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Velominatus: therealpeel

Order: Level 1 Velominatus

Location: Philly

a bike commuting social working weekend warrior or at least I was. Now I am recovering from a stupid accident and waiting for the budget to align for replacement parts. I have to make do with mtn biking but it just doesn't feed my soul in the same way...

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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. @frank The experience of getting it right seems to involve countless hours of getting it wrong first.  There is some satisfaction in that, I guess, but I generally think I have other more satisfying things to do with my time. »

Cyclists love socks. I know I do. I’d make a point of collecting as many pairs as I could from every race, event, shop or rep that I ever happened upon. Some were so good that I still have them, others, well, let’s just say they were “re-homed” long before they got the chance to retire gracefully after years of loyal service...

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  1. @PeakInTwoYears Been interested in wool shorts, like the ones from ibex, but not leather chamois… »

  2. Love these. Not a compulsive sock hoarder, like others, but I enjoy my pair a great deal… In all weather. »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. @gianni if checking the professional odds makers sites is like doping I am pretty sure I would’ve been like the Chicken in the 2007 tour instead of the mediocre suckfest that was my early season VSP. »

After a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. -The Prophet, Eddy Merckx After a week away in Atlanta for business, I feel thick and heavy. These trips away are killers; the shift in time zones means the already-too long work day is extended by a further three hours. I try my best to watch my diet, but in a town like Atlanta where even sush...

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  1. @Bespoke Seeing this quote in the same conversation as @batdan’s is outrageous and slightly bewildering.  Makes me wonder what exactly this community is really on. »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. Well said. The hardmen of do seem to get a pass on this discussion… Mostly. »

The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think.- Virginia WoolfOur actions lie on the horizon of the present, in that swirling cloud where fantasy turns into reality. To plan is to cast a shadow into the future, to attempt to lay shape to the unknown. As the present merges with the future, reality will try our plans on for s...

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  1. @VeloJello I don’t understand… do you excel at climbing ventoux and feel bad about it? or do you excel at doing something (I assume Cycling) very poorly on a repeated basis?  In either case, I don’t get why you would be sad…you are Doing It and tha… »

I have met @chris on the original Keepers Tour. He seemed like a reasonable person at the time. Then again, @rob passes himself off  as a rational person yet he signed up for the Too Much on 100 ride and completed it. People sign up for these crazy rides because it forces them to get in the best shape possible. It makes these long rides more enjoy...

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  1. Nice work. Enjoy (if that is the right way to capture riding such a auffer-fest) the ride »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. @John @Frank this is me today… Reading this article while slowly getting ready for a ride. My body and mind say stay at home, rest, relax, but the desire to quash those demons is just strong enough to get me or on the bike with the knowledge that it i… »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. Nicely done tribute. I wonder on nearly every ride if it will be my last. I consider if it is really worth the risk to me, my friends, and mostly to my family.  I don’t have an answer in my head yet, but I keep swinging my leg over the top tube anyway. »

Never forget your roots, they say… OK, I’m a child of the 70′s, and back then bicycles were as big a part of my life as they are today. We’d always be out riding, building tracks and jumps, and tinkering with our Dragsters, stripping them down to emulate our motocross heroes, with varying results.All these memories came f...

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  1. Never got into the full BMX craze. A child of the 80′s, with protective parents, and far from any cool spot on this globe I missed out mostly except for this awesomeness: Rad - Trailer (1986).avi: http://youtu.be/3bu6haxJbdk »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. @scaler911 Hot Dog the Movie? What the hell? »

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. It’s all about the bike and love of Cycling. Except when it’s not. Breeding and Blimping sums it up nicely shifting priorities or struggling to keep up with priorities.  Kids are young yet… Still on trikes and have lots to learn about needing to Rule #5. »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. @Dr C This is great. Like seeing the guys tooling around the city on their beater bikes with a boom box strapped on, only way more stylish…. Maybe. »

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Had to Google how cold you are talking. Sounds reasonable for that weather… @brett, nicely done, even if I am not a Stages of anything fan. »

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  1. These are the guys I like to watch. Scraping the barrel for every success and failing often. They have no excuses- they have it or they don’t. Time trial specialists, the mad men of breakaways, and the classics riders exemplify cycling and is beauty.  Sur… »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

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  1. Love this article and its implications for cycling and life. @KW For the past 13 years I have almost exclusively ridden a 23-24 pound Trek 1000 (red white and blue) with Sora 7spd.  I had upgraded to better drive train, wheels, and cockpit components, bu… »

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. @dyalander so apt. @Teocalli What’s to criticize? I see three major things- Its Cold, Its Wet, and You just dropped the pack. Well done. »

It began when they come took me from my home And put me in Dead Row, Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know. And I’ll say it again I.. am.. not.. afraid.. to.. die.Cold, still, heavy, damp air encourages one to remain ensconsed, the familiar nagging doubt weedling away in the back, make that the front, of my mind, and I concede; I...

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  1. “Playing the numbers game now. Survival mode kicks in; where once there was power, agility and grace, now only sits a lethargic, forlorn figure, yet still fighting.” Love this. So true of so many of my rides. I start feeling like the Lion of Flanders and … »

Brad Wiggins is sitting at home, watching his team implode at a Tour de France he was not invited to.What’s on his mind? An attempt at the Hour Record, that’s what. Now that the UCI has allowed riders to mount a conventional (track) time trial machine in their efforts and the likes of Boardman, Obree, Moser, Rominger, and Indurain all...

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  1. @frank Is innovation really that great? I mean, look at the lead photo and the Trek 7 series aero, their grotesque mutations of the fabulous machine we call a bike.  I think the UCI is a bit arcane and mysterious sometimes with their rules sometimes, b… »

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  1. @Beers The VMW does not like it on me. Bummer. Plus, when I am Too Fat To Climb and peaking in more than two years I feel like a poseur with shaved legs. »

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  1. When you have nothing to lose, risk everything. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. nibali 2. porte 3. thibout pinot 4. rui costa 5. valverde »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. I wonder if with cleaner cycling Pros will have more personality.  Did the years of Pharmstrong and the overall omerta create an environment of stone faces? Aside from a few notables like Jens and maybe Cipo there seemed to be more emphasis on stoic profe… »

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  1. hmm…posts not loading on phone or pc.  As far as the question of most rule compliant- what about Jensie?  He’s ugly as hell, but he’s so hard he makes the Mavic bike look resplendent … »

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  1. There goes my million from Road ID…I knew one of the favorites would crash out… But didn’t choose correctly. »