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Velominatus: snoov

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Dundee, Scotland

Got a bike to get fit in 2009 (Tricross). Entered 2011 Etape Caledonia to motivate myself after not really riding the bike. Trained from February and completed 130km in 4.5 hours on an Allez I was given by a guy who showed me the rules. Now I'm on the road to rule compliance and watch every RR I can find although I've ALWAYS been fascinated by the Tour. Bike handling skills from BMX racing and halfpipe action which also claimed my two front teeth.

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For many Americans, their first ten speed bike was a Schwinn. It was heavy. Everything about it was heavy. It was the bike that was going to survive outside the bomb shelter. No one put a better crankset on a Schwinn. When we moved on that old bike languished in the garage and it was not coming back out. Not so for @Teocalli, for starters he didn&#...

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  1. @wiscot 1975, I don’t think it was a hand me down just cheap with old technology. »

  2. Fantastic job Teocalli!  My Raleigh Imp had a front rod brake too that pushed a rubber pad onto the solid rubber tyre.  Twice as a 4 year old I removed the skin from the inside of my bottom lip at the foot of a nearby hill.  Fixed wheel so I’d guess my fe… »

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  1. @andrew @xyxax @JohnB Thanks, unfortunately got this on just about the last day of my trip last year and could only afford the polka dot one.  Mikel Liddy showed me a nice Molteni one I may try to get.  The good news is, she loves watching the cycling o… »

  2. At long last she’s big enough to wear this!  I might also get out on a bike today. »

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. @Simon I seem to remember a discussion here about this technique.  Silver solder was important, I don’t think you can use normal solder. »

The view from Strahlubnaig.December 21st, 2013, at latitude 56 ½ degrees North, a little before 9am, and of course not fully light yet in this small corner of north west Europe, where the shortest day grudgingly gives us 6h 50m of what can be loosely described as ‘daylight’. Continue reading...

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  1. @strathlubnaig Great write up.  Sorry I couldn’t make it but with enough warning I could make the Bealach na Ba Cogal, I’ve been trying to get over there for a while now.  Let’s do it. »

Another Cogal in the Northern Hemisphere in 2013? Oh yes, The Farmer is inviting one and all to a Scottish Cogal, December 21st.Start and finish at the Meikleour Inn. V to 9 as it should be light enough by then and will give enough time to get back before it gets too dark, mmmmmmm! Hopefully anyway. Continue reading...

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  1. Another Cogal in the Northern Hemisphere in 2013? Oh yes, The Farmer is inviting one and all to a Scottish Cogal, December 21st.

    Start and finish at the Meikleour Inn. V to 9 as it should be light enough by then and will give enough time to get back before it gets too dark, mmmmmmm! Hopefully anyway.

    Strave route is here.

     

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  2. Another Cogal in the Northern Hemisphere in 2013? Oh yes, The Farmer is inviting one and all to a Scottish Cogal, December 21st.

    Start and finish at the Meikleour Inn. V to 9 as it should be light enough by then and will give enough time to get back before it gets too dark, mmmmmmm! Hopefully anyway.

    Strave route is here.

     

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - December 21, 2013
    8:45 AM - 4:15 PM

    Location
    Meikleour Inn

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    Route Details

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  3. Another Cogal in the Northern Hemisphere in 2013? Oh yes, The Farmer is inviting one and all to a Scottish Cogal, December 21st.

    Start and finish at the Meikleour Inn. V to 9 as it should be light enough by then and will give enough time to get back before it gets too dark, mmmmmmm! Hopefully anyway.

    Strave route is here.

     

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    Date/Time
    Date - December 21, 2013
    8:45 AM - 4:15 PM

    Location
    Meikleour Inn

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Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Rui Costa 2. Rodriguez 3. Nibali 4. Roche 5. Uran »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Hushovd 3. Cancellara 4. Sagan 5. Dan Martin »

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, ItalyWhen: September 28 Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Borghini 3. Guderzo 4. Abbott 5. Cromwell »

There is something about a time trial that lets you go spelunking in undiscovered caverns of The Cave. Contort your body into the sleekest position you can, make the bike as uncomfortable as possible, and then rev your cardiovascular system up to the anaerobic threshold for as long as possible. Its food for legend.Being a diesel helps, churning the...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Villumsen 2. Stevens 3. Bourghini 4. Johanssen 5. Gillow »

The home ground of Manchester United Football Club, Old Trafford, is colloquially known around the world as the Theatre of Dreams. It holds a revered place in the hearts of the club’s supporters, and even those of other teams; it’s an icon of football, and sport in general. Millions have gone there to watch their heroes play, but how ma...

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  1. It’s awesome to get so close.  Before the “Depart” from Annecy this year we had just parked the car and as we walked towards the start Sagan rode in front of me.  We followed to have a nosey and were right in amongst the whole team as they got ready for t… »

An ancient Velominati legend states that when the The Prophet created the common fly, he gave it a maximum air speed of exactly 12 kilometers per hour. When he created the common Cyclist, on the other hand, he gave us a maximum climbing speed of 11.9 kilometers per hour.The worst flies on the planet live in the Pyrenees, where it is hot and humid...

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  1. @frank Thought it was way too slow and wouldn’t have been able to explain the dudes who sailed past me, or my riding buddies who I couldn’t keep up with.  There was one amazing moment though when later on Col de la Crois Fry one of them shouted from be… »

  2. My infected deerfly bite (like horsefly) a few years back.  Better example of a target pattern than I could find anywhere on the net. Photo pre-dates buying a bike and Rule #33 compliance. »

  3. As I climbed some of the lesser Cols in the summer 12kph seemed just about my average, maybe a little lower.  To read here that it’s the universal climbing speed fills me with joy, I must be improving although on l’Epine in 40 degrees C when I hadn’t seen… »

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. Graeme Obree – new world record. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-24088647 »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. I think someone said earlier that maybe now riders that really were naturally gifted, talented if you will, are now getting a fair crack at winning races. I don’t have any evidence other than this.  All these riders know that doping is frowned upon and I… »

It’s funny what goes through your head at 3am when you’re woken by a cat. Especially if that cat’s name is Lars, and he was named after the Metallica drummer (not by me, he’s my VMH’s cat). I prefer to call him Jan though, as Jan has always been my favourite Ullrich. So last night Lars woke me up, and unable to get ba...

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  1. @RedRanger Me neither, but each to their own.  As a skater I tried to get into Metallica but it just didn’t float my boat just like most heavy metal style music.  And the photo of Lars with long hair ain’t no mullet.  This is a mullet: That’s just L… »

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. @Ron I’m ready to part with a section of latex tube for you to make patches from (the valve is non-removable).  Email me at snoovinatgmaildotcom with your address and I’ll post it to you.  Now we just have to figure out which glue is best to use! »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. NIBALI Vincenzo 2. HORNER Christopher 3. ROCHE Nicolas 4. RODRIGUEZ Joaquim 5. MARTIN Daniel »

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. I love the Bikes section, nice bikes always! »

Brittany is the kind of area that produces strong-minded and strong-bodied people; I’m looking at you, Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault. It produces this type of person because that’s what windy farming land does to people. Brittany is also lumped full of short, steep hills, and we all know what that means: its a perfect place for...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne VOS 2. Elizabeth ARMITSTEAD 3. Emma JOHANSSON 4. Elisa BORGHINI 5. Ellen VAN DIJK »

Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride recovery ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4...

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  1. Another Cogal in the Northern Hemisphere in 2013? Oh yes, The Farmer is inviting one and all to a Scottish Cogal, December 21st.

    Start and finish at the Meikleour Inn. V to 9 as it should be light enough by then and will give enough time to get back before it gets too dark, mmmmmmm! Hopefully anyway.

    Strave route is here.

     

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - December 21, 2013
    8:45 AM - 4:15 PM

    Location
    Meikleour Inn

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  • Dude, that fucking blows.

  • @Chris, @wiscot, @Puffy, @HMBSteve

    I was going to quote the photo but there are so many violations of The Rules in...

  • Funny you switched the lead pic to this as I was typing. My last big goal was the Gavia Mortirolo loop. The Gavia...

  • Nicely put @Frank. I know that, for me, having an objective is the most potent motivator. And it works both ways....

  • You know me, im not fussy. Handlebars, hood, lap, its all good! Forecast had it puking rain up there. Is there such...

  • @roger

    what about a moose on the handlebars

  • My goal for the week is to come back to boston with a moose on the hood

  • @wiscot

    Not to mention that their choice of gearing is so out of whack they couldn’t possibly need hydration.

  • So stoked for this. Did this loop a few weeks back in training, and it kicked my ass again. It always kicks my ass....

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