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A lifelong Velominatus, the history and culture within cycling fascinates Frank and, if given even the vaguest of excuses, will discuss it to exhuastion. A devoted cycling aesthete, the only thing more important to him than riding a bike well is looking good doing it. Frank is co-author along with the other Keepers of the popular book, The Rules, The Way of the Cycling Disciple and also writes a monthly column for the magazine, Cyclist. Email him directly at rouleur at velominati dot com.

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I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. @unversio This sounds mystical, effervescent, and magical all in one shot! What a day! By the way, the Coefficient of Difficulty should go into the Lexi as the practical version of Rule #68, n’est pas? »

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. @Harminator You just won the internet. »

  2. @Joe C. Fuck yeah he’s running road grippies. I had a set myself, they sucked donkeyballs but were one step closer to having brifters, apart from risking a catastrophic loss of control anytime you twisted the bars in the wet in order to shift. »

  3. Fuckin’ spot on, Bevin. »

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. @cognition Yes, and his “climbing gear” is a 39×23. Fuck compacts, bitches. Sur la plaque was ever thus. »

The Cogal of the Falling LeaVes is now an annual eVent. This is the carte edition.The route is unchanged from 2011-2013. The North Island offers a challenge for those looking to extend their fitness into ‘cross season. A southern section only offers a beautiful ride with a lunch stop in Coupeville and return. Eightzero will (as always) be in...

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  1. The Cogal of the Falling LeaVes is now an annual eVent. This is the carte edition.

    The route is unchanged from 2011-2013. The North Island offers a challenge for those looking to extend their fitness into ‘cross season. A southern section only offers a beautiful ride with a lunch stop in Coupeville and return. Eightzero will (as always) be in the groupetto.

    A no drop, casually deliberate ride on October 18, 2014. Bring your directions, the road has choices, and maybe (maybe) you don’t want to get lost. There are bailout points for shorter rides. Bring supplies, as Coupeville is the only, but most logical place for refuel and rewater.

    In keeping with the ferry schedule and change in season daylight, we plan a V past VV start. Note that coin operated showers are available at the Langley marina. Bring quarters. Mo’s Pub and Eatery in Langley has post ride food and malted recovery beverages, including the kind that come from a far off land renowned for its Islay and Highland (inter alia) versions.

    Ride directions here.

    Start/end: South Whidbey Island Commons and CoffeeHouse.

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    Date - October 18, 2014
    10:05 AM - 4:15 PM

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    South Whidbey Island Commons and CoffeeHouse

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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. @Quasar You may be our first openly Icelandic community member. Welcome! »

  2. @TheVid Great meeting you yesterday; I hope your drive back was safe! Recursion corrected… »

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. @Logan Everyone should inspect this bike in detail; what a cool contraption! I love the dt shifter for the fd and the mind-fuck 90-degree STI lever for the rear. »

I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. @therealpeel Fantastic observation. I love this. Especially the line: »

  2. @VeloSix This is a very good goal. @chuckp Welcome back; take it day by day my friend. @Barracuda …I suppose that’s right! Hadn’t thought of it like that. This is my biggest beef with Strave; I love the social aspect and the training log s… »

  3. @antihero I imagine if you use a power meter how liberating it must be to get rid of it. I used to take my heart rate monitor off when I was a slave to it and it felt like the relief you feel after putting down a heavy load. @unversio I forgot you … »

  4. @ChrissyOne Woot woot! @rfreese888 Very well put! This are indeed times for discovery. »

  5. @ped WTF?? Where was that? @girl And I envy you being on the other side as well; we’ll always look at the other side of the cycle with some nostalgia, won’t we? Feeling that sharpness in your muscles, the ease of movement that comes with it – even … »

  6. @Ccos Yeah, even in the last two weeks I’ve seen my form drop off significantly, but at the same time I’m having a lot of fun on the bike. Cogal today, CX race at Magnuson park tomorrow where I’ll experience Surround Bollocking. »

  7. @Ron Ok, now that I read your impossibly long post, AWESOME!! I can tell if your job is at the lbs or in your field but either way it sound like it hit the spot so fuckin’ good on ya! if I could give anyone advice, it would be to follow the heart not t… »

  8. @Ron Congrats!! The second part seems like it’s from a post-appocalypic fiction – surely that’s not possible in real life! »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. @Haldy Now its a party! »

  2. @rfreese888 GOLD! @markb For sure! Brakes are for sissies! @RobSandy This exchange is priceless! »

  3. @RobSandy I lost my front wheel on black ice; not as unfortunate a crash but yes, handling skills won’t do you much good there except if experience would tell you not to corner on wet leaves. @Chris I have my eye on an offroad moto for gravel recce… »

  4. @Nate Oh well look at mister fancypants! Fantastic; I will expect you to name the grapes in the photo then.  »

  5. @Teocalli I think the same thing about skiers. »

  6. @RobSandy I am not an elegant creature when I leave the ground. At that, I’m not an elegant creature on the ground, granted, but even much less so off it… @Ron This is the best typo in the history of the internet. »

  7. @markb …or don’t disgrace yourself riding a circus trick and do as I suggested and preserve your dignity? »

  8. @ChrissyOne I spent the V-V Cogal descending behind a guy who rode motorcycles and a guy who spent time riding a car fast on a track (@Jamie). Both were much much much much better at cornering than I am…got a brain dump from both and spent a year work… »