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Velominatus: Ron

Order: Black Order Velominatus

Turning the cranks, one day at a time. I'm a Yankee originally from upstate NY, now living in the south with my wife, 2 cats, 2 dogs, one field mouse our cats found in the park, and some fish. 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 Gin 'n' Trombones, 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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I love discovering things about people who I think I know. Maybe it’s a work colleague or friend of a friend who you run into once a month, maybe every week, and as the relationship lengthens and develops you pick up a nugget of information here and there. Sometimes a mutual acquaintance will proffer an anecdote, or if they’re talking...

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  1. Gotta love truly accomplished people who act like they’re regular blokes. Not enough of these types around but, if you find one, stick around. Great story, Brett! »

  2. @wiscot Yup, I took one look at the lead photo and thought, “Which Follower is that? He looks fuckin’ great…” Oh, it’s a former PRO. Now I get it. »

I think it would be hard for anyone to make the case that Eddy Merckx was Roger de Vlaeminck’s Cycling Sensei, but I think we can all agree that De Vlaeminck was a student of Merckx, if only a student of his domination. But every student at some point becomes the master, and the driven student will always challenge the Order of Things.Eve...

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  1. @unversio Ha, I wish the T7 was shorter because the pockets are a bit low for my liking. Different folks, different torsos. I’m very careful about what I put in my pockets, but the T7s are a bit small. Plus, in winter and fall riding you always have ex… »

  2. What about all the fat American dudes who wear a fleece vest year round to hide their cheeseburger lockers? It’s like…buddy, I can still tell you’re fat under that vest. And, it’s 20*C, why the vest? »

  3. @Chris I’d happily follow her rear wheel, as opposed to that of Gus, my burly soigneur. Also, I’d overlook the boots. At least she’s not riding in Crocs! »

  4. @unversio I have the T7 jersey and I like it a lot. I wish it was a bit shorter, but they clearly state their jerseys are a bit relaxed, not club fit, but not peloton-tight. My biggest gripe is the pockets. They’re a bit too small and definitely too nar… »

  5. @Harminator Ha, awesome! I will never understand guys who can ride in winter without gloves. My hands and feet tend to get cold, not my body or face or head. I just don’t understand how guys keep feeling in their hands in cold wind. If I need a LS top … »

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. Like the little white Campagnolo they added to the new hoods! »

I think it would be hard for anyone to make the case that Eddy Merckx was Roger de Vlaeminck’s Cycling Sensei, but I think we can all agree that De Vlaeminck was a student of Merckx, if only a student of his domination. But every student at some point becomes the master, and the driven student will always challenge the Order of Things.Eve...

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  1. Damn, imagine rolling out of your house to meet…The Prophet for a training ride? That’s awesome. I actually am able to leave my front door, mount my bike on the porch, roll down two steps, a path, then onto the sidewalk and into the street. Pretty cool… »

@Blackpooltower is obviously spending all his n+1 money on new cycling books, or he works in the little seen cycling-specific bookshop. Either way, he is nice enough to catch us all up on what is vvorthy. The lead image alone is enough, it’s fantastic. It’s worthy of its own article or, even better, a movie. It is not too late for hint...

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  1. Is that the Man with the Hammer or the Incredible Hulk’s non-green cousin? »

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. Good core, terrible flexibility here. I blame a lifetime of sports without proper warm up/cool down. “Uhh, coach, I could use another 25 minutes of stretching…” Yeah right. One day, one day I’ll get serious about flexibility. Can’t complain too much tho… »

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. Despite the somewhat dopey name, I kinda like the Giro Grynd and they have me thinking about putting some Shimano SPDs on my commuter bike. I don’t think all recessed shoes are ugly. Hey, they can’t all be White Princesses, but considering I commute in “… »

I’m trying my best to stay thin this winter, but I’m nowhere near where I was when it was warm and the days were long. I keep flashing back to the last time I felt genuinely skinny and declared to myself, “This time, I’ll keep it off!”This photo is a metaphor. Winter me is on the right, Summer me is on the left. Mi...

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  1. I love having a rest after eating, even if it’s not a siesta but at night. Alas, I’m going to be hungry these days. The good thing is how light you feel on the morning cross ride. And, how nice it is to eat breakfast. »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

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  1. Since he has such cool shades…just thought I’d mention that I picked out some new eyeglasses last night. My twelve year old pair, that I loved, were slipped off my face by my buddy’s two year old. We were having a bonfire, I was hoisting one kid, the ot… »

I’m trying my best to stay thin this winter, but I’m nowhere near where I was when it was warm and the days were long. I keep flashing back to the last time I felt genuinely skinny and declared to myself, “This time, I’ll keep it off!”This photo is a metaphor. Winter me is on the right, Summer me is on the left. Mi...

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  1. I love how you get the dual glare of the Prophet’s eyes…but only one from Bibendum. What a photo! Winter weight is a huge pain. This year, this year I won’t let it happen. Tough when the mother-in-law lives 2.5 hours away, loves cooking for you, and he… »

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. @VeloVita I still enjoy provoking you big lads though. Thanks for writing that! »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

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  1. I have a mismatched wheelset that came on a bike I picked up used. Too good of a deal to pass on the complete bike. Open Pro rims to black Record hubs with silver DT spokes. The problem is one rim is black, one silver. Such a nice wheelset that I’ve never… »

  2. Frank – I never considered using a staircase to fix my bike! Hmm… My commuter has some cheapo Axel wheels (did you hear that SantaVelomihottieClaus?) and they were knocking a few weeks back. I pulled them apart to find, to my surprise, loose bearings. … »

There are certain bicycle tools that once owned, signify much more than just ownership. For me, it was this Park clamp. No one starts out with a proper bike stand. For any cyclist, I see the early years of working on the bike as it leans up against the end of the bed. I also see no live-in girlfriend or second room to do this in. This era includes...

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  1. Here I was thinking I was the only one who spent a few years chasing a moving bike as it edged down the wall/bed/bookshelf, moving just enough to make working on it impossible. I don’t miss those days. I have two stands – PT one where you remove the fron… »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

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  1. Yikes, and here I was planning on cruising into the weekend with a peaceful last few hours of the work week. Not with the Green Monster on our hands. A few of you smarter lads have already said some important things that I agree with. What bugs me though… »

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. And we need a full-size photo of that darn De Rosa! »

  2. @SamFromTex Heyyyy. After years of having to fight and battle with all the big dummies on the football field, basketball court, soccer field, hockey ponds, and lacrosse fields I’m THRILLED to have found a lifetime sport where my size is an advantage. I… »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

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  1. @juliana Nice! I have to share this with my VMH…she thinks I’m a weirdo because I want attention sometimes, but not others. Guess I’m like your husband! I blame it on being a Gemini – sometimes I’ve very social, sometimes I’m thrilled to be alone. »

  2. Hey, Winnen has white hoods. I’d like to find some for my 1991 Record Gruppo on my Tommasini. It still has the original Leader’s Tape on there, Cinelli cork. I’d like to swap to a longer stem and put on new cables since I’m sure that would improve the shi… »

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. Ahem, WE prefer to be called Medium Sized Men. Simon and I are both 170/1 cm and 65 kg. »