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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...

@davidlhill's posts:

  1. @unversio Priceless – another keyboard “cleaning of coffee” moment there! David »

  2. @geoffrey I stand corrected. My only excuse is that my opinions were created in a weather neutral country – the UK. David »

  3. @unversio Another gem – coffee needs clearing from my keyboard now! »

  4. @geoffrey I stand corrected, in spades. My erroneous view of life comes, I guess, from living in such a weather neutral country…… David »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

@davidlhill's posts:

  1. @wiscot I thought John Lennon’s father was Irish…… But he still has a point. David »

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. @ChrisO THIS!! Never understood a cap under a helmet – surely it is one or the other? And since caps Look Fantastic then the path is clear…….. David »

  2. @davidlhill Frank and all – an apology. By coincidence your v-kit ordering thread from 2011 popped up and I took a look at it. And after re-reading my comment above I’ve come across as an asshat – I’ll try not to let it happen again! In mitigation I’v… »

  3. @brett Is this why the V Kit has disappeared? But I do get it – if a cap can’t be produced, how the hell are you going to create bib shorts? Put me down as buyer. As to the question of the brim, simple. Sun and/or warmth – Up and the legend – Rule #5…. »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

@davidlhill's posts:

  1. @markb No, it’s not just you. David »

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. 20 odd years ago I took my dad to the Ghent 6 day – a brilliant evening. Had tickets right on the finish line in the home straight. Ghent apparently is one of the shorter indoor tracks that adds to the noise, excitement etc. It was only a few years befor… »

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...

@davidlhill's posts:

  1. @PanzerPuss Only true of you’re a registered user AND logged in. If not, those icons aren’t there. David »

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. @Teocalli That sounds like a plan – apparently entries to Eroica open shortly and I’ll be clicking ‘enter’ as soon as I can. My current vintage top belonged to my dad – it’s a tight fit so I’ll have to keep off the pies if I want to use it next summ… »

  2. @sthilzy  as you’re a Gray Order Velominatus I’ll take your advice! More seriously, I’m doing eroica Britannia next year on my dads 1970’s Raleigh and the kit from Tudor I think would be most suitable. Thanks! »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @markpa Great story! »

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. Not sure where to post this, but I felt like sharing how at 3’55” in to this film the guy brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘descending like a pro’. Not very aero mind. http://www.thebikecollective.com/road-bike-party-2/?utm_source=Outbrain&ut… »

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. There are douchebags in all sports. I can’t say there is a greater than average incidence in the Tri world, but maybe I’m biased. The question as to whether a tri is tougher or easier than a crit is irrelevant – it all depends on how much V the athlete i… »

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...

@davidlhill's posts:

  1. Advice re Rule #16 – Respect the Jersey Yellow Jersey, Maglia Rosa, KoM etc- all clear and all no-no’s. I have come across some shorts (and tops) that I really like as they are in the classic style. However, they also have World Champion colours as trim. … »

The cycling cap was part of any kit: nearly black shorts, team jersey and cap. It would be matching, it would be cotton. In the day before the required helmet, the cycling cap was it. Unrestrained by helmet or hairnet, the cap was the crown upon the head. It would sit high on the head, not pulled down like a baseball cap. It sat no higher upon the...

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  1. Another name down for the V cap!!! David »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. An interesting read – plus he’s a lover of cycle caps…….. http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/oct/10/david-millar-cycling DAvid »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. @Haldy Huh? the weavers I see are the ones incapable of turning their heads and keeping the bike on track at the same time! David »

I was asking earlier, how do you know if you are a cyclist? One sure sign is when one brings a bike on almost all vacations. If a vacation does not include some cycling, is it a vacation? If you asks that, you are a cyclist. Hopefully this has been a long-term condition and all other vacationeers accept this with a shrug, yeah, a damn Velominatus.V...

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  1. @The Pressure ChrisO needs no-one to defend his choice, but really – why be so prescriptive? Why not write “If I were you I’d wear a helmet”? I don’t want this to be a helmet yes/no debate (we’ve had many!) so all I want to do is make 2 points: All of … »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. @frank Our kits are made there as well. I’m not being funny about Eastern Europe; I’m being funny about countries who are suddenly showing amazing Cycling prowess. Are you sure? Seems like the designs went there but to date nothing has come back. Ar… »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

@davidlhill's posts:

  1. @Nick that is a top post to kick off with! I know the feeling re the spoke – yes, you could put any old spoke in but it wouldn’t feel right. Descartes died knowing that his line “I think, therefore I am.” wasn’t quite right. It took another couple of 1… »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. Interviewer: “What went through your head when you woke up this morning?” Wiggo: “That I needed a wee.” Another gem to add to the list. What a performance, with very few of the cognoscenti (velomiscenti?) predicting it. So where, in the all time greats… »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @wiscot Did he? I got the impression @Brett enjoyed, on the whole, talking to Fred as he’s a decent chap hinting at a similar warped sense of humour (which means the Fred, should he stumble, or be pushed towards, across this site, would be a perfect ad… »