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Velominatus: Ron

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Turning the cranks, one day at a time. I'm a Yankee originally from upstate NY, now living in the south with my wife, 3 cats, 1 dog, one housemate who rides a lot, but almost never for fun. After being adrift for a year or two after college sports ended, I bought a used road bike. Commuting to work, then weekend rides. Now I'm more or less hooked, but it has been a great addition to my life. I try to remember I'm just riding for fun, but occasionally I'll race and ride too much. Oh, and this is the first sport where being on the small side of things has never been a drawback and maybe is a plus. I LOVE that part. Lots o' bikes. Nice carbon LOOK, nice steel Casati, less nice steel De Bernardi, a fantastic "mid-life crisis" Tommasini, Bianchi track bike, an Al/carbon Van Dessel, and a no-name steel cx bike for commuting and touring. Jeez, I didn't realize I had all those until I wrote them down. Couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of this community. It's taken me under its wing and transformed me from a biker to a cyclist!

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A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. As much as it seems attractive to be a PRO, I’m happy to ride a bike for fun and work for a living. »

I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. @frank Sorry for all the words! I am just pretty pumped up these days. A new job (not in my field, nor the LBS) popped up and I think I’m going to like it. Laid-back work environment, I like the folks I’m working with, start/stop time is flexible. Bes… »

  2. Oh, and I love the lead photo. Reminds me a bit of…the photo I have next to my name. Mine is from one of my favorite road loops near where I grew up. Heads either from NY into PA or the other way, depending on which direction you ride the loop. Hmm, ma… »

 Rule #4 is clear but how do you explain to your five year old what a twatwaffle is? I was left trying to define twatwaffle to a room full of relatives, none five years old but a few close to ninety-five years old. Someone opened The Book of Rules and loudly read out Rule #4. Some hand waving and muttering about the Dutch deflected things, thankf...

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  1. Hmm, kids in the next few years, I shall have to pick up a copy. It’s all about The Man, for sure. »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. I like that last line. A lot! Two things: – the encapsulation of youth. I live very close to a major U.S. university. Undergrads live in my neighborhood, including directly across the block. I was coming in from running my dogs via bike on Saturday. Two… »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. @frank I do my best, I do my best!! Glad I could be of service. And, it did hurt a whole damn bunch. »

I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. Wow, once again, what a timely article! Nice one, Big Frank!! I’ve been feeling a bit detached from Following of late. Been busy working on our house, landing a new job, and simply just not being in the mood for rides longer than 2-3 hours. I had been fe… »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. wiscot – I’ve given up on even calling out to folks, as every fucking human has earbuds inserted at all times. I’ll be commuting to my new job on a MUP. Thankfully the Under Armor brigade will still be in bed. On the way home I’ll just hit ‘em with my po… »

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. My bikes are pretty nice, too bad my photography skills are awful. One day I’ll capture a decent photo of my bikes. Wow, the red Merckx…YIKES! Winter can’t come fast enough for that frameset. I’ve got a red Tommasini, everyone deserves a red bike. »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. Yes, GREAT topic! I kept on riding cross loops well into the dark last night because I was sure I could take the corner faster and better. Then I saw a copperhead coming out to eat the frogs I was dodging. My last bad “crash”…stopped and wheeling over … »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. I think I like nice bikes too much; I’ve even pumped about them when someone else is planning a new rig. Many options, brett. Good luck! Love the photoset for these bicycles. All of them look great. As we ponder changing tech (the shifting thread) for m… »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. We need to set up a saddle and shoe swap. Oh wait, Frank would (will for even suggesting) come and find me and kill me dead. Always up for new shoes. Still waiting to try some fiziks or Bonts, but my Sidis just keep on rolling. As for futbol boots, fina… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. This VSP season has gotten away from me. I was away in the mtns. with the hounds and the velomispouse. Oh well, not having the time to sit around and choose picks for every race this year is a bit of a good sign. New job, less free time, plenty of new, g… »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. Ah, shifters. Nice timing! I’m considering a shifter swap on my do-it-all commuter. It’s a cross bike with full fenders, 30mm tires and 9-speed 105 shifters on drop bars. But, I’m never in the drops and I often ride with two full panniers. Hmm, some sligh… »

  2. Time and careful attention. Every time I teach I become more convinced that these two things are going to be absolute relics for most folks with access to a smart phone and/or wifi. Heck, even just a huge t.v. with 300 channels. I think anyone who can fo… »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. Can’t wait, fall is here in North Carolina, USA…gonna be 6*C in the morning when I head out for a ride. I’ve been at this awhile, so how come I’m overthinking what I wear tomorrow? Riding early before the race, so a 5* to 15* swing is hard to sort out…. »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. One day, maybe. Right now I’m content with my Ksyrium SL’s and ES’s. Then again, have a new job starting in two weeks and I’ll be commuting 40 minutes each way. Has me thinking about an extra-special commuter, as I already have just a solid commuter. Hm… »

Happy living in our stressful lives is all about organization. For instance, I like to sort the tasks first by priority and then group tasks of equal priority into buckets of minor priorities. Software developers creatively call this approach to organization a “bucket sort”. This helps break down what appears to be an insurmountable me...

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  1. Nice, Big Fronk! I wonder where those wheels in the background live today. Surely handbuilt tubulars have still been passed on and passed down? »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. I also hope Kwiatkowski gets home to Poland and eats as many pirohies and drinks as much piwo as his lil’ skinny frame can fuggin’ handle. Beer and dumplings all around, my friends. »

  2. @frank Uh oh. I love the way my 53 cm frames look and 60 cm bikes looks weird to me. Either way, after spending most of my life competing in sports where height/size were major factors, I’m fucking thrilled to be onto cycling. I can draft you big fucks,… »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. @frank I love this reasoning: “Fuck this climb, I’ll stand up. Oh fuck. I have no rear traction. What do I do now? Fuck.” »

I was asking earlier, how do you know if you are a cyclist? One sure sign is when one brings a bike on almost all vacations. If a vacation does not include some cycling, is it a vacation? If you asks that, you are a cyclist. Hopefully this has been a long-term condition and all other vacationeers accept this with a shrug, yeah, a damn Velominatus.V...

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  1. Great story, ChrisO! Glad you got to meet and make some new friends. Very cool. The only time I’ve ridden a Colnago, tubulars or one piece bars/stem was when I was working at the National Archives and a guy I “met” on a cycling forum invited me out on a … »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. A bit melancholy, this and then Lombardia and we’ll have to get by with Rule #5 rides and some cross riding until next spring… VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Degenkolb 3. Cancellara 4. Greg van Avarmaet 5. Valverde »

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. Wow, thirty seconds ahead of the Panzerwaggen. Pretty damn impressive ride out of Wiggo. »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. What about Millar’s farewell, fundraiser shoes? I found most of those to be quite ugly. I love style, on and off the bike. Even starting a new job soon, so I’ll have extra incentive to dress nicely and maybe pick up a few new threads too. Oh, and a rule … »