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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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We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. Relax, relax. Sorry to cause alarm. By holiday bush I meant…in the bottom of my cycling stuff closet, waiting to be opened. And, if we do put up a holiday bush, the VMH and I walk the dogs to the local bamboo forest, cut some smaller shoots and then t… »

  2. I’ve got a Solo CC Possum Fur cap waitin’ underneath the holiday bush for opening (a virtual one, we don’t have one). Very excited to try it out, been waiting a few years for one. Finally convinced the VMH to get me one, despite it being made from possum … »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. Yup, not in the stars this year, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be thrilled from home… Must a) buy a house b) build a proper bike house behind the house. I think I should be able to pull that off come spring 2015, which will make the VMH very happy…an… »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. #5, #9, #10…well, there ya go. Souleur – awesome. How true! “Why are you wearing that little cap?” Do you have any goddamn idea what this “little cap” can do?! They look awesome (when done right) and they serve a myriad of purposes. Hell yeah, I’m g… »

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. Teocalli – thank you for the suggestion! I’ll make sure to do this at a major intersection where the bike path crosses the road. Put on a little show for all the cagers waiting for lights…”Guess what I saw on my drive in this morning, Lyle…” »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. Still no Carbone wheels for me but hey, at least I have a buddy with a few sets (Zipps, Reynolds, etc.) and when I ride with him I thoroughly enjoy the sound of the special pads on the carbon brake track. Getting close to the time I need to swap out some… »

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. Buck – pulled that movie off the shelf years ago on a whim and wow, hit the jackpot. Sadly, what in the fuck has become of Owen Wilson? Funny dude in independent films to Hollywood Hore. »

  2. Commuting to work this morning, pleasantly happy with my choice in clothing. Stop to take a call from the VMH (safely, on a bike path shoulder), start pedaling again…and my single-speed drivertrain turns…but I ain’t goin’ nowhere. Huh. I inspected eve… »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. Goddamn, I spend a lot of my time analyzing what people are thinking as well, Frank! Gotta cut that out so I can spend more time riding. Planes, thank goodness I don’t have to fly that often. Just a few years ago, ya know, before I matured…I grew exasp… »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

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  1. Nice! This is a great one, Goggles. Love a long weekend ride. I’m usually rolling back in when most folks are just waking up. I can’t help but think of all I’ve fit in, seen, experienced, and ENJOYED while they were still in the stack. Three hour rides … »

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. BIG respect to all of those fitting in ride time consistently. After a few years of grad school, I’m back to a 9-5. Damn, I forgot how much of a day, and a week, is chewed up by working every darn day. It was easy with school to fit in rides. Now…not ea… »

  2. I don’t know if it’s just the time of year or what, but every fall cross bikes just seems to be a tad sexier than road bikes. Maybe I’m just cold and need something to love. Nice bike, Norm! »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. @Buck Rogers Is there anything to like about Indurain? He was generally boring to watch race and now…he’s a mute because he knows if he says too much he’ll open himself up to doping questions. A boring mute, they’re no fun. Some of the Banesto jerseys… »

  2. @wiscot I disagree. I actually took the time the other week to bike over to one of those shitholes. I wanted one of those pot colanders that just hugs the lip of a pot and lets you pour the water out. Guess what? In a store full of endless crap…they d… »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. This AOP is going great places. I’m excited! Also, I need a raincoat like that to wear for cyclocommuting. I think it would make me extra visible to cars with it tailing me in the breeze like a sail. »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. Souleur – welcome back! »

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. Analog – where the heck do you live? I want to know more about the tropical background. Good lord, the blue Saffron is going to be be incredible. Get that thing built up! »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

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  1. Trivia from today’s trivia. Full name of Knaven…Henricus Theodorus Josephus (Servais) Knaven. Quite the handle!! Oh, and who the heck is Rumsas? Never heard of that dude. Yikes, seems that he got his WIFE arrested and jailed for being his drug mule. T… »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. I grew up watching the Batman & Robin t.v. show and still dig it. So bad and weird that it was good. Since I didn’t really start road cycling until 2003 and didn’t start following the peloton with any passion until around 2008, the 1990s seem like a … »

I have a huge capacity for watching bike racing on TV. I’ll watch hours of it even when nothing is really happening. I’m certainly not bragging. So I’m quite certain I could sit in the cramped, possibly smokey, noisy, Gent velodrome and watch an evening of six-day racing. I bet the ratio of men to women (who actually want to be th...

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  1. Considering I’ve given up on most American sports, but do love going to the local auto track a few times each summer ($5 entry, BYOB, always a fight in the crowd)…I could easily spend some time enjoying a six day race. »

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 ‘dale, Kix. And, like that Ridley cx. I’ve got a black and white Van Dessel Gin & Trombones cx bike. Love keeping it simple for cross. Just a ride/race tool. Simple, no guilt in getting it dirty or scuffing the paint. And, it reminds me of m… »

Sharing the road with cars is mostly a losing proposition. It’s hard to share when your vehicle weighs 8 kgs and the other guy’s is 800 kgs. If we have to share we have to let go and that is not easy, as @Kevin Wilkins explains. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. On a lighter note, I’ve had the opportunity to discuss the “Get on the sidewalk!” shout with the driver who screamed it at me. They got caught in traffic. It’s a blast to ask an unhappy, angry driver to assess what they just yelled at a stranger…and the… »

“My dear, Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. ~ Falsely yours” ― Charles BukowskiIt&#...

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  1. Oh yeah…just watched a documentary on Bukowski. What an amazing character. I had read “Women” a few years ago. That dude was a madman. Talk about living full-out for an entire lifetime! I love his poem “Bluebird.” Check it out, if you haven’t read it y… »

  2. Awesome, Brett! That is what most people don’t get, that is an inside secret of sorts, but shouldn’t be: riding a bike, though it might be cold or raining is fucking fun! It keeps you young, it reminds you of being a kid. A few things. a) started a new j… »

Sharing the road with cars is mostly a losing proposition. It’s hard to share when your vehicle weighs 8 kgs and the other guy’s is 800 kgs. If we have to share we have to let go and that is not easy, as @Kevin Wilkins explains. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. As the seasons have changed, and now sunset time, for us Northerners, I’ve been reminded how distracted drivers are at all times. Even with multiple lights, hi viz clothing I’ve nearly been clipped this week while commuting. Already stated, but assume yo… »