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Velominatus: freddy

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Canada and Nederland

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We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. Our mtb brothers are making some sense: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/The-Unofficial-Cycling-Code-of-Conduct-2014.html »

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. @markb I had a creme coloured Raleigh Sports in my college days.I called it “the white cloud.” Rode it everywhere and commuted on it for years afterwards. Bullet-proof. Had the original Brooks seat, saddle bags, etc. My wife has an old green Superbe. Sa… »

Sharing the road with cars is mostly a losing proposition. It’s hard to share when your vehicle weighs 8 kgs and the other guy’s is 800 kgs. If we have to share we have to let go and that is not easy, as @Kevin Wilkins explains. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @Kevin Wilkins I hear ya, bro. I’ve been messed with as well (that diesel truck looks familiar), but every escalation could have been prevented by my own self regulation. Thanks for your wisdom. »

There is nothing more disappointing than discovering the truth behind a myth or spotting the mortal behind a legend. This is why I make a point never to do any research or in any other way attempt to validate my assumptions when evaluating a situation; mystery that feels like a fact and sounds like a fact is better than an actual fact. Tr...

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  1. @DeKerr Although Dutch born, I’ve lived most of my life in Guelph (McCrae’s birthplace), so you could say his poetry has seeped into the bones a wee tad. Every year around Remembrance Day a local thespian would recite In Flanders Fields properly in chu… »

  2. @DeKerr Good one. Reminds me of McCrae’s In Flanders Fields. Excerpt: We are the Dead… Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw    The torch; be yours to hold it high.    If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sl… »

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. @Buck Rogers @Steampunk @PeakInTwoYears @wiscot The above is all great advice. What I usually recommend to newbies looking for their first half-decent road bike is to get an aluminum frame bike with 105 groupsan from one of the main UCI WT … »

  2. @il muro di manayunk How’s your head? Did you get checked out? We don’t want our champ out for the count. »

  3. @wilburrox @PanzerPuss I have a Defy Advanced (carbon) with upgraded 105 and it’s a sweet ride. I’ve heard the aluminium frame is also very good so upgrading to 105 would be worth it especially if you can get it on sale. This will make your Defy a soli… »

  4. @kixsand I bought it locally from Scott Kelly now running Dundas Speed Shop with Chad Grochowina (above Domestique Cafe). It’s a custom single speed frame (Columbus Zona) originally made for him that just happens to fit me perfectly. »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. @Buck Rogers This describes my Bluemountain century experience last month–except that I lost the wheel at the 35 mile mark and “raced” for the remaining 65. As you say, really dead is one thing–FUCKED is quite another. (I’m hesitant to say why I lost … »

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… »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

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