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The Velominati would not exist if it weren’t for The Rules. Of the current 79 Rules, only two, Rule #34 and Rule #69 stipulate anything about shoes. Perhaps that is all that is needed. However, I do have a set of personal Rules that I’ve been living by and developing for nearly ten years now. My own personal Rule #1 is No Red Sho...

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  1. All over the yellow princesses ;-) Care should be taken to make sure kit matches.  so you don’t look like you’ve bought it all on sale and it’s all miss-matched.  Yes, that does include custom paint on your Oakleys »

This winter Shimano showed up on Maui with a flotilla of Colnago C-59s set up with disc brakes. The lucky Shimano people tested the bikes on some of the nicest routes on the island, including some descending down the Haleakala volcano. Unbelievably they didn’t invite me along (!?). If they had I would have suggested a different place to ride, one...

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  1. I think the disk will win in the long run, manufacturers can make lighter wheels, braking is better, less brake fade on long descents, more freedom with fork crown/seatstay design no de-laminating on carbon wheels  and in the future there will probably no… »

The proclamation is heard in the office, on social media, at the bar with friends; “It’s leg day.” When someone utters “it’s leg day” the accompanying tone of resentment and even dread is usually followed by an audible “ugh”. This exasperation belies one fact, the person making the utterance is not a...

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  1. @andrew It’s pretty much a second home for the Sky boys, I know which I would choose if I had the choice between that and Manchester! »

  2. @andrew I would love to go on one of those  Mallorca camps, one of the guys from my local club went and he loved it.  He’s now racing in the tour of Algeria, lucky so and so! »

  3. Haha, thanks guys. I knew there would be some know-how on here! I don’t think I can go the whole way to the eyebrows scaler911, I would have to take a bath in Veet and I’ve seen the review for when you get that on tender areas on Amazon! It’s a subject I… »

  4. Can someone let me know the secret of where to stop shaving on the leg or how to blend? I don’t really want to stop at the shorts line as it will end up looking like a pair of hairy boxer shorts/underwear whatever you guys call them over the pond. Should … »

It’s funny what goes through your head at 3am when you’re woken by a cat. Especially if that cat’s name is Lars, and he was named after the Metallica drummer (not by me, he’s my VMH’s cat). I prefer to call him Jan though, as Jan has always been my favourite Ullrich. So last night Lars woke me up, and unable to get ba...

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There has been some gravel fever going around; there is a lot of talk of new bikes and new routes. I don’t live in gravel country and have not caught the disease, yet. @Antoniv submitted this tale of gravel. It’s a bit long but the race was long too. For those of us who haven’t caught the bug, this might help, or hurt. Either way,...

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  1. Love this article, makes me wish I lived in the USA reading this sort of thing :-( »

This is possibly the most offensive piece of gear I have encountered on a bike. Do you really need a little orange wand to tell you what gear you’re in? There is only one gear to be in: the hardest one at which you can still make the pedals go around in something resembling a circle.These goofy little things were found on the bike I rented la...

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  1. Funny how many beginners I meet who always ask “what gear the bike is in”, since the Tiagra is entry level groupset it may be satisfy this.  True that after a few rides you realise it doesn’t actually matter… »

How can we not talk about the Tour? After Sunday’s stage it’s hard not to be a little excited. Until yesterday the most thrilling thing I had seen was Mark Cavendish’s mad man chase back to the peloton after a late-in-the-race crash. He needed to get back quickly as the race was hurtling toward a sprint finish he was supposed to w...

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  1. Just seen the picture of it with black bar tape, now THAT looks the nuts. »

  2. I love the colour of the new Treks, however you can have too much of a good thing, lose the blue stem, bar tape and you’ve got a nice looking bike.  At the moment it’s a bit too “Papa smurf” Just my two penneth »

There is something supremely Fantastic about a precisely manicured set of sunglasses, particularly when they’re not being used for their intended purpose. Certainly, there are times when circumstance offer no alternative but to actually look through them, but for the most part, it’s a bit pedestrian to use sunglasses for seeing through...

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  1. How about this: for some vintage eyewear placement on the late Pierre Cogan… »

Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride recovery ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4...

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There must still be a few readers out there who have not followed the Dutch Monkey down the merry tubular path; for them I offer an update on an alternative. Road tubeless has been lauded as the best thing to happen to cycling since the introduction of seatpins. These have been around for years but the road version has not gathered the expected mom...

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  1. @G’rilla I know exactly what you mean, so many “Experts” on youtube who do “Reviews” where they just open a box and tell you what’s in it! I’m glad someone’s looked in to these, I’ve always thought they sound like a royal pain in the backside, I was lo… »

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. @Marko I think that stem is actually Big Migs, it’s normal size for him! »

  2. @Deakus That’s some fine tan line cultivation going on there, may have to invest in one of those calenders for the home office! »

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. @graham d.m. Yeah I’ve got one of the brown ones like in the link, good quality and I find it really comfortable, you can’t go wrong for 20 quid… »

Rule #57 is clear: No stickers. The detail-oriented Velominatus, however, will immediately understand the difference between a sticker and a decal. The Velominati symbol pack allows members of the Order to recognize one another from the uninitiated.Made only of the highest-quality Belgian vinyl, these decals are rated for seven years of outdoor...

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  1. @Chris I have a piece of paper taped to my bars with this on to remind me to harden up as it’s now getting bloody cold here! A sticker would be a great idea though »

Tullio Campagnolo, an amateur racing cyclist, was racing on a classic Rule #9 day in Italy. The weather was cold, and I believe he was racing in the mountains. Riding with the leaders, I can almost feel in the pit of my stomach the dread that must have crept over him as he realized he wouldn’t be able to change gear. At the time, wheels use...

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  1. @Ron I think it’s a look that mere mortals find very hard to pull off, Merckx does it pretty easily. I must say I prefer the look and operation of the curved quick releases to the original ones.  When you see the old Cambio Corsa or Paris-Roubaix mechs… »

The very first time I ever pulled a tire and tube off of a rim it made an impression on me and it still does. I’m not sure I expected to find anything other than the tube between the rim and tire but there it was, some sort of tape. The French words, “Fond de Jante” and latin “Velox”, written in blue, lightly stamped u...

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  1. Still like the Velox, always worked for me! As someone said above, I can deal with Ritchey on a MTB but on a road bike it must be Italian… »

The days of the proper head badge, I’m afraid, are numbered. It seems it used to be that any road bike with a pedigree that was really worth riding was festooned with an artful adornment on the head tube. By that I mean something made with a bit of heft, stamped or cast of alloy and riveted front and center. More and more though we’re s...

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  1. @mxlmax They should know better really. Next time I’m at my Dad’s I’ll try and get a few pictures of his headbadge collection, some really nice rare ones in there, mostly British stuff. »

Some years ago, Issue 12 of Rouleur reawakened an obsession in me, one with a peculiar nature to it that only bicycle parts can invoke. For as long as I can remember, Royce hubs have seemed like the ultimate bicycle component: painstakingly hand-crafted to the tightest tolerances for error in the industry. With a reputation for indestructibi...

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  1. @SimonH That is excellent, will have to try and get hold of one of these as a Christmas present for my dad… »