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Velominatus: SuperFed

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Poulsbo, WA

Social: Website

"I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that. " -Lloyd Dobler (Say Anything)

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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...

@SuperFed's posts:

  1. @Teocalli Good idea! »

  2. Hell.  Double image. How do you edit a post? »

  3. Wish I could afford to replace it.  “I’m NOT Specialized”. »

@SuperFed's posts:

  1. Ride the Cascades with the Velominati

    Those of you in the PacNW have likely heard of the (in)famous “Seattle to Portland” ride, or “STP.” It is produced by a large local bike club and sponsored by a large corporate health care entity. I’ve ridden it several times over the years, and it has its charms. But going for a bike ride with 10,000 of my closest friends has gotten…tiresome and cloying. When I first starting riding bikes a few years ago, STP was something of a challenge. A double century over two days seemed to be something epic, something life changing. At the time, it was something to aim for, and I’m glad I did it a few times with Mrs/Dr Eightzero.

    Last year was the last time I’m doing that ride. Oh, it was fun. Nothing Bad happened. The weather was perfect. We had a good time. But…if I hear “on your left” or “CAR BACK!” one more time, I’m gonna frame pump someone. Yes, I ride casually deliberately. Yes, I know there are cars on the road. But just stop it. I Obey Rule #59, so I don’t give a shit if you’re on my left. And actually, I do own the road. I ride as far to the right as is safe, and always actually look over my shoulder if I change lines. Thus, I am obeying not only the Rules, but the law in this state as well.

    The bike club wants $100 for this “fun” and while I understand it is a fund raiser for their various advocacy efforts, for $100 I get little in return. Some cheap-ass Costco snacks and bag transport. 10,000 people at a finish line “festival” means I wait in line for 20 minutes for a $5 beer, then there’s no where to sit to enjoy it.

    So, rather than go all eveyln STeVens further, I’ve decided a Cogal is just the antidote. Cogals lack everything I just described. Velominati are particularly good bike handlers. There’s no yelling on a Cogal, only V, V, and more V. When we recover, we fill the table with empty beer bottles in a comfy corner of a local brewery. Hence, the STV Summer Cogal in Arlington WA on July 12, 2014. If you plan on doing STP, well, have fun. STV is on that weekend, so you can’t do both. I hope you have a $100 worth of fun. STV, OTOH, adheres to the Keepers’ Cogal Principles: Open to all; Free to all. And Epic. Way Epic.

    As is the tradition with the Settle Summer Cogal, we start and end at a Brewery. In this case, the Skookum Brewery near the Arlington Airport. A short spur away from our loop into the North Cascades, we are taking the route listed as one of the 75 Classic Washington State rides.

    We plan Casually Deliberate, and will have a periodic regrouping at a couple of the small “towns” as there are several places to refuel and rewater along the route. It is my experience that for long, epic rides like this, company to chat with during the ride is much desired (just not 10,000 people that think that going for a 100 mile ride is life changing, and thus all have stern looks of concentration like they think a freeway overpass is the Fucking Stelvio.) Still, I expect the occasional double-pacelines to form, and we can hammer along a bit, but comraderie is best served on the road.

    We need an early start: V past 8am PDT, and the ride starts on time. Start/End: Skookum Brewery, (360) 652-4917.

    Route Directions are here.

    We may make a few detours to get supplies. The best roads are a little off the beaten commercial highways where there are stores, supplies. Note this is route is Grand Fondo distance – longer than a (Imperial) Century. As a loop, there is no turning back – you’re committed, so bring supplies and a plan. IOW: Epic.

    Casually Deliberate, but multiple groups may form. Take particular note of distances and opportunities for refuel/ rewater. This is not an urban ride. It is spectacularly scenic, and while it is long, it is not overly vertical, and therefore very doable for those us that are always Too Fat To Climb.

    VLVV -Eightzero.

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 12, 2014
    8:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Skookum Brewery

    Cogal Details
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    Ride Classification

@SuperFed's posts:

  1. I’m starting to come to terms with meeting the Man on the 17th. »

@SuperFed's posts:

  1. Attention all hands-Cogal has been cancelled as of August 13th.

     

    UPDATE: I’ve changed the date from Friday the 16th to Saturday the 17th of August. This should allow folk with Monday thru Friday type jobs a better chance to attend. It’s highly encouraged that you plan on arriving Friday late afternoon, or early evening. Once off I-5, the road is narrow and mountainous. It’s also easier to set up your camp (I’ll have a site or 2 secured) without headlamps. If you plan on attending and don’t have my “real” e-mail addy, RSVP to skbugco@yahoo.com. Hope to see you out there. It’s gong to be HARD.

    After some IPA fueled texts between myself, the Dutch Monkey and McSqueak, we decided that it was time to take this whole Cogal thing up a notch. More specifically, we’re aiming for this to be the standard for which all others will be judged by.

    The date will be August 17th, 2013. We will roll out from Lower Lewis Falls Campground at 0730 on that day as V after VV will be too late a start. There’s a Cat II 14K in, you know, to warm up. Then we’ll get lulled by the speed of an endless decent some 65K long down to the Columbia River. Short trip up the river to White Salmon WA, then we get to go to “work”. A solid 30K of low angle climbing, except right at the end. Screaming fast decent, and of course, another Cat II. I thought it’d be nice to have a short bit of gravelling at the end. So this route is 210Km long with a solid 2700M of climbing. That’s 130 miles and 8800 feet of climbing for us Americans that can’t visualize that distance in our head.
    This Cogal is not for the faint of heart, and you REALLY need to assess your ability to finish this during daylight hours. This is truly going to be Rule V/VV stuff. There will be no sag wagon, and while there are small towns to refuel at, the last 60K there’s nothing except the occasional car and no cell service. Run out of gas, and you’ll be sleeping in alone, in lycra, in Sasquatch Country and/or poison oak, with just carbon to keep you warm.
    Once we figure out the number of people giving this a go, we’ll co-ordinate getting cars/ camping supplies to the campsite at the end. The site is wonderful, but there’s no 5 star, marble showers to be had. A glacier fed river will wash away the day. There will be a keg of the PNW’s finest, and Mrs Scaler, Ms McSqueak, and any other tag-along’s that just want to camp, will have food waiting.
    The route is tough, the views second to none, and the suffering: glorious.

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - August 17, 2013
    7:35 AM - 8:00 PM

    Location
    Lower Lewis Falls Campground

    Cogal Details
    Route Details


@SuperFed's posts:

  1. What time is the beer consumption live stream? »

  2. ..is.  Ugh. »

  3. Next time around, ask @frank where my V-Kit it. »

@SuperFed's posts:

  1. Attention all hands-Cogal has been cancelled as of August 13th.

     

    UPDATE: I’ve changed the date from Friday the 16th to Saturday the 17th of August. This should allow folk with Monday thru Friday type jobs a better chance to attend. It’s highly encouraged that you plan on arriving Friday late afternoon, or early evening. Once off I-5, the road is narrow and mountainous. It’s also easier to set up your camp (I’ll have a site or 2 secured) without headlamps. If you plan on attending and don’t have my “real” e-mail addy, RSVP to skbugco@yahoo.com. Hope to see you out there. It’s gong to be HARD.

    After some IPA fueled texts between myself, the Dutch Monkey and McSqueak, we decided that it was time to take this whole Cogal thing up a notch. More specifically, we’re aiming for this to be the standard for which all others will be judged by.

    The date will be August 17th, 2013. We will roll out from Lower Lewis Falls Campground at 0730 on that day as V after VV will be too late a start. There’s a Cat II 14K in, you know, to warm up. Then we’ll get lulled by the speed of an endless decent some 65K long down to the Columbia River. Short trip up the river to White Salmon WA, then we get to go to “work”. A solid 30K of low angle climbing, except right at the end. Screaming fast decent, and of course, another Cat II. I thought it’d be nice to have a short bit of gravelling at the end. So this route is 210Km long with a solid 2700M of climbing. That’s 130 miles and 8800 feet of climbing for us Americans that can’t visualize that distance in our head.
    This Cogal is not for the faint of heart, and you REALLY need to assess your ability to finish this during daylight hours. This is truly going to be Rule V/VV stuff. There will be no sag wagon, and while there are small towns to refuel at, the last 60K there’s nothing except the occasional car and no cell service. Run out of gas, and you’ll be sleeping in alone, in lycra, in Sasquatch Country and/or poison oak, with just carbon to keep you warm.
    Once we figure out the number of people giving this a go, we’ll co-ordinate getting cars/ camping supplies to the campsite at the end. The site is wonderful, but there’s no 5 star, marble showers to be had. A glacier fed river will wash away the day. There will be a keg of the PNW’s finest, and Mrs Scaler, Ms McSqueak, and any other tag-along’s that just want to camp, will have food waiting.
    The route is tough, the views second to none, and the suffering: glorious.

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - August 17, 2013
    7:35 AM - 8:00 PM

    Location
    Lower Lewis Falls Campground

    Cogal Details
    Route Details


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@SuperFed's posts:

  1. @frank Confused here Frank.  Are you placing the order as soon a minimums are met or after we have a chance to see the new design first?  Time frame? »

  2. @frank “Thanks – we’re gearing up to get our next kit order in; the delay has been on a few fronts – we’re not at our minimums yet, and we’re doing a redesign and want to give people the chance to choose between the two.” Good to know.  I’m just waiting… »

  3. My white socks usually end up with a nice shade of chain grey/black. »

@SuperFed's posts:

  1. Attention all hands-Cogal has been cancelled as of August 13th.

     

    UPDATE: I’ve changed the date from Friday the 16th to Saturday the 17th of August. This should allow folk with Monday thru Friday type jobs a better chance to attend. It’s highly encouraged that you plan on arriving Friday late afternoon, or early evening. Once off I-5, the road is narrow and mountainous. It’s also easier to set up your camp (I’ll have a site or 2 secured) without headlamps. If you plan on attending and don’t have my “real” e-mail addy, RSVP to skbugco@yahoo.com. Hope to see you out there. It’s gong to be HARD.

    After some IPA fueled texts between myself, the Dutch Monkey and McSqueak, we decided that it was time to take this whole Cogal thing up a notch. More specifically, we’re aiming for this to be the standard for which all others will be judged by.

    The date will be August 17th, 2013. We will roll out from Lower Lewis Falls Campground at 0730 on that day as V after VV will be too late a start. There’s a Cat II 14K in, you know, to warm up. Then we’ll get lulled by the speed of an endless decent some 65K long down to the Columbia River. Short trip up the river to White Salmon WA, then we get to go to “work”. A solid 30K of low angle climbing, except right at the end. Screaming fast decent, and of course, another Cat II. I thought it’d be nice to have a short bit of gravelling at the end. So this route is 210Km long with a solid 2700M of climbing. That’s 130 miles and 8800 feet of climbing for us Americans that can’t visualize that distance in our head.
    This Cogal is not for the faint of heart, and you REALLY need to assess your ability to finish this during daylight hours. This is truly going to be Rule V/VV stuff. There will be no sag wagon, and while there are small towns to refuel at, the last 60K there’s nothing except the occasional car and no cell service. Run out of gas, and you’ll be sleeping in alone, in lycra, in Sasquatch Country and/or poison oak, with just carbon to keep you warm.
    Once we figure out the number of people giving this a go, we’ll co-ordinate getting cars/ camping supplies to the campsite at the end. The site is wonderful, but there’s no 5 star, marble showers to be had. A glacier fed river will wash away the day. There will be a keg of the PNW’s finest, and Mrs Scaler, Ms McSqueak, and any other tag-along’s that just want to camp, will have food waiting.
    The route is tough, the views second to none, and the suffering: glorious.

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - August 17, 2013
    7:35 AM - 8:00 PM

    Location
    Lower Lewis Falls Campground

    Cogal Details
    Route Details


@SuperFed's posts:

  1. @scaler911 I may give it a go someday.  Intrigued by @eightzero’s RIDE542 post.  Got another imperial century this Sunday then Ride the Hurricane on Aug 5th (Hurricane Ride outside Port Angeles, WA).  After, start to train for the PDX Firefighter Stair… »

@SuperFed's posts:

  1. Ugh…I meant @mcsqueak.  Hate typing on the iPhone. »

  2. Optimism – it’s what keeps me going to achieve shaving zen.  Been four months now as I observe Rule #33 and I just now purchased a luffa sponge and exfoliant to overcome the razor burn.  Thanks for the advice @mcaqueak. »

@SuperFed's posts:

  1. @frank Regarding your pics, why take that corner so wide?  Lose a couple seconds there maybe? »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

@SuperFed's posts:

  1. How about adding a V water bottle? I really like the Purist Hydroflow and you can create one here: http://specializedwaterbottles.com/gallery/ »

@SuperFed's posts:

  1. @frank-14:18 »

  2. “…and rather than slipping into the big ring, ghost-shifting into a non-existent lower gear.” Haha!  Yep, done that many o’ times with a sudden realization that I’m screwed. »

The ride starts and finishes at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville WA. This is an easy location for visitors to Seattle. Plan is a V past VV departure, giving ample time for a tour of the beautiful Snoqualmie river valley after the obligatory pre ride espressi. There are a few semi-urban areas to traverse, but the return to the brewery should pro...

@SuperFed's posts:

  1. The ride starts and finishes at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville WA. This is an easy location for visitors to Seattle. Plan is a V past VV departure, giving ample time for a tour of the beautiful Snoqualmie river valley after the obligatory pre ride espressi. There are a few semi-urban areas to traverse, but the return to the brewery should provide a pleasant post-ride food and fresh malted beverage experience. The ride is mostly gentle country roads, but includes both the Tolt River Climb and the Ames Lake Climb after some flat touring to soften the guns. Be advised that experienced riders will mark the heads of state on 12% Tolt, then after the technical descent are sure to launch the selection attack at the base of the longer, yet less steep Ames Lake climb. A regroup is likely on the long descent back to a short section of bike path to the brewery –  a sprint finish is likely, but experienced riders of the route will know that presence of YJAs and Hairy Hippie Douchbags may require vigilance in the lead out (especially on a Saturday.)

    Plan is for a Casually Deliberate pace – regroups as needed or desired, but as you can see from the profile, the peloton is likely to enjoy a quiet day of touring. Except of course we all expect the blistering initial attack from @cyclops at the drop of the gun after the neutral pull out from the brewery. There are nice locally owned places for refuel in both Duvall and Carnation.

    As is the tradition, a Friday night pre ride revelry event will be planned and discussed in the comments.

    VLVV

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - June 16, 2012
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Red Hook Brewery

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2. The ride starts and finishes at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville WA. This is an easy location for visitors to Seattle. Plan is a V past VV departure, giving ample time for a tour of the beautiful Snoqualmie river valley after the obligatory pre ride espressi. There are a few semi-urban areas to traverse, but the return to the brewery should provide a pleasant post-ride food and fresh malted beverage experience. The ride is mostly gentle country roads, but includes both the Tolt River Climb and the Ames Lake Climb after some flat touring to soften the guns. Be advised that experienced riders will mark the heads of state on 12% Tolt, then after the technical descent are sure to launch the selection attack at the base of the longer, yet less steep Ames Lake climb. A regroup is likely on the long descent back to a short section of bike path to the brewery –  a sprint finish is likely, but experienced riders of the route will know that presence of YJAs and Hairy Hippie Douchbags may require vigilance in the lead out (especially on a Saturday.)

    Plan is for a Casually Deliberate pace – regroups as needed or desired, but as you can see from the profile, the peloton is likely to enjoy a quiet day of touring. Except of course we all expect the blistering initial attack from @cyclops at the drop of the gun after the neutral pull out from the brewery. There are nice locally owned places for refuel in both Duvall and Carnation.

    As is the tradition, a Friday night pre ride revelry event will be planned and discussed in the comments.

    VLVV

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - June 16, 2012
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Red Hook Brewery

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  3. The ride starts and finishes at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville WA. This is an easy location for visitors to Seattle. Plan is a V past VV departure, giving ample time for a tour of the beautiful Snoqualmie river valley after the obligatory pre ride espressi. There are a few semi-urban areas to traverse, but the return to the brewery should provide a pleasant post-ride food and fresh malted beverage experience. The ride is mostly gentle country roads, but includes both the Tolt River Climb and the Ames Lake Climb after some flat touring to soften the guns. Be advised that experienced riders will mark the heads of state on 12% Tolt, then after the technical descent are sure to launch the selection attack at the base of the longer, yet less steep Ames Lake climb. A regroup is likely on the long descent back to a short section of bike path to the brewery –  a sprint finish is likely, but experienced riders of the route will know that presence of YJAs and Hairy Hippie Douchbags may require vigilance in the lead out (especially on a Saturday.)

    Plan is for a Casually Deliberate pace – regroups as needed or desired, but as you can see from the profile, the peloton is likely to enjoy a quiet day of touring. Except of course we all expect the blistering initial attack from @cyclops at the drop of the gun after the neutral pull out from the brewery. There are nice locally owned places for refuel in both Duvall and Carnation.

    As is the tradition, a Friday night pre ride revelry event will be planned and discussed in the comments.

    VLVV

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - June 16, 2012
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Red Hook Brewery

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  4. The ride starts and finishes at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville WA. This is an easy location for visitors to Seattle. Plan is a V past VV departure, giving ample time for a tour of the beautiful Snoqualmie river valley after the obligatory pre ride espressi. There are a few semi-urban areas to traverse, but the return to the brewery should provide a pleasant post-ride food and fresh malted beverage experience. The ride is mostly gentle country roads, but includes both the Tolt River Climb and the Ames Lake Climb after some flat touring to soften the guns. Be advised that experienced riders will mark the heads of state on 12% Tolt, then after the technical descent are sure to launch the selection attack at the base of the longer, yet less steep Ames Lake climb. A regroup is likely on the long descent back to a short section of bike path to the brewery –  a sprint finish is likely, but experienced riders of the route will know that presence of YJAs and Hairy Hippie Douchbags may require vigilance in the lead out (especially on a Saturday.)

    Plan is for a Casually Deliberate pace – regroups as needed or desired, but as you can see from the profile, the peloton is likely to enjoy a quiet day of touring. Except of course we all expect the blistering initial attack from @cyclops at the drop of the gun after the neutral pull out from the brewery. There are nice locally owned places for refuel in both Duvall and Carnation.

    As is the tradition, a Friday night pre ride revelry event will be planned and discussed in the comments.

    VLVV

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - June 16, 2012
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Red Hook Brewery

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification