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Velominatus: wilburrox

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Tuscaloosa, AL

I like riding bikes. Both fast and for fun. As a youngster I del'd the Pittsburgh Post Gazette 6 days/wk riding a cool 10 speed Ross. I saved enough to get a cool 12 speed Schwinn Voyageur that I rode to campus every day at U of Pittsburgh. I still ride that bike. Regret I waited far too long to get in to racing. So, I'm having much fun racing as an old man CAT 5 and also mtn bikes and riding year round in AL. Cheers, Randy C

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@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. I bet I’ve said it a thousand times if not 10 x that… F*** CANCER… Bob, your daughter is beautiful and awesome and rocks. Best of luck, strength, spirit and everything else for you and yours. RC »

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. @il muro di manayunk I love the Ardennes wheel sets… wider, in my mind, is a concept proven. »

  2. @Mikael Liddy yea… the cost side of the equation… When your 10 yr old daughter is flying close to 40 mph down a hill on the wheel of bigger kids, the cost side has a different perspective. And watching her attack a 13 yr old young man going up a hill?… »

  3. @cognition We have four Megalized bikes in our garage and they all get raced and properly taken care of. Yea, BIG companies do some stupid things BUT they can also do some really cool BIG things and I respect the company. I like the history. I like what t… »

  4. Because our house also has a young lady that digs bikes as much as her father. And will likely ride them faster in very near future. I have n+1 squared going on… believe me when I say I have more fun obsessing over my daughter’s bikes than I do my own. … »

Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

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  1. @Gianni I sure hope to see Taylor putting the hammer down again soon ! He is one cool cat. »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @wiscot The Mapei jerseys would have looked pretty good with all BLACK shorts ! So would that blue stripey jersey shown earlier in thread. Black shorts just work. Big reason I suspect for the Lotto kit being a favorite. Astana baby blue shorts?? Cannondal… »

  2. @ChrissyOne Thank you Chrissy. That bike does not get raced often as I prefer my CAAD10 for that, though will race the Roubaix this weekend at state RR championship. I’d spent a little time prepping it this past w/e and couldn’t resist a snapshot and post… »

  3. >>> and black fucking shorts »

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. >>> the wool they use is environmentally sustainable…   »

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. WOW… Man I’m showing how little I know about history and how naive I am about this kinda thing… ol’ Jensie I’ve come to think of as one cool cat and quite a lot of fun to watch race. And it never crossed my mind to think of him in this light. I don’t … »

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. This year’s 2015 AL State Crit Jr’s 10-11 Female Champion. Her new, upsized bike, built on an Allez frame set, is being assembled at LBS this week and ready in time for upcoming State RR Championship. She wants to save the little Pinarello, and might stil… »

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. @Mikael Liddy Perfecto ! »

  2. >>> Sometimes, even days before. <<< Ohhh man, sometimes, even months before ! And sometimes following a cash payment for a registration. Kinda like paying for privilege to consider what pain is on horizon... it's all very weird. Cheers »

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. @Gianni I’m quite certain that that is all too strange, weird, wrong, whatev…,  to be true. Me personally, Rage Against the Machine’s Bombtrack followed by Killing in the Name, will do the job for me on any Strava segment I’m having a run at while o… »

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. @Kurisu Just me, my opinion… stems on my mtn bikes are white. Stems on my road bikes are black. I’m w/xyxax on this one… And I sure like that Santa Cruz. Classic. Cheers »

  2. @Teocalli Precisely ! Well stated. Half the fun is obsessing over a bike decision for months or even years before moving on it. Now, given that I have a daughter who’s gonna be getting a new bike this fall as she’s about grown out of her 24″ ride.  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. Kids and Bikes! If every kid just had even a simple BMX bike the world would be a better place. The scene when I returned from work the other day. I loved it. Cheers. »

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. @wilburrox I meant oompa loompas… you know, from Willie Wanka… whatev… »

  2. @the Engine wtf? You gotta be kidding me… Did I see oomph loompas ? »

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. This was an unexplored road I’d planned in advance a few weeks back to check out. It briefly hit 25% at the steepest. I took this snapshot on the way back down later that day. No way I was gonna stop going up. I’d mounted 25 mm Pave’s in prep and found th… »

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. @wiscot Beyond awesome indeed… Martin crushing the big gear today, Boom blistering’ a looney tunes stage 5 in 3 hours and some minutes, Nibali passing at will in mtns. It was all beyond awesome. Plus, HD coverage from beginning to end at home on the big… »

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. @Steampunk HED’s + wheelsets in my mind are concept proven. I’ve run 23 mm and 25 mm tires on both Jet + and Ardenne + and at 70 psi up to 90+ psi. And set up properly the wheels can glide over roughest of chip seal and moonscape tarmac. I’ve been contemp… »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. I’ve now watched stage 5 three times and cannot get over 250k in 3 hrs 18 mins on those roads in those conditions (and what musta been a helluva tail wind) and at the end? Boom looked as though he was he was trying to break his cranks as he hammered home … »

  2. @Chris Strong performances ?!? Did Boom just race 250 some km in 3 hrs 18 minutes across wet cobbles? On a skating rink? I’m trying to comprehend what these cats just did today. Do I have the #s correct? Looney tunes. Simply looney tunes. I can’t imagin… »