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Velominatus: Torc

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Alba

NE Scotland gives me the chills :-) Campag give me the thrills Carbon/Al/531 gives me the wheels...

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I hate to distract from Marko’s defense of his POC helmet and shades photo but @snowgeek is weaving cycling and sailing together here. It may never have been done before so please read carefully. The two activities have almost nothing in common except the wind and being wet and miserable. @snowgeek is not dwelling on the wet and miserable par...

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  1. Great article snowgeek. There is another analogue here – one of the Magnificent Stroke which works most efficiently at a suitable cadence. You can grind up at hill at 50rpm, but you will get up more quickly if you drop a gear or two and spin up it. This i… »

One of the finest things about Velominati is it attracts the crazy bastards. Cyclists are slightly unhinged anyway but there are more than a few out there who have no fear. Crazy is not constrained by nationality. Crazy knows no borders. Sure the Randonneurs would do this just to make sure they were happy with their choice of headlamp strap but @ba...

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  1. Great ride – and as close to an advert for the Audax style of riding as I’ve seen here. »

Having asthma is kind of like winning the lottery, except it happens to more people and instead of money you win a chronic difficulty in breathing. I wouldn’t say I’m proud to be an asthmatic, but it’s not information I’m ashamed to share. In doing so, I often discover others who are similarly afflicted, and upon doing so w...

@Torc's posts:

  1. I’m an asthmatic too, its a condition which seems more manageable with age, and thankfully I get drugs free on prescription (as I live in Scotland) so its fully controlled. Your description of breathing through a straw is exact. One of the old wax coated … »

The first tire patch kit I ever owned came in a big green box, had several patches of various sizes which were possibly made of old truck tires. It also came with a sheet of 60 grit sandpaper. The mild high offered from sniffing the glue while applying the patch almost made you stop caring you’d gotten a flat in the first place. Stoned on glu...

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  1. @Frank You are a very naughty man – for one minute you made me squint at the photo as I could not decide if the front wheel belonged to the “patched” frame, and if so surely the tyre was on back to front. »

Cyclists can (and usually do) go on for hours as to why they ride their bikes, and most of their reasons can sound, well, a bit flakey to anyone not enamored with shaved legs and being done up in lycra. “I do it to keep fit”, “It keeps me slim”, “I’m a competitor, I love to race”, “It’s the free...

@Torc's posts:

  1. Great article, but… Belgium? OK I do quite like the place, but the bicycle was invented in Scotland (or that’s Schkottland if you are an ex-Bond actor) and I live 5 miles away from Stonehaven, birthplace of Robert Thomson who invented the pneumatic tyre… »

  2. Belgium? OK I do quite like the place, but the bicycle was invented in Scotland (or that’s Schkottland if you are an ex-Bond actor) and I live 5 miles away from Stonehaven ,birthplace of Robert Thomson who invented the pneumatic tyre, with banknotes (anot… »