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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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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… »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. @Buck Rogers I’m not anti-roadie. I’m a proper cyclist on my proper bike, and on my triathlon bike – well, I try to minimize the damage (and train with proper kit). The point I was trying to get across is that a triathlete overblowing the difficulty of … »

  2. @ChrisO And here’s an athlete never caught doping, displaying grace and style on the bike. *cough* Both sports have their cheaters, both fail at dealing with them. So? Back to the difficulty discussion – those guys look like a pretty average bunch … »

  3. @extra special and bitter No, it’s mainly because he was a COTHO. Even in the tri world he wasn’t much loved. »

  4. @Buck Rogers Err, you do realize, I hope, that the race being a draft-legal event means it’s done on road bikes and effectively becomes a 40km crit between a hard swim and a hard run? Most likely it wasn’t her case, but for elite athletes the cycling le… »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. @frank My coach used to send us off on “the keyring drill” – on an abandoned airstrip, we used to drag-race in the lowest gear, slightly downhill, with keys and coins dangling in the pocket. If it’s ringing, you’re losing… »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. The local Bont importer has given up on his business, so I’m stuck mail-ordering. Has any of the Velominati ordered a Bont using their sizing instructions? The results I’ve got seem plausible, but there’s a +/- 5mm measurement error which is about half a … »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @Geraint To be fair, it’s not as if Shimano endorses it. It just means that should you find yourself in a situation where you need to shift under load – which, after all, happens in racing quite often – then you can. I’m usually gentle with my machine, … »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. @Ken Ho Aye, which is her biggest advantage: On a windy day – exactly when a disc is fastest – the opposition moves to the shallowest wheels they can find. Years of riding in the gusty desert plains makes you intimately familiar with crosswind reactions… »

  2. @teleguy57 It also depends on the geometry of the bike – some bikes are twitchier and more susceptible to forces on the steering axis. A mate recently upgraded his TT bike – went from the previous Speed Concept to the newest. Along with that change, de… »

  3. @Ken Ho Bugger off, will ya? Heretic. »

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. @oligali That shouldn’t be. If your saddle is uncomfortable when level (+-2deg), then you’ve got the wrong saddle for you. It takes experimentation (sometimes lots) to find your “saddlemate”, but riding with the saddle down is not the way to go: Effecti… »

Happy living in our stressful lives is all about organization. For instance, I like to sort the tasks first by priority and then group tasks of equal priority into buckets of minor priorities. Software developers creatively call this approach to organization a “bucket sort”. This helps break down what appears to be an insurmountable me...

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  1. @frank Same, but different. Give me a wok, two pots, a strong flame and a razor-sharp knife, and I’ll be the happiest in the world. But give me three gilets, a windproof, a rainproof, long-sleeve jerseys and jackets, six kinds of gloves, five weights … »

  2. We’re on a different planet, it seems, when it comes to the weather – but at last I’ve seen temps dip under 20c at night and there are clouds out of my laboratory’s windows, so it seems like by the end of the month arm-warmers will finally become mandator… »

This article started off as a Reverence for the Camelbak Podium, and might still be, who knows, it’s late and my mind is scrambled. As often happens when searching for a suitable image for an article, tangents often appear from nowhere and derail the original train of thought. Soon one finds oneself careening out of control towards the only...

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  1. My only gripe with Camelback Podiums is that their neck is non-standard, which makes them prone to launching. If they had mated better to the standard lip that’s found on most cages, they’d stay put better. I have many Podium bottles with their soft caps … »

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… »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

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