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Velominatus: Ryan

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Fair Oaks, CA

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We recently lost our beloved Great Dane, Kirki, who we nicknamed Beene for reasons that elude logic. She was a good dog, more sweet than clever. A sad side effect of big dog breeds and their short lives is that it wasn’t until nearly the end of her life that she made certain key discoveries about the world. Such as that weighing nearly 65 kil...

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  1. I read that review. Two words for that slap-dick motherfucker: DOUCHE & BAG »

The proclamation is heard in the office, on social media, at the bar with friends; “It’s leg day.” When someone utters “it’s leg day” the accompanying tone of resentment and even dread is usually followed by an audible “ugh”. This exasperation belies one fact, the person making the utterance is not a...

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  1. @KW, One of the wisest pieces of advice I’ve ever been given is this, “It is far better to beg forgiveness than to ask for permission.”  After riding for several years Chewbacca-style, I began shaving after being punished for straying from the road on an… »

Disregarding my Schwinn Typhoon, I started keeping score with my 1976 Peugeot PX 10 LE. It came with a Stronglight 52 x 45 and a 14 x 21 five speed freewheel. I always thought this Peugeot was set up for the pavé of northern France with those gears and wire-wrapped and soldered 3x tubular wheels. Yet according to Peugeot’s advertising, this...

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  1. @Chris You don’t even know me douchebag, let alone how copious my V account is. Having worked in Orthopaedics for in excess of 10 years, I can assure you that potential knee damage resulting from pushing larger gears is given much more blame for injury th… »

  2. Even mentioning riding a compact Rule V violation, at least that’s how I read The Rules. As in everything else relating to setup of one’s steed(s), we should look to the Professional’s & Merckx for guidance. How many hatdmen of the peloton roll anythi… »

This is possibly the most offensive piece of gear I have encountered on a bike. Do you really need a little orange wand to tell you what gear you’re in? There is only one gear to be in: the hardest one at which you can still make the pedals go around in something resembling a circle.These goofy little things were found on the bike I rented la...

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  1. We all have differing means at our disposal. Those that can roll Record, Red or the like, Merckx bless you. Reading this, I kept recalling two of the truest things I’ve ever heard regarding cycling: The Prophet once said, “Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grad… »

We continue our Six Days of the Giro series with a look at the troubled bond between Marco Pantani and the Giro.Some were meant to be tormented, as though it were preordained that their brilliance should be balanced with fatal flaws. These are tortured souls, whose dramatic highs are equalled only by the devastating depths of their lows. Continu...

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  1. “Wondering what he was juiced on”? EPO, & later cocaine. Stop wondering. Pantani would’ve been an unrivaled grimpeur even without EPO, but not in that era. People are fascinated by him still because he was a tortured genius & because he was taken … »

That is the question. Are carbon wheels a viable option for everyday riding? Should carbon wheels be your go-to wheels rather than your just-for-racing wheels? I don’t really race and I don’t own any carbon wheels and I wonder. Granted, every professional is and has been on carbon wheels for many years so it’s easy to think we sho...

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  1. Nemesis (aka Golden Tickets)/Sapim spokes/Record hubs = best all around wheels. Full stop »

It is October, the last VSP of the season is up, there is still some race in China no one cares about. The road racing season is over. It is time for a little Velominati reflection. We tried to put in as many women’s races into the VSP as we could. They get little press, finding a start list is tough, picking the top five even tougher. But th...

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  1. You’ve got to be about the most bad-assed, blessedly foul-mouthed, coolest chick who ever threw her leg over a bike! If it wouldn’t amount to bigamy, I’d marry you after reading that. One of the coolest things I’ve ever read on this site. GO GIRL!! »

It’s so close I can almost taste it. The mud. The dust. The heavy Spring air, turning to rain, blown across the fields of Flanders, where many a battle has been fought, in trenches and on wheels. Battles fought against other men, battles fought within each man. My own mind is in battle; am I worthy? Will I be prepared for the beating my body...

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  1. Dude! That is the most AWESOME saddle I have ever seen! What kind of saddle is that & where did you get such a phenomenal piece of equipment? »

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who own a properly-fitting, lightweight gilet and those who don’t. Those who own one know this is an indispensable piece of kit.The gilet is typically one of the last items that enters into a Cyclist’s wardrobe, long after arm warmers, knee warmers, and long sleeve jerseys have found...

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  1. @BrianG Will do. I work up in Grass Valley & Auburn sometimes & I like riding in Tahoe. The thin air makes you gasp like you’re climbing Alpe d’Huez! »

  2. @hungsolo Hungsolo- I’m a new Velominatus & I live in Fair Oaks (just a short jaunt down hwy 50 from ElDo) I ride out in Folsom as much as I can to get some hills. I’m looking for some like-minded, rule abiding, riding friends around here. How ’bout a ri… »