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Velominatus: Spun Up

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: Little Rock, AR

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Started riding in May of 2012 at age 43, after three trips to the cardiac unit in one year. What started as a desperate attempt to save my life has become an obsession.

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Yvon Chounard may not be Homer but he is a worthy modern day wise man, he admonished, don’t be a sports nazi. His meaning was, don’t do one sport to the exclusion of all others. It’s tempting not to pursue other sports when cycling demands so much time and leaves one with a body that is barely useful for anything else, but that w...

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  1. Deer season in full swing down here in the sunny south. Mountain bikers and gravel grinders travel at their own peril. Duck season still a month or so away… »

A death is a painful thing to experience. Particularly, I imagine, for the one doing the dying. For those left behind, it takes time to mourn and come to grips with the change; it is an unpleasant process, but such is the way of things.The crack in the chainstay of my beloved Cervelo R3 had been weighing on my mind ever since I discovered its exist...

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  1. Finally! That is a gorgeous ride. Well done, sir. I think it’s crying out for orange tape, though, if you can find a good match. »

Cycling has been suffering a crisis every since the use of a helmet became compulsory. This crisis is rooted in the simple fact that cycling peaked aesthetically with the cycling cap perched Casually Deliberate atop a sweaty cranium. It was only after mandatory helmet dictum spread its tentacles into all UCI-sanctioned races in 2003 that helmet man...

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  1. @Cyclops Wow, Sir Elton has dropped some weight since he started riding, but it’s hard to imagine that it’s easy to play the piano with fingers like those. @Marcus, I would have thought that your campaign for Mayor of New York would keep you too busy t… »

Domination, at least from the spectator’s point of view, can quickly wring the suspense and excitement out of watching an event. In most cases, the sporting events we look back on most fondly are those most closely fought; even in recalling my own competitions, those where my winning margin was smallest feature most prominently in my memories...

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  1. @frank Fair point, sir, but until you stop fucking about and unveil the pictures of the new steed, we’re all just killing time around here anyway. »

  2. @Elric I live in Arkansas. We’ve been embarrassing the SEC since 1993! I don’t care if you are Between the Hedges, unless you’re 9-years-old, no jersey. »

  3. @frank Under no circumstances should a grown person ever wear the replica football/baseball/basketball/hockey jersey of a professional or college team, particularly, heaven forbid, to one of said team’s games. Cretins and mouth-breathers excepted, of c… »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. My cable was shitting the bed at various moments during the final hour, very frustrating. One thing that was cool, though, was that it froze on a head-on shot of Cav as he hit that hole. The amount of flex in the frame and wheels at that moment was mind-b… »

  2. @frank If you rub it, does that spell out “Vive la Vie Velominatus?” »

  3. @frank Is that a stem, or a baby’s arm holding an apple. Not afraid to admit that it makes me feel afraid and all kinds of inadequate. Jesus, does it really say “vibe” on the side? There is something seriously kinky about the Dutch, isn’t there? »

  4. @xyxax Thank you! That’s about what I thought, but somehow, I have 16 points now. Not sure why. »

  5. Math is not my strong suit, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I would have been better off letting my original picks ride. I started with Froome, Porte, Contador, Van Garderen and Quintana First rest day, I switched to Froome, Contador, Valverde, Qui… »

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. @Cyclops answer is spot on, but I bet that’s window glass in his hipster specs. »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Contador 4. Kreuziger 5. Valverde »

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. @frank @Frank, that’s not really you, wearing the Yellow Skinsuit of Authority, is it? Say it ain’t so, Joe, say it ain’t so… »

There are lots of things to like about Vroomie Froomie, like his willingness to accept the fact that people are inclined to question his performances. Aside from me resenting him for leading a Tour which everyday becomes a little less exciting, he seems quite a likable guy; he is polite, respectful of the sport, wears team-issue bibs with his yell...

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  1. You should see him walk… »

Rule #12 is a beautiful thing. If all but a handful of Rules had to go, Rule #12 would remain. This Rule smolders in all cyclist’s hearts; the need for a better bike has to be there. It just has to. Rule #12 cannot be extinguished while working in the most dangerous or depressing bike-free environments. @dark42echo sent us this from the Fa...

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  1. @frank Meant to ask earlier, is the orange on the new road frame a different shade than on the gravel bike, or are the pictures you have posted just taken in different light? Either way, she’s sexy. You should probably do the build by candlelight with … »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. Malmerde, indeed! It’s like that swap cost me double… »

How can we not talk about the Tour? After Sunday’s stage it’s hard not to be a little excited. Until yesterday the most thrilling thing I had seen was Mark Cavendish’s mad man chase back to the peloton after a late-in-the-race crash. He needed to get back quickly as the race was hurtling toward a sprint finish he was supposed to w...

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  1. @Paul 8v This!!!! As was mentioned in an earlier thread. A bit of orange would make this the best thing ever a la »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Valverde 4. Quintana 5. Mollema »

  2. @San Tonio I’ve got ‘em both… Ouch. »

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 70mm! And here I’ve been riding around with a 90mm stem, ashamed of the little choad. »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. Watching the replay of today’s stage right now, and I would swear I just saw a number of riders wearing skin suits. Anybody else see that? »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. Was out for an evening of hill repeats when the phone rang. As it was the State Police, I pulled over to pick it up. Motorist drove into a group of 13 kids on a rural state highway this evening. Hit seven of them, three had to be airlifted, one in critic… »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. Cipo pre-riding stage one. Are steroids used purely for vanity a rules violation? »

  2. @Tartan1749 This! The GT40 remains the only truly great American race car. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Porte 3. Contador 4. Van Garderen 5. Quintana »