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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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Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. Damn, that’s sweet »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. absofuckinglutely epic!  A pity my broke ass will just have to read about it, and gaze at photos I hope will be posted here in full post tour reports. »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @Bruce Lee One of these days, I’ll get my hands on some tubs…. »

  2. @Haldy Ha!, awesome »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. I love cycling caps.  Not so much I wear them while not riding, but dam they are cool looking on the bike, that’s for damn sure!  Except the dumbasses who wear them backwards. That looks fucking stupid to me. »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. I’m going to have to listen more closely to this »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

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  1. @rfreese888 That is quite true!  The early chatter that eventually fades away as the ride continues it always indicative of my favorite time during the ride.  I for one, am not much for the chitter chatter.  I don’t mind the non-serious, unimportant sho… »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. Wow, what a cool picture. »

I’ve never been to Africa before, although I’m not sure Cape Town counts as “Africa”. One thing I noticed is that everyone here is very skinny. I also noticed that the meal proportions served at restaurants are very modest. That shows the difference between prevention and treatment when dealing with obesity; whereas in the U...

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  1. @DeKerr That looks like that heavy wet sloppy snow too. »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. @frank Eh, you got me there… »

  2. Does this count as Belgian Style? »

I’m not sure where this ride falls on the graph of fitness but down towards the bottom, somewhere.There can be a point in every rider’s season where each ride ends the same. FFS, I suck. The unabridged volume of self-loathing is reviewed, cogent chapters reread, aloud, in the bathroom. I’m Too Fat To Climb is a chapter I like to q...

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  1. @Gianni I would be ready for the Keepers Tour, just unable to get myself and my bike over there…. »

I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. It’s my goal to have a week off of work, each autumn, and ride without a plan taking in the autumn colors. »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. I have been a head case this year over my bike handling.  Shaking off two painful crashes in the rain this past winter was giving me mental fits.  Then I made it out here, US129, aka The Tail of the Dragon, aka Deals Gap with 318 curves in 11 miles.  636,… »

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. @DeKerr I love the R5, badass! »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. @Gianni Have you tried the  fi’zi:k 3D Flex insole?  Kinda not cheap for an insole…  but came highly recommended.  I’m inclined to agree with the recommendation after using them for a little over a month now »

April 2015 // Lille, France The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride. Continue...

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  1. April 2015 // Lille, France 

    The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride.

    Every serious Cyclist is a hard man or woman; it comes with the territory. But to be given the title of Hardman, one must be more than just tough. The Hardmen stand out among the rest as the ones who ride over the savage, jagged cobblestones of Northern Europe with a souplesse that is possessed only by those riders who thrive in the most torturous of road cycling’s domains: The Cobbled Classics of Northern Europe.

    Velominati has partnered up with Pavé Cycling Classics, based in Northern France, to offer the chance to walk where Giants tread and pedal through the trench of Arenberg and up the devastating cobbled steeps of the Koppenberg and Kapelmuur. To pedal with the Pros during their reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix route.

    As if that isn’t good enough, we offer the opportunity to do this with a local Cyling star; in past years this has been the last Lion of Flanders, Johan Museeuw. The rider for 2015 will be unveiled later in the year.

    Velominati’s Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics will be back in 2015 and guided by the Velominati Keepers in partnership with Pavé Cycling Classics over nine days in April during the most sacred time of the season, the week when de Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix are held. Details and booking information will be announced in the coming days.

    Our trip is an all-expenses included trip. By this we mean that once you’ve managed to get yourself to Lille, you could put your wallet in a locker and leave it until you return back in Lille nine days later. We cover all transport, food, energy drink and bars, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all the beer and wine you can drink. The beer supplied is the full line of Malteni beers, which is owned and managed by the Pavé Cycling Classics owners, William and Alex.

    • Friday April 3rd: Pick up at Gare Lille Europe train station
    • Saturday April 4th: Paris Roubaix 100km discovery ride
    • Sunday April 5th: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Pro race at De Oude Kwaremont
    • Mon April 6th: 3h Flanders discover ride + visit Jaegher Bicycles Workshop (and Malteni brewery-time permitting).
    • Tue April 7th: Morning visit National bicycle museum at Roeselare + 3h Gent Wevelgem ride
    • April 8th: Morning at Gent Velodrome + Scheldeprij Pro Race
    • April 9th: Paris roubaix ride with the pros 150km from Troisvilles to Roubaix
    • April 10th: Recovery ride around the gîte + AG2R pro team meeting
    • April 11th: Tour of Flanders ride + RVV museum visit
    • April 12th: Paris Roubaix Pro race at Troisvilles, Arenberg and L’Arbre. Drop off at Lille Rail station or hotel in the evening


    All expenses including transport to and from the train station in Lille at the start and end of the Tour are covered, including all meals, transport to rides and events and unlimited supply of all selections of Malteni beer and fantastic French wines.


    If you have trouble with the booking system, please email us to book.

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    Date - April 03, 2015 - April 13, 2015
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

    Gare de Lille Flandres

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Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. I upgraded to SRAM Red this season, and was not previously aware just how hard you could shift this stuff.  When I have it dialed in just right (which seems to take a fucking oscilloscope and a scale of justice), all gear changes are like silk.  If I have… »

  2. A very enjoyable piece @Frank »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. I think carbon wheels look bad ass!  Somewhere in that 48 – 52 mm range, black wheels on a black frame, just looks dam awesome! »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. Shot in the dark VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Gerrans 4. Nibali 5. Van Avermaet »

I was asking earlier, how do you know if you are a cyclist? One sure sign is when one brings a bike on almost all vacations. If a vacation does not include some cycling, is it a vacation? If you asks that, you are a cyclist. Hopefully this has been a long-term condition and all other vacationeers accept this with a shrug, yeah, a damn Velominatus.V...

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  1. @ChrisO I never thought about that, but when I read that line the, realization of that truth put a big smile on my face. »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. @Brianold55 I have a pretty good idea what the bottom of the cave feels like (it’s just too dark to know what it looks like).  Final race of the year concludes with a 5.6 km 8% avg grade, summit finish.  The proper way to introduce yourself to this pla… »

  2. I would like to comment and say something awesome about the many lesson to be learned from Rule #10.  But any comments made would be simply inferior to this fine article.  Chapeau! »

Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. @GogglesPizano And Trek will likely sell a few extra Speed Concept 9 bikes over the next couple of months. »