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A beer powered welding robot with a cross wired retrofit for cycling.

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Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Gilbert 3. Costa 4. Valverde 5. Gerrans »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Stevens 4. Van Dijk 5. Pooley »

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. We call Gentlemen’s rides Social rides. Simple reason being ladies are just as welcome. »

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. Sorry roger, but a crash on the mtb is going to have me sitting this one out. I can barely do the 7km commute without wanting to call the broom wagon. That being said, Bitchin’ bike! »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. @piwakawaka I know it’s been discussed, but I still think it’s crazy how much climbing there is in that race considering how flat it looks the whole time. »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. Riding the single speed 48/15 has been teaching me to HTFU on the hills. The pista bars also only have 1 real hand position, which is way in the drops. I’m interested in seeing how it affects my road bike climbing. »

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. @Rom Modern meets old school. Its all butted steel tubing, tigged together. The day I build a lugged frame I’ll consider a steel fork, but for the first frame I ever built, the carbon ec90 sitting on the shelf was more than adequate. Its a road going … »

  2. @chrismurphy92 Looks very forward. Long stem, and seat pushed forward all the way. »

  3. I was always curious as to why that was. Why go up to go back down? »

  4. Well, I rode it. Quite surreal in fact. It was a quick ride down the street, maybe 200 meters, but it moved gracefully and quietly down the street. She might not have been wearing matching wheels, but like many firsts, it’s not always perfect. But it is u… »

  5. How has the hard ano finish held up on the brake track? It’s a track bike that won’t see much road time, but for the occasional canal rides, i’ll toss an “oh shit” brake on the front. »

  6. * I’m split between archetypes and TB14s aswell. I use the archetypes on my road bike and have been very happy so far, but I think the TB14 might be a bit more fitting to the steel frame. »

  7. Thanks all, hopefully only the first of many. Any opinions on polished vs black wheels? the hubs are polished pauls. »

  8. @sthilzy It’s a Thomson. »

  9. @minion I built the bike based off a retul fit. I knew what my reach and stack were, so I built it to use no spacers. The headset stack height is only 1cm. »

  10. Its actually a front wheel off of my #1. I just tossed on so I could sit on it. I have to build up a rear wheel, then I’m going to run all black. »

  11. @roger It doesn’t look like a horrible fix, but it’s gonna take some tweaking. The crank dimple adds to the work. Make a mount for it and hang it on the wall? »

  12. I figure it’s come far along enough I can post some updates. The filler is a polished stainless plate folded over itself. »

  13. Post a picture of it if you can. »

  14. gotta love ‘em. I would throw a white logo on the downtube and call it a day. Are you the same Roger organizing the Boston Cogal? »

  15. Mango hubs! »

RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop. Continue reading...

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  1. RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop.

    It is a gravel/dirt Cogal. This route was used last September for another ride and is supposedly AWESOME!!!

    You will need 28mm at a minimum, maybe 32 mm tires on gravel/CX bikes per the description.

    Here’s a link to the route/description/etc from the September ride but this one is by us, not the cycling shop, but all are welcome of course!  The write up mentions registering/meals/etc.  None of that applies to us.

    Details on pre-ride espresso/pre-night drinking in Boston/post ride recovery drinking is forthcoming but mark your calendars for this puppy!!!

    It will be a GREAT Heck of the North appetizer for anyone thinking about heading out there in October as well!!!

    No drop, Casually Deliberate but we might break into groups depending on what bikes you bring.

    The route.

     

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - April 26, 2014
    9:05 AM - 8:20 PM

    Location
    Ride Studio Café

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

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. @freddy I personally rock a beard in the winter months. I feel it is directly proportional to Rule #9. I forget who said it, but when I asked about it beards, I was told that if it’s cold enough to justify, no one else will be out to see you. »

RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop. Continue reading...

@Weldertron's posts:

  1. RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop.

    It is a gravel/dirt Cogal. This route was used last September for another ride and is supposedly AWESOME!!!

    You will need 28mm at a minimum, maybe 32 mm tires on gravel/CX bikes per the description.

    Here’s a link to the route/description/etc from the September ride but this one is by us, not the cycling shop, but all are welcome of course!  The write up mentions registering/meals/etc.  None of that applies to us.

    Details on pre-ride espresso/pre-night drinking in Boston/post ride recovery drinking is forthcoming but mark your calendars for this puppy!!!

    It will be a GREAT Heck of the North appetizer for anyone thinking about heading out there in October as well!!!

    No drop, Casually Deliberate but we might break into groups depending on what bikes you bring.

    The route.

     

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - April 26, 2014
    9:05 AM - 8:20 PM

    Location
    Ride Studio Café

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. @Buck Rogers Correct. »