2. I envy your brain Frank, you never cease to amaze with your analogies, gravity and stoopid – Genius!  Since I have left the land of hills and now do not wrestle with the man with the G’s I am really curious as to how it will be when I head north and am th… »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. @unversio Dumb works?! If I win this year I will hand make a trophy to be passed from winner to successive winner! »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. Frank, ace reflective tape tip, thanks and thanks too @sthilzy, that rim job is getting laid on for maximum effect. I tell the VMH that I am lit up like a christmas tree so that she can yell at the bastide in court “which fecking light did you not see?”. … »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. @unversio Si Señor, does this not apply most here?¿ »

  2. @Buck Rogers Buck, ChrisO, this ^ the interweb has no rules but this site has a vibe that keeps the boil down to a simmer so that great discussion and fun times roll out almost every day. There is no bad in the sometime/onetime poster coming just for t… »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Kristoff 3. Degenkolb 4. Sagan 5. Boonen »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Kristoff 3. Cancellara 4. Sagan 5. Boonen »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Armitstead 3. VanDijk 4. Gunnewlik 5. Pooley »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cavendish 2. Kristoff 3. Cancellara 4. Sagan 5. Boonen »

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. unexplainedprideonbeingcorrectlyreferencedäsãcyclistrætherthanonemerelyridingābike Fixed and here’s the translation (only in German as the Dutch is too wierd): Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz »

This winter Shimano showed up on Maui with a flotilla of Colnago C-59s set up with disc brakes. The lucky Shimano people tested the bikes on some of the nicest routes on the island, including some descending down the Haleakala volcano. Unbelievably they didn’t invite me along (!?). If they had I would have suggested a different place to ride, one...

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  1. So good when you wax poetical about your adopted exotic land Gianni. Shrouded in mist but dry, mountainous but rolling, perfect roads interspersed by  crap roads, these are what I imagine when I think of riding with you in paradise. It must have something… »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. @Buck Rogers  hey Bucko, the avatar thing is bugging me I think I lost my pass word… God I can’t wait for this stage of puter pass word to be over – scan my eyeballs with lazers, scan my brain with radiation, anything but this! @Buck Rogers You are s… »

  2. Damm, a bit grumpy at Sagan, does he not understand that now is the time to get serious and lay down a base for his Palmeres? I only followed on the live feed so I can’t wait to see it. Nibals sounded like he committed too early and Kristoff sounded unst… »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Cavendish 4. Petachii 5. Nibali »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. Digs are little mini tests that the digger or the diggee can pass/fail at any point. These are the little moments that help pass the time on the long miles. »

I came strongly into the Fall, stronger than in other years thanks to a late-season objective to do well at my first Heck of the North gravel classic in Minnesota. I was light and I had built good power and endurance by riding the steep gravel roads that pepper the North Cascades and suffering through brutal interval sessions on the windswept stre...

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  1. Frank, As usual you nail it. Having left behind all the angst/joy of winter riding I look back fondly to all the hours put in on the days when the mercury was well below 32f. Once the decision to go was made and the layers were sorted the hard part was ov… »