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Velominatus: robditch

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Devon, UK.

Always trying, but not always succeeding, to adhere to rule #5.

@robditch's activity:

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

@robditch's posts:

  1. Oh, it twas good. »

My trouble isn’t with being a good descender; it is with cornering and stopping – and sometimes both. Or, as G’rilla puts it, “Descending is like sex; how good I am at it has nothing to do with how much I enjoy it.”Descending is demanding and requires great skill. It is not a time for resting or taking it easy; getting...

@robditch's posts:

  1. @wiscot GIF: Think of it as a animated photo. Tbh, as a great piss taker, I kinda like ‘pissed taker’ no? »

It was Marko’s love letter about fi’zi:k’s points-of-contact that started this off. It led to a conversation that resulted in us heading off to Belgium with some fi’zi:k point-of-contact items to test. Most stimulating was the notion of testing Italian cycling shoes. Both Marko and Gianni have publicly admitted their cycli...

@robditch's posts:

  1. Evening all… as i seem to be all out of Fiz:ik insole heating ovens for the Sidas; could anyone offer up some advice as to how one might DIY this process? My new R1’s have been sitting in the box for 2 days, and they so want to be ridden. nervous… »

No words survive here, only echoes. Echoes of our hopes, of our plans, of our failures. What we thought we might do when we came here is little more than a shadow; it flickers on the walls for a moment and when we turn to look, it is gone. Doubts swell up and bounce off the walls until they become so loud they can no longer be heard.Once we’ve en...

@robditch's posts:

  1. @frank A Merckx. »

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...

@robditch's posts:

  1. Thanks Frank. I feel reassured. I am about to embark on my longest competitive ride this weekend. Ive been anxious about it, but having had brief interloudes with thou that you speak of, I look forward to embracing said man, whole heartedly. I will ride a… »

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...

@robditch's posts:

  1. @unversio  great find! Beautiful stuff. Also loved Merckx- stars and watercarriers. »

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...

@robditch's posts:

  1. @wiscot I was expecting Pythonesque cries of “Blasphemer!”, but in french of course, as i scurried away. maybe: “‘scuse me mate, can you hold this cross for a minute?” @Dan_R ahh. a lover of the italian thoroughbred! Can you suggest some cages, Dan… »

  2. @wiscot Rule #26. No bidons, cranks off line, not ‘ sur la plaque’. Its a Cinelli Saetta, with Chorus 11 throughout. I don’t think Jesus owns the bike; Mary is simply offering up the machine to aid his journey. The problem, of course, being the enormou… »

  3. OK, ok… so there are a couple of infractions, but i was under some pressure to get the shot prior to the arrival of a coach load of folk, who follow a different path. »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

@robditch's posts:

  1. Yeah. ok. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Porte 4. Nibali 5. Hesjedal »