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Velominatus: rastuscat

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: Chistchurch, New Zealand

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Water is an asshole, at least when it comes to bicycles. So is wind, now that I think of it; I don’t love it, unless its at my back, but that rarely seems to happen even on out-and-back routes. Fire’s not winning any prizes either, unless you’re talking about the hunk-a-hunka burnin’ V. Even le soleil isn’t scoring po...

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  1. Summer here down under. We challenge the roads with a smile, quickly wiped from our visage by a cruel, cruel Nor West wind, sent to test us yet further. Yet we ride. And ride again, as if to challenge the nature from which we were born. No wind has stopp… »

Those things in life that are worth having are those things which are difficult to come by; perseverance is made more rewarding by the volume of messages ignored by the mind as we work towards a goal.Fatigue comes in many forms and is normally framed in negative connotations; weariness, exhaustion – both things to avoid. For a Cyclist, it can...

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  1. Ran a few marathons back in the day. In the first 32 km the drink tables all had carbo drinks and water. In the last 10 km the drinks tables had carbo drinks, water and de-fizz coke, 50% mixed with water. Bloody amazing stuff, but most effective when yo… »

Five is an important number. Assuming nothing has gone amuck in our development or our usage of cutlery, we each boast five digits on both our hands and both our feet. Most of us have five senses. Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.The Babaloni...

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  1. @ScottyCycles62 Almost recognise that. What is it? Potentially stupid question, sorry. »

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I’m fluent in three languages: Dutch, English, and Hyperbole. The third is an acquired talent developed by creative and narcissistic tendencies; the narcissism feeds a belief that normal words can’t properly describe the magnitude of my experiences, and the creativity struggles to cope with restrictive paradigms like “facts”...

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  1. Yea though I walk through the Valley Of Velominatus, no derision do I fear. For I am Rastuscat, rider of my own form, weak as it may be. I judge my cable layout by its’ efficiency, and how well said cables transfer the toil of my guns to the Hard Road R… »

Who is Charlie Wegelius? His name would float to the surface in races usually when the road went up. The Phil and Paul show never seemed to go further than, ‘and there goes Charlie Wegelius’. In the pre-Sky days, there were not that many English racers in the Giro yet he seemed shunned by the press. He was just there. He was English yet...

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  1. Through the wonders of Amazon, I read this a few weeks back while on holiday. It’s a great insight to the world of the guys who don’t make the headlines, but who sacrifice their chances for a paycheck. It’s also an insight into how a humans priorities c… »

There are many revered places in Cycling, places that are instantly recognisable, places that command their own special page in history and in our memories for the great battles held upon them. Most likely the names you’ll think of first would be the great mountain climbs of the Grand Tours, l’Alpe d’Huez, Ventoux, Zoncolan, Stelv...

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  1. Out in the world there is so much gear that’s mouth wateringly luscious. The reference to the track lines makes this stuff borderline religious. Brett, I’m in Christchurch. How do I get away on the Keepers Tour maybe 14 or 15 without my VMH knowing? »

That is the question. Are carbon wheels a viable option for everyday riding? Should carbon wheels be your go-to wheels rather than your just-for-racing wheels? I don’t really race and I don’t own any carbon wheels and I wonder. Granted, every professional is and has been on carbon wheels for many years so it’s easy to think we sho...

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  1. Dudes !!! Live and let live !!! I sure don’t deserve the rocket I ride, but I feel great riding it, and for me, that’s what counts. As it happens, I’m a retro fan, so I have Shamal Ultras on. I think back to when I drooled over the original Shamals, and… »

Everyone knows that the quality of one’s character is measured by the size gear they can push, particularly when going uphill. It is also a well-established fact that no self-respecting Flemish Pro would ever ride a Compact, no matter what condition their knees are in or how ferocious the gradient. Which, by extension, means that Compacts are...

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  1. The Saints wouldn’t ride a compact. They also don’t do the job I do, so expecting me to do the same as them is a little optomistic. »

@prowrench is throwing down the greasy gauntlet. There is truth in his words. We already understand the gap between the professional cyclist and us civilians extends somewhere over the horizon. We can ride the bikes, wear nice kit and ride the race routes but that’s about as close as we can get. No one is paying us to ride. We are not Pros. B...

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  1. @kixsand Have done similar. Put it down to a learning experience. BTW, don’t share your learning experiences, they make you look like a numpty. Ask me, I know. »

  2. Re the BMC seatpost. Rule #5. Go to your local hardware store and find the right size hose clamp. Apply it yourself, or pay a mechanic if you must. Eddy would. Re the warranty, that’s why they put the torque setting on the post. 5 for the upper bolt, 8 fo… »

A friend recently asked my advice for how to prepare for the longest ride he’d ever done. My approach is somewhat unorthodox when it comes to this sort of thing; I like to train to ride a lot farther than the event itself, and whenever possible, throw in a handful of sessions with my old friend, The Man with the Hammer. I suggested he do the...

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  1. I’m fairly well acquainted with The Man With The Hammer, having raced some marathons over the years. I’ve found that he haunts my cycling more so than he did my running. My problem with him is the self doubt that is induced by the lower blood sugar level… »

A death is a painful thing to experience. Particularly, I imagine, for the one doing the dying. For those left behind, it takes time to mourn and come to grips with the change; it is an unpleasant process, but such is the way of things.The crack in the chainstay of my beloved Cervelo R3 had been weighing on my mind ever since I discovered its exist...

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  1. Custom Reynolds 853, 9-speed Chorus with 8-speed Gruppo brakes, Record Ti seatpost. Hard to beat a classic. Before anyone says, the tyres were just some old ones I had in the garage to get rolling. I’m back on GP4000s and Gatorskins these days. Amazin… »

  2. I’ve only got 11 speed coz I had a 10 speed when I was a kid. »

  3. @greg Awesome looking bike. It’d be more comfy with a seat, but each to their own I guess. »

This is possibly the most offensive piece of gear I have encountered on a bike. Do you really need a little orange wand to tell you what gear you’re in? There is only one gear to be in: the hardest one at which you can still make the pedals go around in something resembling a circle.These goofy little things were found on the bike I rented la...

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  1. My bad. Daytona became Centaur. Forgive me, Velominites. »

  2. @unversio Had some Daytona pedals back in the day. I understand a trademark dispute made Campag rename that line, and Athena was born. maybe should have kept the Daytona pedals, collectors items blah blah blah »

  3. This isn’t about the gear you ride. We each ride what suits us. I’ve had DA7700, 7800 and 7900. Loved it. Have had the orange indicating Tiagra on a commuter/tourer I once had. didn’t look at the orange thing, didn’t need to. Nice gear, cheap to fix, and … »

  4. @Jeffrey S. I suggest such an innovative approach to all true believers. Gaffer tape, genius. Simple ideas always the best. »

Cycling has been suffering a crisis every since the use of a helmet became compulsory. This crisis is rooted in the simple fact that cycling peaked aesthetically with the cycling cap perched casually deliberate atop a sweaty cranium. It was only after mandatory helmet dictum spread its tentacles into all UCI-sanctioned races in 2003 that helmet man...

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  1. It was a Boreas. I’ve since worn out an Atmos. Think my current one is an Ionos. Pretty sure they are Greek Islands. When the helmet laws were introduced in NZ (New Zealand) the number of people cycling (not cyclists, just bike riders) dropped significan… »

  2. Commuting one day on my MTB, shorts with baggy legs. Stood up to accelerate from a set of lights, leg of shorts gets caught on the left bar as my left gun heads down. Bad outcome. Broken clavicle, broken helmet. Head intact. $10 head = $10 helmet. »

This is possibly the most offensive piece of gear I have encountered on a bike. Do you really need a little orange wand to tell you what gear you’re in? There is only one gear to be in: the hardest one at which you can still make the pedals go around in something resembling a circle.These goofy little things were found on the bike I rented la...

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  1. I’d like a tyre pressure dynamic display too. And a how-sore-arse-o-meter. »

  2. @Derek Had a DA 7700 set up a couple of years back. Nice retro Group San, but it had no silly indicators. Just sayin. »

  3. Tiagra is a group-San. Get with it. »