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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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Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. Just had an interesting and contrasting weekend to all this.  Did a Sportive around the Pas de Calais (France for those who were wondering!). It’s been a few years since I have ridden in France but what a difference to the UK.  Drivers all gave plenty of … »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @Banchi_Bob @eightace  Strength to you and your families and all those who are dealing with similar issues.  Thanks for sharing.  As @the_Engine says, I will ride in a quiet and contemplative place in my mind this weekend. »

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. @wiscot I assumed he must have been running tubs and forgot to take the spare off when he changed wheels……. »

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. @fondriest312 Like this one? »

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. @cognition ………..Vintage bikes »

  2. @DeKerr  re my latest Pina my riding buddy said Why?  So I just said Why not? i.e. Do It! The only justification needed is whether you will appreciate riding it, being worthy of it in the manner you state does not come into the question. »

  3. @unversio Try:  http://www.retrospectivecycles.com/pages/vintage-italian-road-bike-manufacturers »

  4. @unversio Pinarello specified their own Steel that they called Forma.  Doubtless though it was one or the other bought in with some tweak.  Given that they used Columbus prior to that maybe it was a collaboration with them but I don’t know for sure. R… »

  5. @Mike_P Maybe my ambition should be a classic from each decade since the 60s! »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @Sowtondevil   Just remembered you did post some way back.  No harm in reposting such a vintage beauty though! »

  2. @Sowtondevil Nice!  Photos needed here? Re braking – there is soo little rim on them anyway that stopping is a challenge in itself!  The other week I was out with a mate and part way down a hill he braked and took a left turn.  All he heard as I went b… »

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. n+1 project just arrived.  1995 Steel Pinarello Sestriere.  Totally unused. »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. @Deakus Well I’m so down the pan I’ll just stay there! »

Summer is a time for getting fat. Winter is a time for getting fat as well, but in a different way; in Winter we get fat on meals of meat and potatoes covered in sauces made of meat and potatoes. In Summer, on the other hand, our minds get fat: we get nice tans, we tone our muscles, long days see us riding at any hour of the day that suits us. W...

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  1. @Chris Nice one.  Chapeau. »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @Sowtondevil Are you still riding those Fiamme?  I have them on The Butler with a spare set too. »

  2. @frank Monsal gravel……cue @frank “The gravel would be more meaningful with some bikes on the gravel, git”. »

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. @The Grande Fondue It’s better than the alternative though…………… »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @Ron Ride more miles and it won’t be? »

  2. @frank Prophylactically – the difficult part is judging when it needs replacing.  You get little clumps of what someone termed Corals after a while which I take it are the strands that block the holes.  I guess the bigger strands clump first (naturally)… »

  3. @Gianni I’ve used Schwalbe, Bontrager and Stan’s.  One thing I really like about tubeless is that when they go they tend to deflate slowly as the air has no spoke holes to gush through.  I may try running them again next summer but without sealant an… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. Great finish today.  Hoping they can repeat the slug-fest the next 2 days! »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @Marty McFly Thanks, I’ll try that.  I was manipulating by hand (as it were) at a bit higher pressure.  170 Km today with no incident so all turned out well.  In fact our lunch stop was funny.  Having a nice break at 100K with a roll, cake and coffee an… »

  2. @Frank I thought you were going for a tube of Stan’s or equivalent, being smaller and lighter than the Pitstop? Timely in some respects as I’ve just given up my 18 month experiment with Tubeless coming to the conclusion that the sealant has some way to go… »

I hesitate to file this in the Guest Article category. It would be better filed under fellow un-rewarded pirate cycling-site writer, if we had such a file. @winnipegcyclechick does all of her site’s writing, her graphics are usually hers and much too funny. Frankly, she makes me sick. And, AND, she can make the jokes we can’t make lest...

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  1. @Gianni Great film.  Thanks for sharing. »

I have met @chris on the original Keepers Tour. He seemed like a reasonable person at the time. Then again, @rob passes himself off  as a rational person yet he signed up for the Too Much on 100 ride and completed it. People sign up for these crazy rides because it forces them to get in the best shape possible. It makes these long rides more enjoy...

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  1. @Chris All the best for the ride.  Hope you can still climb off at the end! »