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Velominatus: marvellous

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Location: Gerlos, Zillertal, Austria

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Enthusiastic Amateur, likes a bit of everything cycling. Owning 2009 Gunnar Roadie with Srampag/1997 Klein Pulse - now a Graveur/Boardman SC Fixed 70inch.

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We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. I think the last paragraph from the ‘musings’ pretty much answers the question.  The love and need to get out and enjoy the environment outweighs by far any other constraint – even a definition.  Who cares, just ride……. »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. A typical road profile here in the Zillertal. Note in km and hm.  Currently riding a 50/34 compact with 12/32 out back.  The locals will employ triples, and the pros 53/39 with probably a 25/27 out back – this is true HTFU territory….. »

I just got turned back from a ride. 5k from the house I realized my bits were getting too cold not only for comfort (in which case, apply Rule #5 and move on) but safety (i’ll take my vasectomy in the hospital, thank you very much). It’s a lovely sunny day, the only problems being the minus 12C temp, biting headwind, and leg warmers th...

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  1. @Puffy Totally Agree, as demonstrated here…… »

  2. @frank Hi Frank, just worked out how to reply…..  This is Austria, Zillertal Alps.  Italy 18km over the tops – 3000m+ – you would have use climbing gear to get there…. »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. @antihero The Zillertal/Kitzbuhel mountains.  A cyclists paradise, the Tour of Germany uses this road pretty much every year.  I live on the pass over the top, so my cycling consists of up and down or vice versa.  When I am tired I just throw the bike … »

  2. @wilburrox  Hey it’s the bomb here.  I have lost 8kg since living here from last July.  The scenery and the variety is amazing.  Over the tops you can see is Italy – 18km, and if you follow the valley you get into Germany 60km, south of Munich.  A truly m… »

  3. @antihero Haha, first thing in season it is hell, but you can never get bored of cycling here for sure.  Come to Austria and take in the Alps!! »

  4. A little shot of the valley.  Total of 104kms completed, 1500m of total climbing, sunburnt and torn hamstring after the second ride of the year here…… After the snow disappears you understand…. »

I just got turned back from a ride. 5k from the house I realized my bits were getting too cold not only for comfort (in which case, apply Rule #5 and move on) but safety (i’ll take my vasectomy in the hospital, thank you very much). It’s a lovely sunny day, the only problems being the minus 12C temp, biting headwind, and leg warmers th...

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  2. @frank  Hi Frank, Austrian Zillertal Alps where I now live (from the UK).  The bike is a Klein Pulse Comp from 1997.  Recently got rid of fork for rigid Project 2.  Total XT 10 spd group upgrade, Dura Ace shifters and new Mavic rims, specific for the Berg… »

  3. @PeakInTwoYears Hi, no its in the Austrian Alps – Zillertal, about 15kms from Italian border.  I am from England but live here now.  You can ride over two thousand metres here – many many tracks to explore… »

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I find it interesting to observe the chasm between parties engaged in a conversation, particularly in response to questions being asked. I’m thinking, at present, of the question, “How many bikes do you have?” My feelings in response are nothing short of complex and maybe a bit confused; reservation that I feel I should have a mo...

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  2. @Marvellous https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151811711663377&set=pb.704543376.-2207520000.1382951597.&type=3&theater »

  3. Here’s my Klein that had a rebirth as I now live in Zillertal Alps, Austria »

Is it the shades? The W.C. Jersey? The Z kit? The d.t. shifters?Talk amongst yourselves. I just had to get a pic up that’s worthy of this site. Thank me now. Continue reading...

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  1. Utterly magnificent!!  Chapeau!! »

There are lots of things to like about Vroomie Froomie, like his willingness to accept the fact that people are inclined to question his performances. Aside from me resenting him for leading a Tour which everyday becomes a little less exciting, he seems quite a likable guy; he is polite, respectful of the sport, wears team-issue bibs with his yell...

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  1. I can only say that I doubt his bike set up is wrong for him given the undoubted wealth hat Sky can throw at the ‘fit specialists’.  Just like me, ( but me not like him…..) his frame is rather ungainly for the pure esthete!! »