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It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. Hey Frank  …   speaking of Metallica do you agree that Wherever I may Roam was really intended to be about cycling when it was written?  I mean what else could it be about?? “And the road becomes my bride I have stripped of all but pride So in her I do… »

  2. I totally agree.  The first time I rode with some pros (Note – hey slowed down to let a few of us hang out with them for a couple of days- this is by no means a boastful statement of my cycling ability) I also couldn’t help but notice they would not downs… »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @Gianni Could integrate system with a power meter and the temperature sensor to change the intensity of the trash talk accordingly ….  but also throw a random script in there occasionally to fuck with you »

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. @ChrisO A Buff is an essential piece of kit up in my part of the world in the cooler seasons.  I picked it up from XC ski racing and have never looked back.  I actually think a Buff almost deserves a reverence piece here and have considered writing one … »

  2. So as I began to assemble my latest project I started to contemplate at great length over the colour of the hubs/rims/groupset (spokes?)compared to the rest of the bike.   You can see below I am riding an older Group-san as I await arrival of some remaini… »

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. Introducing the S-1, I managed to get it unseen by the VMH into the basement before we leave for spring break tomorrow morning.  My 2 sons saw it but they have learned the code of silence and I expect to be rolling a few bikes in for them in the next mont… »

  2. @Mikael Liddy yes on both issues you pointed out, I have a C59 Nero being built up right now with Record-EPS I am just waiting on the V2 internal battery, I will post up some pics when it arrives if I it doesn’t put me at total number bikes = S after I b… »

  3. wow …  just wow http://colnago.com/c60-racing-2014-2/?lang=en »

I don’t know if its because I see something of myself in them or if it awakens some kind of nurturing instinct, but I always seem to find myself drawn to tragically flawed figures.Layne Staley and Marco Pantani strike me as two halves of the same whole; incredibly talented yet tortured with mortally addictive personalities, both set loose in...

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  1. @Wondering When I am watching a race and the road is getting steep and the attacks are flying the last thing on my mind is who is or isn’t doped….  I like to watch guys race bikes, I tend to keep the doping debate and just plain awesome riding in separ… »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

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  1. We are all climbers …  some are just better at it »

I recently overheard someone say that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. This is the kind of statement that makes me want to hate people as a species a little bit. Of course there such a thing as bad weather. There are also bad people (loads of them), bad ideas (even bigger loads of them), bad advice (especially on the inter...

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  1. Speaking of looking pro ….   Great pic this one.  Any non-compliances?  Can’t see any http://instagram.com/p/kFGTN3ILDJ/ »

Strength can be a fickle thing this time of year, when the training isn’t as consistent as it should be; it comes and goes, sometimes several times in the span of a single ride or even a climb. Like a rosy-eyed dreamer I keep awakening as I train, thrown like a rag doll between a state nearing euphoria and one resembling purgatory.My mind is...

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  1. Would be great to even get out on a Rule #9 ride that I could consider quitting…  instead we sit here in the realm of not a chance one would even go out due to personal safety / extreme frostbite type of weather ….   maybe a couple more weeks »

One of the finest things about Velominati is it attracts the crazy bastards. Cyclists are slightly unhinged anyway but there are more than a few out there who have no fear. Crazy is not constrained by nationality. Crazy knows no borders. Sure the Randonneurs would do this just to make sure they were happy with their choice of headlamp strap but @ba...

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  1. @Ron @Ron RE: finishing up work so you can watch it ….    Please see Rule V »

Rules! Hear me fools: The Rules mark the beginning of the path to enlightenment, not the end. There are higher planes, expanding dimensions. Beyond the color of your bar tape exists a man, a mountain, and a bike. This is where the world begins.Keeper Jim wrote this, reporting on his utilitarian climb of Mount Ventoux. He posts less than the rest of...

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  1. @Gianni – Love the picture, I have ridden that stretch dry can only imagine what it is like wet!  Heading back down their next week to continue down the path to enlightenment, maybe see you out on the roads! »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. Now that was a sweet ride … »

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. This pisses me off and I typically have a long fuse. Bought me a sweet shirt just now.  Hope some do the same.  Specialass  just made a major Rule #43 violation.  Fuck them http://www.caferoubaix.ca/on-line-store.php#!/~/product/category=4303033&i… »

I realise that I may never live this down, and that my reputation within the Velominati community will be damaged irreparably, but I’m out. – Anonymous AKA @936ADLDespite the endless talk of tea and cakes, the inaugral London Cogal will be remembered for that other quintessentially English conversation point, the weather. Everything was...

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  1. @Gianni touring the island by bike and getting my ass handed to me all week and having some lengthy meetings with the man with the hammer arranged for me buy a couple of stupidly fast guys in blue and white on Cervelos …  Good times, great roads, Amazi… »

  2. Nice weather, Not quite the same weather today where I rode …  and I am also left wondering who was the guy in the full Velominati kit riding up the Kula highway today? »

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. So next time somebody tells you that you have to wear a YJA you can refer them to this study http://opus.bath.ac.uk/37890/ http://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/news/high-visibility-clothing-wont-get-you-more-space-on-the-road-study/ Turns out even dressi… »

Having asthma is kind of like winning the lottery, except it happens to more people and instead of money you win a chronic difficulty in breathing. I wouldn’t say I’m proud to be an asthmatic, but it’s not information I’m ashamed to share. In doing so, I often discover others who are similarly afflicted, and upon doing so w...

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  1. Interestingly when I was a competitive rower a coach was always asking us to get checked for asthma or exercised induced asthma so we could get inhalers.  I think he just wanted us all to be able take a few puffs to supposedly open our lungs up before eac… »

At some point, I reckon the idea may dawn on me that I’m not a climber. Eighty kilos and standing something just shy of two meters, I’m not clear on why climbing is what speaks to me most about Cycling; I’m certainly not built like a grimpeur. But there is no question about it; I love riding in the mountains. I only have to catch...

@GogglesPizano's posts:

  1. The stars are aligning ..  might be doing this exact ride in 4 weeks time!!!  I’m also a Rouleur more than a Grimpeur so expect a tough day out there …  stay tuned »