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Velominatus: scaler911

Order: Black Order Velominatus

Location: Vancouver WA

Cat II (USA Cycling), Cat III (OBRA), also weekend warrior/ armchair cycling critic.

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Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. @Rules Be Damned Well, Niki managed to keep it straight, and he FUCKING KILLED IT the last 6K last Sunday. »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. @frank I grab the hoods a la The Badger, and Coppi. I’ve had deep drop bars before, and that made it worse. I guess it’s that I feel like I can’t breathe all hunched over like that. It’s reflected in my normal riding style too: Belgian. I’m only ever in … »

  2. Man, I don’t know. There’s very few people that can assume this position for an extended period (pro or amateur) effectively. I’m not saying don’t try it on for size for awhile, and if it helps, fantastic. I suppose it’s about showing people options that … »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. @Ron Ya, LeMan did seem fidgety it front of the camera, but this is new to him, so I’m going to cut him a bit of slack. It looked like he said he’d be doing the same thing for le Tour, so I’m sure he’ll get some broadcasting coaching between now and the… »

  2. 4/5 in the wrong order, but totally stoked for Niki. I really thought about putting him #1 after last weeks performance. Does anyone know what happened to Kristoff? Totally expected him to be in the mix, but didn’t start watching until 15-20Km to go. »

  3. Gonna be a Belgian crapshoot, with another show of racing prowess by Fa-boo-lous. Hopefully. Fuck, I have no idea. VSP PICKS: 1. Spartacus 2. Terpstra 3. Kristoff 4. Vanmarke 5. Stybar »

@Harminator just submitted this little gem of a tale. It is too timely not to share with Paris-Roubaix looming. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Fantastic read @harminator. So stoked for Sunday, and jealous that you’ve actually been there. »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. For some reason, in the back of my head, I curse myself if I ever have to get the big cog dirty. I feel like somehow I’ve failed myself, my bike, and god how the guys going the other way are laughing at me: “Ha, look at that fool, in his 25 on this little… »

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...

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  1. What a race!! »

One of greatest cycling pleasures is riding with a mate. Riding ten centimeters off each other’s rear wheel for hours; trust is a beautiful thing. You swing over, ease your effort slightly so your mate rides through, you then tuck behind, in the draft, close and fast. It is the best. @Kah touches on this and other transcendent benefits from...

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  1. Meant for that last post to be a response to @andrew. »

  2. @antihero There’s some basic, good tips here: http://pelotonmagazine.com/wisdom/how-to-ride-in-a-pack/, but to he honest (and in my opinion), there’s no better teacher than being in the group. You’ll know who’s got experience just based on them riding … »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. Tough day out for the ladies. Hope I can find some live feed tomorrow morning. I’ll watch both! VSP PICKS: 1. Longo-Borghini 2. Johansson 3. Stevens 4. Wild 5. Van Vleuten »

One of greatest cycling pleasures is riding with a mate. Riding ten centimeters off each other’s rear wheel for hours; trust is a beautiful thing. You swing over, ease your effort slightly so your mate rides through, you then tuck behind, in the draft, close and fast. It is the best. @Kah touches on this and other transcendent benefits from...

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  1. This is a reason it’s so important for those of us that can do this, to remember to teach it when newbies get in the mix. None of us were born knowing subtleties of riding in a bunch (or with a single other rider for that matter), I know I wasn’t. I think… »

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...

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  1. Spartacus is going to put this and PR in his crown, then blow our doors off when he shoots for the Hour. VSP PICKS: 1. Spartacus 2. T Boo 3. Vanmarcke 4. Sagan wagon 5. Terpstra »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. Love gravity. The pleasure of the descent would be diminished without the fight against gravity on the way up. The only place that it’s acceptable to be a “gravity slave” is downhill skiing. »

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 there is a thing of beauty. Very clean looking, love the colors! »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. @Nik Sitting in my office taking to your dad. Surreal. He wondered what “nine bike” meant. Ha! »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. @UptheTrossachs Well, to be fair, the Strada iR all painted up in VM colors was shipped off to the winner after the TdF last season and we (the community) haven’t seen it, or the winner since. So I wouldn’t call @Ron’s remarks elitist, so much as honest… »

I just got turned back from a ride. 5k from the house I realized my bits were getting too cold not only for comfort (in which case, apply Rule #5 and move on) but safety (i’ll take my vasectomy in the hospital, thank you very much). It’s a lovely sunny day, the only problems being the minus 12C temp, biting headwind, and leg warmers th...

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  1. Fan-fucking-tastic! I can’t wait to put my new(to me) Bianchi Crossmax to good use on the multitude of gravel roads we have. I’ve done a little on #1, but it wasn’t quite right. So much exploring, so little vacation time saved. »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Longo Borghini 3. Armitstead 4. Stevens 5. Van Der Breggen »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Spartacus 3. T-Boo 4. Degenklob 5. Vanmarcke »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. @frank Eddy B also had the fabulous “rocket bottle”. As I recall, you were to put flat Coke (a cola, not blow), a shot of whiskey, and some espresso in the bidon, to be consumed about 10K from the finish. Booze n cycling, like peas n carrots since for… »

  2. You wanna get rid of the “dead spot”, and start hating your bike at the same time? Ride some Powercranks for awhile and get back to me. »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. @Niki Terpstra Rad! Now I’m going to get all fan-boy…………. »

This winter Shimano showed up on Maui with a flotilla of Colnago C-59s set up with disc brakes. The lucky Shimano people tested the bikes on some of the nicest routes on the island, including some descending down the Haleakala volcano. Unbelievably they didn’t invite me along (!?). If they had I would have suggested a different place to ride, one...

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  1. This setup of disc front, caliper rear is vaguely reminiscent of the mid 90′s with a DT shifter for the FD, and a STI for the RD. As far as switching to full disk brakes, I’ll not be doing that until I absolutely have to. I live in a place where there’s a… »