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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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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. @Chris Definitely interested too. »

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. Yeah – patience is rewarded.  Package arrived in the post – though the fit of the kit is an incentive not to put on winter weight! »

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. @Ron You have an inbuilt fix for this.  Apply warm water, around body temp is usually adequate…….. »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

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  1. @therealpeel In my case substitute 1 letter – a Lovely wife. »

  2. @wiscot I love that definition. »

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. Today the site is loading with a heading “This website regularly exceeds the IPinfo.io API rate limits….” is this further evidence that this site contains more information than the ‘net can handle? »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

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  1. I have couple of loops that I regularly ride, individually each is about 2.5 hrs and together about 3.5 hrs.  I’ve been surprised how many times I’ve gone out for a 2.5 hr loop and come to where they join and turned right for the extra hour vs left to com… »

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. @norm   Welcome back – I was thinking only the other day that you had not bee around for a while. »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. @wiscot   I bow to your clearly superior knowledge of these things……… »

  2. @wiscot Wasn’t Herpes the Greek King of the Mountains God from the Red Polka Dots hence the origin of the jersey? »

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. @campbellrae1  You are definitely not baised! »

  2. @RobSandy I agree with @wiscot as the bike is new it’s more likely that the indexing is not quite honed and so you are actually getting a gear jump when you load it up vs the chain actually slipping.  Does it do it just the once (each time) or does it … »

  3. @campbellrae1 Boy oh boy, stunning.  Just added another option for my bucket list bike.  I like the shiny cages on some of the bikes on their web page.  Suitably minimalist. »

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. @ChrisO I went and did a chunk of that route today down by the Downs.  Ironically we went wrong after the photo stop by the sign for Cocking.  We should have taken the right fork not the left one.  Cock. »

I have a huge capacity for watching bike racing on TV. I’ll watch hours of it even when nothing is really happening. I’m certainly not bragging. So I’m quite certain I could sit in the cramped, possibly smokey, noisy, Gent velodrome and watch an evening of six-day racing. I bet the ratio of men to women (who actually want to be th...

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  1. @Chris I’m up for it »

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. @markb   Watching the weather at Twickers you needed to be a bit further south.  It was not so bad down here but I guess you may be just a tad damp? »

“My dear, Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. ~ Falsely yours” ― Charles BukowskiIt&#...

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  1. Crikey this is all getting a bit high brow.  So I’ll add……. What does not kill me, makes me stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, 1888 »

I’ve never been to Africa before, although I’m not sure Cape Town counts as “Africa”. One thing I noticed is that everyone here is very skinny. I also noticed that the meal proportions served at restaurants are very modest. That shows the difference between prevention and treatment when dealing with obesity; whereas in the U...

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  1. @frank – Oh the shame and lack of planning.  I’m only surprised that you have admitted it!  We can also take it that Natural History was not your forte. »

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. @PeakInTwoYears What are the last words of a Redneck? Hey Bud watch this…….. »

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. @davidlhill Hey, entry permitting we should hook up.  Did you do this year?  Jersey should be preferably wool.  Expensive but these guys do good kit…..http://www.vintagevelos.com/ »

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. @kixsand May the best turn out to be the best. »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. Jens’ record didn’t last long 51.8something to Mathaus Brandle »

There is nothing more disappointing than discovering the truth behind a myth or spotting the mortal behind a legend. This is why I make a point never to do any research or in any other way attempt to validate my assumptions when evaluating a situation; mystery that feels like a fact and sounds like a fact is better than an actual fact. Tr...

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  1. @therealpeel Sounds about normal for a thread around here? »

What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

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  1. @brett Some years ago I was coming to the end of a ride with a mate and we had ridden down to Brighton (UK) to meet up with the VMWs.  As we came into Brighton we noticed some signs “Bike Event ->” and when we pulled up at a set of lights were sudden… »

  2. Brill.  Lucky I wasn’t drinking my coffee. I do have a route with a jolly decent coffee and cake stop run by some charming elderly ladies.  Good coffee and fabulous cakes and very cyclist friendly.  However, when you place your order at the counter they … »