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Velominatus: kixsand

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Toronto, Canada

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We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. Assos makes some really great cycling gear.  Assos also makes this… The Robocap »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. @harminator Solid fucking gold. »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. @Simon So Valverde and Voeckler, that’s it? I almost gave Voeckler mention in my post – he is a bit of an irritating little twit on a bike. »

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. @campbellrae1 That seat post and stem are brilliantly done.  More bike porn please. »

  2. @tessar I found an online calculator and you’re right…it is a fairly big difference.  Perhaps a 12-27 out back to even things out a bit…we’ll see. I have 2013 SRAM Red – 10 speed – and the FD does have the word “Yaw” scrawled across the top of it … »

  3. The trek logo on the front fork would typically read from top to bottom.  I’m betting that this is a custom paint job and maybe the painter chose to go the other way with the decal.  The shape of the fork at the bottom looks to be correct as does the angl… »

  4. @ChrisO Me too… could it be flipped front to back? »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. Love all the grasping for analogies in this piece Frank.  My first instinct was to say something like… “Too much pre-amble, not enough amble” But then, you pulled that shit together and won me over and made me thankful for the journey that we took tog… »

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. Cannondale Update Well, I’m in love.  And, I’m very happy with the choice I made to buy this bike, in this size. The Neil Pryde was no dog but the Cannondale is simply a cut above in terms of stiffness and what they like to call vertical compliance.  Th… »

  2. @campbellrae1 I too would like to see more of this build as it happens. Question – mixing Columbus and Reynolds tubing?  I’m guessing that the columbus is super stiff and the Reynolds is there to improve compliance and ride quality? »

  3. @brett 1 on the black spacers.  Just a little too much white going on right there. »

  4. @RobSandy I’m an idiot when it comes to mechanicals.  When you say that you’re chain “slipped” I’m assuming you mean that it dropped a gear? If you have some play in the bottom bracket you could be rocking the front end of your drivetrain when you put t… »

  5. @campbellrae1 Bloody well done!  This is the stuff I dream about! »

  6. @Analog Nice! Not sure that I love that oversized top tube but it is a Colnago, and that more than makes up for it! »

  7. @markb This is a very similar approach to what I experienced with the gentleman that I worked with on my fit.  We spent 5 hours together.  We talked a lot about my goals and where I was currently with my cycling.  We talked about previous injuries and s… »

“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. Nice work Brett – great article! I read about a study done on TDF particpants through the years that looked at life expectancy.  The bottom line was that even when you take into account the gentlemen whose lives were cut short in pursuit of their sport i… »

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.   I should have just posted this in the first place. »

  2. @teleguy57 Saddle went up 3.5 cm Stem went from 110 to 135 Handlebars went from 15cm drop – 10 cm reach – 44 width to 12.5cm drop – 8cm reach – 42 width Handlebars went up 1 cm – as high as they would go, which still left a pretty significant drop 1… »

  3. After fitting… http://youtu.be/JrYJFskRc6k »

  4. Before fitting… http://youtu.be/MI8IQmYlRWM »

  5. @Beers When I showed the bike to my 11 year old son he went all agog and said…”Wow, it’s bbbeeeaaauuutttiiifffuuulll.  Does mom know”? »

  6. Sorry.  “final” was a poor choice for a descriptor.  I meant final for the set up of the bike…riding position, if you will.  there is still some work to be done…tape on the handlebars for a start… »

  7. Here’s the final setup on the Cannondale… »

  8. That should have read that the new drop from saddle to bars was 11cm…not 11 mm. »

  9. Apparently I was the problem. I should start by saying that this fitting was one of the most enlightening experiences I’ve ever had…wow! Best money I’ve ever spent. We started out on my Neil Pryde. Saddle Height – up 3.5 cm. Bar Stem – the Neil Pryd… »