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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. @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… »

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, … »