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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.

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The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. Rule #95 infractions always look to me like someone saying ‘Look at me! I have a bike made of carbon fibre!  See how light it is?  Yay!’ In a word: lame. @Ccos: The flooding exception seems fair! »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Moreno Fernandez 4. Mollema 5. Roche »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Pooley 2. Elisa Longo Borghini 3. Emma Johansson 4. Marianne Vos 5. Alena Amialiusik »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Pooley 2. Elisa Longo Borghini 3. Emma Johansson 4. Marianne Vos 5. Alena Almialiusik »

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. @starclimber @wilburrox @Floridian @Gianni Thanks very much! @Daccordi Rider Very true; Allan Pieper’s influence, I guess? »

  2. Here’s an album of photos from today… I was right there on the Cauberg when Gilbert made his winning move, but at the time I was so excited to see Gerrans going for it that I was too busy yelling CARNSIMONGOYOUGOODTHING that I kind of missed the big mom… »

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. @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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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...

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  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! »