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Velominatus: titirangisi

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand

Aucklandork-come-Dunedinist. I live with 2 bikes, a wife, and a small boy (whom I am related by paternal pathways).

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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. Kiatkowski 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Gerrans 5. Stybar »

I wasn’t anywhere near old enough to hold a driver’s license but my dad had already bought me a motorcycle. It was a late seventies BMW R100 RS, dark blue. I loved that bike; I polished it fortnightly even though it never left the garage. I spent hours sitting on it, twisting the throttle and squeezing the clutch, diving in and out of t...

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  1. @Gio Hecks yeah, yo!  When drop down from the stayer’s line accelerating fast around the bends enough where you start to black out a little, only to recover your wits again on the straights – that is speed. »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy I certainly hope you dropped the guy to the left of you. »

  2. @unversio South Island, NZ.  In saying that SC is not out of the realm of possibility.  I’ll have to look it up. »

  3. This was great.  I feel I blow a ring every time I get on the hills down here.  But you really only get better with practise. Normally I have my arse handed to me a plate on a given race day.  I end up in the fast handicap (I burgled one too many race), … »

Last year we read that Philippe Gilbert is riding a 50cm (top tube of 535mm) BMC frame and he is 1.79m (5’10”) tall. Now it’s reported in Cyclingnews that Ritchie Porte’s Pinarello is a 46.5cm frame (top tube of 515mm) and Porte is 1.72m (5’8”) tall. He is no Nairo Quintana but somehow he is on Quintana’s old bike. Porte is just one i...

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  1. For the rider it would lower and bring forward the centre of gravity (increasing bike handling – same technique for descending); and decrease the front cross-section of bike and rider that passes through the air (lowering drag to a degree). Maybe toe-lap… »

We’re not really supposed to have favorites, but everyone does. Just ask your parents. So while I’m not supposed to have a favorite, I do, and its Rule #9.Bad weather immediately separates the wheat from the chaff, and so the weekend warriors stay indoors and leave the roads to the devout. I talk most often about riding in the rain, wit...

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  1. @pash @withoutanyhills Same method applies as a fall on a decent – You wipe yourself down, you get back on, and you start to see how fast you can ride until you fall again. »

Water is an asshole, at least when it comes to bicycles. So is wind, now that I think of it; I don’t love it, unless its at my back, but that rarely seems to happen even on out-and-back routes. Fire’s not winning any prizes either, unless you’re talking about the hunk-a-hunka burnin’ V. Even le soleil isn’t scoring po...

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  1. @Gianni “Dogs Bollocks” is a good thing.  “Bollocks” is a bad thing.  Go figure. A buddy let me have his old Ti spindles from his X1s.  They were so under-cared for that I almost cried – damn they would’ve been expensive.  He’d crashed on one of them an… »

When you’re a kid, riding with your hands off the bars is something done for thrills, for style, and to impress chicks. As an older, wiser Velominatus, it can be a handy maneuvre to aid removing or donning extra clothing, taking a feed from your pockets, and to impress women (because that’s how adults refer to chicks). Get it right and...

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  1. I’m crap at no hands.  I have to stop to undress/redress but I don’t let people wait for me.  Catching up is penance for not having the skill. »

I’m fluent in three languages: Dutch, English, and Hyperbole. The third is an acquired talent developed by creative and narcissistic tendencies; the narcissism feeds a belief that normal words can’t properly describe the magnitude of my experiences, and the creativity struggles to cope with restrictive paradigms like “facts”...

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  1. @Chris Clever »

Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases.Saddle bags: how do we define them? Is it a saddle bag if it attaches to the seat post and the saddle, if it has a zipper, if it is leather, has two natty straps with buckles, if it swings below the saddle like bumper bollocks? Continue reading...

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  1. I’m just a simple pedalwan.  I don’t know which way is up reading this. Stuffed pockets make you look like a man on a mission from Merckx. »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. I saw a magic marble on the side of the road – it spoke to me and muttered something… indecipherable.  I think it was drunk.  Anyway my picks. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. J-Rod 3. Uran 4. Valverde 5. Dirty Sanchez »

Rule #12 is a beautiful thing. If all but a handful of Rules had to go, Rule #12 would remain. This Rule smolders in all cyclist’s hearts; the need for a better bike has to be there. It just has to. Rule #12 cannot be extinguished while working in the most dangerous or depressing bike-free environments. @dark42echo sent us this from the Falkl...

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  1. Loved this article.   Anyone who owns a bike will empathise with the desire for better parts than come stock with a frame. I think about all the upgrades for my bikes and kit that I want to do and get.  But then I realise that it’s probably more realisti… »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

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  1. Froome to Wiggo in his pants »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. A Contador 2. R Krieuziger 3. P Sagan 4. S Chavanel 5. N Quintana »

How can we not talk about the Tour? After Sunday’s stage it’s hard not to be a little excited. Until yesterday the most thrilling thing I had seen was Mark Cavendish’s mad man chase back to the peloton after a late-in-the-race crash. He needed to get back quickly as the race was hurtling toward a sprint finish he was supposed to w...

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  1. Celeste is only on a Bianchi – This should be a new rule. »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. J-Rod 4. Evans 5. Porte »

Update: You can watch the live stream (assuming it works from the velodrome) on the Velominati channel at USTREAM. When you log in, you’ll first see my little test video of my puppy eating grass. Please disregard me yelling at it. That never happened.I have always considered myself to have a good imagination, something I attribute half to my...

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  1. Crazy.  May the prophet be with you. I’m down for 38.910 »

While all evidence points to the contrary, the 20th century’s greatest twatwaffle LE Gunderson may have got something at least half right after all. Of course it’s about the bike, otherwise we’d be runners. But there are other factors that contribute to what makes us Cyclists which can often be overlooked completely. Not the cloth...

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  1. @Ron PIha Road and Scenic Drive was my most favourite ride in Auckland.  Definitely  made me feel stronger for the bunch rides out on the north shore. »

I have weird feet, apparently. It’s not really something you normally come to realize without asking questions that one rarely has reason to ask. I might have asked them, though, had I ever had any notion that feet don’t always have to hurt in a cycling shoe. Hurt might be a strong word – more like “squished” or “numb”. I’ve also h...

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  1. @G’rilla You might also consider how tight your shoes are.  Over tightening can easily be done. »