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We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. @The Vid And I politely disagree also…if it’s the difference between riding and not riding, the Velominatus refers to Rule #5 and hits the road, mismatched wheels and all.  It is beyond mention that the Velominatus first exhausts every other available… »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Never…fucking…give…up.  Ever. Chapeau. »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. @DeKerr & @Gianni Thanks gents.  Glad you liked it. »

  2. @VeloSix Yes, yes, yes, yes, and hell yes.  All of that.  I agree, fuck them to the tenth power.  Idiots. Tennessee can be a cycling paradise.  Wish I was able to ride in East TN more – I’m in NashVegas. »

  3. Cyclist: [sahy-klist]  n.  “bicyclist,” 1882; see bicycle + -ist. Saxonists preferred wheelman. 1: One who travels by bicycle. 2:  One for whom the desire to ride a human-powered vehicle is overwhelming, compulsive, innate, and engaged in without regard… »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @Stephen This technique, while hardcore, is unaesthetic, and was necessitated by the gargantuan volume of the tires those guys were obliged to use.  It also results in unwelcome smears of glue on one’s jersey. »

  2. @frank All that, plus being mindful that some brands of tire just don’t fit some rims properly.  For example, my wife bought me a pair of Conti GP4000 tubulars last Christmas (she’s awesome.)  I rapidly discovered that these simply don’t fit my Golden … »

  3. @kenl Here’s the workaround on that:  I carry a tiny pocket knife in my repair kit.  A $.50 razor blade works too.  If things are so bleak that I have to replace the tire, a single cut with that knife will have the tire off in 60 seconds – it’s super ea… »

  4. FWIW, I’ve never once wiped a tire.  It’s like throwing salt over one’s shoulder, and the consequences of error are hideous.  If I ride over a big patch of glass, I just stop and pick it out by hand. »

  5. I’ve ridden tubs exclusively for the last 2 years, and I’ll never go back:  Pave Evo CGs on Golden Tickets is the path of righteousness.  The ride is utterly Cadillac, like rolling 32mm Grand Bois clinchers, but without the weight and the need for a placi… »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. That’s the best piece I’ve read here in some time, @Steampunk. Kindness and an unassuming personality won’t win him many bike races, but do mean that he’s a damn fine human being.  Chapeau, sir. »

I don’t know how a guy who shows off the better part of a half meter of seat post comes to the conclusion that his saddle is too low, but that precise thought occupies an enormous amount of time. Ever closer looms the minimum insertion point on my seat pin, yet I am irrevocably bound to explore its limits.I actually wish my legs were shorter...

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  1. There’s  a prevalent myth that raising one’s bars and lowering one’s saddle will make a bike more comfortable, leading to the prevalence of galaxy-class headtubes and spacer stacks on many bikes. Does this work for some people?  Sure.  If you have very l… »

In my journey through life, I’ve been struck by the near universal existence of the competitive spirit amongst people. Even people who claim not to be competitive in nature are seemingly competitive about how uncompetitive they are. I’m more uncompetitive than you. We find it everywhere, between old friends and perfect strangers alike...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy This.  That applies to any aspect of life I can think of. »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goi...

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  1. @Haldy You obviously aren’t working at the Velominatus Budgetatus end of the spectrum.  Put me down for a Peg too.  On your tab. »

  2. @Chris Popping the tub into a water bottle on the seat tube is a good option for rides that don’t require lots of fluids. »

  3. @frank Out of an abundance of caution, I tend to over-glue my tubs.  Removing them from the rim by hand results in nasty blisters on the thumbs, and often rips the base tape right off. As such, I carry a tiny multi-tool that has an equally tiny knife … »

I can can feel his cold breath on my back, like a shadow drifting through an alleyway. He’s not yet upon me, but the Man with the Hammer is lurking nearby. I’m not even sure he has the intention to strike; he’s just staying close, cruelly reminding me that my fate is in his hands.I feel the heaviness in my legs from the first turn...

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  1. @Buck Rogers +1.  Hating and resisting pain will only get you a little way down the road.    You have to embrace the pain and even love it a little. »

Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. @TheVid This squared.  I find putting the bike in a trainer works best, especially when the pedals have been over-torqued. »

What, another guest post? Seemingly yes, but in fact we are keeping to our every-other Friday guest post schedule. We must Keep The Schedule! @Harminator’s post about pigs was the little seen “pop-up” article; a confluence of Paris-Roubaix, Orchies pigs and Jupiler beer. These things go very bad, very fast if not served quickly. @...

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  1. Pain brings clarity.  I ride looking for the moment when everything gels and the world makes sense again.  This usually happens only after I’ve pushed body and mind to the ragged edge of what they’ll tolerate before breaking. I’ve been told that I ride m… »

One of greatest cycling pleasures is riding with a mate. Riding ten centimeters off each other’s rear wheel for hours; trust is a beautiful thing. You swing over, ease your effort slightly so your mate rides through, you then tuck behind, in the draft, close and fast. It is the best. @Kah touches on this and other transcendent benefits from...

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  1. @scaler911 Yes…we have to teach it to anyone who shows the slightest interest. On one of my first group rides, I did a number of dumbass things, among them being cheeky enough to think that I could hang with a bunch of dudes that were way out of my l… »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. @Marvellous Can you feel the depth of my envy from here?  That looks like a fine and pleasant misery of a climb.  Sweet. »

I just got turned back from a ride. 5k from the house I realized my bits were getting too cold not only for comfort (in which case, apply Rule #5 and move on) but safety (i’ll take my vasectomy in the hospital, thank you very much). It’s a lovely sunny day, the only problems being the minus 12C temp, biting headwind, and leg warmers th...

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  1. @Ccos For pure road riding on one’s road machine, no.  Codifying exceptions to the rules is the road to perdition. That said, I do a lot of Audax, a discipline marked by the worst sort of Rule violations:  Galaxy-class EPMS, YJAs, and unshorn guns abou… »

This winter Shimano showed up on Maui with a flotilla of Colnago C-59s set up with disc brakes. The lucky Shimano people tested the bikes on some of the nicest routes on the island, including some descending down the Haleakala volcano. Unbelievably they didn’t invite me along (!?). If they had I would have suggested a different place to ride, one...

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  1. @tessar Dammit @tessar!  How dare you use facts and logic to justify your opinions!   Unacceptable. I do take issue with #3:  a tub is always going to corner better than a clincher at the same pressure.  I know without doubt that I can hit a nasty s… »

  2. @tessar Why is it then that the pro peloton eschews clinchers?  If they offered an actual speed advantage, the kings of marginal gains would be all over them, and yet they are still rolling tubs.  There is also the issue of high speed cornering:  a tub… »

  3. @Barracuda The carbon specific pads are mostly about not trashing your rim every time you brake – a brake pad compound made for alloy rims is like going after carbon fiber with a sandblaster. Rim-braked carbon clinchers have no place in mountainous te… »