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Location: West Bend, Wisconsin

I got my first bike at age 2 and have always had one since. My first real bike was a massive steel blue Peugeot at the age of 14. Subsequently replaced by a red Holdsworth, a team-colors Raleigh and a ruby-red Colnago, the latter joined by a neon-pink Cougar TT bike, a metallic green Brian Rouke winter bike and a blue Specialized mountain bike. All steel and all gone to new homes now. I joined the Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club at 18 and became a dedicated time triallist, riding 30-50 club and open races a year. In 1989/90 I was a founding member of the short-lived VC d"Or which included velominatus and short-lived COTHO teammate Brian Smith. I also raced regularly against another real Velominatus - Graeme Obree - in the 1980s and beat him twice - once in a 10 and once in a 50. Rumors that he stopped to have a drum up at the turn are probably true. Moved to the US in 1990. Buggered up my back (working for a bike shop ironically) in 1993. Took several years off. Back riding since 2006 in Wisconsin and logging 8000+ kilometers each of the last three years.

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We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. @Chris Here’s a thought to be thankful for: that you’re not one of the poor buggers who will have to go into work tomorrow or at some god-forsaken hour of the night on Friday morning to deal with media-fuelled frenzied “shoppers” who want to get a good… »

  2. @dyalander »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. @the Engine Oh come on. Surely Mrs Engine can save a few pennies out of her generous housekeeping budget to let you travel to France? However, if pelt hunting you must do, I’m assuming that you’re talking about haggis pelts? They fetch a high price I he… »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. @Gianni But Gianni, don’t you live in Hawaii? What’s cold there? 50 degrees? (insert banned emoticon here) »

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. Another thing that helps a lot with bike fitting these days: stems are way cheaper and easier to install than they were in the quill stem days. No need to remove brake levers or tape. Five wee bolts and you’re in business! »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. @Buck Rogers I think the rider behind The Badger is wearing the real deal. M. Hinault is sporting a balaclava over a cotton cap. Far be it from me to bring this fashion faux pas to his attention however as he is about to crush the opposition by almost 1… »

  2. @Buck Rogers I would have no objections to Shelley fiddling with me in any way, shape or form. Those red Oakleys sure look good with the clear lens and the 7-Eleven kit. »

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. @thfc1987 Look at it this way: That $750 bike isn’t going to be your last one. In a few years it’ll be #2 or #3 bike. The set-up you get now will be useful in prepping the way to make sure future purchases are sound and that you can maintain identical/n… »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. PS I’m going to add Raul Acala to my list of articles to write on over the winter. There’s a guy who should be remembered more widely and affectionately. »

  2. I still have a beautiful red Denti winter cycling cap. It was obtained before helmets became ubiquitous. Frankly, it’s too big to go under a helmet and modern windproof materials are thinner and better for that purpose. The old school cap could/can be wor… »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

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  1. @Deakus Ok, was that some kind of Monty Python sketch? Seriously? I’m still befuddled. Mind you, not as befuddled as Scott Sterling. »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. @ped I’m going to go with Peiper, Simon, Linard, Castaing, Brun, Yates Gibus in the pic.No idea who might be behind Castaing. »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

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  1. Woo-hoo! A perfect 15 this week. Pride before a fall, I’m sure . . . »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. @Harminator Nah, can’t be Thevenet. He left Peugeot in 79. That pic is after 82 when Shell came on as a sponsor. Left to right is (I think) Allan Peiper, Pascal Simon, Hubert Linard?, Francis Castaing, ?, Sean Yates, Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle. A bit of re… »

  2. @Harminator That’s Duclos-Lassale on the right; is that Millar in the middle? Whatever, that’s some crazy casually deliberate balancing skills! »

  3. @VeloSix Au contraire mon frere! Baseball caps – especially the ones with the plastic band adapter – look unbelievably stupid worn backwards. Tom Danielson and Floyd L were egregious adopters of this “look”. A cycling cap worn backwards looks ace – brim… »

  4. @Buck Rogers Spot on. No helmet debate. Mad Jacques wouldn’t wear a helmet, would he? Black beret was where it was at for him. That was then, this is now. No more debate! »

  5. I’m hoping there’s a dawn of a new era in cycling – the return of the proper cap and the banishment of the “baseball” cap. Quick Step have been particularly prominent in this regard. Look at the podium of this year’s Paris-Roubaix. Only one rider is prope… »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @rfreese888 And Churchill’s mother was American. Both Morrissey’s parents were Irish. The rest were 100% English though . . . »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. Damn, Bugno looks PRO beyond belief in that lead pic – the cap, Italian champs jersey (was there ever a better complement to those Gatorade shorts?), the gloves and the Diadoras. For what it’s worth, I don’t think it’s a regular cotton cap he’s wearing, i… »

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. @teleguy57 That’s pretty close to the gear I was wearing last Saturday. I’m assuming that pic was taken last winter, right? You’re a WI guy too if I remember . . . »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @markb Well, that explains why you are able to strike up conversations so easily: “Say there Mark, whatcha doin’ with that big bucket of icy cold water and a roll of nice clingfilm?” Always a guaranteed icebreaker at parties! »

  2. @markb Do you work for the CIA? Sounds like you really know how to get folks to open up! »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. @therealpeel “Making fun of”? Nah, we all love your uncle – it’s just that he’s clearly a crazy mad fucker. That’s why he is beloved around here! »

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. @Buck Rogers My question is, where did you access that picture? I was under the impression that the annual Keepers’ meeting was off-limits to recoding devices of any kind. Four Keepers = four bodies in the picture. Which one is which Keeper? »