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Velominatus: Garrrrh!

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Renovater, Modifier & Rider of Steel Classics: currently Rossin, Atala & Raleigh

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Water is an asshole, at least when it comes to bicycles. So is wind, now that I think of it; I don’t love it, unless its at my back, but that rarely seems to happen even on out-and-back routes. Fire’s not winning any prizes either, unless you’re talking about the hunk-a-hunka burnin’ V. Even le soleil isn’t scoring po...

@Garrrrh!'s posts:

  1. @Chris It might be worth a try if you don’t mind having your legs stained the same blue as Mel Gibsons Chops in Braveheart… :) »

  2. I got a tube of Evinrude Triple Guard grease from a chandlers a while back, it’s salt-water proof, hard as heck to throw off so not really affected by road vibration and it does a great job of keeping water and grit out of/away from your bearings… »

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. @Mikael Liddy Cheers! :) »

  2. @andrew Yeah they’re Campagnolo (“braze on adapters/down tube sti stops” – or whatever you might want to call ‘em). I’ve got the Shimano equivalent on N2 (another Italian job not finished yet) – I think the Shimano version are slightly better quality, ha… »

  3. P.S. Please forgive some of the significant rule breaches – its a rebuild on a budget and the photo was short in the wee small hours on the way home from work »

  4. This is my current N1, a Rossin Record Columbus SLx »

Every once in a while, you stumble across a quote that changes your outlook on how you approach life. Of course, this requires that one does a good deal of “reading”, which is a problem for me, as reading anything that isn’t Cycling-related feels the same as doing “work”. I do the odd bit of it nevertheless, and in a r...

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  1. The free kindle extract is available in every version but kindle for mac! :( »

Bicycles and automobiles- can’t we all just get along? @Kah writes about this universal (do aliens have this issue also?) problem of us co-existing with humans in cars. We all drive cars too and have cursed the occasional cyclists for some good reason. Cars are our greatest threat. We can crawl away from our own bicycle crashes, thanks very m...

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  1. Gotta get me one o those! (Not). See how they bestow the wearer with God-like strength, the guy in the middle demonstrating this by holding the entire balcony aloft so lesser mortals may take shelter from the elements beneath it… »

As children, none of us were given an allowance. Instead, we were taught from a young age that if we wanted to buy something, we had to earn the money in order to do so. To facilitate the model, and possibly to avoid child-labor law infringement, we were paid to do chores around the house in exchange for a cash payment directly proportional but not...

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  1. Crappy b/w photo… but me in the late 80’s rockin the Look/Wonder, Sidis, and early Poly helmet (death knell of the hairnet) – remember when they had lycra/net covers? »

The severity of a crash exists on two planes, the physical and psychological. The physical is the most obvious and one we busy ourselves with in the immediate vicinity of coming down. Our bodies need time to heal, our kits may need replacing or mending, and our bicycles may need repair work. For weeks and sometimes months, we may carry with us t...

@Garrrrh!'s posts:

  1. I recently had my CC “reset” by ice and reckon I’m now at least 6+ months to peak :( In my case it all boils down to faith – that and ignoring the fact it may happen again as ultimately it wasn’t my fault (beyond riding in insane conditions) – it was the … »