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If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. That’s the best piece I’ve read here in some time, @Steampunk. Kindness and an unassuming personality won’t win him many bike races, but do mean that he’s a damn fine human being.  Chapeau, sir. »

I don’t know how a guy who shows off the better part of a half meter of seat post comes to the conclusion that his saddle is too low, but that precise thought occupies an enormous amount of time. Ever closer looms the minimum insertion point on my seat pin, yet I am irrevocably bound to explore its limits.I actually wish my legs were shorter...

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  1. There’s  a prevalent myth that raising one’s bars and lowering one’s saddle will make a bike more comfortable, leading to the prevalence of galaxy-class headtubes and spacer stacks on many bikes. Does this work for some people?  Sure.  If you have very l… »

In my journey through life, I’ve been struck by the near universal existence of the competitive spirit amongst people. Even people who claim not to be competitive in nature are seemingly competitive about how uncompetitive they are. I’m more uncompetitive than you. We find it everywhere, between old friends and perfect strangers alike...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy This.  That applies to any aspect of life I can think of. »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goin...

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  1. @Haldy You obviously aren’t working at the Velominatus Budgetatus end of the spectrum.  Put me down for a Peg too.  On your tab. »

  2. @Chris Popping the tub into a water bottle on the seat tube is a good option for rides that don’t require lots of fluids. »

  3. @frank Out of an abundance of caution, I tend to over-glue my tubs.  Removing them from the rim by hand results in nasty blisters on the thumbs, and often rips the base tape right off. As such, I carry a tiny multi-tool that has an equally tiny knife … »

I can can feel his cold breath on my back, like a shadow drifting through an alleyway. He’s not yet upon me, but the Man with the Hammer is lurking nearby. I’m not even sure he has the intention to strike; he’s just staying close, cruelly reminding me that my fate is in his hands.I feel the heaviness in my legs from the first turn...

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  1. @Buck Rogers +1.  Hating and resisting pain will only get you a little way down the road.    You have to embrace the pain and even love it a little. »

Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. @TheVid This squared.  I find putting the bike in a trainer works best, especially when the pedals have been over-torqued. »

What, another guest post? Seemingly yes, but in fact we are keeping to our every-other Friday guest post schedule. We must Keep The Schedule! @Harminator’s post about pigs was the little seen “pop-up” article; a confluence of Paris-Roubaix, Orchies pigs and Jupiler beer. These things go very bad, very fast if not served quickly. @...

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  1. Pain brings clarity.  I ride looking for the moment when everything gels and the world makes sense again.  This usually happens only after I’ve pushed body and mind to the ragged edge of what they’ll tolerate before breaking. I’ve been told that I ride m… »

One of greatest cycling pleasures is riding with a mate. Riding ten centimeters off each other’s rear wheel for hours; trust is a beautiful thing. You swing over, ease your effort slightly so your mate rides through, you then tuck behind, in the draft, close and fast. It is the best. @Kah touches on this and other transcendent benefits from...

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  1. @scaler911 Yes…we have to teach it to anyone who shows the slightest interest. On one of my first group rides, I did a number of dumbass things, among them being cheeky enough to think that I could hang with a bunch of dudes that were way out of my l… »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. @Marvellous Can you feel the depth of my envy from here?  That looks like a fine and pleasant misery of a climb.  Sweet. »

I just got turned back from a ride. 5k from the house I realized my bits were getting too cold not only for comfort (in which case, apply Rule #5 and move on) but safety (i’ll take my vasectomy in the hospital, thank you very much). It’s a lovely sunny day, the only problems being the minus 12C temp, biting headwind, and leg warmers th...

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  1. @Ccos For pure road riding on one’s road machine, no.  Codifying exceptions to the rules is the road to perdition. That said, I do a lot of Audax, a discipline marked by the worst sort of Rule violations:  Galaxy-class EPMS, YJAs, and unshorn guns abou… »

This winter Shimano showed up on Maui with a flotilla of Colnago C-59s set up with disc brakes. The lucky Shimano people tested the bikes on some of the nicest routes on the island, including some descending down the Haleakala volcano. Unbelievably they didn’t invite me along (!?). If they had I would have suggested a different place to ride, one...

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  1. @tessar Dammit @tessar!  How dare you use facts and logic to justify your opinions!   Unacceptable. I do take issue with #3:  a tub is always going to corner better than a clincher at the same pressure.  I know without doubt that I can hit a nasty s… »

  2. @tessar Why is it then that the pro peloton eschews clinchers?  If they offered an actual speed advantage, the kings of marginal gains would be all over them, and yet they are still rolling tubs.  There is also the issue of high speed cornering:  a tub… »

  3. @Barracuda The carbon specific pads are mostly about not trashing your rim every time you brake – a brake pad compound made for alloy rims is like going after carbon fiber with a sandblaster. Rim-braked carbon clinchers have no place in mountainous te… »

For many Americans, their first ten speed bike was a Schwinn. It was heavy. Everything about it was heavy. It was the bike that was going to survive outside the bomb shelter. No one put a better crankset on a Schwinn. When we moved on that old bike languished in the garage and it was not coming back out. Not so for @Teocalli, for starters he didn&#...

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  1. BTW Teocalli, that restoration does my heart good.  I bow in respect for this bit of awesome. »

  2. @The Grande Fondue True that.  The compact frame has necessitated lengthy posts.  Note also Pantani’s non-slammed stem.  Still within spec – looks like 10mm to me, but unslammed. »

I wasn’t anywhere near old enough to hold a driver’s license but my dad had already bought me a motorcycle. It was a late seventies BMW R100 RS, dark blue. I loved that bike; I polished it fortnightly even though it never left the garage. I spent hours sitting on it, twisting the throttle and squeezing the clutch, diving in and out of t...

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  1. @unversio It’s Commuter Grand Prix, I know.  Sad but true. »

  2. @frank @frank is correct here:  at no time do I ever violate traffic laws (save perhaps for the speed limit on a good day.)   As a Velominatus (in training) I am an ambassador for our sport, and not a some idiot messenger boy. I always take the lane w… »

  3. @The Pressure Utterly foolish, of course.  Tell me something I don’t know. »

  4. For some reason I can’t quite explain, I get my jollies from playing in traffic at speed. My commute home has a lovely set of hairpin turns that terminate in a long straight runout of perhaps a mile.  It’s two lanes per side with heavy car traffic in thi… »

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. @Mike_P Golden Tickets don’t come in clinchers – you’re thinking of the tubular Nemesis rim, which is the finest rim that money can buy.  That includes Zipps and Enves and whatever other carbon hoops you care to name. The Excelights are fine rims, tho… »

The proclamation is heard in the office, on social media, at the bar with friends; “It’s leg day.” When someone utters “it’s leg day” the accompanying tone of resentment and even dread is usually followed by an audible “ugh”. This exasperation belies one fact, the person making the utterance is not a...

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  1. I would like to take a moment to unhijack this thread, which has degenerated into utter  nonsense.   We sound like a bunch of pre-pubescent girls.  Just shave the fucking things and get on with it. »

  2. @Richard Johnson You’re new here, so here’s a hint:  don’t take the response to your query too hard.   Taking the piss out of ourselves is the point.  Welcome. Rule of thumb:  if it fails to help you Look Fantastic, it’s unwise.  If you’re operating und… »

  3. If your guns are sprouting hair, it’s an early warning sign that something in life has run off the rails, and that corrective measures are required posthaste. Corrective measure #1 is to shave every square millimeter and immediately apply a Rule V ride. … »