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Velominatus: roger

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: Richmond, VA

@roger's activity:

At some point, I reckon the idea may dawn on me that I’m not a climber. Eighty kilos and standing something just shy of two meters, I’m not clear on why climbing is what speaks to me most about Cycling; I’m certainly not built like a grimpeur. But there is no question about it; I love riding in the mountains. I only have to catch...

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  1. I rode up that famed Volcano 3 times back in the early nineties when I had friend who lived on Maui. I did it on a mountain bike and it took alot longer than 3.5 hours that is for sure. That volcano is a beast of a ride. Awesome ride!!! »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. Awesome article. I do not force my kids to like any sports, as happened to me when I was a youth. I am there for guidance. I have 8 year old twins, my son loves to hammer his bmx bike. I occasionally take him to a small local pump track and he loves it…. »

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. After a 7 year hiatus from owning a road bike I have ventured back to the other side from the MTB. Since I am all about the “budget” and building the bike as light as possible for the least amount of money as directed by the VHM now a days. She wont let m… »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. I regularly ride the MTB with the iPod and one ear bud in with very select music and I love it I rarely ride the Tarmac with music »

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending i...

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  1. I am one of the few who does not shave my legs and probably wont Even though I do agree with what others say about it. I just can’t get myself to do it. Plus I am primarily in the woods most of the time so it does not much matter there. »

Maybe it’s the milestone of aging that I recently reached. It could be an awareness of the unique foibles of this sport/activity/pastime that I practice. Possibly, I just woke up one day and realised that this is a weird thing for a middle-aged man to be doing. The time for reassessment hit me, involuntarily and without warning. And I’m...

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  1. This is a timely article I went from mountain to road back to mountain. I never shaved my legs and when I was racing road bike I got razed at first but like the rules say if show up with hairy legs you better be able to dish out some pain, so the razing… »

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. @Weldertron That crank dimple was home made by me to fit a bigger chain ring many years ago  ;) So hang it on the wall? I guess what your saying is that it is not worth fixing? »

  2. I just want to turn it into a fairly cheap gravel/road grinder I got my moneys worth out of the frame if it will cost to much to repair it »

  3. @Nate No I have not It has been 11 years and all the guys I used to deal with there are gone. Plus I know they will want an arm and a leg to fix it, they are not cheap when it comes to repairs, plus shipping the frame to them, dont think it will be wo… »

  4. @Weldertron Here is are pics of the crack I did clean up the area and then drilled a small hole at the each end of the crack thinking that I would weld it my self But The metal is pretty thin in that area and I know I will screw it up If I have not s… »

  5. Well my 11year old custom Independent Fab steel 29er frame has a crack in the chain stay behind the chain rings about half way through the tube from years of chain suck and abuse this frame has been ridden hard for a long time god knows how long it has … »

  6. @Weldertron No I am in Richmond Wish I could go to Boston »

  7. @Weldertron Already got 2 sets of Black King hubs Wish I could get different color ones But my current kings just wont die »

  8. @Roger Well here is my latest project, not a road bike, but it is fun I added some small blue color accents like aluminum and ti bolts I am going to have the Chris King hubs built back up with all black rims, the old trusty salsa rims are a little tir… »

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  1. @Teocalli Will try it out Thanks »

  2. I have posted over in the bikes before now when I log in and go over to the the bikes it says that I am not logged in. what could be the problem »

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. Thanks i am no stranger to the asphalt but I am constantly going back and forth this phase happens to be in the woods and more gravel grinding my problem  is I take it to extremes when going from road to woods or vise versa when it comes to the bikes w… »

  2. hello all new to this lovely site question about bike posting and advice does it have to be a road bike? I am having a color scheme dilemma with a mountain bike and quite frankly road folks have better taste than the woods crowd when it comes to colors… »