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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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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… »

  4. Buck – I care, man. I care. I want to know how Greg Van Avermaet rode to a 6th place finish today. The guy can win on almost any parcours, in any weather, at any time of year. (or at least be really, really fucking close to winning). He’s amazing. Also,… »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. Lads – glad to read that you like the photochromic lenses from Rudy. I’m guessing that if you like them you get quick contrast changes and a pretty good range of light conditions? Some of the spring/autumn rides I do have made me wish I could carry two se… »

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. Despite the craziness of the first week, I was checking out the abandonments and there are a number of full squads still chugging along, with others losing one or two, at most. I wonder how the percent of riders pulling out in 2014 compares to the other … »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. meursault – I’m also intrigued at trying out shades from new/different manufacturers. Have a few pairs of Oakleys, those Salice’s look pretty darn cool for on-bike wearing. I’ve been digging some of the Uvex shades on the Giant-Shimano team and the (is it… »

  2. @frank Straight out of Twins casting. The 171 cm Italian guy and the 197 cm (?) Dutch guy. Perfect pair of twins. Well, the article has done it. Picked up a new pair of White Lightnings. Decided to give the Rudy Project photochromics a try. I wonder i… »

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. Normally I’m happy for any stage winner. But Kristoff, I don’t know, I just don’t feel much love for him. Is it because he wins without looking like he’s trying? Normally seated, doesn’t really rock or throw his bike. Is it the big ugly helmet? The 27-goi… »

  2. Jeez, just when I thought this was a safe place. Please, for fucks sake, don’t put “-gate” after every single goddamn thing that happens in the world. Watergate. Big Fucking Deal. Some monkey humping a tennis ball and using an inhaler – NOT a big fucking … »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. Heavy gavel? He come tha judge, he come tha judge… I have been spending too much money on nice shades since I was 12 and put about twenty lawns towards a pair of Oakley SubZeroes. Those things were odd, but lovable. As I write, I’m contemplating anoth… »

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. Hmm, don’t you think Nibali’s ride on Stage 5 is worthy of preventing an “asterisk” making? He smashed it hard, ahead of the Classics guys (minus Boom) and put serious time in Contador. Call it bad luck, but Froome crashed a lot in the first few stages, … »

  2. Tried to warn ya about picking Talansky. I just thought he’d crashed too hard more than once. (No dislike, I just thought he might be beat up.) As for Gallopin. Oh boy! What a ride. When he crossed the line on Stage 10 a soigneur had to hold him up. That… »

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending it t...

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  1. @Nate Welcome! Enjoy your time over here. I’m heading to northern Ontario in early August for a week at a pal’s cabin, located in the middle of no where. I’ll use the lake to stay on top of Rule 33. »

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. Holy fack…I want to know more about the execution of a Luxembourg Wedgie! Do you need a soigneur or rouleur to help you execute this, or is it a one man job! »

  2. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Valverde 4. van Garderen 5. Mollema »

  3. I think anyone presuming the racing is simply going to settle down after the first 10 stages is bonkers. I see a sustained insanity to this edition. I’d also be curious as to exactly how Bertie sheered his shoe/cleat. Did he break his cleat off in the pe… »

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending it t...

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  1. Awesome, Gianni! I was actually thinking about this today when I rode. Actually, I was thinking about how I no longer think about it. Rule 33 has been internalized. Just feels right. »

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. Yikes, that is bad news about your Canyon. Glad you are trying to be positive about it, and not too roughed up. Heck yeah, I haven’t made any major purchases in a long time. Just chains, tires, etc. Coughing up $2000 seems insane when you haven’t done it… »

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. Oh no, I thought it was just silly drivers playing with phones when behind the wheel. Now we have RedBeard dialing up for a pizza to be delivered to the finish line…Jaysus. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-de-france-shorts-paolinis-communication-ma… »

As Le Tour approaches rapidly, memories of Tours past come to the fore, and riders who may have gone unnoticed for the remainder of the racing season are once again lauded for their performances on the biggest stage there is. We know them as the Evanescent Riders.In 1993, one such rider was the Colombian climber Álvaro Mejía. ’93 was also...

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  1. Is he wearing a POC helmet?… »