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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. @unversio Doubtful. 17° was pretty standard for road stems, to be more or less level with a 72-74 head tube angle. Quill track stems would generally be 25°, with some even steeper. »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. Same levers, running syncro with 7 speed. Set up properly, and with a bit of finesse, the shifting is as smooth as my bro-set. And the friction front never drops the chain. »

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. @fignons barber Beautiful! Can’t wait to see it in full fig. @DeKerr Never enough chrome! I’m having a vintage track frame and fork plated next month. »

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...

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  1. @frank I know a couple bus drivers and they’ve shared some stories: split shifts and weird hours mean a disproportionate rate of drug use, i.e. speed and coke, and resultant road rage. When they’re that over the top, get the time and route number and ph… »

@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. Strength, courage, love. You have no shortage, but know you have mine as well. »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @MangoDave I’ve not ridden the Kinlins, just built a set for a friend for cross and he’s very happy with them. A little heavy, but they build up nicely. Reflex have changed several times over the years and I’m hoping the newest are better. Last ones I b… »

  2. @MangoDave Another modern option is the Kinlin TB-25. Same weight as the Nemesis, but half the price. The 25mm V shape is pretty stiff, so you can get away with 10/11 dish and fewer spokes (it comes in 20/24/28/32). »

Cyclists love socks. I know I do. I’d make a point of collecting as many pairs as I could from every race, event, shop or rep that I ever happened upon. Some were so good that I still have them, others, well, let’s just say they were “re-homed” long before they got the chance to retire gracefully after years of loyal service...

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  1. Best socks ever! For me it’s Wooleators half the year, Woolie Boolies the other, on and off the bike. I don’t think I own any others. I will openly disagree about length; I’m short, so the 7.5cm cuff is more proportional. DeFeet offer the Woolie Boolie … »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. Well said, Frank. Lately, the things I must do far outweigh those I would choose to do. When I can steal an hour a few times a week it’s on a track or TT bike for maximum suffering in limited time. Barely quiets my mind, but promises freedom, albeit Rule … »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. @wilburrox And only one of those miscreants laid it butter-side down. I have hope for the future. »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. @razmaspaz If you’re going to wear them pre-ride, then by all means match them to your shoes or kit. Of course, if you need gold or pink ones you might be limited to beats or skullcandy. But seriously, sound, fit and build quality are what matter and wha… »

  2. @razmaspaz Budgetatus-wise ($100) you can’t go wrong with the Sony MDR-7506. It’s the big S of audio, so forget style, but the sound quality beats anything at twice the price. If you want to spend $300 or more, Beyerdynamic, PSB and Sennheiser have opt… »

  3. @the-farmer The Big Black EP or the LA glam metal band? I readily endorse the former (and Albini’s subsequent output). »

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. @Dan_R Awesome photo of Bauer. Trefoil + Maple leaf! Here’s another Canadian cycling legend — Torchy Peden, king of the six days: »

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. @Ron Some of the Dia Compe one/two finger BMX levers (Goldfinger?) come with a shim for road bars. If you really don’t want a shim, how about cross levers made to mount on the 26mm sleeve/bulge of road bars? Paul’s are nice. Just reverse the routing so … »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

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  1. @unversio This. But keep that part of Rule #50 in mind about not shaving on the morning of an important race. Not so much to maintain virility, but to avoid rash. And waxing lasts a lot longer than shaving. »

Maui Velominatus Dave is tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. @GogglesPizano “The Bonk” is mentioned around 9:22… »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. I rode motocross as an adolescent and teenager from the late 70s through mid 80s, same time I was getting serious about road and track cycling. YZ80, YZ125 and finally an IT250 for enduro and cross country. In winter there was ice racing on a frozen lake…. »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

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  1. @Minnesota Expat Merckx’s successes on the track were not insignificant, and spanned his entire career. 17 six days, 3 European championships, 7 Belgian championships. Oh, and that hour record thing. The number 525 gets bandied about, but that was just ro… »

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. @sthilzy The best part of the listing is “Yah I pretty much just golf now. My original passion.” Hope he’s drilling holes in his drivers to lighten them.  »

There was a time when I held down ‘real jobs’. Jobs with (a little) stress, with (some) responsibility, but without soul. And while dealing with the great unwashed public never held much appeal, I always envied the guys who worked at my preferred LBS. They seemingly had it all––an endless supply of cheap bikes and parts, hanging out and s...

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  1. Check all the phonographs, records and cylinders in the lead photo. Apparently even in 1912 a LBS had to diversify and sell the hipsters some vinyl with their fixed gears. »

That any cyclist can enter the same arena with the same equipment as the professional helps to make cycling an awesome sport. True, the same thing could be said for golf or tennis but as a fan you can’t stand a meter away from any of those pros and scream encouragement. “Come on Tiger, RIP THAT FUCKER!” And if you attempt entry into Wimbledon...

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  1. Well said, Gianni! But short of a cowcatcher on the lead moto I don’t see a return to restrained and elegant spectatorship any time soon. »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

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  1. @Ron No, not at all. As far as I know, it’s perfectly safe on paint and other finishes. The problem comes when trying to paint or refinish something that’s been treated with silicone. It’s so slippery and tenacious that it’s very difficult to remove al… »

  2. I like a shiny bike as much as anyone, but please don’t use any silicone-based product on or near a frame you might need to have repainted or repaired. It seeps through the paint to the substrate, is almost impossible to remove, and can fuck up subsequent… »

On our trip to Paris, my wife and I, in need of culture, rode the Vélib bikes to Cycles Laurent. This was our first French bike shop visit and excitement was high as we navigated our helmetless headed way through the city traffic. The shop is a classic; it’s crammed with bikes and clothes. There is no room to move. My wife immediately dove into...

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  1. @andrew For me, Aldo Bini (who “won” it in 1948) really exemplifies the spirit of the Maglia Nera. He finished the Giro with a broken hand after a crash in an early stage. He had to walk up some of the climbs as it was too painful to ride. He finished 4… »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

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