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I was asking earlier, how do you know if you are a cyclist? One sure sign is when one brings a bike on almost all vacations. If a vacation does not include some cycling, is it a vacation? If you asks that, you are a cyclist. Hopefully this has been a long-term condition and all other vacationeers accept this with a shrug, yeah, a damn Velominatus.V...

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  1. @The Pressure ChrisO needs no-one to defend his choice, but really – why be so prescriptive? Why not write “If I were you I’d wear a helmet”? I don’t want this to be a helmet yes/no debate (we’ve had many!) so all I want to do is make 2 points: All of … »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. @frank Our kits are made there as well. I’m not being funny about Eastern Europe; I’m being funny about countries who are suddenly showing amazing Cycling prowess. Are you sure? Seems like the designs went there but to date nothing has come back. Ar… »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. @Nick that is a top post to kick off with! I know the feeling re the spoke – yes, you could put any old spoke in but it wouldn’t feel right. Descartes died knowing that his line “I think, therefore I am.” wasn’t quite right. It took another couple of 1… »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. Interviewer: “What went through your head when you woke up this morning?” Wiggo: “That I needed a wee.” Another gem to add to the list. What a performance, with very few of the cognoscenti (velomiscenti?) predicting it. So where, in the all time greats… »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @wiscot Did he? I got the impression @Brett enjoyed, on the whole, talking to Fred as he’s a decent chap hinting at a similar warped sense of humour (which means the Fred, should he stumble, or be pushed towards, across this site, would be a perfect ad… »

  2. @brett I’m (genuinely) wondering why the lead photo was labelled “how the fuck do you deal with this guy?” instead of “how would you deal with this guy?” I guess that’s what coloured some responses? David »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

@davidlhill's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy You’re a brave, brave man, Mikael. I salute you. I mean, photographic evidence of a Rule #50 transgression. Your name may start with an M but doesn’t end ‘arco’. David (in jest, of course…..) »

  2. @Chris E Dub I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s noticed an improvement, as because any improvement has to be celebrated. I’m with VeloJello too – there are some red lights where going trough them is sheer stupidity and sharing that thought with drivers… »

  3. @ChrisO I’m personally torn on this issue. Are we not ALL road users subject to the same rules? Then again, as per Captain Wray, simply following rules could end up costing you everything. Jump a light and you piss of a lunatic who drives into you to… »

  4. @frank That’s what I thought as I was getting in and out of those lorries, but kept it to myself as my 10yr old daughter was with me! Also, you have no idea too how far ahead a cyclist has to be before a driver can see them. On an upside, though purel… »

  5. I agree with the sentiments with everything you wrote. However, the paper didn’t seem to celebrate that the driver stayed, as this extract from the linked article reads: “The driver was hysterical,” Lennox said. “He had opened the door, and he was pacing… »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. As a parent I was holding it together until I saw your daughter’s picture. Beautiful. Strength in spades in those eyes. Best wishes, David »

Summer is a time for getting fat. Winter is a time for getting fat as well, but in a different way; in Winter we get fat on meals of meat and potatoes covered in sauces made of meat and potatoes. In Summer, on the other hand, our minds get fat: we get nice tans, we tone our muscles, long days see us riding at any hour of the day that suits us. W...

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  1. some stunning pictures there. Wasn’t there a competition a few years ago for the best shot of the year? It should be resurrected…….one entry per poster! Better yet – at the end of each season. There are some superb photographers in this community. … »

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...

@davidlhill's posts:

  1. @pneaumme Hater Blame? New one on me. But yes, I confess I missed your point as I suspect I was well into my post ride recovery beverage intake. But I agree with the others – why would anyone be in cycling kit if not actually riding? It did not comput… »

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...

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PerfectionThe fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that...

@davidlhill's posts:

  1. Perfection

    The fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that the total climbing for the 144km ride is 2770m and this is only on day 1. Day 2 will be shorter (70km)but being the Scottish Highlands will not be flat. Did I not mention that this is a weekend event? Hell yes!

    Lodgings are available in the Kinlochewe Hotel where pre ride espresso and post ride recovery beverages will be taken. The hardy will share the attached 12 bed bunkhouse whilst those who demand a greater degree of comfort can stay in the hotel itself. Tel 01445 730253 to book in.

    Join us UK based Velominati, for what will undoubtedly be a rugged classic.

    Route Day 1: http://www.strava.com/routes/98589 Day 2: To be decided over beer.

    VLVV

    JohnB

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - August 23, 2014 - August 24, 2014
    8:05 AM - 8:30 PM

    Location
    Kinlochewe Hotel

    Cogal Details
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    Ride Classification

  2. Perfection

    The fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that the total climbing for the 144km ride is 2770m and this is only on day 1. Day 2 will be shorter (70km)but being the Scottish Highlands will not be flat. Did I not mention that this is a weekend event? Hell yes!

    Lodgings are available in the Kinlochewe Hotel where pre ride espresso and post ride recovery beverages will be taken. The hardy will share the attached 12 bed bunkhouse whilst those who demand a greater degree of comfort can stay in the hotel itself. Tel 01445 730253 to book in.

    Join us UK based Velominati, for what will undoubtedly be a rugged classic.

    Route Day 1: http://www.strava.com/routes/98589 Day 2: To be decided over beer.

    VLVV

    JohnB

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - August 23, 2014 - August 24, 2014
    8:05 AM - 8:30 PM

    Location
    Kinlochewe Hotel

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  3. Perfection

    The fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that the total climbing for the 144km ride is 2770m and this is only on day 1. Day 2 will be shorter (70km)but being the Scottish Highlands will not be flat. Did I not mention that this is a weekend event? Hell yes!

    Lodgings are available in the Kinlochewe Hotel where pre ride espresso and post ride recovery beverages will be taken. The hardy will share the attached 12 bed bunkhouse whilst those who demand a greater degree of comfort can stay in the hotel itself. Tel 01445 730253 to book in.

    Join us UK based Velominati, for what will undoubtedly be a rugged classic.

    Route Day 1: http://www.strava.com/routes/98589 Day 2: To be decided over beer.

    VLVV

    JohnB

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - August 23, 2014 - August 24, 2014
    8:05 AM - 8:30 PM

    Location
    Kinlochewe Hotel

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

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...

@davidlhill's posts:

  1. @Pneaumme Sentences 1 and 3 of the current rule seems to me crystal clear in that regard. One of us has missed something, clearly…….. David »

  2. Hi, Rule #84 concerns me in two ways, as a long time reader/occasional poster. Firstly, surely it is ‘Consistent with……’ and not ‘consistently with…’? But more importantly – what is this ‘post ride espresso’ nonsense? Espressos are pre-ride, where… »

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. Frank, I’m sorry, but you’ve lived in the US too long and need to get back to Europe. When I tried to buy the bar end cufflinks the site came back with “You can’t [I'm paraphrasing] while we make adjustements to our fullfilment process.” Adjustments to … »

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. @Nate Perfection! If ever a pair of sentences were designed to sum why I keep coming back here, day after day……. »

The Velominati have our own set of nicknames and terms which have developed over time through posts and correspondence. Some of these are names of landmarks or terms in cycling; others are nicknames for some of the riders in the pro peloton. While not intended to be offensive or derogatory, the nicknames in the list represent the riders’ p...

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  1. that is a great ‘starter for  10′. pronounced ho-punkt? David »

  2. Is there a suitable word, probably German, for that feeling one gets after struggling up a long steep unknown climb, getting ever slower, getting ever steeper, and finally admitting defeat and putting a foot down, and then realising one wasn’t actually in… »

Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. I really should have learnt, after all these years, not to eat and read this site at the same time. Still, a wet-wipe will sort out the evidence currently deposited on my desk. Genius! David »