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Velominatus: biggles

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Skyrim, Sweden

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It wasn’t so long ago that the majority of bicycles were made by hand, from raw materials, in places that aren’t China or Taiwan. While some of these artisans are still around, their wares are increasingly harder to come by, and to procure an example of their work means an outlay of time and money which is more than most are willing to...

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  1. @Cyclops  Thanks, one-eyed-one. I’ll let you know how my attempts to fix it go down. :D »

Legends are central to any culture, ours perhaps more than most. The Ventoux is a French legend, rising 1912m above the rolling hills of Provence. The road is thick with the paint of Tours past and the names of giants. The grade is 7%, on average, though 10, 11, and 12% are routine throughout the middle section. The classical route begins in a smal...

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  1. ”Beyond the color of your bar tape exists a man, a mountain, and a bike. This is where the world begins.’ This is a good Sentence, I like this Sentence. »

It wasn’t so long ago that the majority of bicycles were made by hand, from raw materials, in places that aren’t China or Taiwan. While some of these artisans are still around, their wares are increasingly harder to come by, and to procure an example of their work means an outlay of time and money which is more than most are willing to...

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  1. @Cyclops The frame is Airplane Columbus tubes. I’ll put  some photos of it at the end of this post. This is actually a good idea because I was pondering on how to ask you for a CX frame at some point with the measurements of this frame exactly, on account… »

  2. @Beers @Teocalli I’ve gone to most in the area, and they aren’t touching it, because it’s really hard to get a drill in there, as the screw is on the inside of the rear dropouts and the left side bits are in the way. Most of them are also really frighte… »

  3. @Beers Thanks beers. Maybe I’m living in the wrong part of europe, because in Sweden no bike shop will touch it. Bonetti is shit with their customer service. All i got is an email letting me know it’s out of warranty and a request for pictures of the prob… »

  4. The downside of hand built custom frames is that once you break them you don’t just switch them for another just like it, you have to find some way to fix it. That being said, anybody know how I can fix my frame? A screw broke that held the rear triangle … »

My trouble isn’t with being a good descender; it is with cornering and stopping – and sometimes both. Or, as G’rilla puts it, “Descending is like sex; how good I am at it has nothing to do with how much I enjoy it.”Descending is demanding and requires great skill. It is not a time for resting or taking it easy; getting...

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  1. I used to be a good batshit descender until I got stupid this summer. The story is so stupid it might get me banned from the site so I shall not tell it here, suffice to say I went full retard. »

Five is an important number. Assuming nothing has gone amuck in our development or our usage of cutlery, we each boast five digits on both our hands and both our feet. Most of us have five senses. Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.The Babaloni...

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  1. Oh wow, I think The V is harder to find in day to day life, at least for me, than it is in riding my bike. (also mostly day to day, but that isn’t life, it’s Life) But here I go, if there was ever a non-cycling photo of mine that represented The V for me … »

There are always at least two ways to accomplish any task: properly and improperly. Drinking beer from a glass, not the bottle; carrying a full umbrella instead of a miniature fold-up; stirring your gin martinis, not shaking them; wearing french cuffs with a suit, not button cuffs. The Velominatus, of course, is drawn towards doing things Properly,...

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  1. @Gianni I do the same now, because of a similar noodle incident. »

Last year we saw Evelyn Stevens out-last Marianne Vos at the top of the Mur de Huy. The take home message is don’t start one’s charge too early. Vos should know this finish, having won it four times already. It’s hard to know who is on form in the professional women field as the races are too far apart to infer much from the last...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Emma Johansson 3. Armistead 4. Van Dijk 5. Kristen McGrath »

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. @Mirko Or a Bonetti like my lovely steed. Again – actual custom made in italy by old blind monks on a mountain. They cook the carbon for 6 months in a traditional carbon kiln  True story. »

  2. @the-farmer Bianchi is indeed as awesome as you make it out to be. Celeste is a glorious colour. No matter what bike I’ll ride it’ll certainly have a ”Master says faster” bianchi decal on the stem. »

Yes it is a race named after a barely drinkable Dutch beer. I have enjoyed Amstel beer, brought to our table by a nice waitress, sitting outside in the Dutch spring. Atmosphere is everything. Do the Dutch brew awesome beer? I drank some good stuff in Amsterdam last spring but I’m pretty sure it was Belgian.Now we begin the Ardennes three race...

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  1. Hah! Gilbert 4th. I knew it. »

  2. Good race, that. Though I may have gotten everything wrong in the VSP. I guess you live and you learn. Or at any rate you live. »

  3. @Buck Rogers It’s now been updated to a broken collarbone. »

  4. @Mikael Liddy Yup. And it’s better than last season when I just had to watch pixels and the commentators going ”well bugger”. I just looked at my VSP picks and realised I had not put my money on Vansummeren for second place like I wanted to in the f… »

  5. I’m really liking the slow-motion thing they are doing this season. »

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 need to talk about Rule #48 I am confused in my ways. How does one measure a saddle’s angle specifically. For a while I was riding a Arione Tri 2. When I first purchased it I did so because it would look damn sweet on the steed, without giving it muc… »

  2. @ChrisO So what do you think about helmets? »

I hadn’t planned to ride them every day. In fact, I had planned to only ride them once and let other people ride them. But, genius that I am, I forgot my ceramic brake pads and had to source some new ones which was a maddeningly difficult process given that Europe observes something in the neighborhood of 363 holidays per year.I was more than...

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  1. @minion Under the lycra. »

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. @Dan Literally everyone here is an elitist roadie. It’s pretty much a requirement for reading the posts, let alone posting in the comments section. »

Yes it is a race named after a barely drinkable Dutch beer. I have enjoyed Amstel beer, brought to our table by a nice waitress, sitting outside in the Dutch spring. Atmosphere is everything. Do the Dutch brew awesome beer? I drank some good stuff in Amsterdam last spring but I’m pretty sure it was Belgian.Now we begin the Ardennes three race...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Fuglsang 3. Schleck 4. Gilbert 5. Lars Boom »

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. Hah! I’m getting Maria (bike nr 1) some Campa delta brakes! Felt like sharing. »

  2. @unversio That mount is pretty darn cool. I need to get a go-pro. I was actually thinking a great mounting system would be something that went into the rear of the fi'zi:k saddles instead of a PRMS or a light. Though they should also make a mud-guard for t… »

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. @Tobin By this standard I should be defrosted early tomorrow morning. I don’t even know how i’m typing this, i can’t feel my hands…or my legs. Damn you, Sweden. It’s mid-April FFS. »