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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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Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

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  1. @Owen And that’s exactly what the FIST fitting protocol is all about. You get on a fit bike – the fancy ones are even motorized and wireless – and pedal away. Fitter changes something until it’s too much, than backs off until it’s too little. Again and … »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. Family only comes first if the family pedaled harder. I read this story with tears in my eyes, because my perspective is from the other side: I’m the stubborn son whose mother succeeded in introducing him to cycling. I’ve been completely ignorant of spor… »

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. @VeloSix That’s what happens to folks who haven’t watched the 2013 U23 Worlds. Matej dropped his breakaway companion on the final descent towards the line, pedaling while on the top-tube. That guy’s gonna be bigger than Sagan with those skills. »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @Puffy Specificity doesn’t mean “to become a faster cyclist I must only cycle” – that will only lead to stagnation and a fitness plateau. Specificity means that each workout should be targeted towards the goal of becoming a better cyclist. And “streng… »

  2. @Puffy You’d be surprised. I’ve got you beat in the skinny department (188cm, 67kg), but regular, cycling-specific gym work has done wonders for hard efforts. Pushed 6x6min at 300W for the first time last week… »

  3. @wiscot Different race. Tony races with very detailed course-notes – including precise gear selection into corners, length of sections and notes on where to apply the Vacuum Tuck. »

  4. @frank The Deltas were the inspiration, according to the engineer behind them. These, though, are stupid-easy to adjust: There’s a 2.5mm allen bolt on each arm that allows independent adjustment, so brake adjustment is even easier than with a conventio… »

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. @Triathlete Seriously then, get a new fitter – preferably one who specializes in triathlon fits. If it’s uncomfortable to hold over 100 miles, you’re either on the wrong saddle, or sitting too far back, or both. Or a million other reasons, but those are… »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @DerHoggz An Omega, a modern take on the classic Delta: A tunnel-tested centrepull brake. Smaller and sleeker than the Hooker and Delta aero-brakes, and this one actually brakes! Cable pulls a wedge that pushes the arms onto the rim. If I had a cable-ha… »

  2. @Rom One and the same. But if you’re making that claim, man up and look like a time-triallist: Shaved legs and ditch the drink system (it’s UCI-illegal, so a dead giveaway…) P.S: Thumbs up on the poor-man’s-skinsuit! Until I got my proper one, I use… »

  3. I thought “Whale-Shark” is just Tony Martin’s way of Inhaling Wasps? »

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… »

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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… »

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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… »

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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… »

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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… »