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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.

@frank's activity:

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...

@frank's posts:

  1. @The Grande Fondue I was a Bugno man myself; that was a fantastic Tour, despite the heartbreak of LeMond “faltering”. Chiappucci also went from dodgy looking weirdo to totally Pro looking stud. He even looked good in those blue denim spandex shorts. »

  2. @VeloSix Its all about execution. »

  3. @Markp This photo puts in sharp relief what has happened to the European peloton due to the introduction of the helmet, a device that has flummoxed the French in particular more than anyone. Compare Jaja below with cap with the above. How can a dude… »

  4. @Mikael Liddy It will be part of the 2015 V-Gear reboot; in the mean time, meditate on this fucking cap. »

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...

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  1. @teleguy57 These are the sorts of problems you genuinely need to cherish. Much beer and wine will also be required to find the right answer. In other news, my 27 PRs just showed up at the shop (Branford Bike); the owner’s been aging them for a year. »

  2. @Deakus No, it has to do with how supple the casing is and how well it can flex and adjust to rocks and other debris. »

  3. @Gianni Close. It was the kid plus the English ex-pat car driver who brought us to said airport. @TommyTubolare Wherethefuckyoubeen? Missed you my friend, good to see you around again. »

  4. @Chris That might have been the best ride of the week; so surreal in the cold, and we were all so tired from the previous day’s soul-crushing. Except Alex took us over more cobbles, the pisshead. »

  5. @markb I’m in phase on everything except the speed to change the tire – I can change a tub faster than a clincher and there’s actually less muss and trouble by avoiding having to fit the tub back into the tire. »

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. @Buck Rogers I’m not sure anyone can declare themselves transcended. But go with it buddy. Also, did you click any of the links in the article? http://www.velominati.com/folklore/look-pro-part-ix-proper-cycling-caps/ »

Details are what separate the Velominatus from the Cyclist; we don’t just pay attention to them – we devour them. Our bicycles are carefully curated with every part sourced to meet our personal specifications, requirements, or whim.And just as fine cufflinks round out a finely tailored suit, the Velominati V-Cog bar plugs dubbed the Han...

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  1. @teleguy57 For sure, in fact I might have some of these around too – if so I’ll put them up online this weekend as well. »

The Post-Ride Recovery Drink has never tasted better than it does when enjoyed from the V-Pint. Look deep into your heart and contemplate the awesome symmetry as the V-Cog reveals itself to you at the bottom of the glass; then pour another. Earnest seeker: Drink and ye shall find.Remember: be a good cycling ambassador and always represent La Vie V...

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  1. Looks like I have some in stock; I’ll get this back online this weekend. Also planning a full reboot on the V-Gear for Jan 1. Missing the holiday season unfortunately but moving forward this will all be much smoother. »

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...

@frank's posts:

  1. @markb, @ChrisO Oh I agree you lot share fuck all. Its just you won’t stop talking about whatever thought is passing your mind, “There we go, I see there is a stone on the street, that’s a bit strange isn’t it? I suppose we might as well head down the pu… »

  2. @rfreese888 I’m skeptical about using them commuting, but they are realistic for daily training; a flat is a flat is a flat. Incidentally, I feel Gatorskins are totally backwards; they try to avoid flats by being very rigid, whereas I’ve had the least … »

  3. @antihero Some people, you just can’t reach. »

  4. @Nate Oh, good point. I’ve got some 26mm Schwalbe’s that sound very nice. The VF’s definitely have a higher pitched sound, but the new Schlalbes that are handmade are very good for an everyday tire. »

  5. @Haldy You’re going to be disappointed unless you put a cassette on. »

  6. @PeakInTwoYears The smoother the better; concrete is also quite good. If you can climb alongside a wall (concrete ideally) it will reflect the sound even more. It is sexy and beautiful. »

  7. @Haldy Will your FMBs be on carbon rims? That is nirvana: »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. @HMBSteve His eyes are very close together… »

  2. @wiscot Don’t tempt him, sir!! »

  3. @Buck Rogers A-Merckx brother. Finally someone said it! »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

@frank's posts:

  1. @MangoDave Top marks on both, especially the Big Mig jet fuel Epics.bug as a house, climbs with Pantani. What? @RobSandy Yeah, agreed based on not knowing him at all and just reading stuff. And I never sweat the content Because that way I can read … »

  2. @Buck Rogers I agree with you 100%, but there was one occasion where he showed some serious panache, and that won him his third Tour. »

  3. @Stephen I am oddly satisfied that I didn’t know that. But thanks, and corrected. I think you got a bit mixed up here; Wiggo was Count Dooku and Froome Anakin; Lord Brailsford allowed one to slay the other to see which was the stronger. Dooku and W… »