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Velominatus: wilburrox

Order: Level 1 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 had much fun racing as an old man beginner CAT 5 (I did cat up in '14) and also mtn bikes and riding year round in AL. Cheers, Randy C

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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. @wilburrox uhhh… that’s 56cm & 58cm and not “… »

  2. @kixsand I’m 72″ / 182 cm and ride a 58″ CAAD10 w/same geo as the Super Six Evo. I like the size very much. I’ve played around with stem length and setback. You can see the stem on my bike isn’t exactly stretching the bars way out over the wheel. On a … »

  3. @wilburrox @w @wilburrox Pink cages ??? Come on Man !!! Disc brakes ?!? Ohhh that bike’s too cool. Looks like some 32cc tires. Are we saying bring on the cold weather and some mud? »

  4. @chrismurphy92 I’m calling BS… No 2 ???  That’s a, “Come on Man”! That’s a no 1 I’m sure on more than a few days. Cheers »

  5.   I’ll stick with AL for racing. In part because if I’m gonna be dropped, lapped, whatev, I do not want to be that cat with the pricey C ride getting his a** kicked. Mtn bike? That needs to be C. Especially for racing. Crit race? Alloy is just fine. »

  6. @Buck Rogers I can say this: the CAAD10 or Allez w/105 group san running around US$1600 with deals to be had soon enough on remaining ’14 models I’d guess are as good as anything else available around this cost. These are AL alloy bike frames designed a… »

  7. @PanzerPuss Instead of spending $$ on the entry C frame (and I’m with ChrisO on his thoughts there) get the 105 group, some Conti four seasons and a good jacket and then ride the wheels off your bike this winter ! That would be a solid investment in time … »

  8. @PanzerPuss $450 and you’re riding an 11 sp 105 group on a bike you already are digging? vs $1800 for a C Defy with a 10 sp Tiagra ? 105 justified on that frame ? Why not ? Sounds like it’s a pretty good fit with 2000 miles + and you love it. Just me, I’d… »

  9. @PanzerPuss Can the free hub body on the new wheel set handle an 11 speed cassette? If so, a 2015 105 group would get ya 11 speeds and you’d like that move. Going from the 9 speed Sora group w/11-32 cassette to an 11 sp w/11-28 ?  You’ll find yourself shi… »

I’m not sure where this ride falls on the graph of fitness but down towards the bottom, somewhere.There can be a point in every rider’s season where each ride ends the same. FFS, I suck. The unabridged volume of self-loathing is reviewed, cogent chapters reread, aloud, in the bathroom. I’m Too Fat To Climb is a chapter I like to q...

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  1. @ChrisO I’m with ya on this one… start late and happy curve of improvement. And thank lucky stars for the good health that comes with it. »

  2. Talk about an ah-ha ride… though not exactly as meant by it here but my eyes were opened. Bunches of folks from town have been digging the state CX racing this fall so I slapped a rigid fork and some skinny tires on my old hard tail mtn bike and went ra… »

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. @DeKerr Thanks! I needed that to be brought to my attn ! I’d swear I’m clueless about some things. One would think it’d just be natural to landscape the video but I don’t know what I’ve been thinking. Again, thanks. And she did indeed kill it as she’d … »

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. @piwakawaka 10-4 to that ! And not a minute of obsession is time wasted. »

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. The young lady early this fall knocking off a 10 mile TT PR was Belgian dang near 100% for little over 30 min’s vs in the drops insisting she has more control… just maybe, she secretly wants to keep the white bar tape pristine. I wouldn’t be surprised. … »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. @Gibstone Hear about Ford’s new F-150 going Aluminum? This is the part of the truck that counts. And it is steel: Specialized’s Allez bike is a sweet AL alloy frameset manufactured from hydroformed alloy tubes. It’s just not round tubes like old Ca… »

 Rule #4 is clear but how do you explain to your five year old what a twatwaffle is? I was left trying to define twatwaffle to a room full of relatives, none five years old but a few close to ninety-five years old. Someone opened The Book of Rules and loudly read out Rule #4. Some hand waving and muttering about the Dutch deflected things, thankf...

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  1. It is about the bike… and my daughter knows that too. She digs bikes a lot. And she knows a meticulously clean and maintained bike is a fast bike. I will say this, I am a lot more interested in discussions here about bikes than I am about philosophical … »

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. @Mikael Liddy Baum bikes are very, very cool. And I see discs on the Indy Fab. How ’bout them apples… I jumped on a Tarmac the other day with discs. I like. »

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. @ChrissyOne Looks dang near like new! That’s more than a little effort maintaining a mtn bike in that condition. I can respect that. And that’s some real deal hardware from back in ’03.  Ya musta been taking the mtb’ing pretty serious. You’ve seen Danny… »

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. @Deakus Ignore the weird feel in the shop ? ohhh man… I’m a big believer of having the shoe feel awfully good right out of the box or I’m not interested. 46.5 wide Specialized. I’ve ‘em in a couple of models and they work great for me. Alas, if ya li… »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. @Barracuda WOW. I’d not been familiar with these bikes. But I was just at their site and they sure are beautiful pieces of work. Ohhh man… Cheers, thx »

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. @ChrisO I’d figure that on a TT bike the little ring is mostly superfluous ? Still, I guess it’s there for a reason. And every time you reach out on that bar end to yank that little lever so as to guide the chain in to the big ring just say to yourself… »

  2. @piwakawaka Shimano’s new XTR electronic for mtb can be operated with one shifter. Basically you program the algorithm to sort out the FD shift for you as you go up or down the gear range. Very cool. My experience is I’m more frequently redlined and sh… »

  3. @ChrisO Not only that, they can mash a button that’s been strategically placed so as to better manage the sprint ! What I’m gonna take from this is the purely psychological effect that my drivetrain has a battery attached to it and I should be faster than… »

  4. @ChrisO Oh come on man… dump the battery powered power meter then and ride by feel and what the race dictates… that’s just a little more pure hey? whatev… Still, I might well have put more miles on a down tube friction shifting 12-sp bike this p… »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. Modern steel frame bikes are flat out works of art. Beautiful. And for personal reasons steel frames have a soft spot in my heart. Maybe six times a year I’m at Waterford’s website dreaming of my n+1. Yet I never pull the trigger. A Waterford bike w/SRAM … »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

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