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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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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. Um…just heard in a Vuelta preview video that “Froome has decided not to race to train but instead has been riding with former rider Levi Leipheimer in the U.S.” What the FUCK? Is he counseling him on how to look less shite on the bike? Nah, can’t be. E… »

After a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. -The Prophet, Eddy Merckx After a week away in Atlanta for business, I feel thick and heavy. These trips away are killers; the shift in time zones means the already-too long work day is extended by a further three hours. I try my best to watch my diet, but in a town like Atlanta where even sush...

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  1. I’m pretty happy I don’t have to travel for work that often. I absolutely cannot sleep in hotel beds. It awful. Atlanta. The closest I got was the 15 lanes on the highway. For some reason, I feel like that was enough of the city for me. »

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. Nice one, Bretto! And thanks for this. I was just mulling over his career last week. “How can everyone be so thrilled over this. Isn’t there at least a hint of suspicion?” Lots of good stuff here to think about. It just all seems a bit to cheery for me, e… »

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. Let the racing begin! VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Contador 4. Uran Uran 5. Valverde »

The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think.- Virginia WoolfOur actions lie on the horizon of the present, in that swirling cloud where fantasy turns into reality. To plan is to cast a shadow into the future, to attempt to lay shape to the unknown. As the present merges with the future, reality will try our plans on for s...

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  1. Calc IV? Fack. My math train ended with Calc II. That stuff started to get really fucking weird. I could no long will myself to figure it out. For me, that separated the math brains from the non math brains, kinda like a VO2 max test for continental vs. E… »

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. ChrisO – Thank you for the terminology correction! Got it, thanks. Ha. I thought I was the only one doing the “trackie peek” at my rear wheel for half of the first few rides on new, nice tires with latex tubes. Same experience, “Wait, do I have a slow lea… »

The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think.- Virginia WoolfOur actions lie on the horizon of the present, in that swirling cloud where fantasy turns into reality. To plan is to cast a shadow into the future, to attempt to lay shape to the unknown. As the present merges with the future, reality will try our plans on for s...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Woah, hold on a minute. As a fellow Skankleite, I think his lower guns are impressive. I have been playing running, ball sports since I was six and my VMH has bigger calves. The only thing I’ve got going for me – broke my leg playing colle… »

  2. There is a lot to think about here, very nicely written. I really like this too, as I feel that I’m moving into a new (perfectly good) stage of my life and while I’m not riding as much, or as far, I feel secure in the fact that cycling is still a very hea… »

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. @xyxax Ha, feel free to ask away with more questions. It isn’t that bad if you go about it calmly and with a good pre-tutorial. This is not something I do with Recovery Ales on hand, definitely not the first few times. Nate is a Tubular Sensei. You nee… »

  2. @Nate Hey!! I have my reasons for sticking with my non-tubular lifestyle. (but yes, it is kinda complicated, though the more times you’ve done it, the easier it gets. And, since I have four road bikes, once I get new tires and tubes installed, I might n… »

  3. G’rilla – new house, new bike storage. NICE! Getting closer and closer to building a high quality shed where I can store a few of the bikes. Very excited when that day comes. kixsand and xyxax - I am a big fan of open clincher tires with latex tubes. I’m… »

I have met @chris on the original Keepers Tour. He seemed like a reasonable person at the time. Then again, @rob passes himself off  as a rational person yet he signed up for the Too Much on 100 ride and completed it. People sign up for these crazy rides because it forces them to get in the best shape possible. It makes these long rides more enjoy...

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  1. 350k in one day? Good lord. Good luck, Chris. That is a stout day in the saddle. »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. @Nate Nate! Ha, I was just telling the VMH that I couldn’t find the mini-awesome bag I kept my Sunnies cloth in, as I used it the other night during a rain ride, mid-ride cleanse. I think one of the darn cats swatted it away from the table. Anyway, she… »

  2. Big Frank – You have stood around a watercooler? It seemed clear you only ever hung about the cute female soigneurs cabin. WORD! to that, Frankster. I’ve come to a moment and point in my life where I realize my priorities must change. Just has to be. Tha… »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. @Mike_P How true. I didn’t even think of that. Both gone too soon. And my apologies for the mistype(s)…”One mighty cyclist came into the world, one mighty cyclist departed this world.” Let us all get busy livin’, life if short. VLVV. »

  2. Just realized that August 12th is Laurent Fignon’s birthday. One mighty cycling came into the world, one might cyclist departed this world. »

  3. A full year later and reading this and thinking about Jon is still upsetting. Being a Velominatus certainly instills a unique bond in that sense. RIP, Jon Lennard. Very apropos timing for a ride in memoriam. I was just on an superb long vacation and left… »

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. Hmm. Hope to catch some of this live! VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gallopin 3. Rogers 4. Rodriguez 5. Gilbert »

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. I have Deltas on my Tommasini. I’ve been building up the courage to recable them for a few years now. Mine work well in the drops, but are a tough pull from the top. Maybe I just should have requested bigger hands? Can’t decide if I want to give it a go, … »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

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  1. Leaving town for a week, heading to Ontario for some lake time and I had to clean all the bikes, lube all the chains or I knew I just would be able to relax on the trip. Gotta return home after a week without bikes to a clean stable so you can choose the … »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. Yeah, strong work, Big Frank! I wonder if he could have pulled off such brilliant picks, Gianni, if he’d had to do it after rejigging the main frame last week. Well, that there is the question: does wrestling the monster add to his madness, or his clarity… »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. Harumph. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Bronzini 4. Stevens 5. Armitstead »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @Fausto Crapiz Hold on a minute. Are you off your energy drinks? »

  2. Damn, Gianni. That is pretty amazing. After getting harassed playing college sports (one no one used to fucking care about) by drunk frat dudes during a spring party weekend I realized how shitty hecklers are. The worst. I can’t imagine saying anything cr… »

  3. wiscot – He had a child earlier in the year, maybe during Tirreno-Adriatico? One of the warm up races. That’s all it made me think of, maybe the baby is keeping the VMH up at nights and he wanted to let ‘em know he’s thinking of them? I stole Angus Young… »