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Location: Down Under - Melbourne

Riding since 1984 - first major ride was the '84 Great Victorian Bike Ride, 13 years old. Started racing in 1985 with Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club until end of 1999. A couple of years off here and there - car racing, pubs. Tried MTB racing on & off. Briding, Breeding & Blippin since 2000, with the occasional summer rides. Still enjoy the bike and am riding more and feeling better for it. May even pin a number on the back in 2012~ Done it! Had a couple of crits in February!

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Maybe it’s the narcissist in me or maybe I never really learned how to share properly, but I prefer my birthday over Christmas. My birthday is the one day of the year where everything is about me. No feigning interest in other people’s gifts, no getting distracted by any greater meaning. Just me and my loot, as it was meant to be. Spea...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Seen that colour scheme some time ago… Found here »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. Averaged over 50 km/h! http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/giro-ditalia-internazionale-femminile-2014/prologue/results I’ve been Chicked! »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Nibali 4. Valverde 5. Van Garderen »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tatiana Guderzo 2. Mara Abbot 3. Marianne Vos 4. Emma Pooley 5. Emma Johannson »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

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  1. @unversio à la Belgium style »

Riding a bicycle involves much more than just pushing the pedals around in a perfect sweep of muscular elegance while Looking Fantastic at all times. There are all sorts of soft skills involved like learning to shift properly, learning to corner properly, learning to crash properly, learning to criticize a fellow rider’s puncture-repair te...

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  1. @WindDrifter Dude, Rule #33 if you wanna LOOK Pro! Nice steed from what can see from your pic! »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

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  1. A former pro put me onto Am-o-Lin baby cream. Soothes and protects. http://bayer.com.au/scripts/pages/en/bayerrsquos_products/index.php?aktion=details&id=375&l1=&l2= »

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. @Haldy Nice set up! Rule #26, remove bidon, chain on big dog, valves at 6 o’clock, DS crank at ~2 o’clock = Masterpiece!  Seriously nice! »

  2. @Puffy Think his profile name may explain Rule #54 »

Climbing is something I enjoy more than I am good at it; any time I see a new road pointing up to the heavens, I find myself irresistibly drawn to explore where it leads. Every season I come to the conclusion that my training routes are all very hilly and I arrive at the brilliant idea that I should plot out a new course which seeks out the flatt...

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  1. @Barracuda Geez! That road surface looks like power sucking deadness! »

  2. Kid’s got me a drive voucher in a vehicle that would blow Rule #25 right up for Father’s Day last year. Cashed in the voucher a couple of weeks back. The drive was around my favourite part of the world, The Mornington Peninsula. After the drive, took th… »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. Another firm of Motoman/men? Bordeaux-Paris riders. »

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...

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  1. @freddy Ass savers are the way to go! Folds up under the seat when not needed. »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. @Teocalli Rule V right there! »

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. @Mikael Liddy Bidons! Friggin ipad spell checker! »

  2. @sthilzy hang on! Where do the bisons go?! »

  3. Head on with bottle of Merlot, wife out for the night, kids in bed, Hmmmmmm n+1 purchase? 4.4kg much easier than dieting? »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Roman Kreuziger 2. Bradley Wiggins 3. Rui Costa 4. Bauke Mollema 5. Rohan Dennis »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. @frank Found here »

  2. Every time I see a beard, I see Belov. Having one could have some merit; »

That any cyclist can enter the same arena with the same equipment as the professional helps to make cycling an awesome sport. True, the same thing could be said for golf or tennis but as a fan you can’t stand a meter away from any of those pros and scream encouragement. “Come on Tiger, RIP THAT FUCKER!” And if you attempt entry into Wimbledon...

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  1. @unversio ……and Froome still looking at stem while all this shenanigans is going on! »

  2. Way back in 1910 everything was orderly.  Single gear, unsealed roads, the fans gave room for Octave Lapize on the Col du Tourmalet. »

  3. Not running, but still as if running… »

This note arrived to the Velominati Bunker back in April. It was a confession. It was a cautionary one. Everyone knows someone who has done this. I nearly did it myself*. I replied to Alex, not sympathetically enough yet his message has stayed with me. Is this worthy of a New Rule? Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Roof rack attached to car by suction cups! Hmmmm????? Good enough for LeMan to sell those suckers! »

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...

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  1. @ChrisO Use a old latex tube and cut it up for patches. Use contact adhesive or can get a latex adhesive. »