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Velominatus: Rob

Order: Gray Order 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

@Rob's activity:

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...

@Rob's posts:

  1. I know he said he talked to Spartacus before deciding to ride. That conversation, I think they are friends, could have been pretty funny – “I’d like to do the hour, do you mind?” “Mind, why?  Oh no do it (snicker). It will be good to see what you do… … »

  2. One thing about Jens is he is just consistent. What a cool thing to know ones self so well and go into that effort and do it. If we had been watching Merckxs in Mehico you know we’d be thinking its a sure thing. Jens, on the other hand, while he has wins … »

  3. Frinckin Jensy, he looks like the little kid about to go in the candy store, lovin the clock discs. My bet is around 52 kph… After looking at the current records: (a) UCI unified record (from 2014) – Sosenka  49.7 (b) UCI hour record (until 2014) – M… »

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...

@Rob's posts:

  1. @Puffy did not see the apology vid but she was fired from her job – a police officer! What a twat. @Frank, Im not sure I want to play nice anymore? Back in the dark ages as a lone commuter for 4 years in London I had to obey all traffic rules and cars we… »

@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...

@Rob's posts:

  1. @Bianchi_Bob thank you, it is so great to SEE her and her wonderful strength and beauty! That is the best possible image – ever. »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. @Steampunk True that and lets hope the same crew comes to the tour fit and with Quintana. it has been a great race to watch. One thing, giving Contador his due as a great mountains rider, I just don’t like his style. Meaning that it always seems he is o… »

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...

@Rob's posts:

  1. You may be a cyclist if? Your favorite way to travel is on a bike anywhere, anytime. You need to ride. You shift your weight back on the saddle as you pull on the front brake. You feel naked without a helmet even to the corner store. Clipping in is thoug… »

@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...

@Rob's posts:

  1. Bob, first, Bianchis are the most consistanly beautiful and ridable machines, end! Second, just getting on a bike is meditation and doing it with V is a higher level. Lastly, it sounds like you and the wife have done an increadable job in all departments … »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

@Rob's posts:

  1. Ok, since my brief, out of body like experience of being on the podium before the tour I admit to submarining my chances, Aru in #2, Kelderman #5, the other picks going to new blood… How sadly wrong! So the old guard is nailing this down and all I can … »

  2. @Deakus  I like your musings, Sparty going for it now maybe, with 2 climbs left. I don’t think he will make it but good for him just being there and playing off the front. I’m wondering if Froome was just doing exactly what was in his plan yesterday and … »

@Rob's posts:

  1. @Deakus @Deakus Not sure why @ChrisO brought this up??  but I’m sure you could do the same from your house, just the other way round, if you know what I mean. Frank might lend you his mini pump, you know how those things excite the lassies? »

@Nate’s take This year it was time for the Bay Area Cogal to visit my home turf in the East Bay. To make it more than just a long ride on roads I have ridden many times, and instigated by @EricW, the plan was to feature several sectors of dirt fire roads. A few scouting rides later, the route was planned. We rolled out on July 5 with @DaveR,...

@Rob's posts:

  1. @frank Whoooa kid, now I am worried? This is… just, I really really don’t know?? Maybe we don’t know you as well as we thought… @Nate, uhm, I’d back off from any post cogal activities with the Fronkster… »

  2. What a great day out, thank you for sharing and yes, all looking very fit and hard. Blow me, great grandson of George M., that right there is legacy and must be the instigation of true hardness. If any ask, I think he made it and was on the way down… »

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...

@Rob's posts:

  1. @Nate Just wondering why you need gloves for wiping at all? first I do wear gloves all the time because it is about the crash and wanting to go to work without road rash on my hands. As an aside I always try to find the thinest gloves with no padding beca… »

Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

@Rob's posts:

  1. So the lesson learned is we do need to hear these stories now and until things change. There are still riders being caught for doing shite so obviously the problem has not been solved. Really though it is not just a cycling problem and until all sports ta… »

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...

@Rob's posts:

  1. @frank  am I wrong but didn’t @ Buck do this for your attempt? I nominate him to do it – he did such a good job! (Big shit eatting smiley face) »

  2. @Mike_P  had to look up Sosenka and wiki goes straight to his doping but f me methamphetamine in 2008 for a time trial! I thought Tommy Simpson disproved the efficacy of that shit. In full disclosure, of my questionable “history”, for laughs during winte… »

  3. And I should say thank you to Brett for speaking the truth and all the good comments in this post. It is something that should be talked about in every sport (pro golf any one?). This dilemma is the paradox of being a fan in the 21st C. »

  4. @Mike_P  Fanfuckintastic! Ok, maybe I’m strange but I can hold two concepts in my tiny brain at once. First, Yensie is just about the perfect package for this crowd in terms of hard work, taking chances and going for it when others sit back calculating … »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

@Rob's posts:

  1. @Buck Rogers You know Buck when you started going off on Sparty this spring I was not seeing it but now I’m there with you. I never understood racers or for that matter any one in a group activity moaning about the conditions if the whole group had to … »

I hesitate to file this in the Guest Article category. It would be better filed under fellow un-rewarded pirate cycling-site writer, if we had such a file. @winnipegcyclechick does all of her site’s writing, her graphics are usually hers and much too funny. Frankly, she makes me sick. And, AND, she can make the jokes we can’t make lest...

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  1. Those night rides are the memorable ones. My small group of 3-4 in upstate NY would head out at dusk and go where the wind blew us. In the fall after the leaves were down, no lights on moon lit roads. Winter, mountain bikes and full moons, memorable for t… »

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  Noodle salad! As in the set up on that bike is noodle salad. just trying to get this thread back on track…. And do not believe any of Gianni’s stories. Before the age of 30 he was an inveterate sheep fr.,.,er and did massive amounts of  cleanin… »

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. ^ So with you on this Big G! »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

@Rob's posts:

  1. @Erik My thought too, but then my guess is that this may be a one off and in the next few climbs Quintana will be consistent and go into the leaders jersey while Valmerde will fade to support… »

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...

@Rob's posts:

  1. @PeakInTwoYears P.I.T.Y.s, too bad we don’t still wear wool shorts… With a water bottle dumped over them in hot weather it solved the schweddy- ball problem! Only they then tended to sag unless the suspenders were tight and the leather chamois got sl… »