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Velominatus: kyle

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: the thumb part of Wisconsin

Road bike rider since the fall of 2011 after doing a century ride on a hybrid.

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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. VSP PICKS: 1. froome 2. contador 3. tejay 4. sagan 5. telansky »

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. I got back on the bike via a hybrid about 10 years ago. Rode my first century on that bike at age 59. Two road bikes in the stable but still use the hybrid in the north woods of Wisconsin.  I’ll always ride on the roads but also need to add a real mountai… »

In my journey through life, I’ve been struck by the near universal existence of the competitive spirit amongst people. Even people who claim not to be competitive in nature are seemingly competitive about how uncompetitive they are. I’m more uncompetitive than you. We find it everywhere, between old friends and perfect strangers alike...

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  1. When I started riding with a group, my goal was only to keep up. Being dropped gave me fuel to train harder. My new goal it to bridge the gaps. I don’t always make it, but no longer worry about falling off the back. Winning, for me, is improvement over ti… »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @teleguy57 Regretted backing out but due to over-scheduling myself and the need to HTFU, finishing would  have been unlikely on a good weather day. Impossible yesterday.  Cheapeau to those who showed up. Hope to be able to ride with you later his year. »

  2. To fellow Cheeseheads: Wiscot and I will be riding the Cheesehead Roubaix on April 27th. Meet-up will be at Wiscot’s car. He’s promised to adorn it in a manner that will stand out.  Since most of us still have snow on the ground and have only seen a hand… »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. @KW With the weather we’ve been having, all we can do is talk about cycling.  F**k’n snowing at this very minute. »

  2. @KW I’ve also committed to ride the Cheesehead Robaiux (looking for tire advice) and hope to do the Ridges Ride in June. I agree on the DCC . I’ve done it for the last 4 years but will miss it this year. Am planning on the new Peninsula Century the foll… »

  3. @wiscot I agree with Wisconsin drivers. I once had a woman stop and flag me down to apologize for passing so closely.  Thing about it was that I hadn’t noticed. »

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. @DerHoggz  The obligation of the drivers insurance is probably ACV (depreciated value). Your own homeowners or renters policy should have a replacement cost provision. Check with your agent.  If you were on the bike at the time, you might mention the pain… »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. @KW I’m kind of in the same spot. He’s been around a lot longer than I and everyone likes him so I don’t find it my place to correct his riding. I do what I can to stay away, usually moving up does it. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. P Sagan 2. Andre Greipel 3. Bauke Melloma 4. V Nibali 5. John Degenkolb »

The proclamation is heard in the office, on social media, at the bar with friends; “It’s leg day.” When someone utters “it’s leg day” the accompanying tone of resentment and even dread is usually followed by an audible “ugh”. This exasperation belies one fact, the person making the utterance is not a...

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  1. @KW That’s my wedding anniversary weekend.  My attendance would likely result in a similar fate. »

  2. @KW   Given the current state of Wisconsin weather, you could be wearing tights/leg warmers until the blessed event. Shave them once  the nipper arrives. She’ll be too tired/busy to notice. On the topic or riding in Wisconsin, I’ve committed to the Chees… »

It’s the ride you’ll do the most. The hardest ride you’ll ever do, too. You’ll do it so often that it should be easy, but it never is. Its frequency is such that it really should morph into all the other rides of its ilk, therefore negating the actual nexus of this necessary, evil ride. But it never does, it’s always s...

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  1. @seemunkee Prostate–2008. Gave me a new appreciation on what’s truely important. »

One of the finest things about Velominati is it attracts the crazy bastards. Cyclists are slightly unhinged anyway but there are more than a few out there who have no fear. Crazy is not constrained by nationality. Crazy knows no borders. Sure the Randonneurs would do this just to make sure they were happy with their choice of headlamp strap but @ba...

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  1. Saw this about a week ago. As badass as a ride I can imagine.   »

We’re not really supposed to have favorites, but everyone does. Just ask your parents. So while I’m not supposed to have a favorite, I do, and its Rule #9.Bad weather immediately separates the wheat from the chaff, and so the weekend warriors stay indoors and leave the roads to the devout. I talk most often about riding in the rain, wit...

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  1. @ teleguy57 Went out to fill the bird feeders (about 30 miles north of you) on Saturday and ended up riding. Came in just as my Mrs was about to go looking for me. Said that she expected to find me frozen in a snowbank. Indoors this week but plan on ge… »

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. @seemunkee I’ve got a Garmin 500 that works well. It’s small, easily moved between multiple bikes, and recharges with a USB. The price has come down since the introduction of the 800 series. In a regrettable rule 58 violation, I purchased mine from a Ti… »

Assuming you ride somewhere outside the borders of Antarctica, you have likely already heard about the injustice being imposed on our friend and fellow Velominatus, Dan Richter who goes around these parts as @Dan_R.I’ve been riding Dan’s wheels for a bit over a year, and they are the best I’ve ever had. After hearing about the sui...

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  1. @Teocalli Like yours, my LBS carries Specialized as their primary brand plus Pinarello. After the events of this weekend and your endorsment, I’m liking my new Pinarello even more today. Too much other stuff available to need to buy Specialized ever agai… »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. 14. Knew 6, guessed 8. »

He didn’t really want to be awake at this hour, but it was the only way. Or one of them, at least. Because he wanted to spend more time with her, he would rise before the sun, making use of the small window between their entwined slumber and the dirge of another day at the office. But still she saw those stolen hours as time he could be spend...

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  1. Upgraded from Aluminum to Carbon a couple of weeks ago. Me, “I feel like I could ride it all day.” She, “I hope this doesn’t mean that you’ll be riding more than you do now.” »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. P Sagan 3. Nibbles 4. Phil Gil 5. J Rodriguez »

Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases.Saddle bags: how do we define them? Is it a saddle bag if it attaches to the seat post and the saddle, if it has a zipper, if it is leather, has two natty straps with buckles, if it swings below the saddle like bumper bollocks? Continue reading...

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  1. Gianni, Do you wear white shorts as well? »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. V Nibali 2. S Heano 3. J Rodriquez 4. C Betancur 5. Dan Martin »

I am a road cyclist, at heart. Even when I’m in a car, I’ll daydream about riding the same road I’m driving. I’ll imagine how the tarmac might feel as my wheels carry me across it, the wind, the smells in the air. I’ll imagine how my lungs are expanding and contracting, cleansing me a little with every exhale. In my mi...

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  1. There’s something magic about riding where the sounds of civilization do not reach. I’m lucky enough to be able to ride logging roads in northern Wisconsin from time-to-time. Usually know where I am, but sometimes just guessing. Always interesting. Came … »

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. Terrible sad news. My prayers are for Jon and to those close to him. »