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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...

@Chuck's posts:

  1. @Kevin I like the red. Bar tape and saddle are the same color so OK in my book. Personally, I think bikes should have at least a little bit of color With the advent of carbon fiber, it’s just become a sea of black bikes (my Felt FC included). »

  2. @wiscot Merci! »

  3. @RobSandy 2014 Felt FC that I fairly recently just finished the build. Full Ultegra 6800 mechanical group. Shimano RS81 C35 wheels. 3T ARX Pro stem, 3T Ergonova handlebars, and 3T Dorico Team seat post. fi'zi:k Kurve Bull saddle. Speedplay X2 pedals. Elit… »

  4. @chuckp Not sure why the pic didn’t load the first time. »

  5. @Souleur Thank you, kind sir! Lizard Skins DSP dual color tape. Here’s a complete bike pic for the whole effect. »

  6. @Buck Rogers You made my day! And I’m in similar work environment. :-) »

  7. Nothing wrong with black AND white. »

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...

@Chuck's posts:

  1. @sinikl This … »

  2. From my steel is real Reynolds 653 custom Hollands to my carbon fiber Felt FC that I just finished building and took out for its maiden voyage. Shimano Ultegra 6800 (50-36 with 11-28). Shimano RS81 C35 wheels (aluminum braking surface with carbon fairing)… »

What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

@Chuck's posts:

  1. What we see. What they see. »

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...

@Chuck's posts:

  1. @piwakawaka Thank you. Will do with the Felt when it’s fully built. Still a work in progress. Might have it done next week. »

  2. @chuckp Brain fart. It’s Reynolds 653. I used to have a second Hollands that was Reynolds 531. »

  3. @chuckp OOPS! Reynolds 653. »

  4. My bike. Custom Hollands. Reynolds 531. More info here: http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/readersrigs/readers-rigs-5/#.VE73GL5khSo »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

@Chuck's posts:

  1. I guess I must have Belgian in my blood because that’s pretty much how I ride. »

I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

@Chuck's posts:

  1. Frank – This has been the year of (re)discovery for me on a bike. I quit 15 some odd years ago after getting burned out from racing and running a club/team. But when I found myself temporarily unemployed this spring, I decided to get back on the bike (my … »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

@Chuck's posts:

  1. This. »

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...

@Chuck's posts:

  1. I ride therefore I am. »

Rule #57 is clear: No stickers. The detail-oriented Velominatus, however, will immediately understand the difference between a sticker and a decal. You cherish your machine; the Name Badge allows you to mark your trusted steed with your call-sign. Each Name Badge is hand-made to order and bears the name you designate.Made only of the highest-qua...

@Chuck's posts:

  1. What are the height and length dimensions? I’m trying to figure out the best placement on my Felt FC frame. Thank you! »