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Either CO2 cannisters or mini-pumps should be carried in jersey pockets (See Rule #31). The only exception to this rule is to mount a Silca brand frame pump in the rear triangle of the frame, with the rear wheel skewer as the pump mount nob, as demonstrated by members of the 7-Eleven and Ariostea pro cycling teams. As such, a frame pump mounted u...

@unversio's posts:

  1. @brett Those dropouts aren’t acceptable. »

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. @mpalazzi92 Chapeau! And fucking awesome! It all looks sea level. »

Either CO2 cannisters or mini-pumps should be carried in jersey pockets (See Rule #31). The only exception to this rule is to mount a Silca brand frame pump in the rear triangle of the frame, with the rear wheel skewer as the pump mount nob, as demonstrated by members of the 7-Eleven and Ariostea pro cycling teams. As such, a frame pump mounted u...

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  1. @mauibike I have an MX-Leader and that little braze-on is gone. Though he was interested in keeping the number hanger on the top tube. »

  2. @Harminator Why pay more than $750 for 32h wheels ? Period. »

  3. I do have one of these that still works well enough — leather plunger and all. Though planning to make the new SILCA part of our service course this coming year. »

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...

@unversio's posts:

  1. @ChrisO Garmin 16Mega pixel may still be 60 percent off at probikekit. »

  2. @markb Your post really brought much to the surface today. Amazing how there is always good coming out of cycling and hardship. And usually in cycling, the harder the better. »

  3. @markb I am thinking your damage looks really worse — your frames was trampled. By now this chrome fork bent backwards seems beautiful in a way. Columbus designed their steel to bend uniformly upon a hard impact. This is a perfect example. Thankful tha… »

  4. @markb Sorry to hear this. Hard to lose a loved one — I know. But I discovered that a reborn bike brings along altogether new challenges and all is good. I lost my beloved Pinarello (Blue Ox) in 2010. Arch in the down tube — bulge in the top tube. A … »

I love discovering things about people who I think I know. Maybe it’s a work colleague or friend of a friend who you run into once a month, maybe every week, and as the relationship lengthens and develops you pick up a nugget of information here and there. Sometimes a mutual acquaintance will proffer an anecdote, or if they’re talking...

@unversio's posts:

  1. Nice Avanti kit. »

I think it would be hard for anyone to make the case that Eddy Merckx was Roger de Vlaeminck’s Cycling Sensei, but I think we can all agree that De Vlaeminck was a student of Merckx, if only a student of his domination. But every student at some point becomes the master, and the driven student will always challenge the Order of Things.Eve...

@unversio's posts:

  1. @Ron [ Ed McMahon voice ] “You are correct — sir!” I will ride all winter long with just a Merino wool or blend base layer and short sleeve jersey with warmers (preferred) and then may add the gilet on the right occasion. Vanity found me though at a we… »

  2. @Ron Essentially needed the Sportwool jersey layer this winter. Ordered their accompanying base layer as well. Riding tubulars all winter so I only carry Lezyne Pressure Drive and one small alloy tyre lever to dig under the tyre. In most winter scenari… »

  3. “Classic looking wool kit.” Dug around to uncover Torm from the UK making Sportwool products. Torm makes their T7 with full length YKK 3C locking zip. I can’t handle quarter-zip. »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goi...

@unversio's posts:

  1. Folded Sprinter into thirds. »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

@unversio's posts:

  1. Checking the toolbox though, I’ve confirmed that that hub is actually pre-black Record — silver. »

  2. @MangoDave I agree — find the piece. My rationale was to secure a replacement [ bargain ] hub for the unforeseen future and rob the small piece in the meantime. »

  3. Also have the same hub available new. Chorus. »

  4. @MangoDave Find the same decent hub used. Hard to isolate that piece. »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

@unversio's posts:

  1. @Owen Yes. I consider my bike one of the best around town and it only gets a wash every 2 to 3 months — or after each No.9 ride. The drivetrain is always kept clean by wiping down with Motorex. »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

@unversio's posts:

  1. @frank Thanx. Reminded me to check bearings in the rear hub. Always keep a sleeve of extra bearings on the shelf, next to the extra polished chainrings. »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

@unversio's posts:

  1. @Dan_R Exquisite design work. »

  2. @Chris Bullocky fuck — he’s got no feelings. »

What Gianni humbly omitted from his last article is that once he finishes ranting about sock color (actually, the lack of need for any color other than than white), he recovers quickly and we wrap up the Keepers executive board meeting with him tearing our legs off on the ride home from the bar with his magnificent stroke.  Because after all, he i...

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  1. Dromarti »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

@unversio's posts:

  1. @Buck Rogers You’ve lost all control again. »

  2. Even the Campa hoods were white and have now returned to the Black. If there had been a road race bike in Death Race then this would have been the one. »