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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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What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

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  1. I’ve also been bike commuting to work for two weeks now. New job. LOVE riding in shorts, t-shirt and sneakers. Definitely fun to just jump on a bike in regular ol’ clothes. »

  2. I don’t like mid-ride stops because it just kills my legs and the restart is a bastard. Oh, and I don’t drink. Coffee that is. And yep, the voice level and ugliness of kit/bike seem highly correlated with lackluster riding abilities. If I do stop, I make… »

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. Is it wrong that I can’t be bothered to stay knowledgeable of all the damn BB types out there right now? I even have a cycling magazine in my cyclomag stack explaining them. I just don’t care too much. Might I be kicked out? Gotta say, like that Focus cx… »

There is nothing more disappointing than discovering the truth behind a myth or spotting the mortal behind a legend. This is why I make a point never to do any research or in any other way attempt to validate my assumptions when evaluating a situation; mystery that feels like a fact and sounds like a fact is better than an actual fact. Tr...

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  1. Love that photo of Rog! How did we go from the ill-fitting Men’s Wearhouse suits to the skinny suits in such a short span though? I’m all for well-fitting clothes, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to be wearing anything (off the bike) with the word “skinn… »

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. kix – do you have to run this by a significant other? Sell another bike to get it? That is a nice price for that bike. What was the problem with those wheels? I’m pretty happy with the two different sets of high-end Ksyriums I have, but they ain’t carbone»

There is nothing more disappointing than discovering the truth behind a myth or spotting the mortal behind a legend. This is why I make a point never to do any research or in any other way attempt to validate my assumptions when evaluating a situation; mystery that feels like a fact and sounds like a fact is better than an actual fact. Tr...

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  1. The (Cross) Force. Happy Halloween! »

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. As an aside, autumn is here for us in the North. Lots of low light rides, lots of bad angles of the sun. At this time of year I continually find myself dreaming about a magical day when once per fall season cyclists are allowed to berated, maim, imprison… »

  2. Haldy – a great base to begin with! Nice. Looking forward to seeing the full steed. Teocalli – strong work. There is never a time like right now to get yer biznass in order. »

There is nothing more disappointing than discovering the truth behind a myth or spotting the mortal behind a legend. This is why I make a point never to do any research or in any other way attempt to validate my assumptions when evaluating a situation; mystery that feels like a fact and sounds like a fact is better than an actual fact. Tr...

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  1. As someone who came into cycling in their mid-20s, I’m enthralled by the legends, the myths, and the tales of the peloton. Oh, it doesn’t hurt that I’m a historian either. Great piece, Frank! I only started riding seriously in the early aughts and watchin… »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. The worst is getting in the drops if you’ve been gluttonous over the winter. Argh, that fat fucking gut reminds you that you’ve been a lazy fuck. »

  2. Nate – I have Campa on three road bikes. Yep, love the different hand positions. (But, I also like riding my Red equipped bike and my 105 9-speed commuter too. Variety is nice!) It might change as I get older and my body changes, but for now, I like havi… »

I’m not sure where this ride falls on the graph of fitness but down towards the bottom, somewhere.There can be a point in every rider’s season where each ride ends the same. FFS, I suck. The unabridged volume of self-loathing is reviewed, cogent chapters reread, aloud, in the bathroom. I’m Too Fat To Climb is a chapter I like to q...

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  1. Oh boy, definitely been in this situation. Like, right now! My hours in the saddle have dropped drastically of late, but it’s okay, I just have other stuff going on. I’m in my fall “soul surfing” mode though – just trying to enjoy being out in the fresh … »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. Well goddamn, am I relieved. I thought I was the only one constantly changing how many fingers I have in front/behind the hoods/lever. Phew!! Also, I have owned “A Sunday in Hell” for a good few years now. I have never been able to force myself to finish… »

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. @markb I have a Hawaiian “shirt” jersey. Club fit too! Thrift store find, from Performance. I like to wear it on Friday fun rides. Aside from the obvious awesomeness, should I get fat, the Club Fit provides room to grow. »

  2. @wiscot Man, you are on fire! And winter hasn’t even set in to keep you off the road and busy entertaining us. Strong work. I don’t own or wear denim, so those pantalones make me extra-queasy. »

  3. @ChrisO HA! Nice work, Chris. Nice work. »

  4. Buck – NICE rant! I loved that. It’s amazing how different sports have become in such a short, short time. What I’ve seen is that you’re either an “all in” athlete now and you focus on one sport, go to coaching camps, have a coach, only eat Gatorade-appro… »

  5. 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… »