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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. @Bianchi Denti Bianchi Oltre is really only Italian in name, TBH.  A Giant painted in Celeste.  Lovely bike, but if your goal is something Italian, this isn’t it. »

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. Question for the more knowledgeable: Do any of the carbon hand made “in Europe” bikes not use Asian carbon?  My understanding was it was pretty much all Mitsubishi or Toray these days.  And, if they do, is other carbon as good a product? »

A death is a painful thing to experience. Particularly, I imagine, for the one doing the dying. For those left behind, it takes time to mourn and come to grips with the change; it is an unpleasant process, but such is the way of things.The crack in the chainstay of my beloved Cervelo R3 had been weighing on my mind ever since I discovered its exist...

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  1. that design is more than a tip of the hat to an R5….. interesting choice for another company to build. »

Cycling has been suffering a crisis every since the use of a helmet became compulsory. This crisis is rooted in the simple fact that cycling peaked aesthetically with the cycling cap perched casually deliberate atop a sweaty cranium. It was only after mandatory helmet dictum spread its tentacles into all UCI-sanctioned races in 2003 that helmet man...

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  1. @Marcus that hurt! »

  2. @mouse haha. Fair play. No debate here. (just wear one – or tattoo something on your forehead so that I don’t have to spend the night shitting myself trying to keep you alive). There. I’m done. Purged. »

  3. As an anesthesiologist at a major trauma hospital, let me assure you all that your skull doesn’t care if you were riding a crit or going milk pick up milk. I’ve never seen a battle of car vs unhelmeted cyclist end with a cyclist victory. not to get to rea… »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. Seriously?  People watch that stage and want to worry about doping?  That was a fucking spectacular ride by Froome and Porte. Can’t believe Contacor was left for dead like that. Dont worry. They’re all on drugs. Just enjoy the spectacle. Can’t wait for … »

How can we not talk about the Tour? After Sunday’s stage it’s hard not to be a little excited. Until yesterday the most thrilling thing I had seen was Mark Cavendish’s mad man chase back to the peloton after a late-in-the-race crash. He needed to get back quickly as the race was hurtling toward a sprint finish he was supposed to w...

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  1. @Deakus the poor business decisions of small bicycle companies never cease to amaze me »

  2. @Deakus i don’t see as many Argon 18’s as Cervelos, but they are definitely increasing in popularity. I just bought my new Wilier at a shooter that sells tons of Argon 18’s and they look beautiful. »

  3. @ChrisO ha! in Toronto there is a Cervelo everywhere you turn. Maybe because of the local connection. Probably a more common even specialized or Drek (not a typo – translate it from Yiddish!). Especially amongst the CSS crowd. »

The Velominati have our own set of nicknames and terms which have developed over time through posts and correspondence. Some of these are names of landmarks or terms in cycling; others are nicknames for some of the riders in the pro peloton. While not intended to be offensive or derogatory, the nicknames in the list represent the riders’ p...

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  1. Can also be pronounced group-uru »

  2. Sorry, but far better than “group-san” oils my riding group’s long-used “group-oo”. Riffing on Japanese pronunciation of English words. Flows much better »

How can we not talk about the Tour? After Sunday’s stage it’s hard not to be a little excited. Until yesterday the most thrilling thing I had seen was Mark Cavendish’s mad man chase back to the peloton after a late-in-the-race crash. He needed to get back quickly as the race was hurtling toward a sprint finish he was supposed to w...

@cantona's posts:

  1. @Gianni I may be colour blind as well but that’s what it made me think of.  The Pinerallo’s are ugly.  Doesn’t mean they aren’t outstanding bikes, but it’s true. »

  2. Oh yeah — I also have grown very tired of the curved top tube design.  Looked angry on the first few and now seems played out. »

  3. My opinions: the new Dogma is awful looking.  Love the easy-bake oven analogy. Disagree about the Trek — that colour looks like a neutered version of Celeste.  Like they tried to go Bianchi but woefully missed the mark.  The head tube looks like it was… »

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. New and improved with black hoods.  A world of difference. »

  2. @ChrisO nice. Highly reasonable motivations to ride a Giant. Was just checking. »

  3. @ChrisO Was I really taking shit about my Cento1 from a guy on a Giant? Why not plump for a Madone instead?  In Livestrong colours. (tongue firmly in cheek I hope you note….) »

  4. @Ron Absolutely — Campy seems to be a much better fit for those of us without massive hands. »

  5. @ChrisO no problem – this back and forth is why I read this site daily! »

  6. @ChrisO don’t ever feel bad for honesty. It is a better conversation starter than passive aggression, and I take no offense. I didn’t post here thinking everyone would want to own it. I posted out of excitement and pride in ownership after a long search…. »

  7. @Deakus just ordered the black hoods. I’ll see how the cables look once they’re on. Lizard Skin is what’s on there now. Definitely my favourite tape Although I recently converted to the thin kind. Thanks for the feedback »

  8. @ChrisO I sense disdain in that comment…  Or am I being defensive? »

  9. @piwakawaka agreed. I think it will become more black in the near future. »

  10. My new steed: Wilier Cento1 SR Campy chorus.  FSA/Wilier Carbon bars and carbon cranks.  Integrated seatpost with Ritchey cap. De-stickered Fulcrum Quattros for now.  Elite cages.  Red hoods being tested out but likely switched out for black shortly. … »