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Velominatus: Teocalli

Order: Black Order Velominatus

Location: UK

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Married with no kids (out of choice), Cyclist (obviously!) social and sportives on and off road, Adaptive Ski Instructor. Home Base Surrey UK and also Crested Butte Colorado (Winters with Adaptive Sports Centre). Previously spent many years Offshore Yacht Racing. The boring bit is in IT / Telecomms - got to pay for the above somehow!

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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...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @seemunkee Sweet, have we seen the one to the right too? »

To each and every one of you in our community, we’d like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your continued support and involvement in our community.Velominati is a project born of passion more than planning, and the fact that we’ve managed to gain your support means the world to us; over the years I’ve come to consider many o...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. A Velo Mellow Christmas to all.  May all your New Year kilometers be smooth and V – unless they are on cobbles.  In which case may they be crushing ones. »

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...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @markb Best wishes for a speedy recovery »

Either CO2 cannisters or mini-pumps should be carried in jersey pockets (See Rule #31). The only exception to this rule is to mount a Silca brand frame pump in the rear triangle of the frame, with the rear wheel skewer as the pump mount nob, as demonstrated by members of the 7-Eleven and Ariostea pro cycling teams. As such, a frame pump mounted u...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @wilburrox does “some very special circumstances” warrant linking to the “fending off dogs” thread from some time ago?  Frame pumps win out there unless you try a Jaws with a CO2 cylinder. »

  2. @SamFromTex I carefully removed it from the bike and put it out of the way up the track then stupidly took the photo in that direction! »

  3. If the bike is the correct vintage and designed for it, with original pump…….. The GPS is clockwork………….. »

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...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @ChrisO   I’m at Hindhead north of Petersfield.  The only reason Box Hill comes into the Brighton route is that to meet you if you come out of London it’s a half reasonable intersection point for me to cycle over to. @Chris must be away as he’s been quie… »

  2. @ChrisO It would be about 50 Km for me to around Box Hill and then 70 Km or so from there to Brighton, as a meet point for both of us to ride out the Dorking area is probablyt a decent target.  Do I remember you are in Chiswick, if so you’d be a bit less … »

  3. @ChrisO hmmm – OK a more serious ride.  I’ll have a look at a route that hooks up with a line out of London.  My mac died last night so can’t send personal emails at the moment if you have the email chain from The Epic could you mail the guys and see if… »

  4. @ChrisO No one else replied as yet, will try emailing “The epic crew”.  Sunday/Monday/Tues would be fine with me.  Would you drive out or want to use the train to Dorking and meet there.  I’d drive over to there so you could leave stuff in my car if ne… »

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...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @RobSandy I hope you have reported it to the police, not least you may be able to make a claim off that central accident fund for such instances.  Not quite sure how it works but may well be worth checking out. »

  2. @markb Crap!  Good that you are OK though.  Lesson 1 I guess is crawl to the car and take a photo with the remains of your phone………. »

  3. @Buck Rogers   yup off ebay and it did cost a ridiculous amount! »

  4. @Buck Rogers I could do with a bigger one as this is pretty small…… »

  5. Quite a nice little clip……. »

  6. @Puffy Sweeeeet.  Not so sure about the top race on the headset though………. »

I think it would be hard for anyone to make the case that Eddy Merckx was Roger de Vlaeminck’s Cycling Sensei, but I think we can all agree that De Vlaeminck was a student of Merckx, if only a student of his domination. But every student at some point becomes the master, and the driven student will always challenge the Order of Things.Eve...

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  1. @brett The only DAFs I remember were smaller on account of the rubber band drive not being up to powering a bigger car as I remember them.   »

  2. @brett I have a funny feeling given the B plate on the car (suspecting that international travel was not that common even in Belgium back then) and the fact that it’s a smart/large car and the direction of EM’s bike that the offender is he himself. »

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 That is sooooo true! WindyMilla bikes are on one of my loops and I regularly see a group out from there so may have passed him sometime. The bit that amused me are the prices she quotes – it did make me think of that quote “My biggest fear is … »

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...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @the-farmer Surprised you’ve not been blown away these last few days.  Been a bit grim up North? »

  2. @ChrisO Yup I’ve had to put on a long sleeve jersey the last couple of rides have been below 10 C. »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. Spot the hub time.  The giveaway bit is not visible.  I have a pair of these and they roll superbly. Wondering whether it’s possible to re-chrome them as the flanges are aluminium.  So not sure whether it would be possible to protect that part in the… »

  2. @osbk67 I have those laced to lightweight Fiamme rims.  Beautiful. »

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...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. @gilly Yeah I saw that too.  One of those “now why hasn’t someone thought of that before” moments.  I can think of a few different ways that might actually work. »

@Blackpooltower is obviously spending all his n+1 money on new cycling books, or he works in the little seen cycling-specific bookshop. Either way, he is nice enough to catch us all up on what is vvorthy. The lead image alone is enough, it’s fantastic. It’s worthy of its own article or, even better, a movie. It is not too late for hint...

@Teocalli's posts:

  1. Nice list to work through there, thanks for the additions to pass to the VMW for the Christmas list. »