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Velominatus: Deakus

Order: Gray Order Velominatus

Location: Winchester, UK

"It was eleven more than necessary." - Jacques Anquetil - After winning a race by twelve seconds. A 40 something young buck who has spent too many years living the Indurain "Winter Diet"...Clydesdale by nature but Anquetil at heart and always trying to do more, go more, ride more. Family with a couple of sons who I am indoctrinating in to the ways of V.

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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...

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  1. I love this article. What an awesome story of days of yore and the love of cycling still.  Only the firm knowledge in his own capabilities enables him to be this relaxed and to let you have your moment in the sun but what a great guy for being that way. »

@Blackpooltower is obviously spending all his n+1 money on new cycling books, or he works in the little seen cycling-specific bookshop. Either way, he is nice enough to catch us all up on what is vvorthy. The lead image alone is enough, it’s fantastic. It’s worthy of its own article or, even better, a movie. It is not too late for hint...

@Deakus's posts:

  1. @gilly Anquetil was one of the greatest characters of cycling.  His motivations were so different to the rest of the peloton and his life from farm labourer to legend is fascinating.  Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape is an awesome read, and although it cove… »

  2. Great article. All 3 now on the crimbo list and great to see some familiar names. I have read Tim Moores – French Revolutions which is also very good and as for Hutch, well over here he is a legend known more commonly as the writer of the back page arti… »

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...

@Deakus's posts:

  1. I love the sentiment of this article.  The winter months are there for contemplation.  Christmas marks the approach of a new year and a chance to receive what you most covet for your Bel Mezzo. »

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  1. @wiscot It was a sketch from somewhere and looks professionally done but I nearly spat my tea out the first time I saw it! »

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. @VeloVita Rule #98 made me laugh! »

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  1. @Deakus I feel like Scot Sterling! »

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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. This is a depressing time of year.  Once more a trip of epic proportions is planned and for another year I will pretend to um and aaah over the decision before reality hits and I recede back to my regular forays in to the Wiltshire countryside and watchin… »

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 There was an interesting article in Cyclist recently (could be issue 27 give or take one) about the two.  The upshot was that with new technology and developments in tubeless the weight and pinch puncture resistant advantages of tubs will be ove… »

  2. @frank I am presuming that is because of tubs resistance to pinch punctures at lower pressures…I suspect any clinchers would struggle on the pave, the beauty of tubs on the cobbles is the enclosed nature of them preventing tubes pinching against rims… »

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...

@Deakus's posts:

  1. I can add nothing to the history, I notice the rider is taking every effort not make eye contact with him though, presumably for fear of being eaten! »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

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  1. I always recognise the 3rd hour, it is preceded by The Knock and I have to say I rarely remember it unless I have been wise enough to put in a judicious cafe stop… »

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  1. @brett The real VSP is not yet over….The monday quiz has only just started and there is all to play for!! »

  2. 6 pts this morning…at least it is an improvement on last week! »

  3. 3pts!!  WTF! todays was tough.  I should have known last week was a fluke.. »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. On a second note, you have to be careful with all batman worship, it can go to far! »

  2. Great article and so much to comment on!  Seven Psycopaths = awesome film.  Froome not a hero, I can of have to say he is riding his was in to my heart each time I see him, granted he rides ugly and does not dance on the pedals like Bertie but he has put … »

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  1. I love it! The Monday Quiz is back! If there is one things that keeps me going whilst all you lot talk about mud and cyclocross over the winter, it is Barry and the Monday Quizzes. Fortunately I picked up a whopping 15 on quiz one this season. Unfortuna… »

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. @kixsand And that is the story of life right there in those words! »

Sharing the road with cars is mostly a losing proposition. It’s hard to share when your vehicle weighs 8 kgs and the other guy’s is 800 kgs. If we have to share we have to let go and that is not easy, as @Kevin Wilkins explains. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. I am incredibly lucky over here in the OooKay.  I live in stunning countryside with roads and lanes all around to ride on.  Although drivers here are not as good as those in France or Spain I have noticed a dramatic improvement over the last couple of yea… »

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...

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  1. This is what I see…you gives a shit what others see! »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. Stay passionate. Rock cool shit and ride your bike like it’s your lover. Everything will be alright As soon as they remove those abominations covering their eyes and remove the skateboard lids! »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. Another Delgado…meh… »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. OK I am sold!  I tried a pair on a shop early last year and they felt so weird I went off an purchased another set of Sidis.  I have ridden 46 regular (too short and narrow) and 47 mega (right length and touch too much upper)  I have a wide front foot, na… »