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Velominatus: rfreese888

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guy from Texas living in Ireland learning how to climb the Wicklow mountains on two wheels in a V-esque manner

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I think it would be hard for anyone to make the case that Eddy Merckx was Roger de Vlaeminck’s Cycling Sensei, but I think we can all agree that De Vlaeminck was a student of Merckx, if only a student of his domination. But every student at some point becomes the master, and the driven student will always challenge the Order of Things.Eve...

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  1. Has the fact that Belgium was the site for WW I trench warfare and a goodly dollop of action in WW II been considered as to why the hard men of cycling are from there? Just looking at the trees in the photo – they are quite young – as if there were none … »

I’m trying my best to stay thin this winter, but I’m nowhere near where I was when it was warm and the days were long. I keep flashing back to the last time I felt genuinely skinny and declared to myself, “This time, I’ll keep it off!”This photo is a metaphor. Winter me is on the right, Summer me is on the left. Mi...

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  1. I have been spotted sprouting a spare tire by my VMH recently. A month off for meditation over Xmas and New Years is next. So February will truly be the cruelest month in terms of getting back to fighting form for 2015. Prophet looks ready to annihilat… »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

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  1. @Nate Cheers Nate – I mostly use them in good weather, but in Ireland that can still mean getting caught in the rain, and occasionally Noah’s Ark conditions. I aim to get the whole bike serviced in Feb (my current level is weekly cleaning, fixing flats,… »

  2. out of curiosity – would one ever use ceramic bearings in a classic hub like the Record ones shown in this post? »

  3. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ I have total Bearing-bone for my classic Record hubs and would only trust my LBS to work on them as I am a total neophyte in these matters. These have been rolling for about 8 mon… »

There are certain bicycle tools that once owned, signify much more than just ownership. For me, it was this Park clamp. No one starts out with a proper bike stand. For any cyclist, I see the early years of working on the bike as it leans up against the end of the bed. I also see no live-in girlfriend or second room to do this in. This era includes...

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  1. Very timely indeed. I have a biek workshop cum storage shed in the works for 2015 and have been researching stands. Looks like the Park PCS4-2 with the latest edition of the maha-clamp is the front runner. Have been hanging my bike by the saddle on a piec… »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

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  1. @Owen I agree, my steed gets cleaner than skeeters peter after every ride. White just keeps you honest! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLNIL1Xn4VQ »

  2. @RobSandy I was thinking it was going to be about bikes too. The N+1 frame I am looking at comes in a black / gray or white. I already have white tape on my current Alpha, this may change to Celeste when the new Alpha arrives. I am leaning towards the d… »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. @eightace I met with my sensei this morning and have been put back on the straight and narrow. Come hell or high water I am landing the carbon frame and gruppo in Q1. I can then pull the rest of the package together in time for events in May / June…. »

  2. @minion mine has a similar build – Athena silver alloy gruppo, Record hubs (silver) on open pro rims, Ritchey Classic cockpit and post, white tape and saddle. It’s a neo-classic and I love it. Will never trade the Super Acciaio but have decided to go for… »

  3. @ Brett – you have totally disrupted my N+1 sequence. I had resigned myself to a winter trainer upgrade / workshop investment and put off the dream carbon steed until next year. Since reading your post I have been playing with spreadsheets and possible y… »

Going fast and looking good while doing it is our Velominati creed. Riding on the tops is the domaine of going uphill, where braking and aerodynamics are unimportant. In most other situations that position is too slow. The pros are usually flattened down in the drops or flattened down on the brake hoods. When us non-pros are not climbing, riding on...

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  1. @Ron Well said Ron – I am a bit leary of practicing harder cornering on the roads, especially when they are cold and their are fallen leaves about. I am usually either commuting / training or out on a club ride these days  but don’t give time to practic… »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. @rfreese888 or not – seeing as how that option has been struck!! will prioritize the next one for sure. »

  2. @Chris I’m in for a weekend junket defo! »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. @Gilly yeah I find it a bit tight too which is a shame b/c it goes great with my retro pink jersey! »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @Angling Saxon Wilde was born in Dublin, but I take your point – the English do have inner dialogue-ability »

  2. @antihero You don’t live in Switzerland with baby’s ass roads do you? I am getting more and more convinced – at least enough to have a set of tubular wheels in the mix. In Dublin it is usually glass on wet roads that causes punctures. Have had no pro… »

  3. Anyone tried the Sprinter Gatorskins? (Conti puncture resistant tubulars) This is making my new 9 bike project more interesting! »

  4. Are tubs realistic for daily use commuting on crappy Dublin roads? I roll gatorskins which don’t sound all that sexy but much better than the sound of a flat tire! »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

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  1. Nice piece! Club rides have been closer to 3 hours of late, but was able to get out for 6 on Saturday in the hills near Prague. There does seem to be some Anti-V rubber band that gets stretched and then seems to dissolve after a couple of hours. It also … »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. Marco is a great projection of the collective martyr myth, doesn’t hurt he is an Italian to amplify that. Armstrong seems to be a mix of myths that are conflicting and confusing. Definitely more Darth Vader than Luke Skywalker. »

“My dear, Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. ~ Falsely yours” ― Charles BukowskiIt&#...

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  1. My favorite Bukowski poem: ‘The History of One Tough Motherfucker’  I am trying to stay on the clever side of stupid riding through traffic lately. Lot’s of selfish, fearful, tuned out people in cars (or so I project). Riding home on empty streets in po… »

I’m not sure where this ride falls on the graph of fitness but down towards the bottom, somewhere.There can be a point in every rider’s season where each ride ends the same. FFS, I suck. The unabridged volume of self-loathing is reviewed, cogent chapters reread, aloud, in the bathroom. I’m Too Fat To Climb is a chapter I like to q...

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  1. @Ccos True wisdom that »

There is nothing more disappointing than discovering the truth behind a myth or spotting the mortal behind a legend. This is why I make a point never to do any research or in any other way attempt to validate my assumptions when evaluating a situation; mystery that feels like a fact and sounds like a fact is better than an actual fact. Tr...

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  1. @ Frank – you are playing my song sir! I have always loved mythology and would agree cycling has a unique capacity to serve as a canvas for the gods to paint upon. A quintessential example of that which you speak – Buzzati’s account of Coppi as Achillies… »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. @frank Fair enough Frank but Chaka Khan used to gig with Miles Davis who thought she was the real deal. You may not like that song but Chaka is worthy of respect. »