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Velominatus: rfreese888

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Ireland

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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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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. My neo-classic Condor Super Acciaio aka ‘Fausto’ Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. “When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking” Sir Arthur Conan D… »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. It’s just outrageous – how anyone can participate in a sport, where the objective is to suffer nobly and maintain dignity at all times, and present themselves in such a flippant manner is beyond me. To wit – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiQmQhA-OrM »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. Seeing as how it was Cima Coppi day today: I did a little digging and came up with a good translation of Dino Buzzati’s article of Coppi’s famous 200k solo breakaway in 1949. “And yet in that instant on this stretch of road came to pass what the Ancients… »

The Velominati have our own set of nicknames and terms which have developed over time through posts and correspondence. Some of these are names of landmarks or terms in cycling; others are nicknames for some of the riders in the pro peloton. While not intended to be offensive or derogatory, the nicknames in the list represent the riders’ p...

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  1. ” Stealth Upgrade” Putting new components on an existing bike in the lead up to buying a new frame. When the new frame arrives you say to V-hotty, “I am just going to throw stuff from my old bike onto this new frame to save money”. Previous components on… »

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. My first proper road bike – classic look and feel in modern Columbus steel. »

Physics tells us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The conservation law extend beyond the physical world and into mystical where the V and Anti-V are also in a constant fight for balance. The Ancients on Mount Velomis understood this well, and taught that the Anti-V expresses itself within the universe as two princi...

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  1. Further research (reading ‘Pedalare Pedalare’) reveals that an inverted W or M signifies the casting of anti-V aspersions e.g. ”Fans, journalists and others were furious and they took out their frustration on Fiorenzo Magni ( for allegedly getting an org… »

  2. @Mirko Dancers can V in their own way »

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  5. The double VV of course has direct links to the Italian connection i.e. Viva Coppi was always shown as W Coppi (2 vs combined). »