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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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White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

@tessar's posts:

  1. @PeakInTwoYears In theory, yes – differences in construction should result in different performance, at least in the lab. That’s where all the “3% lighter, 7% laterally stiffer and 113% more vibration damping” marketing brochures come from. In practice,… »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

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  1. @ChrisO I wouldn’t go for ceramic bearings in the desert. Our desert has mostly very fine sand – not coarse like beach sand – which seems to creep past every barrier. Our windows and doors all have seals and yet there’s still a fine line after every san… »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

@tessar's posts:

  1. @PeakInTwoYears I agree, there are two sides here: One is buying an open-mold frame, which is perfectly legitimate. Hong-Fu, Deng-Fu and several other factories or first-level resellers sell them, either raw black or with their own brand (“Avenger”? Ser… »

  2. @ChrisO I might be risking my site membership here but… I find the whole conversation a tad amusing, considering Veloforma is essentially an open-mold company. I’m not too well-versed in open mold MTBs and ‘cross frames, but the road and track frames a… »

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 Gerrans is a tiny guy, right? He’s also very dilligent about racing in Scott’s egg-shell helmet and in skinsuits – a proper aero weenie. Ever since Cav showed how much of a difference it makes, the smaller sprinters realized position and equipme… »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. @piwakawaka Campagnolo hears ya, that’s why they made Fulcrum. The Shamal Mille is also sold under the Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite label. »

  2. @brett Fuck yeah. That grey finish? Not only does is look good – but if it’s anythink like similar treated braking surfaces (HED’s new Black Series, Mavic’s Exalith) it’s going to brake amazing in any weather. I’ve ridden Exalith wheels and they’re min… »

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. @TommyTubolare I’m not claiming comfort doesn’t exist. I’m simply showing examples of blind comparisons that showed that people couldn’t determine which frame is “more comfortable”, but they could determine changes in comfort caused by a change of a few p… »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

@tessar's posts:

  1. @ChrisO Eeek, that’s 3W over my FTP! Sounds like one hell of a race. I also agree, that Synthe is pretty snazzy – miles better than the Air Attack you wore for the TTT, and it’s very close to it in terms of aerodynamics. Which national teams are racing? … »

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. @Rob Apparently Brits also call it a “snood” (they also tend to call just about every other piece of clothing a “vest”, as I discovered when I first went cycling with my VMH). »

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...

@tessar's posts:

  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 … »