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Velominatus: metalface

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

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The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. eh i dunno. i think Androni Giacatolli-Venezuala do a pretty good job of keepin’ it simple. »

Maybe it’s the narcissist in me or maybe I never really learned how to share properly, but I prefer my birthday over Christmas. My birthday is the one day of the year where everything is about me. No feigning interest in other people’s gifts, no getting distracted by any greater meaning. Just me and my loot, as it was meant to be. Spea...

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  1. great pun on “piqued” »

You can all wave “goodbye” to your Post GT Depression Syndrome, because the Men’s Olympic Road Race is only three days yonder. I don’t typically give two shits about this particular event; while contested by national teams, unlike the Worlds it appears as just another one-day race on a calendar filled with events that carry...

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  1. i have no idea what i’m doing. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Boonen 3. Gerrans 4. Cav 5. Ryder »

If you’re looking for doping scandals, controversy, or lanky Brits with questionable dress sense calling people wankers, then this book is not for you. If you are looking for a comprehensive collection of memorabilia and interesting tidbits on the history of the world’s largest sporting event, then look no further than this beautifully...

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  1. woah weirdly i just got the 2007 eduition of this used”, in 100% new unopened mint condition. its the best. »

We are proud to announce a change to the Velominati Super Prestige moving forward: sponsorship. We are delighted (if a little surprised) at the interest our partners showed in this endeavor, despite the short notice we gave them. Four sponsors will be gracing the sides of our team bus for this year’s race: fi’zi:k is our Super Domesti...

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  1. i missed out on pickin this year. but those of u with menchov are lookin pretty good right bout now »

  2. via Lazer’s FB page: “Andre Greipel: Two crashes, dislocated shoulder that he put back in place himself, and still finished second on the stage. Tough day for a tough rider.”     »

  3. doesn’t look so bad  … o_O »

  4. @sgt +1 especially after Ryder was caught last year…. again it’s obviously not so simple, but it seems, from my armchair at least, like something that could’ve maybe been avoided…… ?? »

  5. @Souleur makes me angry like WHY THE F*** couldn’t they AT THE FRONT or SOMEWHERE ELSE… but obviously it’s not so simple… »

  6. ryder :'( »

  7. @the Engine  @Gianni haha i laughed out loud… i guess i might just do something boring. like keep a straight face like i don’t care even tho i’ll prob just be all nervous and weird… just thought it would be weird to get something totally random auto… »

  8. speakin of merckx i think i get the chance to meet him this weekend. is it lame to get an autograph or should i just get a pic like a normal human and leave it alone.\? »

  9. the tom landry “been there before” rule is a great rule. »

  10. his sitting on cancellara’s wheel wasn’t such a shame. his celebrations, despite that they’ve made me laugh, have been. but hey, gives everyone something to get all opinionated about. instilling in people that level of emotion over something that is real… »

@eightzero is throwing down the sweaty gauntlet here. He has a vision of a V-kitted, Rule compliant freight train of pain. Normally this post would be directly slotted into the Cogal section but it technically is not a Cogal: it has an entry fee, it’s too organized and people will not get lost. We have, however, included it on the Cogal Calen...

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  1. awesome. i’m doing this ride august 18th… and after looking at the distance / profile from the sumas border crossing was wondering about why nobody had ever organized a cogal around it…. maybe i’ll sign up for the 542 ride depending on how my august r… »

One great mystery remains in this cycling world. I’ve been a cyclist for over thirty years and I still can’t buy a clue. Remember those rides where very early on, as you roll out of a parking lot, or just away from your house, you notice you have good legs. You need verification and after a proper warm up the feeling is still there, to...

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  1. nice one. I hope we see Gilbert running his 2011 game in the TDF this year… Incidentally I had pretty bad legs yesterday on a ride w ~1700m climbing. Then I got home and saw this, and wept: »

It’s a classic tactic. The day’s break is caught and before anyone has time to decide what to do about it, you counter-attack. Already tired from chasing the break, maybe – just maybe – the suckers you tricked into pulling for you will let you get away.That was Beccia’s plan in the 1986 Milan-San Remo. He attacked right as the...

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  1. Fucc it just be bald amirite? »

In our privileged stables of bikes, it ranks towards the bottom of the heap as Bike #2 or lower, but the Rain Bike is no slouch. This is, after all, the bike we rely on in bad weather, trusting it to carry us safely through what typically amounts to the most dangerous conditions we ride in. Provided you ride year-round, you likely ride this machin...

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  1. @frank thanks. i’m pleased to report the cables there are a lot shorter now… it was looking a bit goofy »

  2. nice. my rain bike currently my main bike… hopefully not for too too much longer »

It requires a combination of factors to intersect. You need to have already spent loads of time on a bicycle. Enough so that you have an inherent sense of this odd thing with two wheels; you can make it go quickly or slowly, you can steer it around a corner with ease, you know how the introduction of a layer of moisture between the tires and the t...

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  1. Ahhh great. One of my fav posts/vignettes/articles so far. So good, in fact, that by the end I completely forgot that I had the word ‘badonkadonk’ forced upon me only a short moment earlier. »

Normally The Keepers reserve our Reverence articles for products we’ve used for years, or with new stuff that has had at least six months of duty. Riding the cobbles of Belgium and Northern France can put most gear (and bodies) through six months of abuse in just a few weeks, so in this case the work these tyres have been put through there an...

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  1. i’m runnin open paves right through the summer here in Vancouver. I like them too much »

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. This photo seems like it was taken specifically to demonstrate compliance to Rule #37. Kurt Asle knows clearly knows whuts up. »

  2. I like a lot of Rapha’s product, I follow them on Twitter, FB and even Instagram. There are a few things they make that I really would like to have. But goddamn they annoy me. »

I can’t understand the American obsession with finger food in general and sliders in particular. Finger food, in its strict interpretation, should be food for your fingers, not food which is eaten with one’s fingers. While “finger food” is inaccurate as a generality, sliders are basically just hamburgers that never got the...

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  1. It’s probably the least exotic, and maybe even boring, but en anglais I love ‘pop’ or ‘popped’. It’s alliterative and onomatopoetic, and fun to say. It also conveys the permanence of the phenomenon: once something has popped, it can’t be ‘unpopped’. Yeah? »

No event of the year is more likely to provide piles of Rule #9 in the Five and Dime than il Giro di Lombardia. A hilly circuit around Lake Como ensures lots of climbing and that the bunch is blown to bits before the finish. Add to that its position as the last classic of the season, nestled in amongst the falling leaves of mid-October, and you...

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  1. Everyone riding in seattle tm have fun! If the weather is anything like it is here in Vancouver you couldnt have picked a better fall day. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Scarponi 3. Voeckler 4. Van avaerrmaeett 5. NIBALI »