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Velominatus: RossArmstrong2014

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: Millport, Scotland

I'm Ross, I'm 24, from Scotland, and I love cycling for nothing more than fun. Feel free to follow me on Strava

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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...

@RossArmstrong2014's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Martin 2. Bradley Wiggins 3. Alex Dowsett 4. Tejay van Garderen 5. Rohan Dennis »

Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases.Saddle bags: how do we define them? Is it a saddle bag if it attaches to the seat post and the saddle, if it has a zipper, if it is leather, has two natty straps with buckles, if it swings below the saddle like bumper bollocks? Continue reading...

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  1. Much like the Lezyne phone pouch, I have the Rapha essentials case, which is big enough to hole a small multi tool, 2 CO2s and the inflater, some cash and bank card, tyre levers and a patch kit because I’m too cheap and don’t know enough about tubulars to… »

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. Not great at this game, but I’ll try again anyway VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Chris Froome 3. Joaquim Rodriguez 4. Rigoberto Uran 5. Alejandro Valverde »

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. Just tried the Whale Shark on the only wee hill where I live. Its pretty effective. Lots of lovely country air filling lungs and fuelling the guns. Rode like a beast ( for a 5’9″ 88kg lump) and smashed a PB or 2. It looks ridiculous, but most things I do … »

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. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Vincenzo Nibli 2. Tejay van Garderen 3. Thibaut Pinot 4. Alejandro Valverdi 5. Leopold Konig »

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. My white lightning shades are oakley fast jackets. A mate recommended them as he used to wear them for mountain biking. They look incredibly pro and they are the best eyewear I’ve ever owned, including my RayBans which, of course, have never been worn on … »

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. Sorry, did it wrong first time round, properly done this time VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Froome 2. Alberto Contador 3. Vincenzo Niblai 4. Marcel Kittel 5. Nairo Quintana »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. @Ccos I agree about the black sock and blue shoe combo. I must admit, I like the white on white, and only on the shittiest of Rule #9 days do I wear my black socks, only to keep my white socks pristine. »

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. 4 and 5 are a long shot, but I think I’m okay with with the podium – 1. Chris Froome 2. Alberto Contador 3. Vincenzo Nibali 4. Marcel Kittel 5. Nairo Quintana »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

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  1. One of my colleagues enjoys running, and he passed on some advice to me when I first started out cycling. He used to put Cavilon barrier cream on his nipples when he ran marathons, and tried it when he went cycling too. I find it works pretty well, having… »

The Velominati are proud to present the following guest article by our community member Cyclops. As if we needed more convincing, Cyclops has once again proven that a Velominatus has a tendency to be a bit out of dish when it comes to making budgeting decisions.In this particular tale, Cyclops takes us through the challenges and choices involved in...

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  1. I must admit, I search high and low for parts on the cheap all the time. I got my ec90 seat post for 70 quid instead of £150, because it was a display model. The Cube that I ride was a 2013 model, so that was reduced too (from £1250 to £900) and my fi'zi:k … »

Behind every great rider, there’s a great soigneur. The right hand man, the go-to guy, who tends every whim of his rider, feeding, watering, mending and massaging. Behind the humble Velominatus Regularus, however, there’s a string of injuries, tight muscles, bad posture and aching guns. We are our own soigneurs, and if you’re like...

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  1. Rub down the legs in the shower, and let plenty of hot water run down my back and neck. I rarely stretch before a ride, and I probably should try to stretch more often »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

@RossArmstrong2014's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cadel Evans 2. Dan Martin 3. Joaquim Rodriguez 4. Nairo Quintana 5. Thomas De Gendt »

Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. @unversio Nice looking contraption mate »

  2. @Gianni After a while, it was the only pedal wrench I used, bought one from my boss for home use. Here’s a pic of the tool in question :) »

  3. I used to use Pedro’s pedal wrenches when I worked in my LBS, or a Cyclo which was offset, and had a 90 and 45 degree jaw. The offset wrench was great for not ripping hands apart on chainrings. »