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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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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 w...

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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… »

  5. @Nate I assume so, but no matter the reason, a pedal with a hex-keyed axle is wrong. I’m willing to give up a few grams of weight or two millimetres of width for the peace of mind that my pedal will remain easily removable. I once borrowed a friend’s b… »

  6. @Nate Do the Dura-Ace not come with regular pedal-removal flats? If so, they’re the wrong tool for that job. My Lezyne works flawlessly on 105 and Ultegra… »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. @G’rilla Would’ve saved me an awful lot of trouble when I tried to use my car keys in an emergency – with the result being that both means of transportation were rendered useless. »

What, another guest post? Seemingly yes, but in fact we are keeping to our every-other Friday guest post schedule. We must Keep The Schedule! @Harminator’s post about pigs was the little seen “pop-up” article; a confluence of Paris-Roubaix, Orchies pigs and Jupiler beer. These things go very bad, very fast if not served quickly. @...

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  1. @DerHoggz If I were managing ISM’s marketing department, I’d be all over this picture. I mean, that’s the outline of an Adamo saddle! In blood! »

  2. @Ccos Having sailed yachts on sunny, calm days, I can only imagine what high seas sailing is like. Catamarans used for transatlantic racing are about as comfortable to sail in as Tony Martin’s TT rig would be at Paris-Roubaix, and it’s bloody hard work…. »

  3. @wilburrox There are certain hormonal responses triggered by racing that you can’t really match in training. Alberto Salazar, famed running coach, routinely lets his top athletes do a short race (5k, preferably something shorter on the track or XC) and … »

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. @Tristen Bonacci I take offense to your inferior standards of measurement. Ironman does it nicely in kilometres for the rest of us, and 180 sounds much bigger than a measly 112. Sincerely yours, European Road-Racer and Triathlete and son of one qualified … »

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...

@tessar's posts:

  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… »