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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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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 Man, it’s hard to believe Helen Hunt has an Oscar when Emily Watson doesn’t. It’s an injustice of the same magnitude as Oscar Pereiro having a Tour win and Poulidor not. »

Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

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  1. @ChrisO Agreed. Maybe the first  couple of posts get checked, then the light turns green. Checking every post seems like a LOT of extra work for the Keepers. I have no clue how these things work, but I’m sure Frank can work it out. »

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. What’s up with Tommeke in the Vuelta? It seems like he’s not contesting the sprints at all. Does he have a cunning plan to ride into ace form for the World Championships? Is his plan more cunning than the foxy Faboo? »

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. @Teocalli I wear the gear into the gas station when I need to buy more fluids. That means that in general, I’m the best dressed person in the room. »

  2. @sthilzy Looks like the Prophet is offering some kind of benediction to the flock. How appropriate and justified. »

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 With hindsight, they WERE shit! But we didn’t know any better did we? »

  2. @Gianni LOVE the shoes! Sock length is a tad disturbing however . . . . . I need to get some wool socks for winter rides here in WI. Merckx knows I have multiple pairs of overshoes, but maybe a wool sock would be a better place to start? Just found som… »

The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the...

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  1. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

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    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

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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. @Geraint Close but not quite exact is a good thing – it always gives you an excuse to go to wherever you keep your bikes and fiddle with them. Measure, measure, compare, adjust, ad infinitum. It is indeed the basis of the lifelong pursuit of the virtual… »

  2. What I love about the lead picture is that it takes five people to get the Prophet’s bike set up – I’m assuming Mr Trenchcoat in the back is handling the spare bike. This is an attention to detail that Sky can only look at in wonder and envy. »

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. Bugger it! Delgadoed this one as I was on vacation. Oh well, not even a perfect five would have resurrected my VSP chances. Good luck to those who entered. At least I won’t have to worry about how shite my picks would have fared. »

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. @frank I really enjoyed the Wegelius book. Clearly he was being a bit judicious in naming names and I’m not so naive to have been too shocked at some of his disclosures, but I thought it was very enjoyable and gave a side of things that get overlooked … »

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. @Ron When I first got into road cycling I laughed at people discussing cms or even mms of difference. Over a decade in the saddle, I now know how easily you can tell your bike is off if a pillar has slipped or a buddy has played a joke and moved something… »

  2. Couple of things here. Part of the reason the Prophet was always fiddling with his position was as a result of his 1969 crash at the Blois velodrome where he fractured a vertebra and twisted his pelvis. He admitted that subsequently he often rode in pain … »

  3. @frank Nice technique there! I have a contraption for measuring plumb line – a long (4′ I think) level with a base on one end. Set up next to the BB and measure back to the saddle tip. It’s also good for saddle/bar drop and saddle level too. I got a fr… »

  4. Excellent piece! With all the various geometries of frames these days and an adherence to N+1 means getting things very close is about the best you can hope for. I use same saddle and bars on three of my five road machines. Crank length is the same too. E… »

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. You know, this is why I/we love this site. Despite loads of BS and daft stuff, fundamentally it is a great, honest site. You just don’t get this kind of soul-seaching/personal yet universal stuff elsewhere. Chapeau to all the readers and posters. Keep up… »

  2. “You’ll not find me in the annals of good parenting” Au contraire, sounds like you’re doing a bang-up job. Read your local paper and you’ll find evidence of bad parents who are enshrined in the Annals of bad parenting. Keep up the good work and thanks for… »

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. @JGalt Thanks for sharing and welcome. Lived in IN in the early 90s and went down to Bloomington for Little 5 weekend. Never saw the race but did see a car getting overturned and set on fire and a lot of serious drunken revelry. I hope it’s calmed down … »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @frank I obviously don’t have a V cap, but what I do have is a 5mm orange spacer atop my stem. On an all back bike with black V cuff links, I have to say it looks pretty good. »

  2. @Mike_P Looking mighty pro there, sir, mighty pro. »

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. @therealpeel Barbra Steisand? What rockin’ tunes by her get you up the climbs? Do tell . . . »

  2. @pistard I thought that was a funky mailbox at first. Headphones you say though . . . »

  3. @VeloVita Probably true, but I called him out on it and he asked me for forgiveness. I thought it was the kindest thing to do . . . Mr Merckx is so busy these days he’s hard to get a hold of . . . »

  4. @teleguy57 Man, that sounds like a sweet gig! Sturgeon Bay’s a nice little town in a very pretty county. Have you ever done the Door Co century? It’s coming up fast. I did it for the first time last year and really enjoyed it. I’m signed up again and wi… »