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Velominatus: kixsand

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Toronto, Canada

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Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. What a shit sandwich that was out there today…wow! I still haven’t seen the last half of the race and can’t wait to catch up with it tonight.  However, I will say, that when it got ugly… and riders started going down… and the cobbles were looming….. »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

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  1. Equal parts informative and terrifying with a third of humour thrown in for good measure!   Im a fan of the Assos chamois cream…cooooool and refreshing baby!!!! »

Maui Velominatus Dave is tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. Interesting question posed here. I’ve always been a bit of a heart rate guy…heart working to pump blood to muscles doing the work of making my bike fly has always struck me as a more valuable metric to observe than something as simplistic as speed for … »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

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  1. Love the bit about gearing down early so that you can stay on top of that next gear.  Too often I gear down only to think…”now what the hell, did the gear even change”? – knowing in my heart and my head that I’m already drowning in an easier ratio and t… »

Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local h...

@kixsand's posts:

  1. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

    Here is the route.

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    Date/Time
    Date - June 22, 2014
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Café Domestique

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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. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ My new cross bike… Ridley X-Fire with SRAM Rival Absolutely loving having this bike as a second option for riding – so much fun! »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. @Ron That’s exactly how it happened with me….rain…too fast…corner…down in the blink of an eye!  Hands didn’t even leave the hoods. »

  2. My shine… »

  3. I just bought one of the POC Onyx lids in white.  The purchase was prompted by a crash in which I managed to smote my cheek just under the eye upon the pavement, giving myself a world class shiner and a concussion of sorts to boot.  My ordeal made me some… »

Maybe it’s the milestone of aging that I recently reached. It could be an awareness of the unique foibles of this sport/activity/pastime that I practice. Possibly, I just woke up one day and realised that this is a weird thing for a middle-aged man to be doing. The time for reassessment hit me, involuntarily and without warning. And I’m...

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  1. brett, This is quite simply, one of the best articles I’ve had the pleasure to read in a long while.  Very honest and poignant…plus a happy ending – can’t fuckin’ beat that. I’m 45 and I absolutely love it when I see guys in their 50′s and beyond layi… »

This note arrived to the Velominati Bunker back in April. It was a confession. It was a cautionary one. Everyone knows someone who has done this. I nearly did it myself*. I replied to Alex, not sympathetically enough yet his message has stayed with me. Is this worthy of a New Rule? Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Last year, while out on a ride, I met a fine fellow that had a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van that he’d converted to the task of hauling friends and bikes.  It had the two front seats and then a single bench in behind to accommodate a total of 5 passengers.  … »

Anecdotal research suggests that people are being let off-leash without adequate training to perform basic activities such as walking on sidewalks or through airports and busy city centers. I’m assuming this expands to shopping malls, but I never go there so I can’t be sure. It’s easy to blame the mobile phones which apparentl...

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  1. @Fausto Crapiz Nope… the guy was super strong on the bike – laid down some serious V that day and was on a lovely DuraAce 9000 equipped Cervelo S5 with DA C50′s.  That bike would be a handful in a cross wind but that wasn’t what we were dealing with o… »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

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  1. I’m a Lemon Pledge guy – works well, but I will admit to a certain uneasiness that passersby may decide to laugh and point and cross the street.  Pedro’s would take care of that for me. »

Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local h...

@kixsand's posts:

  1. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

    Here is the route.

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - June 22, 2014
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Café Domestique

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

Anecdotal research suggests that people are being let off-leash without adequate training to perform basic activities such as walking on sidewalks or through airports and busy city centers. I’m assuming this expands to shopping malls, but I never go there so I can’t be sure. It’s easy to blame the mobile phones which apparentl...

@kixsand's posts:

  1. I was reminded of this important life skill last Sunday, while on my Sunday morning group ride.  We were riding 2 by 2; the road that we were traveling required that we keep a tidy and tight line along the shoulder. We ride on the right in Canada.  I was… »

I can can feel his cold breath on my back, like a shadow drifting through an alleyway. He’s not yet upon me, but the Man with the Hammer is lurking nearby. I’m not even sure he has the intention to strike; he’s just staying close, cruelly reminding me that my fate is in his hands.I feel the heaviness in my legs from the first turn...

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  1. About 100k into 120k on Sunday and it was on.   The two brash and young guns in our group wanted to race it in and it was up to the rest of us to stay with them.  Any delusions I had of strength and fitness and toughness took a beating as I quickly lost t… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most cl...

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  1. Swapping Dan Martin for Cadel Evans.  Cheerio! VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Quintana 2. Cadel Evans 3. Nibali 4. Pozzovivo 5. Uran »

Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride recovery ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4.Co...

@kixsand's posts:

  1. Winter’s frost is finally relinquishing its tight grasp of the Great White North, which means it’s time for the third annual Ontario Cogal. Starting with the finest espresso and finishing with fine local brews at the galaxy’s finest cycling café, Domestique Café Cyclo-Sportif in Dundas, Ontario, the ride will take on the local hills, including Sydenham, Snake Road, and Rattlesnake Point.

    Here is the route.

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - June 22, 2014
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Café Domestique

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most cl...

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  1. Svein Tuft! Super proud Canadian here.  Orica Green Edge is alright in my books – the man toils selflessly for the team and is the heart and soul of their TT results and they reward him with the Pink Jersey.  For a guy that likely doesn’t have too many y… »

  2. Come on baby!  Come to papa! VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Dan Martin 3. Nibali 4. Pozzovivo 5. Uran »

Here are a few lessons learned while in New York City.The Rapha store is an excellent place to begin a ride. It’s a killer bike shop with no bikes for sale. Once in the door there are ample places to rack a bike. Behold beautiful espressos, fresh croissants, bike racing projected on a whole wall, seats, tables, a WC, and evidently some nice kit f...

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  1. Hey, who is that in the V-Kit, standing to the left in the last picture? I always mix up my rock legends - is it Art Garfunkel or James Taylor? »

This week we mourn the loss of a true Velominatus, Jim Oberstar. The vast majority of you will have never heard of Jim but if you ride a bike in the US you have him, in large part, to thank for the infrastructure you ride. Jim died this weekend, unexpectedly, at a spry 79.Mr. Oberstar served a nearly 40-year tenure in the US House of Representative...

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  1. Beautifully penned – a touching tribute.   Well done Marko. »

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. @ freddy @Bespoke We should get together for a ride – either on the road or in the muck!  I’m in Toronto but often travel out of the city for Weekend rides so I can start from pretty much anywhere. »

  2. @freddy P2A on a fixed gear  seems like it would be really fucking hard.  Would love to hear your take on the race.  It’s on the schedule for next year…with lots of gearing options for me. »

  3. @Weldertron The mud that you see in the picture above is from the Don Valley.  I live in the Yonge and Eglinton area of the city…sort of right smack in the middle.  It’s about a 10 minute ride to the valley from my house.  There’s a lot of great trail… »