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Velominatus: tessar

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

I'm just a time- and location-limited (tri)athlete with a strong bias towards the cycling bit.

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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. @Al__S But it comes mighty close… The Bolide frameset costs $13,500 (!!!). Add the components – that’s the PRO Textreme disc and the new HED GT3 – easily $4500 on each bike – plus 9070 Di2 ($2500), Stages powermeter ($800 for the DA model). Don’t know… »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. @Deakus My Rudys were my first set of proper shades, but these days they’re chucked in the spares bin. The rubber on the nose-piece and ears is itchy – I much prefer my Smith Optics, or the RH+ and Oakleys. »

Brad Wiggins is sitting at home, watching his team implode at a Tour de France he was not invited to.What’s on his mind? An attempt at the Hour Record, that’s what. Now that the UCI has allowed riders to mount a conventional (track) time trial machine in their efforts and the likes of Boardman, Obree, Moser, Rominger, and Indurain all...

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  1. @Fausto Crapiz This is the 7-series Aero bike: and this is the 7-series aero road bike: The first has a super-skinny downtube, and is, in fact, the second-fastest bike you can buy right now if you’re doing a time-trial. The second is a road bike f… »

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending it t...

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  1. @piwakawaka Actually, arm hair does test slower than shaved arms (that’s also according to the Specialized tunnel, they just didn’t do a film on that). I’m sparsely-haired in my arms anyhow, but for important races, that goes too. My skinsuit only goes… »

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. @Teocalli They already do that. All bikes are randomly weighed, including spares. That’s why Faustino Muñoz – and by now, I guess, every team leader’s mechanic – carried around spreadsheets with the number of links of chain and grams of weight on every … »

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. @Steampunk Ultegra’s amazing, but Shimano’s 7900/6700 cassettes are a significant – and by now, inexpensive – improvement over the 6600/7800 generation. I’m running a hybrid 6700 and 7800 drivetrain, and I definitely prefer the 6700 cassette over the 7800… »

  2. @Bespoke Wide wheels make a huge difference. In this case, that’s a 25mm rim, the widest aluminium rim that’s not of touring/MTB weight. Compared to puny regular 19/20mm rims, the difference is like running tyres that are 4mm wider than before. »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. @ChrisO I guess the male grooming trend skipped Israel and went straight to the Emirates… »

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. @Steampunk Now that’s a tasty wheelset! Treat it to a DA7900 cassette, they go for cheap these days with 9000 out… »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. @Owen ^ That. A friend that moved from Germany to the Middle East complained that all the men here walk around here with unshaven armpits and monkey-brows… »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. @wiscot The lower ventilation speeds up the time until you start dripping sweat from your chin, which looks pro as hell! »

  2. @Fausto I don’t have a specific (single) source, but several people who operate testing facilities (A2, San Diego LSWT, Jim from ERO Sports and Andy from AlphaMantis) all said the same. For example. The AeroCamp (and 2.0, which was in a tunnel) also te… »

  3. @ChrisO Actually, shoe covers are a controversial item. Apparently only very few models actually save any time, and quite a few even increase drag. The ones that tested faster than the baseline (read: no cover) were the smooth rubberized rain covers: No… »

Maui Velominatus Dave is tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. @Teocalli Completely, entirely, insignificant. As I said, strain gauges go on top of the existing structure – they just measure the flex that already exists. Yup, even the beloved Dura-Ace cranks flex. In my Power2Max meter, you basically unscrew the R… »

  2. @frank Power measures the actual output. Everything else measures the reaction. That’s the main difference between HR and feel as opposed to power. Actually, if you watch the final stage from the perspective of a coach who understands power, the tactic… »

  3. @Teocalli Plastic deflection is lost energy. Elastic isn’t. Every crank flexes slightly as you pedal. That changes the way materials behave – specifically, in power-meter, they implement tiny strips of metal – strain gauges – that change conductivity … »

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. @Marko I actually like the Octal (and considered buying one, but they’re so fucking expensive), but I fear yours is just a tad too large. Certain helmets don’t work on certain melons – I can’t wear the Specialized Prevail since it makes me look like a … »

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. @ChrisO Yet they also sell this rule-violating abomination… »

  2. @ChrisO Friends of mine have them. When they fail (which, invariably, every suction cup has to at some point), you’ll know about it in advance since it just won’t hold to begin with before mounting the bike. With three cups per main mounting point and t… »

  3. Roof racks interfere with Rule 11, anyhow. I transported three bikes and three people in a dinky Suzuki Swift (or Geo Metro for the Americans). Leave one rear seat unfolded, remove wheels, stow smartly. If it works for my size 60 TT frame, it works for a… »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. @ChrisO He needs a neck. That’ll balance out the cap. »

Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended wr...

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  1. @ChrisO Might try that once to see then. However, I’m sticking to my Ultegra SL – shiny silver, bulletproof, and with wrench flats. Can’t see a reason to replace them (though I did manage to get the cleats gunked up when I stepped in rotten dates by acci… »

  2. @ChrisO I still don’t understand how crouching to reach inside the two crank sides is in any way superior to standing next to your bike and using a simple, straightforward interface to get the cranks off 100% of the time, regardless of condition, easi… »

  3. @ChrisO You need mount a “sub-cleat” adapter plate to your shoes because instead of the standard three-bolt setup they insist on four. And you can get them in Lollipop Pink: »

  4. @Nate Highlighted the two problematic parts. I’m less concerned about torque at installation, since pedals are one of the only interfaces on the bike where you can safely torque (quite a bit) higher than strictly necessary (especially since over time t… »