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Velominatus: kixsand

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Toronto, Canada

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It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. I’ve got a good feeling that this could be the weekend I begin my long, slow climb out of the VSP cellar. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Fabs 3. Vanmarcke 4. Kristoff 5. Degenkolb »

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 thought that the post from NeilPryde announcing the name change to their Alize was quite classy and took the right tone.  I had been wondering where they got the names for their models – from the winds, who knew?  Seems like a Bura is a Mediteranian win… »

  2. @unversio I might just shorten it to Prudence.  I really like the name…awesome and thank you for it! »

  3. @unversio Dear Prudence!  Love it!  I wonder if anyone will try and shorten it to DP – which wouldn’t be as good… »

  4. @Barracuda When I first posted here about the NP there were a lot of supportive comments with the general sentiment being that NeilPryde knows how to lay up carbon. My frame of reference for a ride report is somewhat limited.  The bike I’m coming out of… »

  5. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ Wow…this photo uploader is the cat’s ass!  Love it! Anyway, some of you may remember me  posting at various times about various bikes that I was just about to pull the trigger o… »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. Johanson 3. Van Dijk 4. Stevens 5. Vos »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Well fuck.  Out on a limb here… VSP PICKS: 1. Sep Vanmarcke 2. Terpstra 3. Geraint Thomas 4. Boonen 5. Sagan »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. Nary a clue… VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. Johansson 3. Van Dijk 4. Vos 5. Pooley »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. Here we go! VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Stybar 3. Phinney 4. Van Avermaet 5. Degenkolb »

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. I woke up in the night with an idea for a competing website.  I just purchased the web domain: Still torn between whether it should be a site that showcases and ridicules various rule infractions or if we just go with porn… »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. Oops…thought I had fixed that. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Greipel 3. Faboo 4. Degenkolb 5. Cavandish »

  2. I think the Ranger in Red is operating under the assumption that in the case of a tie, the Velominatum that didn’t make a submission change will be declared the victor. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Greipel 3. Faboo 4. Degenkolb 5. Gerrans »

  3. Gerrans out.  Cav in.  Done.  No more changes! VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Greipel 3. Faboo 4. Degenkolb 5. cavandish »

  4. @kixsand Well shit.  Phinney’s home with a bugaboo.  Just watched Kwiatkowski fold like a cheap suit in stage 5 of Tirreno and now don’t think he’s got quite what it will take to bring this thing home. Hopefully the final revision! VSP PICKS: 1. Saga… »

  5. Hmmm….Boonen out – that is a sad turn. revised picks. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Degenkolb 3. Gerrans 4. Phinney 5. Kwiatkowski »

  6. VSP PICKS: 1. Phinney 2. Degenkolb 3. Gerrans 4. Boonen 5. Kwiatkowski »

Wind is an asshole. I have no patience left for it. It has all of it been used up, gone, finished. It is the only force that I’m aware of (with the possible exception of gravity) that is more stubborn and less willing to listen to reason than I myself am. It blows me around on my bike, it embezzles speed from my Magnificent Stroke. No matter...

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  1. I’m so jealous of all the locations where the weather has turned.  As I drove home yesterday in +8 degrees and relatively dry roads I began to plan a weekend ride to kick of the season.  Then I checked the forecast to find 5-10 cm of snow on the way tomor… »

My favorite feeling is perhaps the empty hollowness of hunger. That statement, in itself, is a declaration of the privileged life I’ve led; it is borderline obscene to boast of such a thing in a world where 842 million people don’t have enough to eat. Nevertheless, being lucky enough to have been raised in America and just competent eno...

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  1. @eenies No, that was me that said that.  I was referring to Kate Moss though, she feels excellent.  Truly outstanding.  Really, you’ve got to try it for yourself.  Way better than she tastes. »

Lucky is the cyclist who has a parent cyclist. Early mentoring about the pain cave, guidance gluing on tires, these are worthwhile lessons a parent could lecture a child on. If one has to listen to a parental lecture, better it be about Eddy Merckx and how you are no Eddy Merckx than balancing your checking account. For the rest of us, our parents...

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  1. @Ccos @Jay doesn’t know his ass from his elbow.  To call an EPMS a “wedge pack” in the hopes of finding a loop hole in the Rules is pure foolishness.  It’s akin to being a little bit pregnant… »

  2. I never got any cool bikes when I was a kid. So, this Christmas when my 10 year old son asked for a road bike I was happy to oblige.  This Scott Jr 24 was just the ticket.  We had to swap out the seat post for something a little longer but the length is … »

The most important moment in a man’s life is the first time they have a beer. I place it on the list above sex and having a child because sex usually only happens as a direct result of drinking beer. As for having children, I’m given to understand they are poop factories at first, then promptly become loud, and then obnoxious before the...

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  1. Since we’re sharing…this is Chilli – Male Vizsla @ 5 months »

  2. @wiscot You’ve captured my sentiment exactly – very nicely said. »

  3. @frank I would posit that our community here is somewhat unique in being able to self examine and discuss an issue like this in an open and honest fashion.  Many other subsets of the general population would not be so reflective and/or forthcoming.  I’… »

  4. @ChrissyOne Good stuff!  I know for me, when I was struggling with the decision to quit…it was very isolating.  I felt like I was the only one in the world that was having a problem with alcohol.  None of my friends were talking about quitting or the … »