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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. @Mikael Liddy What a bummer, esp.  given the timing. I hope your ex-LBS makes it right before you shut the door on their paint-chipped ass. »

Five is an important number. Assuming nothing has gone amuck in our development or our usage of cutlery, we each boast five digits on both our hands and both our feet. Most of us have five senses. Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.The Babaloni...

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  1. @frank Yep, I plead an Apple device paired to a Windows blue screen of death brain. »

Flies and dogs, two things that we don’t need on a climb.I had descended down this street many times, but I had never before ridden up it. I even said hello to the two excited pitbulls on the other side of the driveway gate. I like dogs. I like them until one of them squeezes under the gate and I’m going uphill slowly. Pitbulls arenR...

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  1. Gianni, you are quite the word wrench.  Top marks.  Bringing your guns to a dogfight. »

This has to be one of the best photos of the 2013 Tour: Nairo Quintana at the finish on the Ventoux. Nairo gives very little away when he climbs but as he crossed the line his head dropped and the lights went out. He later admitted having gone too early again. Before that, on the slopes of the Giant of Provence, he knew he was going to win. Then h...

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  1. Agree with you all.  He’s been at all the right places and kept his cool, racing maturity beyond his years (like I would fucking know).  He deserves the podium but that would mess with my VSP. Wouldn’t Quinoa Quintana be a great name for his kid? »

Its true that socks can be any color you like, but the Velominatus knows in their heart that the only true choice is the color Coppi, Anquetil, Merckx, De Vlaeminck, Hinault, Fignon, and LeMond rode: white.We drew the line at offering a color outside of white, but we do understand that the Goldilocks Principle can’t offer a single perfect len...

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  1. @CanuckChuck Yes!!  I’ve been so caught up in trying to match the kit to my snot bubbles that I’d forgotten about this. »

Let’s talk about bikes. Yeah, bikes are good. After all, they are “the central tool to our craft.” They are the reason we became Velominati, the portal through which we travelled to this life. When we were kids, we saw a bike for the first time; we liked the look of it, and when we rode it our lives were changed forever. We didn&#...

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  1. She’s a beauty, Brett.  I love the lines and color scheme.  Ditto for the Resurrection Story. Having recently acquired a singlspeed, a comparatively brutish-looking affair, I do enjoy the different dimension, and new challenges, it’s brought to riding.  … »

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. @Gianni Yeah, I do like the look of that Rose, all radar-evading stealth-like.  Wiggle will ship them to the US for about $500.  Maybe there’s a VAT rebate? And they make a 63cm! »

I’m quite upset about it, actually, all this racing that’s been going on in perfectly good weather. Vlaanderen, dry. Roubaix, dry. We were nearly guaranteed shit weather with the Olympics in London, but even then, only the women got to get all Rule #9 on our asses – and only for one race. Damnit, I want Epic, and if we keep insis...

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  1. @Steampunk you are the DS and never forget it. »

PayPal has decided to classify Velominati as a “Terrorist Organization” because we accepted contributions last week from community members to support the fight against cancer - without being an accredited non-profit organization. So much for trying to do the “right thing”.While I’m sure they have their internal proce...

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  1. That’s harsh Frank. No good deed going unpunished once again. And to top it off, having called Michelle “WallY” Bachmann, rather charitably, batshit fucking crazy and now this, you’re going to end up on some no-fly, no-drop ride list. Had my own dust-up… »

After a winter of long training rides that offered more in the way of numb extremities than it did in acute enjoyment, I have to say that the warming of the air and brightening of the skies have served to remind me that while I love riding in bad weather, I certainly don’t have anything against riding when its nice out.But dont think for...

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  1. @Steampunk Exactly. As I picked Cunego, I thought “is this what it’s come to?”. »

  2. @Rob Serves me right for trying to be a smart-arse. I have to say the possibilities weren’t overly inspiring for this one, like having to choose between dry weet-a-bix and cold oatmeal for breakfast. But the race itself should be great. »