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Velominatus: wiscot

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Location: West Bend, Wisconsin

I got my first bike at age 2 and have always had one since. My first real bike was a massive steel blue Peugeot at the age of 14. Subsequently replaced by a red Holdsworth, a team-colors Raleigh and a ruby-red Colnago, the latter joined by a neon-pink Cougar TT bike, a metallic green Brian Rouke winter bike and a blue Specialized mountain bike. All steel and all gone to new homes now. I joined the Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club at 18 and became a dedicated time triallist, riding 30-50 club and open races a year. In 1989/90 I was a founding member of the short-lived VC d"Or which included velominatus and short-lived COTHO teammate Brian Smith. I also raced regularly against another real Velominatus - Graeme Obree - in the 1980s and beat him twice - once in a 10 and once in a 50. Rumors that he stopped to have a drum up at the turn are probably true. Moved to the US in 1990. Buggered up my back (working for a bike shop ironically) in 1993. Took several years off. Back riding since 2006 in Wisconsin and logging 8000+ kilometers each of the last three years.

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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. @rfreese888 When you learn the ropes as one of the 3 Musketeers (Pollentier, Maertens and Demeyer) you learn to be crafty. Some say wheel-sucking, others say riding smart. Demeyer died of a heart attack at 31! »

  2. @frank Picture 3. That’s one helluva mullet. Lead picture. I had to look twice to see that it was Terpstra not Tommeke. The Dutch champ bands on the sleeves were the clue. Those bars sure ain’t level. »

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. @brett Je ne sais pas either! »

  2. @Teocalli Yeah, there should be some kind of law, not just a rule, but a law, about wearing an aero helmet unless you are actually competing in a race. Back in my racing days I wore one of the early Cinelli aero helmets when racing, but NEVER when not… »

  3. @rfreese888 Well, the guy on the right’s palmares are a wee bit scanty, but I get your point. Speaking of M. Thevenet and M. Merckx, I read that the Tour might be doing Pra Loup next year, eh? It’s been a while since “the showdown” of 75. It would be n… »

  4. Every once in a while at an organized charity ride I’m doing, some tri-chicks (yes, I know I’ll get into trouble for using that kinda language, but it’s way better than some terms that have been bandied about on this site), show up. Man, they scare me. Th… »

  5. I think COTHO has a look of “I wish I had worn darker shades that might have dimmed the spectacle of Dr. Phil’s soiled, bulging Mom jeans.” He certainly looks a little queasy . . . »

  6. @Gianni Might have been a tad more entertaining had COTHO “confessed” to big Phil than Oprah. I think auld baldy would have called him out and, in a pinch, taken him down. Then he would have swanned offstage arm in arm with his wife leaving COTHO gaspi… »

  7. @Buck Rogers Easy now big man, easy. Go for a nice bike ride and get calm. Avoid coffee and other stimulants too. Can’t let a tri person get to you. I’m assuming you didn’t get into a discussion of clothing and style? You’d have won that round easy. I m… »

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. @the Engine Trust you, trust me. I used to race again Graeme all the time in the 80s. Fast as hell as as nice as nice could be. I know he’s had his demons over the years, but some company needs to employ him as soime kind of chief of development & … »

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. Hey, we all know that when it comes to crashing, there only one way . . . the Joey Way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MzmCWyN9ow Now with additional footage . . . but Joey’s ok! »

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. @unversio Hey, I’ve still got a silver Cinelli stem (120mm I think) standard bend, sitting in my cupboard doing nothing. Let me know . . . »

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. @Ron Tell me about. One solo runner was in the middle of the trail. I couldn’t see the earbud wires so I thought he was running quiet. I called out three times in increasing volume. Nothing. Finally I passed him very close  and he was wired up. I probab… »

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. @RManneck Nice. I was hoping your aesthetics weren’t that clueless. Subsequent evidence proves you own one damn fine looking rig there sir. »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. @il muro di manayunk All that for being in Philly? And there was me thinking that kinda shit just happened in Milwaukee . . . who knew? »

  2. @frank Well, Ebola seems to be settling in down in Texas which, you have to admit, is close to being another continent, if not another planet. »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. @ChrisO I hope Millar rode it wearing a cap and not a helmet. The latter is just wrong for this kind of event. »

  2. I did a few hill climbs back in the day – end of season, usually to qualify for a season-long internal club competition. They’re a great aspect of the sport in the UK, very spectator friendly and guaranteed to put you deep, deep in the pain cave. The spec… »

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. How to improve bike handling skills #314: Be out for a recovery ride on the local rail-to-trail gravel path. On the return leg encounter a huge number of pink t-shirt-wearing joggers/runners/walkers (most  of whom are wearing earphones) taking part in a c… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. @VeloVita That’s a good point, but remember Steamy’s from Canada. I mean, that’s like a really foreign country! »

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. @RManneck Looks great – the blue saddle is a bit iffy, but the rest is dandy. What # in your stable is this one? »

  2. @oligali First, thanks for posting. Nice bike for sure. But seriously, if you need to ride with the saddle and bars in those positions, I think your winter project (hopefully you have some kind of trainer) is to work on your position. Something’s not ri… »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. @gilly Ah-ha! Being single (and not cycling when I was married) means I’m unfamiliar with the conversion rates. I can very much understand the issue though . . . »

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. @Carel Good for you to hang onto it – I’ll bet you’ve never regretted it! Man, look at all those clips! That’s old school right there. Huret derailleurs? There’s a name that you don’t (fortunately) hear much any more. I think Simplex and Ofmega both ma… »

La Vie Velominatus. It is the life we, as Velominati, lead. It is life as a disciple of cycling, of the greater meaning the bike holds and the lessons it teaches us. Along the path, one of our great duties is the wholesale consumption of the great Works related to our sport. From periodicals to books to films, herin lies the list of works conside...

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  1. @unversio Very, very nice. I want one for my office! »