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Velominatus: andrew

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Wuppertal, Germay

Australian living in Germany; always used to follow along when the TdF was on TV, but never got serious about cycling, usually just had a poorly maintained aluminium thing for commuting. Now fascinated by riding steel-framed road bikes, racing, and maintaining my early 90s Titan.

@andrew's activity:

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...

@andrew's posts:

  1. @Teocalli Oh and we’re just hitting white asparagus season here.  Seems a pretty good description! »

  2. @Teocalli I don’t feel I’ve earned the right to ‘guns’ just yet.  I’ve got two cyclo-sportives coming up in May, and I’m signing up for my first races in August (Sparkassen Giro) and October (Münsterland Giro).  The first is 80km, and the second offers… »

Did I need new cycling shoes? Absolutely not. In fact, as I rode that day I planned a product review post for my one year old Specialized road shoes. A year seems like a good long time to get to know intimately one’s cycling shoes. My review would be quite positive: light, comfortable, not too expensive, great Boa tensioning system. Would I r...

@andrew's posts:

  1. Pro-tip for keeping White Ladies in presentable condition, from Matteo Pelucchi via cyclingtips: »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

@andrew's posts:

  1. @Geraint Even Rapha on their website hasn’t managed to photograph anyone actually looking good all  in hot pink.  Black with pink highlights, yes, but not like this.  Chartreuse is just a fancy name for hi-viz fluoro yellow and isn’t any better.  This i… »

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...

@andrew's posts:

  1. Chrissie Wellington’s a phenomenon.  Wrote a pretty intense book, too. »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

@andrew's posts:

  1. @Nik No doubt, but he has set himself an awfully high bar. »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. I might well head over to Valkenburg to have a butcher’s at this; if anyone else is going to be hanging around the Cauberg, give us a shout. »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

@andrew's posts:

  1. Speaking of style, taste, and premium all-matching kits for all weathers, may I present one of the locals (not my photo, not my ride!) I like Rapha and have a few bits, but there’s Good Rapha, and there’s Bad Rapha. »

  2. @Marko I saw Boonen without, and it’s really interesting to hear that experience.  I can’t stand padding, and have to confess fingerless gloves were just one of things that I got when I started road biking, as it was part of the standard picture.  I ha… »

  3. @unversio I’ve got Giro Zeros (black and white, my wife has straight black, no camo so far!) — also no closure and no padding on the sheepskin palms.  Love them. »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

@andrew's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Gilbert 3. Kreuziger 4. Valverde 5. Leukemans »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

@andrew's posts:

  1. @Teocalli In my mind it’s so much more like but you’re probably right! »

  2. Absolutely, but you have to imagine it on a 1.89m, 68kg frame to do me justice.  Kind of the opposite of this: But under a dress shirt?! »

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...

@andrew's posts:

  1. @KW Yeah, I tried it in a couple of places in my ride this evening and it’s definitely got something, and even just a few turns helps keep the momentum up over rollers.  But I found out real quick what my pins had in them — or didn’t — if the slope wa… »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

@andrew's posts:

  1. @cyclebrarian Does a mesh base layer count?  I try to make all the stuff I get I be as multifunctional as possible. »

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...

@andrew's posts:

  1. @Julien I think it more or less goes without saying that chain-ring tattoos do not Look Fantastic.  That said, this Pedalwan is still quietly proud that he no longer comes home with his pea-shooters besmirched. »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

@andrew's posts:

  1. @Rules Be Damned No dear, you lighten up, as it seems you don’t get the wavelength — or Brett, for the little I know him through the site — if you think this advice is needed.  You can safely assume everyone here is quietly having a laugh at themselve… »

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...

@andrew's posts:

  1. Senstational write-up and a great ride, by the sounds.  Chapeau. »

I’m old as dirt. My first two race bikes employed toe clips and toe straps and that set-up was bad. For many reasons it was bad and any retro-hipster who thinks otherwise is wrong. When Lemond and Hinault started racing on the white Look clipless pedals, everyone but Sean Kelly quickly switched. Talk about a quantum improvement, it was long o...

@andrew's posts:

  1. @unversio So, I guess I’ll take that as a suggestion in their favour? Seriously though, I didn’t know them, so thanks for the tip! »

  2. @Chris So much for my thinking they’d just been hacked by mechanics… As for meeting them in a crash, they look almost like something you’d find poking out of an axle in a Ben Hur chariot race or Bond car chase. Lethal. »

  3. NetApp Endura at Paris-Roubaix this year might have found a solution to the cruddy cleat issue?  Or is there another reason to remove the body of the pedal?  I’m still eyeing different systems at the moment, but I kind of enjoy the crisis of indecision wh… »

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...

@andrew's posts:

  1. @VeloVita One of my recurring nightmares, right there. »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

@andrew's posts:

  1. @MJ Moquin Click on the ellipsis between the top group and the lanterne rouge in the 2014 standings above. »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

@andrew's posts:

  1. Y’know, after reading Geraint’s comments about being fully committed to Brad in the final and how had hoped Brad would do more to chase Niki, and then Brad’s comments about having good legs at the finish, I wonder if G doesn’t have a bit of reason to be c… »

  2. This is the one I watched today — pretty much the full Eurosport UK broadcast with the ad breaks edited out. »