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Velominatus: Mark1

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Location: Swansea

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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...

@Mark1's posts:

  1. @Simon Yep, that sounds like Wales alright! »

  2. @teleguy57 Sure, they came from Yoeleo, standard width tubulars. See above – all good so far but early days. »

  3. @Simon Hi @Simon, got it in one. Only done 50 dry miles on them so far but the Welsh roads are far from perfect and all good so far. Combined with Swiss Stop yellows braking is solid and predictable – I’ll keep you posted. »

  4. @Barracuda Hi @Barracuda, I built the wheels myself. Open mould 38mm tubular rims, Tune Mag 170 Mig 180 hubs with Tune DC-14 quick release skewers, Sapim CX-Ray spokes finished off with a pair of Vittoria Corsa CX tyres. Came in at 1,150 gms excluding ty… »

  5. @xyxax Thanks, the brick was necessary as the telegraph pole just wasn’t doing the job. »

  6. It has taken me rather longer than it should have done due to other priorities, both financial and domestic, however the new bike is now ready for the Summer. The pictures aren’t as compliant as the should be due to my haste and reluctance to a) not get r… »

It wasn’t so long ago that the majority of bicycles were made by hand, from raw materials, in places that aren’t China or Taiwan. While some of these artisans are still around, their wares are increasingly harder to come by, and to procure an example of their work means an outlay of time and money which is more than most are willing to...

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  1. I have previously posted the frame pics before but after a long wait the required length spokes arrived from Sapim and I have just built my first wheelset – 1125gms excluding rubber. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ … »

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. New build is back on. Having decided on and purchased rims and hubs, I then had to wait 2 months for the right length spokes from Sapim – which gave me plenty of time to practice on some old rims! Anyway, they eventually arrived and I have now built the … »

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  1. Some sage advice that is probably applicable to many but it appears you are trying to suggest it applies to anyone who is not making their living fixing bikes and, if you don’t mind my saying, somewhat patronising. I have, over the years, taught myself t… »

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. @DocBrian …. but look fugly don’t you think? For the similar money as Ultegra Di2 you can have Campag Record which, regardless of your opinion about its function, looks like it should be in an art gallery. »

  2. @Dan_R Exactly, if you re-read my initial post I think you will see you have misunderstood… this is the Kilo frame built to my size/spec with the ‘standard’ Kilo frame shaped tube set/1k weave wrap. I am saying I could have had a lighter frame if I ha… »

  3. @Dan_R I’m not sure I’m clear on what you are trying to say and I’m afraid I have no idea what a ‘stop & desist’ order is? The link you sent was for the complete bike, not the frame – the frames are specified here http://www.sartoantonio.it/. Howev… »

  4. Following my post several weeks ago with a photo of the hubs for my new number 1 bike stealth build, I am pleased to report a recent delivery from Italy. A semi custom Sarto Kilo frame. The semi custom is a standard tube set cut to your size. They do obvi… »

  5. @Dan_R @Gianni Well, I considered various frame options. Full custom Sarto was a little pricey and the ultra lightweight frame makes some aesthetic sacrifices to my taste. I have therefore sacrificed saving weight in some areas, largely because skippin… »

  6. @RedRanger Was I supposed to get these free with my hubs? I’ll be asking the question. »

  7. @Dinan @Chris @Dinan Yes, delivery to work is an excellent idea. Ultimately the VMH will become aware of the bike as you suggest @Dinan, frequent deliveries can cause more concern than necessary. I will indeed post developments. I have pretty much dec… »

  8. @unversio Now there’s an idea! »

  9. @roger Yes, there are a few less than favourable reviews however most, if not all, reference the previous MAG180 that had issues from creaking, durabilty and even complexity of servicing due to the pre-load mechanism. The new 170 from 2012 on appears to… »

  10. @Mark1 I of course meant VMH… is there no edit option or have I missed it? »

  11. Having, for various reasons, decided n+1 needs to be a stealth build and following many hours of consideration I have now begun the process of aquiring the chosen components. The first arrived this morning whilst I was at work. The box was so pleasingly l… »

That is the question. Are carbon wheels a viable option for everyday riding? Should carbon wheels be your go-to wheels rather than your just-for-racing wheels? I don’t really race and I don’t own any carbon wheels and I wonder. Granted, every professional is and has been on carbon wheels for many years so it’s easy to think we sho...

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  1. @piwakawaka Three things: Rotational weight… you have to keep the weight of the wheel turning, harder the more weight is at the rim – rollers or road no difference. Rotational drag, alll about the wheel spinning as you say – rollers or road no diff… »

  2. @Marcus I would suggest that if every aspect of purchasing bike equipment needed a point other than ‘looking fast or cool’ 95% of cyclists would be riding around on £500 hacks and the the cycling industry would be on its arse. (I guess this goes for man… »

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  1. Taylor Phinney squeezing out the last drop 3km from the finnish of the London 2012 Olympic Time Trial. … and here’s Wiggo just 3kms from Gold. Did someone mention body fat? »

  2. This is me on the Dragon Ride this year. 215 kms and 3,300m of climbing. This is the Devil’s Elbow, 20-25% in the main and 30% at this particular point. Apologies for the lack of ‘V’ kit but if you look very closely, that’s a Velominati decal on the … »

Joshua – of Beer in the Bidon fame – returns from the depths of doing something scholarly in Montana. I hadn’t realized that Montana even had schools, but apparently they have loads of them. And, based on the fact that they awarded him a Ph.D., they are apparently prone to poor judgement.Josh deposited this little gem in the queue...

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  1. Hope you will excuse the shameless plug but I have just put together a site for out local cycling club Swansea Wheelers. By way of apology I have of course included a link back to Velominati.com »