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Velominatus: bugleboy21

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Japan

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Professional musician and cyclist. I've been exploring the many great climbs in Japan. Not sure how cars are supposed to get up some of these grades!

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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. tough set VSP PICKS: 1. Becker 2. Stevens 3. Armistead 4. Brand 5. Wild »

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. Cobbles! VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Phinney 5. Terpstra »

Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride recovery ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4...

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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. Sagan 2. Faboo 3. Boasen Hagen 4. Slagter 5. Cavendousche »

Always be casually deliberate, even when riding.You have just attacked off the front to take a town line sprint. It was a just-the-perfect-amount-of-dumb yet successful move. You went deeply anaerobic for a sprint no one else was even mildly interested in, but you did crush them unrestrainedly. Continue reading...

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  1. Just last week I rolled up on 4 guys, with shoulders rocking, working really hard at 35kph. I had a clear lane and a mouthful of Clif Bar. I had been feeding at the 2hr mark when I approached these men who were exhibiting all the Rule V signs. I ‘lauded t… »

Freddy effortlessly demonstrates Rules #80 and #82, the Three-Point System, and the Goldilocks Principle while his mechanic calmly swaps a mortal’s wheel for one that can withstand his ferocious sprint. All the while, a young Colonel Sanders looks on with bemused disapproval.For anyone still wondering whether the 70’s was the coolest...

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  1. The white bar tape is so elegant, especially knowing that it will probably be replaced for the next race. »

Normally The Keepers reserve our Reverence articles for products we’ve used for years, or with new stuff that has had at least six months of duty. Riding the cobbles of Belgium and Northern France can put most gear (and bodies) through six months of abuse in just a few weeks, so in this case the work these tyres have been put through there an...

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  1. Need a little PSI advice from the more experienced cyclists.  I don’t trust the online calculators and 15% gobbledygook charts. What say you brotheren? Me w/kit + Bike = 74kg. PSI for Open Corsa 23’s w/latex on dry days? PSI for Open Pave 24’s w/latex … »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. If no trade for a small, anyone want to buy a Medium Witte Jersey for $80, free shipping? Worn for one ride on a sunny day. I’m placing a preorder for a size small. »

Legends are central to any culture, ours perhaps more than most. The Ventoux is a French legend, rising 1912m above the rolling hills of Provence. The road is thick with the paint of Tours past and the names of giants. The grade is 7%, on average, though 10, 11, and 12% are routine throughout the middle section. The classical route begins in a smal...

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  1. IMO, anyone who’s pedaled to the top of any of the sacred climbs looks pro. »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @DCR Funny Shit!, But seriously, I made a dramatic change in my size. Even if I put on 5 kilos, I would still fit a small. So, bring on the golden-brown birds and pumpkin crack. »

  2. Hey, Everyone! I ordered a Medium Witte V-Jersey about a year ago.  Since then, through serious withdraws from the V Bank, I have lost my sprinters muscle and am now an acceptable climbing weight. This presents two problems and one glorious gain. 1) I get… »

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. In Japan, I am 30 minute’s ride from the mountains. We have everything from short, 2k climbs at 8% to 20k at 6%. On every climb, though, there always seems to be a Wall (or “Cowface” we call it) that is 100 to 200m at a ridiculous 20%. I guess Japanese ca… »

This has to be one of the best photos of the 2013 Tour: Nairo Quintana at the finish on the Ventoux. Nairo gives very little away when he climbs but as he crossed the line his head dropped and the lights went out. He later admitted having gone too early again. Before that, on the slopes of the Giant of Provence, he knew he was going to win. Then h...

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  1. At 5’5, Quintana is my new inspiration to drop 7kg and see if I can climb like him. My wife might get upset that I’d weight the same as her, though. Good thing the bike doesn’t complain when it’s rider loses weight. »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Froome 3. Clentador 4. Kreuziger 5. Porte »

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. “What wind?” After two years learning to ride and race on my first road bike (built by my own hands, piecing components together from LBS’s and other cyclists), I have finally gotten a true race bike.  Although I have done very well in every race I’ve be… »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. @strathlubnaig Thanks!  With Farrar being such a non-factor for the talent he possesses, I always seem to forget when he rides and when he doesn’t. »

  2. TJ Has quietly been honing his grand tour form this year, which he showed a little bit of in California. He is also demonstrated more maturity this year as a team cyclist. I look for him support Good Cadel in the first week and then be named team leader a… »

  3. TJ Has quietly been honing his grand tour form this year, which he showed a little bit of in California.  He is also demonstrated more maturity this year as a team cyclist.  I look for him support Good Cadel in the first week and then be named team leader… »

It looks so easy on the television. Well, no, actually it looks pretty bloody hard. We think we have some understanding of how they suffer, how their bodies can take the continual beating. But we don’t really know. Not even by riding these abominations they call roads twice in the space of a few days can we understand the scale of the thing...

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  1. Sparticus goes 3 in a row. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Roelandts 3. Phinney 4. Van Summeren 5. Thor »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Roelandts 3. Phinney 4. Van Summeren 5. Van Avermaet »

Imagine a world without the little things we take for granted; a house without a roof, a pub with no beer, a Keepers Tour without any clothes. The last one is a reality for me at the moment, five days in and still no trace of where the hell between Wellington and Paris my bag (filled with V-Kit, shoes, helmet, everything) is. The other thing that h...

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  1. Big Tom and Peter the Great isn’t going to let Faboo get away on a winning break with 30km to go.  They’ll all ride away from the bunch on the 2nd Oude Kwaremont and then the ole boys will drop the youngin’ on the last time up the Paterberg.  Boonen will … »

This is the second round of the Women’s World Cup, the first being the Ronde van Drenthe. Laveno Mombello to Cittiglio, 120 km of racing in Italy. It is a very worthy course and we know who will be wearing the number 1 on her jersey. Enough already, I like Ms Vos as much as the next person but someone has to work her over on the climbs and ri...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johannson 3. Bronzini 4. Armistead 5. Carretta »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johannson 3. Bronzini 4. Armstead 5. Carretta »

Gent (Deinze)-Wevelgem, it starts with 130 km of cruising around Belgium and Northern France followed by a flurry of bergs and then a final 38 km of  flatter riding to the inevitable sprint finish. How hard can the climbing be if Super Mario got over them? Ask the riders from KT 2012, (the ones not in the following car) and they will tell you...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Gilbert 3. Faboo 4. Goss 5. Sagan »