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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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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 … »

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. Nice! Making the transition, with the arrival of autumn here, to more cross rides and fewer road rides. Keeps things new and fresh, which I like. But, ouch, always forget how hard even a modest climb is when you’re on loose gravel. Argh, those are leg bre… »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. Awesome work, Frank. Lately I too have been going to new lengths to avoid getting run over. Taking the lane, even more eye contact, riding at off-off peak times, taking the lowest volume routes. I feel much safer all the time, but I won’t let that slip in… »

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 always, a lot of nice bicycles here. Strong work! Frank, jeez, I hardly realized you had a Veloforma road bike and graveleur. Damn, that’s awesome. For now, I dig putting some wide slicks on my cx bike some days and hitting dirt roads. As well as bein… »

Summer is a time for getting fat. Winter is a time for getting fat as well, but in a different way; in Winter we get fat on meals of meat and potatoes covered in sauces made of meat and potatoes. In Summer, on the other hand, our minds get fat: we get nice tans, we tone our muscles, long days see us riding at any hour of the day that suits us. W...

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  1. Awesome! I was just thinking tonight that I can’t even remember what it was like, or when it was cold enough, to require a jacket. I’ve been in shorts and tees since April. I absolutely have no recollection of what it is like to pull on oversocks and knee… »

@Nate’s take This year it was time for the Bay Area Cogal to visit my home turf in the East Bay. To make it more than just a long ride on roads I have ridden many times, and instigated by @EricW, the plan was to feature several sectors of dirt fire roads. A few scouting rides later, the route was planned. We rolled out on July 5 with @DaveR,...

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  1. Love seeing Followers out riding together and having fun! »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. Hmm, I’ll have to store this article and return to it the next time I am in the market for a wheelset. Two questions: It’s been around 35*C here, with full-on humidity, for the past two weeks. Without gloves my hands get so damn slippery on some of my ta… »

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. Velo – I’m lucky to have pretty nice roads to ride on and more and more are getting repaved all the time. I’ve heard one section on a country loop I ride, but avoid that stretch, has just been repaved and a nice shoulder added. Sweet. I could see not want… »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. Yup, I’m in the tribe of not minding, and even enjoying, a slightly different set-up/position on all of my different bicycles. As your friend points out, it brings out different personalities. But, the bb-saddle height and reach is pretty darn close on al… »

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. Two new posts since the race started on Saturday? Yes, I’d say there are some chirping crickets about. »

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. Thanks, Super Sam. As someone who doesn’t follow Aussie Rules, but keeps an eye on sports wide and broad, that is very interesting to know. I hate how cycling gets dragged through the mud as the dirtiest sport. I also love ice hockey and I know if they s… »

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… »