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Velominatus: freddy

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Canada and Nederland

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Going fast and looking good while doing it is our Velominati creed. Riding on the tops is the domaine of going uphill, where braking and aerodynamics are unimportant. In most other situations that position is too slow. The pros are usually flattened down in the drops or flattened down on the brake hoods. When us non-pros are not climbing, riding on...

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  1. Oops…I meant Salmon Kool-Stops »

  2. Lot’s of track-talk in this thread. I’m going to try it for the first time in January in the new velodrome in Milton, Ontario–can’t wait!! Track bike rental is included in the hourly rate. »

  3. @KogaLover My daughter has a mid-sixties Gazelle. The brake cables haven’t been changed either–they’re solid rods with linkages!! »

  4. @Gianni I think you’re right about John Tomac. My ’92 Rocky Mountain ‘Hammer’ (Ritchey Logic frame, rims, seatpost and saddle) is in Tomac territory complete w/ 90’s purple bullhorns to match the forks. Look Mom, no brakes!! (Actually, for the odd time … »

I have a huge capacity for watching bike racing on TV. I’ll watch hours of it even when nothing is really happening. I’m certainly not bragging. So I’m quite certain I could sit in the cramped, possibly smokey, noisy, Gent velodrome and watch an evening of six-day racing. I bet the ratio of men to women (who actually want to be th...

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  1. @TBONE Come up to Milton to check out the brand spankin new Mattamy National Cycling Centre. Not sure about the beer (you might have to apply for a permit–this is Ontario after all!) Our local club has booked an afternoon next month. This will be my f… »

“My dear, Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. ~ Falsely yours” ― Charles BukowskiIt&#...

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  1. @Buck Rogers might want to read this one. »

I’ve never been to Africa before, although I’m not sure Cape Town counts as “Africa”. One thing I noticed is that everyone here is very skinny. I also noticed that the meal proportions served at restaurants are very modest. That shows the difference between prevention and treatment when dealing with obesity; whereas in the U...

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  1. @Ron Meanwhile, up here in Canada… next time you’re on PEI check out Outer Limit Sports in Charlottetown. Last month I rented a half decent bike and had a blast between conference sessions. »

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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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… »