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Velominatus: fignons barber

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: palm harbor, florida

lucky enough to have a professional career (not as a cyclist) and still find the time to be a Masters 50+ racer (kind of a cyclist). Ex hockey player, turned to cycling in 1989, and went from there. Two favorite pros: Fignon and Lemond (is that possible to like both). current stable: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX (record/super record) Cyfac Proxidium Fignon Tribute bike (record/super record) Colnago CT1 (chorus)

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Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn0FF1KwL4I …and now we know what happened to Andy Schleck. »

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. Thanks for the thoughts guys. Got up the mornings after, and just about every part of my body hurt. But did my scheduled training ride and felt fine. I did notice that my heart rate was about 8 or 10 beats higher than normal, probably the body working OT … »

  2. VERY sad news to report: My #1, Canyon Ultimate CF SLX, has been destroyed. After a training race, I was riding home with a group of guys. I was on the front as we pulled through a town, just doing tempo. There was a 6 foot “ornamental” section of brick r… »

  3. Just returned from a trip up to my place in Michigan.  While sorting through the garage in search of a bow saw, I came across a machine that made me pause: my first racing frame, purchased in 1988. A Columbus SL tubed Atala.  Ah, the memories. Back then,… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. @frank Thought the same. He looked like a Tijuana hooker. »

This note arrived to the Velominati Bunker back in April. It was a confession. It was a cautionary one. Everyone knows someone who has done this. I nearly did it myself*. I replied to Alex, not sympathetically enough yet his message has stayed with me. Is this worthy of a New Rule? Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

@fignons barber's posts:

  1. As far as I’m concerned, a roof rack is nothing more than a EPMS for your car. Your beloved machine should be transported  the way the euro pros, from pro tour to hardened Belgian kermesse racers, do it: stuffed in a padded bag and placed in the trunk of … »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

@fignons barber's posts:

  1. @KW Hey Tinkoff, this is the fuckin’ Giro. If your guy was stupid enough to let a race favorite ride off, you deserve what you get. Does cycling need Tinkoff? I think not. »

  2. @Mirko There was a little write up on cyclingnews. It was for all those who dis him because he can’t win from small breaks. He said everyone rides against him. »

  3. My prediction: on Stage 18, thursday, the peloton will ambush Movistar.  Already no love lost between Omega Pharma and Movistar, now the other squadra have  a bone to pick as well. They better rest up today. »

  4. Major Chapeau to the RAI camera folks.  I watched the whole race on BeIn Sport.  Despite the bad weather conditions, the coverage was uninterrupted and the pictures were fabulous. I think I would have preferred to be riding a bike at 25kmh than sitting on… »

  5. Really going to be a great final of the Giro, starting tomorrow.  There are probably 5 guys who could still win. Shaping up to be one of the best Grand Tours in years. »

On our trip to Paris, my wife and I, in need of culture, rode the Vélib bikes to Cycles Laurent. This was our first French bike shop visit and excitement was high as we navigated our helmetless headed way through the city traffic. The shop is a classic; it’s crammed with bikes and clothes. There is no room to move. My wife immediately dove into...

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  1. Gianni,  here is what you need.  Real wool. »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy yes, that’s what I was thinking. Usually when you have a guy for the gc, the workers are told to sit up and rest in an ITT.  Save your cookies. With regards to their caps, effort is there but they need to specify the ADULT sized cap from… »

  2. Omega pharma QStep finishes 4 of the top 8 slots in the TT.  They must have had a heck of a breakfast. »

On our trip to Paris, my wife and I, in need of culture, rode the Vélib bikes to Cycles Laurent. This was our first French bike shop visit and excitement was high as we navigated our helmetless headed way through the city traffic. The shop is a classic; it’s crammed with bikes and clothes. There is no room to move. My wife immediately dove into...

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  1. There is one fate almost as bad as the painful DNF: Toiling for three hours risking life and limb in a Masters race, finishing top 6, and finding out when you get home and look at the online results that the transponder didn’t work (you know, the one the… »

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 goin...

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  1. I love cycling heritage as much as the next guy, but I’ll go back to tubulars when I raise my hand after a flat and a minion hops out of a Skoda,changes it, and pushes me off. The tub era was done for me when Big Mig showed up at the 1992 Tour sporting M… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. I feel sorry for the Katusha rider, Caruso. 5 minutes after posting about the riders not racing in the rain….crash. But the crash occurred when they were 6 or 8 across the road (peloton going slow spread across the road always most dangerous).. It may … »

  2. This Giro is beginning to disturb me.  Since when is it standard practice to call time out and soft pedal for 140 miles if it is cloudy weather? I feel like I’m watching a frickin’ century ride. Can we please start the real Giro?  What would Merckx do? »

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. @Frank unleashing his inner Krabbe.  Good stuff. The irony of racing is that to attack, you must ignore the fear of being dropped, even though the physical and emotional pain of said droppage is deserving of respect. So many racers don’t make the race b… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. didn’t realize last friday I missed the cutoff as the race started on friday this year.  I know they aren’t super prestigey for points and all, but I’ll play along on my own. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Quintana 2. Rodriguez 3. Majka 4. Cadel 5. … »

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. Posted over on the FB page of Luca Scinto, DS of Team Fluoyellow.   I think a very tasteful use of fluoness, alloy training wheels, and Cipo flare.  And where does one acquire a fluo selle italia turbomatic? »

If Lance won seven Tours then maybe Tyler Hamilton did win a Monument after all, or not. Finally Hamilton had a chance to measure up to Armstrong in a big one day race. That alone must have felt good; riding against him instead of for him. Johann versus Bjarne, Lance versus Tyler, this was a proper knife fight. Tyler looks ahead and Lance looks at...

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  1. Nothing says european pro cycling like the Mavic spare tire holding up the traffic sign. »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Martin 4. Froome 5. Mollema »

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. VOS 2. VAN DIJK 3. ARMISTEAD 4. BORGHINI 5. POOLEY »

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. Valverde 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Gilbert 4. Kreuziger 5. Rui Costa »