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Velominatus: Teocalli

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Married with no kids (out of choice), Cyclist (obviously!) social and sportives on and off road, Adaptive Ski Instructor. Home Base Surrey UK and also Crested Butte Colorado (Winters with Adaptive Sports Centre). Previously spent many years Offshore Yacht Racing. The boring bit is in IT / Telecomms - got to pay for the above somehow!

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It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @piwakawaka I had a picture of him unpacking an EPMS on the go and pulling out lube and rags and giving the bike a quick lube and shine to while away the climb……… »

  2. @piwakawaka Impressive! »

  3. @frank Re point 1 – I’m not too shabby as I also still ride the dark side and trash a reasonable percentage of folk 10-20-30-40 years younger than me, uphill, downhill and singletrack. Re point 2 – I think we are saying the same thing – on both counts! »

  4. @frank Maybe it’s a proportion thing and being a shortarse otherwise known as somewhat vertically challenged, I hit some limit to be able to accommodate earlier.  However, what I found with a longer stem is that with what is as my natural standing posi… »

  5. @Ccos Which could account for having to stand and mash a big ring? »

  6. @unversio Glad to be of service…………….or not, as the case may be! »

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. @jordan   see just about any photo of Pantani particularly in the Bianchi years. »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @The Grande Fondue Isn’t all this length stuff missing one fundamental point in setup (unless perhaps you are on a track bike).  Our setup is our setup given an anatomical position for our given Leg/body/arm length combination suitable for extended per… »

  2. @unversio I think your analogy is flawed.  Sprint starting is about falling over without actually falling over so to get maximum “fall over bucks” aligned with maximum “fall over prevention” both being in the direction of travel then you need the centre… »

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. Good grief – I got on the podium. »

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. @wiscot   Yeah that first warm ride of Spring feels sooo good, especially after the winter you guys have had temp wise.  We just got oceans of rain, and gales. »

  2. A nice Birthday with 90 Km on The Butler with a good mate and now a suitable recovery drink for the evening……and generous prezzie from my mate too.  Kinda cool to ride my 13th Birthday present on my Birthday cough cough years later. »

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. From Velo News………. Chris Horner suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs, and other injuries in an apparent car/bike collision while training Friday near Lake Como in Italy. “The details of the accident are still to be evaluated, however it seems th… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. van avermaet 2. Degenkolb 3. cancellara 4. Thomas 5. vansummeren »

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. @Chris   I suspect it’s just Pass / Fail  - no trading or majority vote allowed. »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @frank I have a local hill loop on a surfaced path that I use when I don’t have time for a decent ride.  I rep 1 Km of it alternating between standing and mashing and seated and spinning then for the final loop I go down to the bottom if the road it li… »

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...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Degenkolb 3. cancellara 4. Thomas 5. vansummeren »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @ErikdR What was strange is that I found myself using HALs voice mentally before I realised the context! How weird is that? »

  2. @andrew We were all good buddies, so of course we laughed ourselves silly, carried on up the climb and were still laughing when he finally joined us at the top.  He did not walk though. @chris he did and does care for his bikes so he would have sacrif… »

  3. @the Engine Is it permissible to climb off?  If you can climb off there is still some energy left or should it be that you have to do what a buddy of mine did a few years back on a longish, steepish climb (the ish being there is always a longer and stee… »

  4. @freddy Nice one! »

  5. RE:  The right middle finger drops to the shifter and pushes. No. Nothing, just the feel of the derailleur hitting the limiter screw. Idiot.  Is that a groupsan thing?  I ride Gruppo and when the going gets tough I find I push the lever gently and if the… »

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. @dissolved   Chapeau. »

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...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @Weldertron ‘coz a riser stem just does not look right? »

Here stands a man. A quiet man. A hard working man. A Belgian man. A man from a life of grit, cold, and rain.Here stands a man who has chosen a life of hard work and sacrifice; a hard life even within the context of Cycling. A man who spends long hours in the wind and in the rain, in the service of his team. A man who despite those long hours in...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @Chris I’ve often wondered how visible those flag wavers are to anyone bar those at the head of the peleton and thought that they should have bigger signs on poles that could be seen above the riders in front.  Though appreciate that the man waving a fl… »