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Cyclist. Photographer. Cook.

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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...

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  1. @Ron Every time I see a photo of a sexy as hell bike I always need to remind myself that if I built a similar bike in my size, it will never look like that.  I’m happy with how my Engin looks despite its ridiculously long head tube (since it allows me … »

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...

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  1. @rfreese888 Nice! »

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 Fuck you Ron ;-) I completely agree though. »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

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  1. Dart throwing was right – I scored a 6.  Clearly I’m not very good at darts. »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. @Jaegher Oh I (or at least my wallet) really wish you hadn’t have said that… »

  2. Until recently I’ve thought that a contrasting color fork made a bike look cheap – like it was simply an aftermarket fork tossed on rather than something being intended for the particular frame, but I’ve changed my tune.  I definitely like what Jaegher ha… »

  3. Jaegher indeed make some beautiful bikes…as much as I tend to gravitate to all the U.S. based builders (as that’s where I live) there is something to be said for a bike made in Belgium.  If they came out with a CX frame I’d have a hard time keeping my m… »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. I’ve got a Vermarc mutt Windtex cap that that tends to breathe and insulate pretty well, but I agree with Frank that wool is the way to go if you want the best.  I’ve always liked the look of the Giro merino wool cap as it has a smaller brim than many of … »

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. A Velominati-centric blog post made today: http://machinesforfreedom.com/blogs/the-pursuit/15746852-addendum-to-the-rules (great design by the way…I wish they also made kit for men) »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. @Gilly Yes, but not wearing it with a sportcoat and collared shirt is a start… I do agree that the three paneled cycling cap does not lend itself well to many for exactly the reason you state.  I for one look much better in the 4 panel Nalini/Santini… »

  2. @Buck Rogers I do this as well when the weather warrants it and at all times when racing cyclocross, if for no other reason than it simply looks awesome. »

  3. @brett You mean like this guy? »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. @Ccos I’m actually torn with Horner – I don’t believe for a second that he won the Vuelta clean and the fact that he’s essentially the only well known American rider of his generation to not have any role in the Armstrong/Reasoned Decision case leaves me… »

  2. This is a really good piece – I wanted to write something snarky like ‘too much Batman, not enough cycling, but good point about cats’, but the points raised about polarizing riders are dead on: I find it difficult to get excited (one way or the other) ab… »

  3. @unversio ooh, I like that! »

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. I explained Rule #58 to my LNS (local nordic shop) this weekend when getting fitted for skate boots – they got a big kick out of it.  There was a bit of irony in that today however was when I got an email saying that they couldn’t get the boots I needed u… »

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. I have a soft spot for Iljo Keisse ever since seeing him crash on the final corner in that Tour of Turkey stage with the peloton bearing down on him, calmly get up, put his chain back on and still ride his ass off to take the win.  I don’t recall ever sho… »

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. @frank I wouldn’t have guessed that judging by the cover of the book. »

  2. Perhaps not exactly what was being referred to by this particular article, but something I’ve always found interesting about cycling myth and lore is how it can be entirely inaccurate but still those inaccuracies live on and in a sense become more ‘true’ … »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. @Teocalli I refuse to ride/near with someone with tri bars and/or without socks »

  2. I can certainly forgive the helmets as this was 1989, but for fuck’s sake, who was responsible (or irresponsible) for that kit design?  And why doesn’t Pharmy have to wear team shorts? »

I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

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  1. Who knows VSP PICKS: 1. Solovey 2. Tetrick 3. Antoshina 4. Leth 5. Laseur »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. @tessar If it helps, my fi'zi:k R3s which I find fit perfectly are a size 44 and the Bont’s I ordered were a 44.5.  My Mavic Pulse MTB shoes are a size 10.5 (I’m not sure what that translates into in Euros according to Mavic).  I too find the Mavics quite… »

  2. @tessar I have. I ordered according to the Bont sizing/measuring instructions and erred on the side of the next half size up because I was within a few mm in length from the upper limit of the recommendation.  They fit, however its still a close one and… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. @the Engine …and frozen white winters that melt into spring classics »