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Velominatus: VeloSix

Order: Gray Order Velominatus

Location: East Tennessee

I ride a bike, and sometimes I race it on weekends. *Strava is not my race *Shop rides are not my race

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I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @sinikl I have been on rides with a guy who is 200+ lbs, and is usually the first guy off the back and riding a steller high end bike.  He has perspective and a sense of humor.  I like this guy, and have hung with him for recovery brews.   I also ride wi… »

  2. Fred http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rxEQ8uz7D_oo »

  3. This is kinda the part where I suck.  Which is kinda shitty because it was not so long ago (two years) where I was showing up on a mountain bike, gym shorts and tennis shoes for the LBS weekly road ride.  I was riden into the ground, even after getting my… »

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. @ChrissyOne Cool »

  2. @R.McEwen …said no Belgium, ever! »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @Puffy That’s enough to drive me insane….. »

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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We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. @wiscot I did catch that, quite humorous! »

  2. Riding my bike is my therapy.  It is all consuming, and I think about it non stop, day and night.  I get nervous and sleepless the day before a big ride/race, kinda like a kid on Christmas Eve.  I have no idea why I took so long to accept this addiction o… »

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. @Chris Nice work! »

  2. @Barracuda They are at the end of May.  http://www.usacycling.org/2014/pro-road-time-trial-nationals  I’ve see the race from a couple perspectives, the first year from a Shimano Neutral Support car.  This past year as a volunteer working the busiest co… »

Summer is a time for getting fat. Winter is a time for getting fat as well, but in a different way; in Winter we get fat on meals of meat and potatoes covered in sauces made of meat and potatoes. In Summer, on the other hand, our minds get fat: we get nice tans, we tone our muscles, long days see us riding at any hour of the day that suits us. W...

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  1. @HMBSteve Damn, I love this picture. Reminds me of some my rides last fall.  Here’s two of my favorite from last year…. Damn I’m looking forward to this again! »

  2. Closest I’ve been to Seattle is Portland.  (my first real experience with a road bike 22 years ago) I live in the southeast and there are occasions in the middle January, where we can get away with a gilet, arm/knee warmers over a quality base layer.  Occ… »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. next years club/team kit design is the topic of today’s meeting…..  hoping for primarily black shorts! »

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  1. A shame the spam bots can wiggle their way through and be so annoying.  Hope you get it worked out, I don’t envy the Keepers at this point (I’ve been there myself as a forum mod, it’s not fun) »

Cyclists love socks. I know I do. I’d make a point of collecting as many pairs as I could from every race, event, shop or rep that I ever happened upon. Some were so good that I still have them, others, well, let’s just say they were “re-homed” long before they got the chance to retire gracefully after years of loyal service...

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  1. @Rob Well, I live in the perfect area to find out for myself then….. »

  2. Wool?  I’ll wait for winter to try these…. »

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. @Gianni If I wanted to fly the Velominati flag at next years USA Pro Road Race National Championship in Chattanooga, TN on the Lookout Mtn climb, how would one get such a flag? »

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. @DeKerr Kinda what I thought, no need to address such buffoonery…  I mean who wears spandex inside retail establishments?  Minus those “people of Wal-Mart”  shlubs, where it should be against the rules of man kind to produce it in those sizes….. »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. @wiscot Hell, there’s not a single hair on his head that’s out of place! »

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. @pneaumme The calling of a Velominatus is not to mimic the pros, but to look fabulous whilst channeling The V. »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. @Nate I use that, and a 48″ level lined with the center axis of the crank (level at the crank, drywall square to saddle).  If the frame geometry varies between bikes, this way of measuring always puts my knee is the same position over my foot. »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. @freddy Isn’t this a given these days…. the book part…? »

  2. @wilburrox Exactly my thoughts as well. »

After a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. -The Prophet, Eddy Merckx After a week away in Atlanta for business, I feel thick and heavy. These trips away are killers; the shift in time zones means the already-too long work day is extended by a further three hours. I try my best to watch my diet, but in a town like Atlanta where even sush...

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  1. I recently attempted such a cleansing last weekend the day after returning from my own business trip (and before returning to the road the very next day).  The quiet solitude of slogging it out over the hills, in the relentless southern heat certainly mad… »