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Velominatus: infinity87

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Cape Cod, USA


Born June 2 1987 Single (not married at least) No kids (1 dog-Gibbs) Hyannis, MA based Mechanic for Cape Air (3rd shift) bike rider since 5, cyclist since 2012

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There was a time when I held down ‘real jobs’. Jobs with (a little) stress, with (some) responsibility, but without soul. And while dealing with the great unwashed public never held much appeal, I always envied the guys who worked at my preferred LBS. They seemingly had it all––an endless supply of cheap bikes and parts, hanging out and s...

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  1. @RedRanger I have the same feelings every night.  After the LBS ride I have a 10 hour overnight shift to look forward to.  I sometimes wish I could work on bikes, but then the bike mechanics say they wish they could work on planes. »

No words survive here, only echoes. Echoes of our hopes, of our plans, of our failures. What we thought we might do when we came here is little more than a shadow; it flickers on the walls for a moment and when we turn to look, it is gone. Doubts swell up and bounce off the walls until they become so loud they can no longer be heard.Once we’ve en...

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  1. It’s 3:30AM tuesday morning here and I’m awake, preparing to enter the darkness.  There is a local group ride starting at 5:30 to blast up some of the “hills”in the area- 25 miles, 1500+ up.  For a flatlander like myself that is something.  Tonight a club… »

Sometime this spring I got an email from @xyverz suggesting a second annual bay area cogal, along with some route suggestions.  Before long, plans coalesced around a ride starting near Palo Alto, going over the mountains, down the coast to Santa Cruz, and back over a bigger part of the mountains to Los Gatos and Palo Alto.  I doubt I would have g...

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  1. Looks like a great ride.  Maybe someone can plan a New England Cogal »

Gianni really took it in the shorts after trying to sneak his way along with a stealth EPMS. Like an alcoholic falling off the wagon, the poor fellow can’t quite come to grips with the comfort of his old friend, the saddle bag. The solution lies in finding a light toolkit to carry along with him on his rides, one that fits in one pocket in to...

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  1. I’ve been putting off getting a multi-tool but I just made it a top priority as I sit here and read the fail stories thinking how my only mechanical in my year or so of being a cyclist has been a flat on the indoor trainer. Now, with that said, what Lezy… »

There are many revered places in Cycling, places that are instantly recognisable, places that command their own special page in history and in our memories for the great battles held upon them. Most likely the names you’ll think of first would be the great mountain climbs of the Grand Tours, l’Alpe d’Huez, Ventoux, Zoncolan, Stelv...

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  1. I wish more companies kept their past in mind when designing modern products.  Not go “retro” but keep the same stripes, colors, or something unique throughout time.  I love buying things that are on the cutting edge of technology but it means even more i… »

There has been some gravel fever going around; there is a lot of talk of new bikes and new routes. I don’t live in gravel country and have not caught the disease, yet. @Antoniv submitted this tale of gravel. It’s a bit long but the race was long too. For those of us who haven’t caught the bug, this might help, or hurt. Either way,...

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  1. great read!  Just threw my plan for a mountain bike in jeopardy for a cx bike.  cross is big here in new england and I’ve got room in the stable… »

I suspect that whoever first put a set of downtube shifters on a bike immediately knew that while it was superior to having the shifter on the seat stay, it was a design that was going to be improved upon. Not only did it require being seated to shift, it also required taking your hands off the bars. Shimano got close with the introduction of the S...

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  1. Ahhhhh, the grip-shifter memories I have.  Never accurate and always adjusting. Love the SRAM setups though.  Have it on my #1 and will be on every bike forward. »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. RIP Jon.  I just joined this community yesterday and can already tell its a tight one.  May you forever have the wind at your back and air in the tires »

@prowrench is throwing down the greasy gauntlet. There is truth in his words. We already understand the gap between the professional cyclist and us civilians extends somewhere over the horizon. We can ride the bikes, wear nice kit and ride the race routes but that’s about as close as we can get. No one is paying us to ride. We are not Pros. B...

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  1. As a professional mechanic myself, I can see where @prowrench is coming from.  I work on aircraft for a living- can’t pull over on a cloud if something breaks- so I know a thing or 2 about precision and doing things right.  However, to talk down to someon… »