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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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One of greatest cycling pleasures is riding with a mate. Riding ten centimeters off each other’s rear wheel for hours; trust is a beautiful thing. You swing over, ease your effort slightly so your mate rides through, you then tuck behind, in the draft, close and fast. It is the best. @Kah touches on this and other transcendent benefits from...

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  1. I was pondering this just yesterday. Was sitting with three mates after a properly murderous ride which we spent mostly silent, swaps communicated with a short elbow flick and hazard warnings nearly redundant. Having ridden a few Gran Fondos and other eve… »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. Also, there doesn’t seem to be too much of a correlation between round/oval preference and seating position. Rotor themselves give five mounting options for the rings to “fine tune and match your seat angle to the rings” as they put it. I ride relatively… »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Tom Boonen 3. Ian Stannard 4. Luca Paolini 5. Tim Declercq »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. We’re all sitting here raising conjectures and theories, but here’s a guy who tested things. He’s an engineer and one of the most obessive people around when it comes to drivetrain friction, responsible for the most comprehensive rolling-resistance databa… »

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. @kixsand Assos girl! Fyxo girl! »

This winter Shimano showed up on Maui with a flotilla of Colnago C-59s set up with disc brakes. The lucky Shimano people tested the bikes on some of the nicest routes on the island, including some descending down the Haleakala volcano. Unbelievably they didn’t invite me along (!?). If they had I would have suggested a different place to ride, one...

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  1. @antihero Well, point by point from the last to the first: 1) The Supersonic TT is available in tubular as well, and the Pave as clincher. So you can opt for fragility or sturdiness regardless of mounting mechanism. You can TT with a ThickSlick as far … »

  2. I don’t buy the whole “Carbon wears out faster”. My aluminium rims are all worn at the braking surface, some more and some less, after two to three years of loyal service. My mum’s carbon clinchers, fancy (at the time) ENVEs that are now 5 years old, stil… »

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 Alright, I will. Correlation does not imply causation, so even if that picture is poster-worthy and I’m dribbling drool all over it, it doesn’t mean that buff has anything to do with it. If only there was a way to have the same effect as a buff i… »

  2. @ChrisO The only problem is they look like shit. Anything that’s not snug and wrinkle-free does not belong on a road bike. Also, not everyone can be trusted to work out an asthetic way to use them, so it’s best to ban them outright. Had to ride with a bu… »

  3. @Fausto Lucia Thank you for answering your own question. As you said, know yourself. What better way to do that than analyze your body’s actions with scientific precision? A power meter doesn’t care why nor how. All it does it tell you exactly what – w… »

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. John Degenkolb 2. Mark Cavendish 3. Peter Sagan 4. Phillipe Gilbert 5. Arnaud Demare »

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. @Chris I find them surprisingly useful for the colder first hour. Much like a gilet, you can pull them off mid-ride without too much faffing about, and they let you regulate the ratchets more easily. »

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. John Degenkolb 2. Peter Sagan 3. Simon Gerrans 4. Tom Boonen 5. Arnaud Demare »

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. @Fausto Lucia I Train Properly, which may not require certain gadgetry, but is certainly helped by their presence. Power and HR sensors are tools, allowing us to train better and sometimes, race better. Whether time-trialling or just cycling in the midst… »

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. @ChrisO All true – I guess I was just venting tension that built up after reading far too many weight-weenie posts with napkin pseudophysics to back them up. The bike is responsible for only 20% of the resistance, but I don’t think any (sane) person would… »

  2. @tessar @Puffy @Rom And of course, since we’re talking about a VMH’s bike, two more things to consider: A) They have to be slightly nicer than yours, if that’s possible. B) Take her weight into consideration. Those who ride in Dutch winds would be bett… »

  3. @Puffy Resident Science-Nazi reporting for duty: I may be a lousy triathlete, but I’m also a somewhat-less-lousy physicist – so when I say “Aero or die”, that’s not just the result of too many hours pouring over tests to determine whether ENVE or Zipp… »

  4. @ChrisO Hard not to, when your uncle had a giant poster of Der Kaiser dishing the hurt in the rain on his relabeled Walser TT bikes. We were cyclists in this family long before we branched out! »

  5. @Mikael Liddy One of our biggest local teams rides Cervelos, and their importer is one of the biggest shops around – that means excellent end-of-season pricing. Coupled with their wind-proven designs, they’re also very attractive for the many triathlete… »

  6. @ChrisO Even the aluminium P3SL? That one just about hits 11 on the cool scale. The popularity of Cervelos turns me off, but the R line is sheer design porn – Simple, clean lines that look deceivingly old-school. Can’t stand the S5 and P5, though. »

Omloop het Nieuwsblad is fast approaching on March 1st, Strade Bianche goes off the next weekend; finally, ladies and gentlemen, we have a season. For me the racing season really has to start in cold, wet Europe. I like the Tour Down Under just fine, I watch it, but it’s too early, too sunny and too hot to signify the start of the racing season...

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  1. @ChrisO I wish all training rides were as exciting as the opening Qatar stages, and as photogenic as the echelons OPQS seemed to produce at will. At least the views were a bit closer to what I’d usually see on a ride. »

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. @andrew What vintage is your 52/42 from? Sounds like an older setup, in which case more modern rings will more than offset the larger gap. The crank length is definitely reasonable – I ride 175mm on the road-bike and I’m nearly the same size – just a smid… »

  2. @Puffy Ah, I missed the 11-speed bit. Wonder if there’s really a difference – I noticed differences when replacing derailleurs, but I’ve switched between several decent chainrings and cranks – Shimano 7800, SRAM Yaw, and now previous-gen SRAM Red rings… »

  3. @Puffy Surprising, since I’m looking at a SRAM Yaw 52 ring right now. In 110BCD. And it shifts great with the matching 36. A 36-50 makes lots of sense, as do 39-50s, for those who want tight gearing. A Masters racer, can’t remember the name, broke 50min … »

I recently overheard someone say that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. This is the kind of statement that makes me want to hate people as a species a little bit. Of course there such a thing as bad weather. There are also bad people (loads of them), bad ideas (even bigger loads of them), bad advice (especially on the inter...

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  1. @Robert Never add anything under. Simply get a thicker pair of bibs – I’ve found bliss with the Assos T607 – same cut as my summer Assos, but extra warm. »