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Velominatus: PedallingTom

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Location: London

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A Brit now back in the UK (London) with a fiancé and baby girl, I've travelled a lot and this has often got in the way of my love of cycling. As a kid I loved the Tour de France from the late 1980s onwards. My own love of cycling grew real when for a year I lived near the Mt Ventoux and acquired a simple road bike. From then on we were attached and I eventually cycled the 900kms back to the UK when the year ended. The last seven or so years has seen me get back on my bike (new bike) and try out some long rides and commutes. I've just joined a club and might even do some racing. Most of all I just like to get on the bike and ride.

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  1. Teocalli – a great article and how very true. I’ll buy one! »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

@PedallingTom's posts:

  1. @Mike_P Good that you’ll be there. Let’s try and arrange to meet on the day. Definitely interested in a London Cogal. »

  2. @Chris Great. I suspect the places will go quickly so I will probably sign up now. I was due to join your double imperial plan although I think I’m now due at a wedding in Spain that weekend (!!!). I’ve got Ride London lined up (ballot place) and that wil… »

  3. PS. Here’s the link - http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/shop/manchester-to-london-challenge/product/MTL01?cm_mmc=email-_-0403114-_-textlink-_-AAA »

  4. Are any Velominati up for the Manchester to London Challenge on 7 September? Starting at dawn at the Manchester Velodrome, the aim is to get to the London Olympic Park by midnight over a 355km route. They are also billing it as a North vs South event and … »

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  1. Great post. Except for my continual need to focus on Rule #6 and the V when suffering. In truth I try to do this but I’m not sure of my success. @Hammer pissed myself over that one! »

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  1. Here is a saying I heard again the other day that has helped me get over alpine passes: “if you are going through hell, keep going” »

  2. Oh and the carbon cages on my new lighter bike will make all the difference! »

  3. @Derek Good luck with that plan! I like new kit but I expect performance to come down to me, the miles I put in and to the V I lay down. »

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 How was the snow? I’m off to the slopes in a couple of weeks – can’t wait. Also keen to test the stamina of the legs in a different environment. Nice frame. Is it an audax? If you’re still up for it, let’s plan to meet up in March to cycle so… »

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  1. As someone who has a tendency to overheat at the slightest effort I find I am compelled to get my clothing right at the outset. Not likely to see me carrying unnecessary bulk! This means I have to buy the best, lightweight/pack-down kit, at least it justi… »

  2. @Jon I like this site. A lot of people do. It’s fun and many of its rules and posts are tongue in cheek. If you don’t like or don’t get it, leaving is as simple as closing your browser! »

ChrisO is back with another installment of Suffering in the Desert. Enjoy. VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @ChrisO. Inspirational stuff. You manage to convey some of the pleasure and the pain of the experience. I get the impression that the mental strength required to be a successful pro is every bit as important as the V and technical skill. One hears of ride… »

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  1. @afroturk - you really need to apply the Masturbation Principle  to your rule violations. The Principle of Silence and Rule #65 must be adhered to. You tried to apply the rule and in doing so found you were contravening another. Glad your pursuit of Rule … »

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  1. Having seen the weather going down in the US I thought I would post this as an option for some Rule #9 riding. Clearly need to get the chain ‘Sur la Plaque’ though. »

Ok all you roadies, listen up. You’re not gonna like what I’m about to tell you, but it’s the truth. And sometimes, the truth hurts. You ready?Road cycling owes a lot to mountain biking. Continue reading...

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  1. @scaler911 That is quite simply wrong on so many levels! »

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. “Pain is weakness leaving the body” »

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  1. @Teocalli Chapeau to him….nutter…and cycling up it backwards too! »

  2. @frank Well if that’s how it plays – my commuter is fine. In fact based on your commuter mine is very fine! What in Merckx name are those bars doing on a bike or maybe it’s the angle?! »

Rule #57 is clear: No stickers. The detail-oriented Velominatus, however, will immediately understand the difference between a sticker and a decal. The Velominati symbol pack allows members of the Order to recognize one another from the uninitiated.Made only of the highest-quality Belgian vinyl, these decals are rated for seven years of outdoor u...

@PedallingTom's posts:

  1. @frank I’m looking into having the cog enclosed ‘V’ and ‘Obey the Rules’ bead blasted onto my TI frame. Possibly together with ‘Shut up Legs’. Would it be possible to send me the graphics for the first two? »

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  1. @ChrisO I’m sure you are very familiar with wet weather riding especially judging by the recent cogal report! I’m not moaning about other people’s mudguards, simply stating that I think it’s good manners to ride with functional ones some of the time. @sc… »

  2. @Teocalli Some sorties to leafy Surrey would suit me. Give me a shout when you get back from your altitude training! @eenies Good idea re temperatures and we should stay metric on all but alcohol measures. But please can everyone stop conjuring images … »

  3. @ChrisO Some mudguards just don’t work but many do. Since most of your riding takes place in a desert and most of mine in a damp swamp I’ll assume greater knowledge on this occasion. My number one doesn’t have mudguards though and still gets used for ri… »

  4. @frank I realise my position on mudguards goes against your stance but I mostly overtake on my commute and so it is those I have just overtaken who would get a face-full of muddy grit to add to the humiliation of being passed by my heavy set commute bike… »

  5. @wiscot Definitely agree re the mudguard being good manners in wet conditions. My number two and winter commute bike has full mudguards as much for my fellow commuters as for me. @strathlubnaig Lovely photo and good efforts continuing through the winte… »