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Details are what separate the Velominatus from the Cyclist; we don’t just pay attention to them – we devour them. Our bicycles are carefully curated with every part sourced to meet our personal specifications, requirements, or whim.And just as fine cufflinks round out a finely tailored suit, the Velominati V-Cog bar plugs dubbed the Han...

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  1. I’d echo the shirt variety cufflinks request! David »

The most important moment in a man’s life is the first time they have a beer. I place it on the list above sex and having a child because sex usually only happens as a direct result of drinking beer. As for having children, I’m given to understand they are poop factories at first, then promptly become loud, and then obnoxious before the...

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  1. @andrew [while mixing a white Russian] hey, cool it….. »

  2. Rugs tie rooms together, not carpets! David »

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. re the Rule #82 violation above. This guy was midway through an Ironman event when this shot was taken, so was cycling 180km that day. The commentators mentioned his nickname – it was something like ‘the barrel’, or ‘the whale’. »

  2. What I find staggering about @Kevin’s post is that because it is relatively well written he clearly isn’t some semi-literate oik with a grudge against life in general. And as such, surely a cursory look at the site would have shown him the overall ethos o… »

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

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  1. Superb write-up – you have a gift with words! “Feel more panda than polar” – Gold! But if you felt a panda, what would most of us feel – pooch?! David »

Always be Casually Deliberate, even when riding.You have just attacked off the front to take a town line sprint. It was a just-the-perfect-amount-of-dumb yet successful move. You went deeply anaerobic for a sprint no one else was even mildly interested in, but you did crush them unrestrainedly. Continue reading...

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  1. @frank I get taking the piss – oh christ yes. That is totally velominati compliant. But what I don’t get is having  stash of said offending items in the house (why? To take the piss on a daily basis?). I don’t get setting up a photo with said offending… »

  2. @frank I’m confused by all the talk of fake cigarettes. It is making me question the whole ethos of being a Velominati. The underlying principle you espouse is “do it properly”. eg. Don’t pretend to be a pro rider by wearing current team kit. Don’t pr… »

Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride Recovery Ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4.C...

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I realise that I may never live this down, and that my reputation within the Velominati community will be damaged irreparably, but I’m out. – Anonymous AKA @936ADLDespite the endless talk of tea and cakes, the inaugral London Cogal will be remembered for that other quintessentially English conversation point, the weather. Everything was...

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  1. A magnificent write-up! My eyes will be peeled for the next UK Cogal, and I will do my best to attend. Cheers, David »

Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride Recovery Ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4.C...

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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. @GeeTee That’s because 1 + 1 + 3 = 5 I bet it’s true of 14 too. david »

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. Mine too has finally appeared – all I can say is the fit, comfort and general awesomeness cannot be bettered. To any hesitators out there – the long wait is soooo worth it! David »

London CallingA London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option. Continue reading...

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  1. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  3. London Calling

    A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

    London calling to the faraway towns

    The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

    Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

    The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

    The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

    The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

    For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

    Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

    The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

    The Royal Oak The Royal Oak

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2013
    9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Location
    Admiralty Arch

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

There has been some gravel fever going around; there is a lot of talk of new bikes and new routes. I don’t live in gravel country and have not caught the disease, yet. @Antoniv submitted this tale of gravel. It’s a bit long but the race was long too. For those of us who haven’t caught the bug, this might help, or hurt. Either way,...

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  1. Magnificent read! Thank you! Which reminds me – are any Velominati doing lEroica, Strade Bianchi in Tuscany in October? A friend and I got through the draw and we’re in. If there are, a meet could be organised. David »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. Awful news. Another reminder to me that, just as ships are their most vulnerable close to land, bikes are at their most vulnerable near junctions. Condolences to all of Jon’s family and friends. David »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. According to The Times the Race Jury is controlled by the UCI, not the TdF organisers. It too highlighted the ‘bending’ of the rules back in 2011 when 88 riders fell outside the time limit and yet were allowed to continue. As far as I’m concerned the UCI… »

June 20th, 2013, to paraphrase FDR; a date that shall live in infamy. The Queen is in deep seclusion. Today is Scepter’s official release date for The Rules. Yes, despite people already sneaking it out of England’s bookstores, today really is the day. And as part of the EU, hopefully the book is available across the Commoneweatlth. Edd...

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  1. A superb book – as it should be. There are some magnificent sentences in there – may I submit an early favourite of mine that is not a rule? “We are inspired by past legends, but what ultimately drives us is progress: lighter stiffer equipment, more bre… »

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. My little velominipper, 9, came into the house last night and said “Daddy, mummy’s car is not velominati compliant”. Turned out that one of the rear headrests was up, while the other was down. She is an angel, and on the right path. I couldn’t be a proude… »

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. @Chris also sent a fb request. david »