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It’s the little things that do my head in when it comes to my bikes. Stem length, seat height, cleat position, they pretty much get tweaked and when the sweet spot is hit, that’s the end of story.¬†But other, more mundane things, can be a constant source of mind-fuck.It seems like I’m on a never-ending quest for the perfect combin...

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  1. […] Joe is complying with The Rules […] »

To Look Pro is to strive to Look Fantastic and to be at our ease on a bicycle. It is to walk the line between form and function and is based entirely on the premise that the professional peloton is far more experienced in this endeavour than we shall ever be. Their lessons speak through their actions on the bike, serving as a beacon to provide us t...

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  1. […] is the day!¬† Team Dulux is ensconced in Belgium, wearing our Flandrian Best,¬†and riding the cobbled hills of De Ronde van […] »

Not an absolute; the beauty of Rule #5 is the graduated scale upon which it is measured. Rule #5 means to push yourself beyond the signals your body sends to stop what you’re doing, usually with ever-increasing urgency. It means to disobey reason and to surpass physical boundaries previously considered impassable. This is why Rule #5 stand...

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  1. […] bit of HTFU I’d be able to ride through it this week too – we’re hardly talking Johnny Hoogerland-esque levels here to make it 11 miles to the office and back. After all, cycling is low impact and my […] »

To Look Pro is to strive to Look Fantastic and to be at our ease on a bicycle. It is to walk the line between form and function and is based entirely on the premise that the professional peloton is far more experienced in this endeavour than we shall ever be. Their lessons speak through their actions on the bike, serving as a beacon to provide us t...

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  1. […] the unpredictable nature of these races ‚ÄĒ watching the pros tackle tough terrain in what is often challenging weather conditions. But for some the role of spectator is not enough, which is why many of these races have a sportive […] »

It’s the little things that do my head in when it comes to my bikes. Stem length, seat height, cleat position, they pretty much get tweaked and when the sweet spot is hit, that’s the end of story.¬†But other, more mundane things, can be a constant source of mind-fuck.It seems like I’m on a never-ending quest for the perfect combin...

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  1. […] we must throw caution to the wind and choose ‚Äď regardless of the consequences ‚Äď to observe Rule #11 with unbridled […] »

Is it awesome to wear matching jerseys and shorts? Yes, but it took me a long time and a trip to Italy to have this revelation. Is it a violation of The Rules (#14)? Perhaps.I always had a drawer full of black bib shorts and a drawer of jerseys. It makes it easy to get dressed to ride, black goes with everything. Grab clean shorts, meditate over j...

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  1. […] Bloggers, bike enthusiasts and professional cyclists themselves have all weighed in on the often-complicated, usually unspoken rules of bike etiquette. The web is chalk full of blogs on the ‘Unwritten Rules of Bike Etiquette’, with o… »

Ah, February 14 is here again. A very special day for all of us. A day you don’t want to forget. A day when you make that extra effort to show the one you love just how much they mean to you. V Day.On this day, I will rise early, tiptoeing out of bed so as not to make any noise and stir the sleeping. I will dress quickly and quietly, leaving...

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  1. […] (via www.velominati.com) […] »

I’m not quire sure which climb this is, but I’m certain the race is Li√®ge-Bastogne-Li√®ge¬†and I’m guessing the climb La Redoute. On the surface, we have the end of a bygone era; when the big names contested not only the cobblestones of Roubaix and Flanders, but also the C√ītes of Wallonia.The looks on these rider’s faces s...

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  1. […] Anatomy of a Photo: Cannibals Eat Badgers, Too […] »

Cycling is a unique sport in the sense that suffering is a badge of honor.¬† Greg LeMond once said, “It never gets easier, you just go faster.”¬† Cyclists love to suffer – it’s a badge of honor.¬† Bernard Hinault claimed that as long as he breathed, he attacked.At a primordial level, cycling is about the locus of control.¬†...

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  1. […] did not want to meet the Man With The Hammer out there in the middle of nowhere, loaded down with camping gear, and with two other people […] »

We spend a small enormity of time waiting. We wait for lights to turn green. We wait for riders to arrive to the ride. We wait for riding partners to finish repairing a flat or mechanical. Due to various practical considerations including the¬†perceived¬†notion that armchairs don’t stuff well into jersey pockets, we generally find ourselves d...

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  1. […] rolls, vanilla slice, florentines, coffee and coke! Pretty much anything to keep the energy up! Casually Deliberate. Owen, Richard and Glenn, ready to get on with […] »

It’s the little things that do my head in when it comes to my bikes. Stem length, seat height, cleat position, they pretty much get tweaked and when the sweet spot is hit, that’s the end of story.¬†But other, more mundane things, can be a constant source of mind-fuck.It seems like I’m on a never-ending quest for the perfect combin...

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  1. […] Rule #4 – It’s all about the bike. The Velominati […] »

Assuming you ride somewhere outside the borders of Antarctica, you have likely already heard about the injustice being imposed on our friend and fellow Velominatus, Dan Richter who goes around these parts as @Dan_R.I’ve been riding Dan’s wheels for a bit over a year, and they are the best I’ve ever had. After hearing about the sui...

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  1. […] differently than Specialized’s Roval wheels. Moreover, Dan was willing to compromise, but Specialized wanted nothing short of a complete rebranding of the store, making them seem even more unreasonable. From a cost-benefit standpoint, I do… »

It’s the little things that do my head in when it comes to my bikes. Stem length, seat height, cleat position, they pretty much get tweaked and when the sweet spot is hit, that’s the end of story.¬†But other, more mundane things, can be a constant source of mind-fuck.It seems like I’m on a never-ending quest for the perfect combin...

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  1. […] is why I love Velominati’s Rules of cycling etiquette. Okay, some are a little fetishistic about the bike itself, which is a little creepy. But this one […] »

  2. […] Source: http://www.velominati.com/blog/the-rules/ […] »

Every once in a while, you stumble across a quote that changes your outlook on how you approach life. Of course, this requires that one does a good deal of “reading”, which is a problem for me, as reading anything that isn’t Cycling-related feels the same as doing “work”. I do the odd bit of it nevertheless, and in a r...

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  1. […] and it is competitive sport that has suffered the most severe decline in levels of participation. The Rules : The Way of the Cycling Disciple is in this regard a very different kind of sports book. Its about the likes of us who are never […… »

Few images inspire the Keepers more than those of hardmen grinding away large chainrings on roads of antiquity built as cattle paths in northern Europe. Throw in some grey skies, hordes of beer soaked Belgians lining the way, windmills in the background, and of course, Flandrian Mud, and the first word that comes to mind is most likely “hardm...

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  1. […] ? […] »

  2. […] was chilly this morn¬≠ing and it nar¬≠rowed it down to real hard¬≠men of cycling. Dur¬≠ing the mid-race break we con¬≠ducted a short inter¬≠view with on of them, […] »

La Vie Velominatus speaks through you when clad in the Zwarte V-Bibs, custom-made by Kallisto. This is the ultimate cycling jersey; the cut is extremely anatomic for on-the-bike comfort. This is amazing, top-qualitiy stuff. Look deep into your soul and then deep into the sizing chart; this is race fit gear; no vanity sizing here.According to anci...

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  1. […] http://www.velominati.com/gear/zwarte-v-bibs/ […] »

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who own a properly-fitting, lightweight gilet and those who don’t. Those who own one know this is an¬†indispensable¬†piece¬†of kit.The gilet is typically one of the last items that enters into a Cyclist’s wardrobe, long after arm warmers, knee warmers, and long sleeve jerseys have found...

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  1. […] for an array of conditions ranging from fall training rides to early season races.¬†While the aesthetic and functional appeal of a vest or gilet is readily apparent, there have been few innovations in the realm of cycling […] »

The only people I would care to be with now are artists and people who have suffered: those who know what beauty is, and those who know what sorrow is: nobody else interests me. - Oscar WildeI have a theory that every living being is designed to cope with a certain level of stress in their lives, that if our lives are somehow free of stress, we wil...

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  1. […] La Vie Velominatus: The Choice […] »

Rule #31 was conceived out of necessity, aesthetics and plain good taste. ¬†Seeing an oversized saddle bag hanging limply by velcro¬†under a Flite, Arione or Regal just isn’t right. ¬†Frame pumps, while they undoubtedly do the finest job of inflating a tube, add nothing but bulk and clutter to the lines of a frame (and aren’t compatibl...

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  1. […] Lezyne Caddy Sack […] »

Baxter Aftershave is one of the most important cremes I have in my arsenal, aside from the testosterone rub, the alcohol swabs I use before injecting my EPO, and Butt Butter or whatever my chamois creme is called.¬†At $15 a pop, it’s not particularly cheap, but the addition of moisturizers and antiseptic keep irritation at a minimum.Not only...

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  1. […] douche on your way to a Critical Mass. Whether you use a straight razor or a Bowie knife, use¬†Baxter¬†to keep them […] »

Looking Pro is a delicate art rife with paradox and enigma. Aesthetics in a sport as difficult as cycling is itself a contradiction; surely anything wrought with such suffering should be driven by function and function alone. Yet cyclists are both some of the hardest people in sport and the most vain. For a cyclist knows better than perhaps any oth...

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  1. […] //¬†Always be¬†Casually Deliberate. […] »

I didn’t think this article would ever need to become reality. I thought we could safely file this one in the “Obviously Not Allowed, Fucktards” bin alongside the Rules for reflectors, kickstands, and recumbents.But I stand corrected. Continue reading...

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  1. […] As a courtesy to those around you, your kit should always be freshly laundered, and, under no circumstances should the crackal region of your shorts be¬†worn out or see-through. […] »

Training Properly clearly isn’t everyone’s bag, baby. ¬†Heart rate, power, cadence; it’s all bollocks if you are being told to hold back, or are put into a place where you don’t want/aren’t supposed to be. ¬†If it hurts, and you’re flying, it’s working. ¬†If it hurts, and you’re crawling, it’s n...

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  1. […] //¬†V Meters¬†or small computers only. […] »