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Velominatus: ToeOverlap

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

former BMXer, once runner, converted cyclist. I'm a hard-core classical pedant, like Frank, ergo a born Velominatae.

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Forget quick-release skewer, the mechanical derailleur, carbon frames, or disc wheels. Never mind clipless pedals or brake-mounted shifters. Scratch those deep-section road wheels, lightweight helmets, or miracle fabrics.The most important innovation in Cycling had nothing to do with those incremental advances, but rather with the invention of Cycl...

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  1. I always roll Rule #36 compliant. However, I’ve given up on Oakleys. While I’ve had a couple of pairs and liked them quite a bit, they have gotten entirely too spendy, especially considering that every swinging dick in town wears them. Even my LBS, who st… »

Gianni really took it in the shorts after trying to sneak his way along with a stealth EPMS. Like an alcoholic falling off the wagon, the poor fellow can’t quite come to grips with the comfort of his old friend, the saddle bag. The solution lies in finding a light toolkit to carry along with him on his rides, one that fits in one pocket in to...

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  1. @Mirko Good lawd, son. That’s some fail right there. Said LBS is looking either for a new mechanic or a new customer, I presume? »

I suspect that whoever first put a set of downtube shifters on a bike immediately knew that while it was superior to having the shifter on the seat stay, it was a design that was going to be improved upon. Not only did it require being seated to shift, it also required taking your hands off the bars. Shimano got close with the introduction of the S...

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  1. @ten B For my money, I find saying a shift is either in(ward) or out(ward) is unambiguous, so long as it’s clear if speaking about the front or rear mech (which is not a problem in use, as We who Ride with The V typically loc-tite our FD in situ so that… »

  2. @ten B So I have to pile on with another broken shifter (2011 Rival, rear) while I was 55 miles into a one-way (not a loop) century.  Well, fuck-ity-fuck. Without any tension on the cable, the rear mech puts you in the 11T. Not good when i have 45 miles … »

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. After my post ride chanting of The Rules I was jolted from my meditative state. Without effort it came to me A rule is missing! It was not stolen, and and it was not removed by decree.  It has never been there. But it should be. The Missing Rule – Sp… »

Rule #28: “White is old school cool. Black is cool too, but were given a bad image by a Texan whose were too long.  If you feel you must go colored, make sure they damn well match your kit.”You bet white is old school and for good reason, it is the only color of cycling socks that is truly acceptable. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,...

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  1. While I very much appreciate the arguments laid out here for “socks are white”, in practice I’ve found it difficult to acquire said foot garments. As I wear wool socks exclusively, which seem to be easily only available in (borrowing from dog breeding p… »

A Velominatus is never to judge a book by its cover; appearances and predispositions are quickly cast aside at the discovery of a diamond in the rough. After all, the pursuit of perfection necessarily requires that we are a breed who turn over the last stone in search of it, even when all hope has long since been lost. But the gems to be found when...

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  1. @itburns, sgt I’m running a pair of the these very cages as well, which upon first sight struck me immediately as the most minimal of all the carbon cages. I have the oil slick (non-woven) finish, but dammit, they have since put out a matte oil slick st… »