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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 the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @ChrisO We own five of his products in my family. A great innovator and one of the first tech-heads (tech-Heds?) in this sport. »

  2. @TommyTubolare The comfort thing has been debunked several times in blind testing. Josh Poertner, formerly head engineer at Zipp and now Silca’s reviver, wrote an article about this. It’s a useful read for most of the Velominati, being a passionate com… »

  3. @TommyTubolare The best engineers or the best marketing departments? Let me rephrase your argument: Average weekend riders would benefit from a healthy diet and/or a doubling of their weekly mileage. Neither bike aerodynamics nor bike weight matter… »

  4. @TommyTubolare I wasn’t doing that. I was simply giving one example of a test that shows that a wide tyre ridden at a pretty standard pressure will still, often, have lower resistance than the narrower version at that version’s typical pressure. 100psi … »

  5. @Buck Rogers Two-and-a-half reasons: Aero – even on today’s wider rims, 23mm tyres test faster than larger tyres. Back when they rode narrow rims, they also rode 21mm tyres to match, and even 19mm on TT bikes. If that ain’t hardcore, I don’t know wha… »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. @kixsand I have a Robocap, for the coldest of days. It’s does the job very well and with less bulk than most winter gear, and features the usual Assos overthinking – see the two loops? They’ve for your glasses after the cap went all Vincent Van Gogh on yo… »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @pistard It’s both. Tom Anhalt, mechanical engineer and expert on everything round & rubbery, did several comparisons between different-sized tyres and usually the 10-15psi drop in pressure is not enough to negate the improved resistance of a wider… »

  2. @teleguy57 The two-step questionnaire to decide: Can your bike accomodate 27s? Are you racing? If your bike can take them, why not? And if you’re not racing, again, why not? For training, there’s no real reason not to ride big rubber. The only reason… »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. @Buck Rogers In my experience, flipping the cap only works with certain helmets. Lazer are great, but my Rudy seems too thick at the front to flip the cap up. »

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 Ohhh. Finally. Looking forward to more pictures! Turns out my girlfriend’s stinking rich uncle just bought a chain of Giant shops in the UK, and her dad’s business trip to London ended with a brand-new Anthem 27.5 in his luggage. Might try to pu… »

  2. @RobSandy Yep. 52/36 in the front and an 11-28 in the back should keep you riding up just about every (paved) grade, and not limit you going down the other way. TBH, if you spin out regularly on a 50-11 you might wants to a) work on your cadence, b) wor… »

  3. @RobSandy The 10-speed 105 cranks use standard 110BCD mounting. That means any chainrings meant for compacts will fit (with the exception of Campag’s own, and SRAM’s newest Yaw rings). If you want a 52 outer, buy one and fit it – that’s it (plus adjusti… »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. @RobSandy Oh, on a time-trial bike he’s glorious. I think my problem is he rides the same way on his road-bike: Careful, planned precision. Or at least he used to – maybe Roubaix was a sign of things to come? You can’t finish top-10 at Roubaix if you’re… »

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. @kixsand If you live anywhere properly hilly, a 27 or 28 is probably in order on a double. With SRAM and Shimano so eager to move us to 11sp, an Ultegra 11-28 is cheap as chips. My FTP is above 4W/kg and I still find the lower gear useful, especially if… »

  2. @kixsand 34/23 nets you a gear similar to a 39/26 – you’re going basically two gears harder now. Is it the new SRAM Red? If the front derailleur reads “YAW” on it then it doesn’t have micro-adjustments – their idea was to pivot the FD as you shift, so … »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. Can’t prove I’m not Batman, but if Frank had his way with the UCI regulations, I’d rock a Batman outfit and a Dimond. I’ve got Carbone for this thing ever since TJ started tinkering with the old Zipp 2001 molds. »

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 The Trek Madone has direct-mount brakes (in this case, white Bontrager ones), and the fork is quite slim. The head-tube sort of extends over the brake, which looks a bit odd and results in a huge head-tube junction. »

Sharing the road with cars is mostly a losing proposition. It’s hard to share when your vehicle weighs 8 kgs and the other guy’s is 800 kgs. If we have to share we have to let go and that is not easy, as @Kevin Wilkins explains. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @ChrisO “Inshalla factor” is brilliant. We have a similar thing going here in Israel, must be a middle-eastern fanatics thing. I live in Jerusalem near two orthodox neighborhoods, and I’ve already witnessed several cases of young Yeshiva guys muttering “G… »

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. @kixsand Wonderful bike and a great deal. Glad it worked out so perfectly in terms of fit. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to preach – a good fit is the single best bike-related purchase one can make. Once you have “a fit” you can always transfer th… »

What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

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  1. @brett If I could afford it, I would. The New Road line is priced in the region of high-end bibs… »

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 If you’ve got a Trinity on the way then I wouldn’t bother optimizing too much with the Ridley. What you can do meanwhile is find saddle that you’re comfortable on in a time-trial position – a rotated pelvis sits very differently on the saddle com… »

  2. @RedRanger But the R3 is not BB30! Before somebody goes out and wastes $1000 on that pretty, pretty Hollowgram crank: Cannondale = BB30 Cervelo = BBright The difference? BBRight is wider, therefore a Cannondale crank will not fit a Cervelo. A Rotor … »

  3. @ChrisO Well done! TTTs are the devil’s work. It’s not uncommon for pro riders to set their wattage records during those… However, as the resident tridork and aero nutter, you’ve got: A rubbish helmet, whereas he has one of the very best. That’s a … »

  4. @kixsand There’s nothing wrong with zero-setback posts and 110mm stems on 58cm bikes (188cm tall, relatively long legs and arms). I’ve got that setup (Trek 1-series alu frame, though) and the bike handles like a dream. Handled 660km in three days witho… »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. “Belgian Style” riding becoming prevalent is a function of a billion factors. Modern STI/Ergo levers (or rather, the demise of the downtube shifter) are probably a root cause: Suddenly it’s as easy to shift from your hoods as it is from the drops, whereas… »