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Velominatus: Rom

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A dedicated MAMIL but was touring and some racing from age 15. Now weekly group rider, some racing and TT.

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If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. T Martin 2. B Wiggins 3. R Dennis 4. Van Garderen 5. Tuft »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. T Martin 2. B Wiggins 3. R Denis 4. Van Garderen 5. Tuft »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Van dijk 2. Villumsen 3. Stevens 4. Longo Borghini 5. Small »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Van dijk 2. Johansson 3. Stevens 4. Scandalova 5. Small »

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. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Uran 4. Rodriguez 5. Valverde »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @wiscot Their Ridleys look awesome too. Another blight is the scourge of charity ride jerseys. Big ups for the charities but they’re usually shocking colours and overdone with logos. »

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...

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  1. Ok, as no one has jumped in, in a bad German accent: “Shut up Brett” »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Uran 4. Rodriguez 5. Valverde »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. @wilburrox Nice work man. You must be proud. »

  2. @Hasse Maybe you’re sad because of your dad’s EPMS. nice team jerseys. »

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. No. 3 1980s style. I have a nice Super Record crank for it but it’s a 54/45! May need a respray in the future. »

Never forget your roots, they say… OK, I’m a child of the 70’s, and back then bicycles were as big a part of my life as they are today. We’d always be out riding, building tracks and jumps, and tinkering with our Dragsters, stripping them down to emulate our motocross heroes, with varying results.All these memories came f...

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  1. @Brett, my first 10 speeder (well 12 speed by then) was the Malvern Star Moscow 80 named after the Olympics half the world didn’t turn up to. This was the start of my proper cycling phase and I road this boat anchor with panniers from Perth to Kalgoorlie … »

  2. This was my first bike that I got for my 9th birthday. It started life as a purple dragster and later received modifications including low rise handlebars and 28″ forks, with optional 20″ or 28″ front wheel. Poor landing skills off jumps resulted in prema… »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. Great piece. My boy is a cricketer and soccer player but hasn’t gone near a bike since primary school. He has a pick of a 7 bike garage although his 15 yo 6’2″ body limits some choices. I think he’d make a great climber and engine, but not a sprinter g… »

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  2. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ Found these modern classics »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. I found it’s key to get a good, high bpm ear worm in my head driving on the way to a TT. Seems to help delivering the V on course. So far I’ve been risking it leaving it to whatever is on the radio. I should be better organised and make a mixed V tape. »

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. @plynie nice red detailing. How long is that stem? »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gerrans 3. Valverde 4. Rodriguez 5. Mollema »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @Puffy You sound like a taller version of the gymnast girls I’ve seen on the Commonwealth games coverage. Is your hair in a bun? As my son says “you need to lift”. »

  2. @wiscot Ha, what’s that thing attached to the top tube? Looks tri like to me. I’m not that happy with the bar bottle as it leaks and covers you with sticky stuff. I have seat rail cages I use for training and toolkit on longer races. I’d like a seat t… »

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. Scientific validation of Rule #27. Vanquish your rivals. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-28/morton-beats-meares-to-sprint-gold-in-glasgow/5627720 »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @frank @frank shaving incident with a Bowie knife. »

  2. @PT Watching the TT last night, my theory is that Martin creates a localised low pressure cell and effectively inhales all the other riders on course. »

  3. @DeKerr Thanks mate, I’ve got two options then, campy track pedal that came with my 30 yo steely, or reversible platform pedal on the MTB. The clog is about an inch high so a bit of imbalance is expected. the positive is that I plan to buy new cycling … »