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Velominatus: Tartan1749

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

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36 yrs old, 1.8m tall, 73.5 kg riding a 57cm Merckx CHM custom assembled with a mixed bag of Campy 10s components. An engineer that has past worked in motorsports and aerospace, I am now in nuclear in Pittsburgh, PA. Hills! I have only been riding about 4 years, but love it and despite a small child, the wife seems to approve.

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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. I personally like my Time RXS hex key attachment method.  I, too, never thought about the chain in the big ring – doh! As far as bottle openers, I use the Wisecracker on my MTB (rigid SS).  In the shop (my basement), I use a bench mounted opener.  A budd… »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. Recently found that a Dremel and a cut-off wheel are the best tool for trimming cables and housings.  No crimping, stray metal, or un-square housing ends and no fraying of the cable.  like buttah. »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Spartacus 2. Vanmarcke 3. Van Avermaet 4. Terpstra 5. Kristoff »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Photos from the Ronde (women and men).  Not worth a fraction of Pedale’s work, but hey. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. @KW  yeah – Fabian was clearly as strong as Sagan and everyone else, if not stronger, in E3 – he was just caught up behind a crash.  The way he was powering back was so, so impressive as it was like everyone else was pedaling in slow motion. »

  2. For the talk of a weak Spartacus, I think this article tells a great story – at least regarding preparation I haven’t heard until now. It seems Fabs has been doing interval sprint training just for such an occasion.  Whether you call it 1) getting tired … »

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. Sagan 2. Ferrar 3. Cav 4. Sep V 5. G. Thomas »

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. Here we go! VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Durbridge 3. Fast Phil 4. EBH 5. Swiss locomotive »

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. Anyone attending the Ronde this year?  For lack of anywhere else to post, I’ll do it here:  I’m going to Nivelles for work on April 2nd and 3rd and will be staying in Brussels through the weekend in order to attend the Ronde van Vlaanderen in person.  I h… »

A Velominatus gives the impression of having been born on the bike; the connection between rider and machine is so deeply entrenched that one can hardly draw the line where one ends and the other begins. There is an air of relaxed precision that is part innate and part learned through countless hours devoted to the craft of riding a bicycle batshit...

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  1. @Pedale.Forchetta Nairo is a badass.  I was trying to find a photo of when he Casually Deliberately took a bidon right from the motorbike while climbing in the break.  I’ve searched, but failed to quickly find a photo of this TdF moment »

Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride Recovery Ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4.C...

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Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. @Buck Rogers I think he has lost weight, concentrated on climbing, and I’ve thought for some time that he’s targeting the road race – especially after nearly winning the Olympic Gold last year.  Winning a Spring classic in the rainbow bands would be awe… »

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. @captainsideburns Ohhhh – I’ll definitely need to give this a shot! »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. Can Martin make it the whole way today?  He apparently showed up in a skinsuit and had an agenda.  Wonder if he broke out the 55T ring as well?  A co-worker said that he should’ve let Fabian in on his secret and they could have blown apart the fastest sta… »

There is nothing going on right now, oh right, except the Tour of Poland. Can we talk?I don’t think it’s just Frank and myself who are obsessed with the Hour Record. It is Hard Man cycling distilled into its purest form, the ultimate race of truth. During the first week of Tour de France madness Fabian Cancellara made it official he wa...

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  1. @the Engine There’s gotta be a Rule that deserves a great quote like this! »

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. @Chris And in other news of fandom/awesomeness.  Sorry, I don’t know who to credit. »

  2. As I predicted, my day in yellow may be over what is shaping up to be a mediocre performance from Dutchman  Mollema. »

  3. @frank Thanks for the jinx!  I was keeping an eye on that today and figured I’d jump ahead of edster99.  I’m not entirely confident (ok – not at all) that Mollema can hold 11 seconds on Contador given Al’s tendency to attack and Mollema barely hanging on … »

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 Love the orange on the inside of the fork blades »

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. Saddle too low – I noticed this on the ITT stage.  He still has quite a bend in his knees at BDC – but he is consistent on his regular and TT bikes, so I can’t figure that out, either.   One half of P2 even said as much in yesterday’s commentary right aft… »

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. @ChrisO Sky is down to 6 riders for the remainder of the tour and lost a couple early today (including Porte).  I think they know they are against the wall and can’t cover/lead every move now.  With that in mind, I think Froome & Co. are actually play… »

  2. My VSP needed Valverde to drop from 2nd to 5th, not 50th!  they are dropping anchor back there in that group.  What a stage so far!  Will Cav have enough without Steegmans?  I doubt it.  The pace is incredible. »

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. Oh man – this stage has some excitement!  GC and Sprint consequences already strong possibilities. Flat Stage & crosswinds are a good combo.  Keep in mind that the route today pretty much is in a straight direction from start to finish, so this wind s… »

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. @Buck Rogers Ha! Froome-Dog is killing the ITT, it seems.  Nothing against Froome, but I hope Martin wins the stage.  I think this stage will set the top step of the podium as I don’t see Froome losing that much time, if any, in the Alps. – I’m a bit di… »

  2. @Skip Here’s a better photo of the Powerbar dildo and NuvaRing.  Man, is that the worst trophy I’ve ever seen, especially for a Tour stage.  I’ve seen better stuff at the local track. »