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Velominatus: anthony sands

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38 year old college student. Former carpenter, current jerk and professional beer consumer. O yeah I ride bikes a lot and sometimes ''race'' cross.

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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. Never hurts to have a reminder, I always try to look fantastic, it makes up for my lack of speed »

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. I have been eyeballing the Ritchey neo- classic. nice classic bend in compact geo. While I would be classified as tiny by American standerds I don’t have small hands. on a compact now but the tighter bend is’t awesome for my mitt size. the Richtey seems a… »

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...

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  1. Yeah Cosmo is awesome at what he does, if  I miss a race and really want to know what happened that’s the place I go, plus he’s funny »

  2. Wow how  did I forget about Terpstra, Great solo attack. Good on Pippy for hanging with the classics boys. Don’t think we will see other modern GC guy’s do that well anytime soon. »

  3. Maybe I can climb out of the gutter this week . Do me proud Sep VSP PICKS: 1. Vanmarke 2. Cancellara 3. Boonen 4. Phiney 5. StybarI »

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. It was smoggy here today, the wind I often curse at least clears out our valley. I found my-self stabbing at my lever in vain un-able to fucking breath. While I may be built for climbing, enviromental conditions made me feel 5 kilo’s heavier, I hate the f… »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. Wilde 3. Johansson 4. Borghini 5. Stevens »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Cancellara 3. Stybar 4. Thomas 5. Sagan »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. Cycling in LA county is often harrowing enough without water falling from the sky. That being said, I get pretty damn excited when it does (I miss Portland), but it turns it to total shit storm of vehicular mayhem, but I am starting to find routes that ar… »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Farrar 3. Cancellara 4. Bosanhagen 5. Stybar »

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. Elliptical  kind of  makes sense, more natural maybe. But the the idea of dead spots is just dumb, when we are running are legs are not propelling us in some sort of push pull motion with constant force being applied by both legs , I pretty sure there are… »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. @frank The Specialized looks ok from the front but the profile is kinda silly looking to me, way to long in the back and wierd angular shapes. That Poc helmet is the worst though. »

For many Americans, their first ten speed bike was a Schwinn. It was heavy. Everything about it was heavy. It was the bike that was going to survive outside the bomb shelter. No one put a better crankset on a Schwinn. When we moved on that old bike languished in the garage and it was not coming back out. Not so for @Teocalli, for starters he didn&#...

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  1. Awesome, fucking Awesome! »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Stybar 2. Sagen 3. Degenkolb 4. Modolo 5. Hushhovd »

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. @frank as a middle aged full time student I somehow manage devote 2 hrs a day for my self taught no credit cycling classes. I am either a shitty student or a bad teacher, not sure on that one yet. »

  2. This is my second ”winter” in SoCal. while I have never ridden more or have been as tan, I miss ”Springtime” in Portland. Never ending days of sunshine are just as depressing as never ending days of rain, who knew? »

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. @tessar Time trial bikes don’t count. They all look fucked up to me. »

  2. @ChrisO , I should have said in the peloton. Your right they are far from hot, I kinda like that though, too much wacky happening on most carbon bikes I see. »

  3. I meen carbon, damn speal cheek »

  4. @Mikael Liddy Lovely, In my not so humble opinion Cervelo makes the best looking cabon bikes. »

  5. @ChrisO  I think I’m the one that has been retrieved. But I kinda like garbage bin’s, thats the the best one in L.A. county. »

  6. @unversio I know, I still want to though. Thankfully I don’t have the time to do-it, any extra time I have is de voted to riding and drinking beer, and looking at bikes online when I should be working. »

  7. My budget 1×9 workhorse. Everything is second hand except the frame I bought new on sale, and the rubber of course. If this is wrong I don’t wanna be right, well I still need hack of those fender eyelets. New saddle may happen soon-ish, unlikely though. A… »

The most important moment in a man’s life is the first time they have a beer. I place it on the list above sex and having a child because sex usually only happens as a direct result of drinking beer. As for having children, I’m given to understand they are poop factories at first, then promptly become loud, and then obnoxious before the...

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  1. Dammit, I really hate the fact that your right, I am by no means heavy, some would say under-wheight, but every winter without fail I gain 3 kilo’s which is a lot when your starting at 54. and of course the usual 4 pints of lager turns into 10, and I wond… »

Welcome to the Kermis. It’s not a recycling, it’s a reintroduction. The idea is to repost an old article that still resonates today and see where it goes. We will endeavor not to abuse this feature.I’ve referred to Frank’s fantastic Perfect Amount of Dumb article at least five times in my own posts. My reference is usually that I’m dumb b...

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  1. I allways thought you you have go into a Dumb mode in sports, but of course that can only happen with being crazy smart in the traning so you can shut all those power zapping thoughts off when you need too. Running on auto pilot is an awesome thing and a … »