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Velominatus: ten B

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: Sydney, Australia

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A transplanted Canadian, living in Australia, having only recently made the transition from bike rider to cyclist, ten B has found the true purpose of his full set of Dutch genes: the conversion of V into movement in the finest tradition of Zoetemelk and Kuiper.

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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. Even worse than a song is a fragment of one because you can’t remember the words. I did a double century last year, having heard a OneRepublic song in the car the previous day. “You’ve got something I need… Da da da dada da dada da da… And if I only d… »

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  1. Hmmm… my picks seem to have disappeared. Here they are again! VSP PICKS: 1. Purito 2. Quintana 3. Uran 4. Cuddles 5. Dan Martin »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Purito 2. V-tana 3. The Medellin Mullet 4. Cadel 5. Roche »

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  1. @andrew Severs me right for not doing my homework! Nibbles in for the Pukinator. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibbles 2. Malmerde 3. Dan Martin 4. Gerrans 5. Gilbert »

  2. Porte has been quiet in his lead-up to the Giro. A bit too quiet if you ask me… VSP PICKS: 1. Porte 2. Malmerde 3. Dan Martin 4. Gerrans 5. Gilbert »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Borghini 4. de Vries 5. van Dijk »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Philbert 2. Slagter 3. Costa 4. Malmerde 5. Betancur »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerro 2. Costa 3. Kwiatowski 4. Malmerde 5. Dan Martin »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. van Avermaet 3. Stybar 4. van Marke 5. Vansummeren »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Armistead 3. Stevens 4. Borghini 5. van Dijk »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Sagan 3. Boonen 4. Kristoff 5. Terpstra »

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  1.   VSP PICKS: 1. Johannson 2. Borghini 3. Stevens 4. van Dijk 5. Bronzini »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Haas 2. Gilbert 3. Faboo 4. Gerrans 5. Hansen »

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  1. Mariannacus! »

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  1. @frank After further consideration, up and down the cassette works for me. Just like a bigger gear is on a smaller cog. You’ve lost a bit of cred anyway, @frank, what with being on the small ring in the article photo and all. »

  2. @ToeOverlap I’ve only heard of shifter failures on Rival. I’m thinking (hoping) that the Red shifters are stronger. I’m starting to get better at feeling if I’m on the top cog when I touch the lever, and follow-up with a quick upshift (downshift? Crap, we… »

  3. @scaler911 A mate of mine snapped off his shifter a few weeks ago – he chalked it up to too many phantom down-shifts when already in the granny gear. That’s about the only quibble I have with the Bro-Set – when I’m on the limit and my oxygen-deprived br… »

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. @Jon Bissett Crap, I can’t believe I missed the continuation of this thread.  And the criterion is to be a pedantic douchebag. »

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  1. No surprises here. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibbles 2. J-rod 3. Hey now 4. Urangitan 5. Malmerde »

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  1. I make it a policy to be able to fix at least two punctures whilst out on a ride. When I’m riding tubs, this means a spare under the saddle and a can of Pit Stop in the pocket (plus a mini pump). Which I use first is dependant on the size/nature of the pu… »

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. @Jon Bissett Yeah, I looked that up on FB. I stopped reading when I got to the word “irregardless.” BTW, there are fewer Americans here than you might think. The dearth of conversation about Monster Trucks is a dead giveaway. »

Everyone knows that the quality of one’s character is measured by the size gear they can push, particularly when going uphill. It is also a well-established fact that no self-respecting Flemish Pro would ever ride a Compact, no matter what condition their knees are in or how ferocious the gradient. Which, by extension, means that Compacts are...

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  1. @piwakawaka It’s in the Brindabella ranges south of Canberra. If you Google Fitz’s Challenge you’ll find it. I did the 205km version last year on my old bike with a compact and 11-25. The last big climb was a one-hour symphony of agony. No real flat se… »

  2. I’m toying with the idea of getting a medium cage derailleur and an 11-32 for a particularly hilly 255km sportive in October. I figure that 9 hours of suffering will be enough without having to spend a couple of them below 50 rpm and whimpering like an ab… »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. Such a sad loss. Most of us have had close calls – some closer than others. The thread of grace from which we’re suspended is narrow indeed. Perhaps a subtle JKL on future jerseys as a memorial? »

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. @PeakInTwoYears If you’re really stuck, this might give you a good enough approximation: http://www.davedraper.com/bodyfat-calculation.html »