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Velominatus: freddy

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Canada and Nederland

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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. @kixsand Forgive me for posting my Marinoni Fango yet again, but just wanted to show your backyard options »

I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

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  1. @Gianni This is based on actual “research” VSP PICKS: 1. Tetrick 2. Solovey 3. Antoshina 4. Pitel 5. Lesueur »

 Rule #4 is clear but how do you explain to your five year old what a twatwaffle is? I was left trying to define twatwaffle to a room full of relatives, none five years old but a few close to ninety-five years old. Someone opened The Book of Rules and loudly read out Rule #4. Some hand waving and muttering about the Dutch deflected things, thankf...

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  1. @blackpooltower and @PeakInTwoYears More on topic, Lance may have scammed his title from “The Great Boffo,” but he entirely missed the point of the book i.e. a man’s character should come from gratitude, generosity and the love of others and the sport (fo… »

  2. @PeakInTwoYears The thing I found while hanging out with the Velominati and learning The Rules is that it’s more like Exodus 20–the Ten Commandments–not in a proscriptive sense, but prescriptive or better yet, predictive i.e. making a claim or suggestin… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. The chasers are looking at each other before the final. »

  2. The Paris-Tours is the only surviving classics race that Merckx never won. Interestingly, Wallays won today’s race on a Merckx 525. Coincidence? I think not! »

  3. Wow… I’m rockin’ 3rd place with one point! Congrats to the winners. I bumped into Steampunk at Domestique Cafe (in Dundas, Ontario, Canada) this aft. He was mentioning something about an n+1 track mosheen–with nice new wheels! Hey Steamy…do tell more… »

  4. Thanks to the Keepers for another great season–it’s been fun. VSP PICKS: 1. J. Degenkolb 2. A. Demare 3. G. Van Avermaet 4. S. Vanmarcke 5. J. Debusschere »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. @brett…there’s nothing like inserting yourself into a narrative to enrich your life–go for it! I went with the classic red accents on my black Marinoni–which is a little dated now. I’m likin’ your dark grey option.  Speaking of dark grey, this has… »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @Haldy I did the Paris Ancaster race on a single speed and noticed two simple things: 1) when guys in-front of me downshift, they usually slow down, 2) to keep my cadence up I have to push down harder on the pedals. When the above two points are in play… »

  2. As I’m incrementally working on Rule #45 compliance and spending more time in the drops, the “hard way” almost seems more natural than flicking your finger at the brake lever–the down tube is right there within easy reach. »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. Let em fall… VSP PICKS: 1. A. Valverde 2. D. Martin 3. P. Gilbert 4. A. Contador 5. J. Rodriguez »

This article started off as a Reverence for the Camelbak Podium, and might still be, who knows, it’s late and my mind is scrambled. As often happens when searching for a suitable image for an article, tangents often appear from nowhere and derail the original train of thought. Soon one finds oneself careening out of control towards the only...

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  1. @HMBSteve zegt mijn vrouw ook vannacht »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @frank 10-4. Lesson learned. »

I was asking earlier, how do you know if you are a cyclist? One sure sign is when one brings a bike on almost all vacations. If a vacation does not include some cycling, is it a vacation? If you asks that, you are a cyclist. Hopefully this has been a long-term condition and all other vacationeers accept this with a shrug, yeah, a damn Velominatus.V...

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  1. @ChrisO A random dude joined our club ride part way in about a month ago. After appropriately ignoring him for a couple kms, most of us introduced ourselves and found out he was visiting from New Zealand (that’s a long way from Ontario). Since he had a fe… »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @frank Oops…I didn’t see this ’till now. And I just re-disputed. I said please… »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. This is a long race with lots of vertical gain. It will probably rain. I’ve got a mixed bag of recent good performances, climbing, experience, a Belgian and Sagan. The last climb and descent will be interesting. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Valverde 3. Van … »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Matthews 3. Valverde 4. Cancellara 5. Kristoff »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. M. Vos 2. L. Armitstead 3. P. Ferrand-Prevot 4. E. Johansson 5. E. Stevens »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. It is what it is. Rohan’s on a roll. VSP PICKS: 1. T. Martin 2. Wiggins 3. Dumoulin 4. Malori 5. Dennis »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. Del-friggin-gado  I might have picked up 3 points for Solovey. I’m out of the running for sure now. Crapola. Oh well, it’s still fun while its lasting. »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Quintana 2. Contador 3. Rodriguez 4. Froome 5. Uran »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Pieters 3. Johansson 4. Longo Borghini 5. van der Breggen »

Not one to subscribe to the slew of text speak or acronyms that permeate the modern vernacular (well, not too much, I guess YJA is one used fairly regularly), I am harbouring a severe case of FOMO right now. And the catalyst for this? The lack of a KT14. Shit, I did it again. WTF?As Gianni wound up the excitement and anticipation for the real start...

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  1. Let’s hope Eddy’s ok: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/merckx-hospitalised-after-heart-problems »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. @frank True to my dual Dutch/Canadian nature, I fashioned a gig using a hockey stick, level, measuring tape, and, of course–duct tape. Cheap and works great, eh? »