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Velominatus: Lazarus Thrift

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: London

I am new to the Cycling game, having taken it up in my Final Year of university. I'm not brilliant, but I try my best. I am perpetually peaking in two months. Cycling has a lot in common with Audio, my job and other passion: it is geeky, yet cool; it requires technical skill, yet artistic flair; it is functional, yet beautiful. I ride a Boardman Race (c.2013), and I have a project bike in the form of a Raleigh Team Banana, but due to being a penniless student, the latter is not yet in a ridable state. Vive la vie Velominatus!

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Going fast and looking good while doing it is our Velominati creed. Riding on the tops is the domaine of going uphill, where braking and aerodynamics are unimportant. In most other situations that position is too slow. The pros are usually flattened down in the drops or flattened down on the brake hoods. When us non-pros are not climbing, riding on...

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  1. Braking in a bunch is like braking in your car on the motorway. You read the traffic and your accelerator reacts; on a bike, you chose your gear and cadence to match your fellow riders. I find if I’m getting antsy and stopping and starting, I take my turn… »

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. Reading that itinerary made me salivate slightly. Alas, as a recent university graduate new to the World of The Bike, I lack both the funds and ability to join. I hope I will rectify this in years to come. »

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. Wonderful article. As a newcomer to the Sport, I’m slowly working my way through various portions of Cycling Lore; I’ve yet to go into depth on M. Pantani, but he’s on the list of characters to look at. »

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’m (relatively) quite fortunate that in the UK police are cracking down on drivers being deliberately aggressive to cyclists. The result is that the worst that has happened to me — in terms of using the car as a weapon—is driving past extremely fast whil… »

I’m not even talking about all the pseudo-asthmatics out there, vaping their way to better breathing. My breathing is just fine. It’s my little citron sized heart that is slowing me down. Is there a street-legal injection or vacuum pump for heart enlargement, or a trip to a doctor in the Congo that would transplant a badass Mandrill heart for m...

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  1. Just found something that reminded me of this article—a coffee supplier in Bristol with a sense of humour: »

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. @Krieg I think (unless I’m very much mistaken) that you’ve misread it: it means, “when you are riding CX, only wear a skinsuit”; skinsuits are by all means valid for TTs—and track racing as well, I’d expect. »

I’m not sure where this ride falls on the graph of fitness but down towards the bottom, somewhere.There can be a point in every rider’s season where each ride ends the same. FFS, I suck. The unabridged volume of self-loathing is reviewed, cogent chapters reread, aloud, in the bathroom. I’m Too Fat To Climb is a chapter I like to q...

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  1. I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who encounters this phenomenon! I often find after a poor spell that my Ah-Ha Ride frequently coincides with a Nine Ride. I have to say, there is nothing more thrilling than flying along a road, exercising my Magnifi… »

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. I can’t help noticing the V-kit is no longer listed; is there a reason for this or is it a glitch? I can’t afford it at the moment, but I want to get fully kitted-out when I can. »

Cyclists love socks. I know I do. I’d make a point of collecting as many pairs as I could from every race, event, shop or rep that I ever happened upon. Some were so good that I still have them, others, well, let’s just say they were “re-homed” long before they got the chance to retire gracefully after years of loyal service...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Oh wow those are quite something. I’m a black socks person in general anyway, so I’m sticking with the Wooleators (at least for the wedding). »

  2. Having read The Rules within my first two months of Proper Cycling (roughly a year ago), I bought a pair of Wooleators on Rule #28’s recommendation. I have not looked back. They are, admittedly, not the “regular”, but the “Retro Racer” style, which I thin… »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. Beautiful article. I hope when I have kids I will be able to empathise with it. »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. As for the actual contents of the article, hear hear. Acute awareness of one’s surroundings must be some kind of requisite for finding one’s V-Locus, no? In effect, it’s like compiling a playlist for your ride, only instead of a media player of some sort,… »

  2. I know it wasn’t the direct topic of the article, but the caption on the photograph caught my attention. Please please can we not even consider ‘Beats’ to be an exception to Rule #62. As someone who is as passionate about audio as he is about Cycling, I f… »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. In terms of visibility, what is the general consensus of my fellow Velominati/a on Revolights? Technologically I think they’re fantastic, both in terms of Rider Safety, and looking like something out of Tron, but a thinks they’re too over-the top and even… »

There was a time when the world was painted in hues of black and white. Right and Wrong were separated by lines painted in such a thick, heavy paint that even to wander close was to already alter your very nature. The Elders taught us on which side we were to dwell and what evils would descend upon us if we were to transcend into the void. Litt...

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  1. Here in England, councils seem to have an obsession with putting bike lanes on the pavement (sidewalk) to share with pedestrians, and then when (and only when) the road is wide enough for a bike lane to be superfluous, they move it onto the road. The only… »

Come celebrate the Prophets Birthday and ride the Grave’ TrainOut to Northam on the Kep Track, along the river to Toodyay and back via the Avon Valley train line. Continue reading...

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  1. Come celebrate the Prophets Birthday and ride the Grave’ Train

    Out to Northam on the Kep Track, along the river to Toodyay and back via the Avon Valley train line.

    210km one day gravel epic. Approx 80% on gravel.

    Start & Finish Address: Rose & Crown Hotel, 105 Swan Street, Guildford WA (Western Australia that is!)

    Route: Kep Track to Northam then Toodyay, and return via Avon River Train line, 210km one day epic

    Ride Route.

    Ride Classification – Casually Deliberate, but will need the V towards the end, CX/gravel bikes only

    Please – CX bikes only – MTB’s will generally be too slow and may be dropped (unless you are a gun!).

    Essential items;

    • · CX bike
    • · Lights (suitable for night gravel riding- will be dark at start)
    • · Food & adequate water supplies
    • · Cash – coffee at Bakers Hill, lunch at Northam, stop at Toodyay to restock for home leg
    • · Suitable clothing – Rule #9 adherence may be required
    • · Critical spares (no support vehicle)
    • · Mobile phone
    • · Well stocked V-bank
    • · Extra cash/ credit card for hop-based recovery fluids at Rose & Crown on completion

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    Date - June 22, 2014
    6:05 AM - 9:00 PM

    Rose & Crown Hotel

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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. @DeKerr I’ve had some computer trouble and lost my Velominati login so have had to make a new account and only just read your post. In response, thank you very much; I am flattered! I’m assuming your native colony is Canada…? Forgive me if I’m wrong. »