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Velominatus: Skip

Order: Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012 Attendee

Location: Madrid, Spain

American living in Madrid, Spain. Cycling for 25+ years.

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. J Rod 2. Quintana 3. Scarponi 4. Uran 5. Dan Martin »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Gilbert 3. D Martin 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Mollema »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Johansson 4. Evie Stevens 5. Pooley »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Valverde 4. Costa 5. Gerrans »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Valverde 3. Van Avermat 4. JRod 5. Ben Swift »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Phinney 2. Boonen 3. Cancellara 4. Stybar 5. Kristoff »

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  1. I think I know how VanAvermat feels…  congrats @VirenqueForever! »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Evie Stevens 2. Armistead 3. Van Dijk 4. Johansson 5. Longo Borghini »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Vanmarcke 4. Devolder 5. Kristoff »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Ana Sanchis 2. Longo Borghini 3. Armistead 4. Evie Stevens 5. Johansson »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Demare 2. Kristoff 3. Sagan 4. Cancellara 5. Stannard »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. Saw this tweet and thought you guys would appreciate it: »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cavendish 2. Sagan 3. Arnaud Demare 4. Cancellara 5. Stannard »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cavendish 2. Sagan 3. Arnaud Demare 4. Stannard 5. Taylor Phinney »

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  1. I’ll be double-buying for sure. Sounds like the second edition really is an improvement on the first, and not just in an orthographic sense. »

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. @Mikael Liddy In Europe there are regulations on how long a manufacturer has to replace warranty parts. (30 days for parts made outside your country in Spain) I’d look into the consumer regs in Oz to see if you have some other defense. This is definitely … »

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  1. @VeloSix Perhaps this is why POC made their new TT helmet.  Whatever the aerodynamics, though, by Frank’s reasoning it should add minutes to your TT time… »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @Chris +1 Since starting to follow The Rules I have a much more extensive wardrobe for indoor training than for outdoor.  There might be one jersey in the Outdoor drawer that I didn’t buy for myself. »

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. @Mikael Liddy Glad to hear you’ve got a ride. I’m also eager to get your thoughts on Di2. Nobody else on here seems to ride electronic, in fact I’m actually surprised there’s not a rule against it. »

  2. @Mikael Liddy Yes. Troublesome when the Italians start taking holidays for Chinese New Year…  Good luck. @All – Can’t somebody loan this man a bike for the Cogal? (I would but I’m about 3 continents away.) »

  3. @Mikael Liddy We want a new bike update! »

Last year we read that Philippe Gilbert is riding a 50cm (top tube of 535mm) BMC frame and he is 1.79m (5’10”) tall. Now it’s reported in Cyclingnews that Ritchie Porte’s Pinarello is a 46.5cm frame (top tube of 515mm) and Porte is 1.72m (5’8”) tall. He is no Nairo Quintana but somehow he is on Quintana’s old bike. Porte is just one i...

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  1. @frank And yet a slammed stem does not seem to be a requirement for winning multiple tours. Look at that stack height. »

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. After seeing pics of Bauer’s Merckx Paris Roubaix bike with the very slack seat tube angle, I thought it was a one-off. Anybody seen this, which appears to be the same geometry? »

  2. @unversio I thought the brand was Basso and the model was Loto. How did you tell the model from just that detail? Were they all made with fastback stays? »

  3. @Mikael Liddy Glad you found a solution. I see from Strava that you’ve been training hard and it would have been a shame to miss the week. Have fun! »