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Velominatus: Rob

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: Ottignies, Belgium

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I can can feel his cold breath on my back, like a shadow drifting through an alleyway. He’s not yet upon me, but the Man with the Hammer is lurking nearby. I’m not even sure he has the intention to strike; he’s just staying close, cruelly reminding me that my fate is in his hands.I feel the heaviness in my legs from the first turn...

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  1. @wiscot I’m spoiled in Belgium.  I ride with a regular club out of vossem that is normally between 60-80 guys split in 3 groups.  You have your (don’t tell them) old guy group who averages 25-26 but mainly want to enjoy their ride.  I come from a triathl… »

  2. Great article Frank.  This is my 3rd season trying to ride in Belgium.  The 1st year was a steep learning curve (1st time riding with any group, let alone pavé, foreign language, etc) and while my avg climbed from 24kmh to 28-29 so too did the frequency w… »

Omloop het Nieuwsblad is fast approaching on March 1st, Strade Bianche goes off the next weekend; finally, ladies and gentlemen, we have a season. For me the racing season really has to start in cold, wet Europe. I like the Tour Down Under just fine, I watch it, but it’s too early, too sunny and too hot to signify the start of the racing season...

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  1. @Beers There was some good advice in there, but I couldn’t help but wonder how much time you’ve spent on Belgian cobbles :)  Yesterday wasn’t that bad, but you know these nutters have 30% cobbled climbs?  With holes between cobbles like on the sections to… »

  2. @all thanks for all the advice.  I’ve never had a problem really with flats once I learned to actually steer around potholes or bunny hop over, but think I’ll pick up a set of vittoria pave to see the difference.  Everyone says bigger is less rolling resi… »

  3. Anyone have some pointers for climbing the cobbled hills in the classics?  I did the Omloop het Nieuwsblad this weekend and while my legs are improving in their ability to handle 20% grades, I have difficulty keeping enough traction on the mud covered cob… »

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. @Beers Thanks for the reply. Sadly its not that simple.  Both wheels going at the same time to me eliminates it being lube related on the back chain.  I don’t use polish or anything like that to clean the bike for the very reason of avoiding contaminatio… »

  2. Love: The way my disc brakes stop monster 29″ 52mm tires with Belgian mud EVERYWHERE Hate: Having to adjust said mechanical disc brakes at least once a month, with failure to anticipate the need resulting in no functional brakes.  And even with properly … »

Pity our cyclist, it’s Saturday and he won’t shave his face, it might sap his strength but he has to shave his legs or he won’t look serious. He certainly can’t have sex, more strength stealing there, and kissing his wife, whoa, slow down, that could spread some germs. He doesn’t want to get sick so going to that birth...

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  1. @anthony While I’m sure there are some over optimistic 80kg riders who fancy themselves to be equivalents of an 80kg Merckx the math works both ways. While it’s amazing the benefit of dropping from 76kg down to 69kg at this point I am bumping up pretty… »

  2. @Gianni Haha no worries, just that with a career in Finance I’m allergic to bullshit in my non-working hours and that is the major appeal to Rule #9 riding in Belgium.  Well I guess its not an absence of bullshit in the literal sense as anyone who has ro… »

  3. F@ck me I was about to pack it in on this article after all the whining about swimming, abstaining from sex, what you eat blah blah blah (or as the french say patati patata????) but hot damn did those pictures pull it out!  Those boys were packing some se… »

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. @Ron +1 to Teocalli,  you need a small cap to apply the preload. Not sure why you would file the spacer down to match the stem as the cap should hide any gap.  Good news is you should be able to file the stem down just enough to allow the preload cap to d… »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @Teocalli Great link! Talk about dreams! Just a shame that dreams cost so much……  I’m sure 2500 gbp ain’t alot considering the level of support on these rides over 5-9 days.  But it makes me realize how lucky I am to have so many classic sportives h… »

We interrupt our usual programming to announce that we have quietly been building and testing an upgraded photo upload tool, which now supports mobile devices and tablets, as well as adding captions to album photos.There is also beta support for pasting photos into the post editor, although in our testing this has been a bit hit or miss; I’ll...

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  1. @eightzero Ohhhhhhhhh Stelvio, how I miss thee.  Today I hit the 4,000 km mark for the year, and 4500+ for the rolling last 12 months in the best year of training in my life.  I can’t wait to return to the lady (and the Gavia and Mortirolo) and do anot… »

Everyone knows that the quality of one’s character is measured by the size gear they can push, particularly when going uphill. It is also a well-established fact that no self-respecting Flemish Pro would ever ride a Compact, no matter what condition their knees are in or how ferocious the gradient. Which, by extension, means that Compacts are...

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  1. Wasn’t sure where to post this but thought maybe some of the followers might be able to help.  Anyone have any good online dutch language learning resources?  My french is conversational so the matter of survival is now taken care of.  That means to keep … »

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. @scaler911 Haha its the joy of having a Belgian other half! I got permission exceptionally to commander our living room into a frame surgery clinic.  It helped that the house was already destroyed, filled with paint buckets and tools for the last 9 day to… »

  2. @EricW Only my 2nd proper race bike so take my opinion for what its worth.  I loved my Sensa as my first proper one that I road the hell out of all over Belgium, but my biggest gripe was how damn stiff it was on the cobbles.  You can’t avoid the pavé in B… »

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  4. Haha there she is the in the lower right corner before being gutted to fit onto the new frame. »

  5. Never officially introduced my first race bike, but after a cracked frame after 2 years of Belgian glory, I figure it best to show her on the way out, while at the same time starting my relationship with Bike #2 on the right foot.  Very first time I built… »

As surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, if you ride a bicycle you can bet your ass against an apple that you are going to get a flat. Not if, but when. Death and taxes, and all that.This could be Pierre or Antonio or Jean-Michel, most likely a name that rolls off the tongue with the same ease he rolled his dead tubular from the...

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  1. @johnthughes Sadly I won’t be doing the ride this weekend.  This morning I lovingly washed my bike in preparation after done a very short ride last night.  Was even going to swap out the bottom bracket as I had a bit of an ugly creak last night each time… »

  2. @johnthughes Another convert here, 3.5 years long in the most beautiful world of cycling as well.  I recently bought a house in Ottignies just outside of Brussels having had enough of the city and I’m so glad I did.  The 30km, 400m elevation commute th… »

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. Thanks guys for the replies, seems most of you run a compact.  Not sure a 27/28 on the rear will make enough difference so looks like I will have to learn how to swap out the front rings in the next month. Just as a clarification here is the profiles inv… »

  2. Ok I know this could be taken as a seriously noob thing to ask but flame suit is on and I’d like to get some V – guidance. What gearing do most people run on Belgian Classic style riding, specifically the 2nd half of Liege Bastogne Liege? I had my first… »

Finally, some cold nasty Belgian one day racing. Oman, Qatar, does anyone brag about winning those stage races? Yes, they might but really, it’s a tune up for the real season which finally begins this Saturday. Will racing in China or Oman grow the sport? Will there be a new wave of inspired young racers from these countries. Does professiona...

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  1. @Skip Thanks skip for the photo.  Went to bed last night with butterflies excited about the first ride of the season and woke up at 6 am seriously disappointed to see all the snow.  1 hour drive to gent would have been sketchy let alone the 3-4 hrs in the… »

What I have always loved about Mountain Biking is the immersion into the woods; the sense of solitude that comes in the wilderness that is lost entirely in the convenience and hustle of the cities I’ve always lived in. What I always hated about Mountain Biking is that my mountain bike never feels enough like my road bike.I was but a budding...

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  1. @G’rilla All US-based viewers and most viewers throughout the world will be able to watch the live streaming video right here on cxmagazine.com except for a few countries including Belgium, the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Canada. The feed is brought… »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

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