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Velominatus: Xyverz

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Just a budding Velominatus, trying to reconcile my self-image and Rule #33. Prefer riding distance over racing. In my other life, I'm a computer nerd.

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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. On my Volagi, I’ve got a compact double in the front, and a massive 12-36 in back, complete with MTB derailleur. It shifts like shit, but when it’s in gear, I can spin to my heart’s content. I’m planning on rippin’ that shit out and putting an Ultegra de… »

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. Nice write-up, Frank! My winter season started in October when I was cutoff by a car and hit their right rear door at about 30kph. (This only 10 weeks after my lovely RV incident on the 2nd Annual SF Bay Area Cogal.) While recovering from that, I came do… »

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. @Barracuda  – Are those carbon or aluminum? Either way, I agree with Red on this. Check to see if they’re covered under warranty. »

  2. @marko – I’m really loving it so far. The brakes have a LOT of stoppiness to ‘em for sure! My ride on Saturday has really cemented the deal for me. This guy was very comfortable going up and coming down. I’m really looking forward to getting many miles on… »

  3. Since I’ve finally taken the opportunity to ride up Mount Hamilton, I tried to get a Rule #26 compliant photo, but I realize that my Rule #29 violation may negate my attempts at Rule #26 compliance.  Anyway… Here’s my new beauty in the wild: »

The anual international Cogal will be held each year on the birthday of The Prophet, Eddy Merckx – June 17. Community members will have the choice to observe this in their own way; honor him by riding at the front all day, or head out alone to meet the Man with the Hammer with just a bit of food in the jersey and water in the bidon. Continue...

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  1. Merckxton

    The anual international Cogal will be held each year on the birthday of The Prophet, Eddy Merckx – June 17. Community members will have the choice to observe this in their own way; honor him by riding at the front all day, or head out alone to meet the Man with the Hammer with just a bit of food in the jersey and water in the bidon.

    We also encourage community members to organize Cogals on the day of, if possible, or on the nearest weekend day. However you choose to observe Festum Prophetae, make sure you do with with dignity and respect.

    Vive la Vie Velominatus.

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    Date - June 17, 2014
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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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. @EBruner Looking very nice there. The only Rule #26 violations I can see are that the valve stems aren’t at 6 o’clock. Those are some sexy bikes there. :-) »

  2. @xyxax I got my first long-ish ride in last Saturday. 85km with 1460m of climbing. Warm weather for most of the day. It was glorious, and the suffering I experienced by the end of the ride was tremendous. =) Looking for a repeat this coming Saturday with … »

Wind is an asshole. I have no patience left for it. It has all of it been used up, gone, finished. It is the only force that I’m aware of (with the possible exception of gravity) that is more stubborn and less willing to listen to reason than I myself am. It blows me around on my bike, it embezzles speed from my Magnificent Stroke. No matter...

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  1. As my friend Velomilurker David says, there’s no such thing as a bad wind. You have either training wind or helpful wind. V and VV. =) »

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. @Nate Thank you, sir! @xyxax Thanks! I’m looking forward to getting a good long ride in very soon. One thing about this new bike though… She’s not a lightweight. She feels almost as heavy as my aluminum. I have, however, weighed both bicycles. Trek: 8… »

  2. @Mikael Liddy – Thank you, sir. I’ve been lusting after the Volagi since I first heard about them almost 2 years ago. =) @ChrisO – Just so long as my test ride the day before doesn’t count. That being said, I have to give massive props to Crank2 Performa… »

  3. … and I also broke Rule #26 with my photos, but … I was excited and need a photo. I’ll get something better taken when next get up into the hills. »

  4. New Bike. =) My first carbon bike. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

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  1. VERY well written, thank you. This is the part of my love of cycling that I’m dreading, really. After over four months off the bike due to injuries, ilnesses, and accidents – okay, the accident was the catalyst, but the injuries and ilnesses came shortly … »

Disregarding my Schwinn Typhoon, I started keeping score with my 1976 Peugeot PX 10 LE. It came with a Stronglight 52 x 45 and a 14 x 21 five speed freewheel. I always thought this Peugeot was set up for the pavé of northern France with those gears and wire-wrapped and soldered 3x tubular wheels. Yet according to Peugeot’s advertising, this...

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  1. @HMBSteve Is this the coast-side of West Old LaHonda? »

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. @frank I have to agree with this assessment. Black is nice, but natural gives it that special look that says, “I pay attention to this stuff!” »

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 Chrome also supports multiple accounts. I have two at home (home and work accounts) and one at work. It’s very nice being able to just open up the work account at home and not risk cross-contamination. =) »

  2. @ChrisO – Dude, this is awesome news! And congrats on your first podium! »

  3. @Teocalli *cough*Firefox*cough*Chrome*cough* (Just a handful of alternatives.) By the way, if you don’t want windows explorer on your PC at all, might I suggest an OS upgrade to some wonderful flavor of Linux? I’d mention *bsd, but I’m not a sadist. … »

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. @Teocalli This is a thing of beauty! I’m looking forward to seeing your post-restoration photos. =) I did something similar recently with a 1980 Raleigh Super Course. It came out looking much better than when I got it, but I have to re-do some stuff on… »

Flies and dogs, two things that we don’t need on a climb.I had descended down this street many times, but I had never before ridden up it. I even said hello to the two excited pitbulls on the other side of the driveway gate. I like dogs. I like them until one of them squeezes under the gate and I’m going uphill slowly. Pitbulls arenR...

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  1. @gregorio We need a video, or it didn’t happen. ;-) Actually, I think I would have loved to have seen this. »

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. @gaswepass Bike Connection is a decent shop. I’ve purchased two from them (one from them, and one from their sister shop, about 100m up El Camino, across Stanford Ave). I can’t complain too much. They seemed to treat me well enough, but it’s been about… »

Flies and dogs, two things that we don’t need on a climb.I had descended down this street many times, but I had never before ridden up it. I even said hello to the two excited pitbulls on the other side of the driveway gate. I like dogs. I like them until one of them squeezes under the gate and I’m going uphill slowly. Pitbulls arenR...

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  1. @Gianni Yes, Geese can be downright VICIOUS to passers-by. Especially after when tending to the hatchlings. I rode to work along the Bay Trail one day (just one, never again after this) and had to deal with not one or two, but six different sets of par… »

An ancient Velominati legend states that when the The Prophet created the common fly, he gave it a maximum air speed of exactly 12 kilometers per hour. When he created the common Cyclist, on the other hand, he gave us a maximum climbing speed of 11.9 kilometers per hour.The worst flies on the planet live in the Pyrenees, where it is hot and humid...

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  1. @snoov My current climbing speed on much of anything these days is only about 6kph. Yeah, I’m slow, but I have gravity on my side for the descents! »

  2. @Puffy Thanks, mate. Back in March of 2011, I’d gotten my weight down to 82kg (from my start at 125kg!), but over the past 8 months, being unemployed, depressed, and otherwise sick, I’ve gained a good portion of it back. My goal is to get back to 85kg a… »