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Velominatus: silkrider

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: fruita, colorado

eons ago i spent two seasons racing crits. i started out Cat 5, and by the time i was done, they had made a Cat 6 just for me. i love cycling. i love my bicycles.

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There was no need for Rule #74 until the cyclometer showed up on our handlebars. According to the late Sheldon Brown, the cyclometer has been around since the early 1900s.“Star-wheel cyclometers, such as the Lucas unit, suffered two serious problems. They made an annoying “tink-tink-tink” noise. At high speeds, the star wheel would s...

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  1. @itburns @unversio i guess i’m a little jealous of guys who can ride rollers. i’ve tried, god knows i’ve tried.  i tried in front of the tv, i tried with music, i once tried drunk (bad idea).  the longest i ever managed to ride them was about 15 min… »

  2. for everyone talking about rollers and trainers…yeah, i’ve ridden them, but to me, riding rollers or trainers is sort of like jumping up and down “training” to jump rope for the day you actually have a rope.  same motion, but just not the same.  nothing… »

The task spreads out before me like molasses poured onto a tabletop, indulging in its viscous immensity. Its growing breadth makes it a kind of enigma, the sort distinguished by an elusive end and therefor an intangible beginning. It occurs to me, at this moment, that the difference between those who achieve and those who stagnate is not measu...

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  1. eloquently and perfectly put as usual.  for me, starting is sometimes more difficult than that final climb when my legs are already spent. »

The Velominati mourn today the passing of Fiorenzo Magni, perhaps one of the Cycling world’s greatest living example of the spirit of The V and all that surrounds it.Magni was the original Lion of Flanders, a feat heightened somewhat by his being Italian, not Flemish – though the Flemish had little to argue with after he won de Ronde th...

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  1. they don’t make them hard like that anymore. »

When it comes to weight and body dysmorphia, we cyclists can go toe-to-toe with any thirteen year old tween who has done their time flipping through the pages of Vogue and Sixteen. However fit and thin we might be, at some point it dawns on us that we’re not as light as we could be. The obvious solution is to buy lighter parts for our bikes,...

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  1. i gave up beer and wine once. worst three days of my life.  i am nowhere close to ideal weight, i figure i need to just get stronger, and no matter how light i am, the only way i see to progress is to get stronger. i’d rather be a strong guy on a “heavy” … »

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks but you can grab a beer and watch that old dog do the same stupid thing over and over again, which is almost the same as a doing trick. On an unrelated note, I find myself, for the third year running, staring down the business end of the week approaching the Climb4Cancer time trial up Zoo Hill in Issaquah...

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  1. you, sir, are hard like woodpecker lips.  good luck and kick ass! »

If you’re looking for doping scandals, controversy, or lanky Brits with questionable dress sense calling people wankers, then this book is not for you. If you are looking for a comprehensive collection of memorabilia and interesting tidbits on the history of the world’s largest sporting event, then look no further than this beautifully...

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  1. @Deakus that is one of the next books on my list….i can’t wait to read it »

  2. @frank um…do you mean roger daltrey? »

“Becky? Yeah, its Jean-Paul with the Podium Girl Selection Committee. No, I don’t know how I landed this job either, and I’m not about to ask any questions because its a pretty cool job. I’m calling you about the auditions you attended for La Grande Boucle that’s coming up.“Yes, the good news is you got the job...

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  1. @frank i always say…”profanity is a crutch for illiterate and ignorant motherfuckers.”  but that’s just me. »

  2. @frank i say this is just another reason *why* we are the chosen ones.  it’s real and raw, unapologetic, no false facade, it’s who we are. we don’t hide it and pretend we are above it, we ARE it.  wiggins didn’t censor himself, why should we? one of the… »

  3. i wonder if they get to keep those outfits. »

With the Tour underway there are many things to envy. One that always gets me is the team cars. This, to me, is the ultimate luxury (coupled with the relentless suffering, but hey, these guys are paid for this). No need to stuff your jersey with eight kilos of food and spares. A new wheel is at the ready – a whole new bike, should it come to that...

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  1. @Skinnyphat that doesn’t sound that bad actually »

I know what you’re thinking. How can one label Bjarne Riis an Evanescent Rider? He was a champion, he won the Tour, and went on to become one of the leading Directors Sportif in cycling. Yeah, well, just because he hung around long enough to get the right program and then jagged a job as a mentoring guru doesn’t mean he never reached ab...

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  1. @Flying Crowbar wow, tragic like hamlet.  perhaps it’s a danish thing… »

By now you’ve probably figured out that our Reverence series is not about reviewing gear in the classic review sense. The very word “reverence” connotes that the author of the article holds a certain affinity for the product whereas reviews are meant to be “objective” analyses. Nor is the point of the series necessaril...

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  1. so, i first read this article back in january.  i’ve thought about the article and these brakes almost every day since then, looking at them online, reading whatever i could about them, pretty much obsessed with them.  today, nary 10 minutes ago, i ordere… »

With the Tour underway there are many things to envy. One that always gets me is the team cars. This, to me, is the ultimate luxury (coupled with the relentless suffering, but hey, these guys are paid for this). No need to stuff your jersey with eight kilos of food and spares. A new wheel is at the ready – a whole new bike, should it come to that...

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  1. that is a genius idea on AAA’s part.  makes me have some more respect for them. if the service ever comes to colorado, i just might join AAA. »

One great mystery remains in this cycling world. I’ve been a cyclist for over thirty years and I still can’t buy a clue. Remember those rides where very early on, as you roll out of a parking lot, or just away from your house, you notice you have good legs. You need verification and after a proper warm up the feeling is still there, to...

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  1. oh, and i would much rather have the worst legs of Pantani than my best ever legs times five.  »

  2. excellent article.  i thought it was just me. i don’t know why one day i will climb like a lion, the next  day i will climb like a cripple.  the days i have where my legs work like they should seem to be few and far between. also…nice use of the word a… »

We are lucky to have @wiscot as a contributor of guest articles. He eschews the carbon ball for real research and his love of cycling history is heartfelt. As the Dauphine winds down @wiscot spins a story of real toughness on the bike. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. from now on, when it’s cold, i’m not wearing a gay ass lycra skull cap under a helmet, i’m wearing just a bad ass knit cap like a real cyclist…. »

When I was but a young Velominatus, my poor mother was often horrified/embarrassed/disgusted by my typical boy’s habit of sucking back the mucous from the back of my throat and swallowing it… yes, I know, now you’re disgusted too. Taking me to seek a cure from the good Dr Edwards, he let her down somewhat with his prognosis that w...

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  1. @Xyverz did you shoot that over the shoulder or under the arm? »

I love the shape of it. Aroma of it. The way it feels to be around it. It will catch my eye from across the way; I will be powerless to resist taking in its form and perhaps allow my hand to graze its surface. The source of such beauty and harmony, it is a fountain of unspeakable happiness.It offers me companionship when I need it, solitude when...

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  1. @Cyclops isn’t that sorta like saying “i love to breathe” ? »

When I was but a young Velominatus, my poor mother was often horrified/embarrassed/disgusted by my typical boy’s habit of sucking back the mucous from the back of my throat and swallowing it… yes, I know, now you’re disgusted too. Taking me to seek a cure from the good Dr Edwards, he let her down somewhat with his prognosis that w...

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  1. i’m more of an “over the shoulder” guy, and i’m also more of a “dammit, i just blew snot all over my shoulder” kinda guy. i will try the under the arm method. luckily i’m an ambi-blower, i can launch a snot rocket either side, so i got that going for me… »

I love the shape of it. Aroma of it. The way it feels to be around it. It will catch my eye from across the way; I will be powerless to resist taking in its form and perhaps allow my hand to graze its surface. The source of such beauty and harmony, it is a fountain of unspeakable happiness.It offers me companionship when I need it, solitude when...

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  1. @minion come to colorado, your question shall be answered…. i love my bicycle, i am constantly amazed by what it can do, and what it does, this article is right on… »

It came to me in a moment of absolute clarity, the kind of clarity which only arrives to one in an oxygen-depleted state and at high speed – usually down a steep descent. It would be awfully nice to justify wearing my Molteni jersey, rather than having it hanging in my workshop all the time.It had been suggested a few times already by the tim...

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  1. Excellent idea, color my calender marked. June should be ridiculously hot here, so I look forward to being out there on a bike, Rule V in effect. »

It’s a beautiful, yet cruel sport, this. It punishes you for being lazy, for being unfit, but it also punishes you when you are at the top of your game. And as for Europe, well it’s sending out all kinds of mixed messages when it comes to cycling. Everyone rides, and a good number of them do it while smoking. If it’s good enough f...

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  1. @brett i’m the same way. I’ve gone back and forth with the smoking, i found the bike keeps it away. I cannot do both, and lucky for me, my body chooses cycling. good piece, nice to know i’m not the only one. »

Museeuw rockin’ the bands riding with Cipo decked out in yellow as he twists one up. There are only two things cooler than this and both of them are impossible to get. One is Led Zeppelin playing at your shitty graduation party in the late 70′s and the other is one of those awesome Coca Cola bidons. Fuck yeah!...

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  1. I don’t think that is tobacco. I bet Super Mario was a mountain biker at heart. I gotta say, even with bright yellow fingerless gloves, the guy is stylin’ like no other. »