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Location: Wellington New Zealand

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Mamil ,married, two bikes one yacht, no kids... Still pushing pedals.

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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. @kixsand That $200 more will be the best money you spend on that bike, you can upgrade everything else at any time in the future, except the frame, damn fine it looks too. »

I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. @Chris I love mine, 11-23 , 11 speed is a straight block to 19 then 21 and 23, this cassette also holds the ‘magic’ 18t cog gear… »

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. @Jamie I occasionally ride my wife’s pink chopper through my grocery wholesaler’s warehouse, when she has my car and we have run out of something at the cafe, guess it helps that I spend around 100k with them annually… »

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. @DeKerr V f*ckin’ nice, after you’ve had her a while let us know your thoughts. »

  2. @Rom Put a good 4 hours and 127km on it today, defiantly different feel to Aluminium, guess I need the Zipp bar now as well! They do make nice stuff… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sep Vanmarcke 2. John Degenkolb 3. Arnaud Demare 4. Thomas De Gendt 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @ChrisO good god, changing gear is part of being a cyclist, if we have an ‘auto’ doing that for us, we are losing part of the joy, I said before I don’t mind it in other applications, MTB, CX, Fatbike etc , but being able to change gear while fucked an… »

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. @Rom I’ve only done hill repeats on it so far! Took 2 mins off my session time and got under 1 hour, so far so good, looking forward to getting on the open road tomorrow … »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @Teocalli this is the end. »

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. New stem, Zipp SL Sprint 120mm – 12 degrees, from 3T 110mm – 6 degrees works out to about half a bar width lower, and I just gained 22 grams I’ll have to lose. »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. There is no place for electronic shifting in cycling – it should most definitely be a Rule. There is no place for electronic shifting in ROAD cycling – it should most definitely be a Rule. I quite like the idea of it for MTB, thin edge of the wedge as f… »

The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the...

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  1. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

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    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

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You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. Thank Merckx for that. »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. can’t see GVA on the start list…. VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Gallopin 2. Dan Martin 3. Roman Kreuziger 4. Michal Kwaitkowski 5. Adam Yates »

Happy living in our stressful lives is all about organization. For instance, I like to sort the tasks first by priority and then group tasks of equal priority into buckets of minor priorities. Software developers creatively call this approach to organization a “bucket sort”. This helps break down what appears to be an insurmountable me...

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  1. @leftsideoverhere I will only add, that those who cheat only cheat themselves, to what must be a very hollow podium. »

This article started off as a Reverence for the Camelbak Podium, and might still be, who knows, it’s late and my mind is scrambled. As often happens when searching for a suitable image for an article, tangents often appear from nowhere and derail the original train of thought. Soon one finds oneself careening out of control towards the only...

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  1. stop putting stuff in your water, we all need to loose some weight. »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. @Harminator I thought the woman commentator was good, she was trying to let us know what was going on, but even the cameras didn’t catch MK’s attack down to the dam. ‘ a bit senile ‘ fucker don’t even know what day it is let alone time… »

  2. @frank You sir, need spectacles. The bike does look stupid tho’… »

  3. @frank wow! 99.9999% wow! It’s not like he came out of no-where, tell us more, is it his past teams, Caja Rural, Radioshack, does he have connections with certain ‘Doctors’ , I had hoped he was part of the future of our sport rather than the past. »

  4. @Geraint They should move it to March, in my view, make it the first big race of the year, no tactical entries (and exits) of GTs to manage form. Train your hardest over winter, win the jersey there and wear it for the rest of the year. Great idea. Well… »

  5. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Simon Gerrans 3. Greg van Avermaet 4. Michael Mathews 5. Jack Bauer »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Elizabeth Armitstead 3. Evelyn Stevens 4. Tiffany Cromwell 5. Linda Melanie Villumsen »

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. @ChrissyOne Make it fixed. »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Martin 2. Dowset 3. TJVG 4. Sargent 5. Wiggans »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Villumsen 2. Ellen van Dijk 3. Carmen Small 4. Evelyn Stevens 5. Solovey »