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Velominatus: VeloSix

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: East Tennessee

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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...

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  1. @andrew Thanks! @Chris Thanks!  The wheel sucker took 2nd, although maybe his plan the whole time…. after all it is Cat 5, and is basically every man for themselves (from what I’m told).  He even told me once “You guys are stronger than me, I don’t t… »

  2. Okay, so I don’t know if this is the best place to share this, so please direct me to such place, and if there is a next time…  I shall use such place. This weekend I participated in my second race.  A weekend omnium, although for me, I only participat… »

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...

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  1. While still very much a greenhorn, I was using my drops to climb steep grades when out of the saddle.  I was chastised for this, and immediately ceased said climbing position.  I try to do as much climbing from the saddle as possible.  Especially when all… »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. What if this is just a matter of; it doesn’t matter how long your ring is, it matters how well you use it…. »

  2. @TomasESDK This makes total sense.  I’ve spent enough time staring at numbers in the trainer, that is the only place where I might determine and improvement.  Its the single most controlled environment I have, except I’m still building muscle.  I’ve on… »

  3. @Chris Ture, so lets say the oval shape is doing one of two things.  Either getting more use of the muscles during the weakest point of the pedal stroke, or extending the time the muscles in the most powerful part of the stroke are generating force.  I… »

  4. @frank I absolutely agree.  I can understand how they might add an efficiency  to the pedal stroke.  If I tried “one leg drills” and used my left leg.  (Which suddenly has me feeling like and uncoordinated babbling moron)  There is a awkward gap, every… »

  5. @Beers The only independent studies of this stuff that make sense are by non-cyclist engineers.  They have no dog in the fight, eliminate all variables, provide all the research data and parameters, and are spending someone else’s money. I’m not sayin… »

  6. @Chris Only from the aspect of reducing friction.  I don’t see it as possible to slap a different shaped ring on a bike, and all of a sudden it is now easier to make the same 400, or you magically gained 25 more watts.  All things equal, changing the s… »

  7. @mcsqueak If you eliminate a dead spot, it would be the result of causing another muscle group to work.  While one larger/stronger group might get a split second of recovery, another is working.  Still burning glucose and producing lactic whatever.  It … »

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. Rule #29 violation?? »

  2. @freddy In my little ”banjo music in the background” corner of the world, beards are like baggies, they are synonymous with mountain bikers and “gravel grinders”.  I immediately think mountain bikers when I see beards like this. But it seems to go with… »

This winter Shimano showed up on Maui with a flotilla of Colnago C-59s set up with disc brakes. The lucky Shimano people tested the bikes on some of the nicest routes on the island, including some descending down the Haleakala volcano. Unbelievably they didn’t invite me along (!?). If they had I would have suggested a different place to ride, one...

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  1. I would love to ride in Hawaii »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. @scaler911 That would scare the fuck out of me, and cause me to immediately to cease and desist whatever offense I’ve just committed. »

  2. @Ccos The risking of the rear derailleur is the only thing keeping me from swerving at these ass holes, and running them in a ditch.  Maybe some of Rule #43, but mostly the rear derailleur. »

  3. @ChrisO I don’t think I’ve ever had this bother me too bad, although I’ve been conscious about not doing this move myself.  When I do catch on to this move (that I never knew to be a dig), I also take your approach, and just let the other guy have that… »

  4. @Beers That’s priceless! »

  5. @Harminator Hmm.  I always took it to be someone from behind you, not really willing to come next to you, with their front tire next to your back tire.  Like a bug flying in your ear, you want to swat at but can’t. A couple of weeks ago, while working… »

I came strongly into the Fall, stronger than in other years thanks to a late-season objective to do well at my first Heck of the North gravel classic in Minnesota. I was light and I had built good power and endurance by riding the steep gravel roads that pepper the North Cascades and suffering through brutal interval sessions on the windswept stre...

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  1. @The Oracle I became rather fixated on my HR monitor once I figured out what my red zone was.  It was definitely a rev limiter for me.  It was nice to realize that paying little attention to it Tuesday (on what is likely the hardest I ever rode), and late… »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. @Holdsworth I didn’t make an excuse.  I simply pointed out some buffoonery and hypocrisy.   I am not arrogant enough to pass judgement for something I acknowledge a young immature version of myself to likely attempt.   If you want to pass judgement, the… »

  2. YEah, here we go…… lets all as mature adults judge the previous actions of young hot shot socially immature competitive athletes.  I will just go ahead and admit it right now.  I know how stupid and how arrogant I was when I was young.  If people gave… »

  3. @frank Very well said @Frank, I don’t think it could be said better! »

I came strongly into the Fall, stronger than in other years thanks to a late-season objective to do well at my first Heck of the North gravel classic in Minnesota. I was light and I had built good power and endurance by riding the steep gravel roads that pepper the North Cascades and suffering through brutal interval sessions on the windswept stre...

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  1. @frank I have never had the attacks like my Grandmother a father both would have.  On a few occasions as a kid I had mild attacks brought on by mowing the grass, and a few times as an adult during fall allergy season which amounted to a bit of wheezing… »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. @Teocalli Dig delivered?  Boy is it ever! I was out training with some mates last summer, repeats on a 5k, 8% climb.  I was getting my ass handed to me on the climbs (and I’m no slouch when the grade goes up).  But on the descents, I was going all out … »

  2. Awesome reading here, well done! »