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Order: Keeper of the Cog

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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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  1. Anyone noticing a performance improvement? Site seems to be screamin’ lately, not by accident. Loads of work has gone into getting this fucking thing off its knees, just wondering if its feeling faster to anyone other than the Keepers? »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @ChrisO I do check the SPAM periodically for your name because I know you are having issues and I found one post from Saturday and one from today (actually from Sept 18 which is the future for us here in the Pacific time zone) but you’re the only one wh… »

  2. @DeKerr This. @Ccos Also this. Sensibility might come into play; a little wave to get their attention, gauge their demeanour, gesture to roll the window down…that sort of thing? »

  3. @teleguy57 There are some studies out (Brett can find them I’m sure) about the YJA not being effective in making you more visible. The reflective strips that are on both the black and yellow version of the Gabba are much more meaningful. I ride the blac… »

  4. @s Great call. I’ve also very selfishly done that on climbs where I’m really trying to bury it and need to cross the lane to take a turn to continue up the climb; I’ve held up cars doing it and in more than a few cases they’ve followed me up the rest of… »

  5. @@blackpooltower I’ve had success with this myself; making it personal and about how scary it was and how bad it would be for both of us if it went sideways seem to be the most effective. @Nate On both the front and back of the crank on the outward… »

  6. @Beers This is great so long as you don’t break your phone! All smartphones should have a quick dial from the lock screen to the ICE contact. Seems more critical than a camera feature, no? I have occasionally done this and agree, its a bad idea! The… »

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. @R.McEwen Tan lines are a badge of honor and look much better than this, wouldn’t you agree? »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @Barracuda Yes, and I use a big headlight on the bars and a slightly less big headlight on the helmet; seems that whenever I ride without either one of those – because the battery is dead or some such – then the cars don’t recognize me as a bike. The r… »

  2. @Chris E Dub OH HOLY FUCKING FUCK FUCK. »

  3. @Durishin There was some construction on a recent ride; they blocked off the bike lane across a drawbridge, and gave no forewarning other than to merge the bike lane with traffic and send them across the metal grate which would be lethal even without sh… »

  4. @brett Depends on the intelligence of the person doing the evaluation, probably. Also, children are stupid too, so your study is invalid. Most children I know can’t even do math. I even saw an infant who couldn’t even even talk. Seriously. Dumbest anim… »

  5. @brett You obviously don’t keep birds. »

  6. @HMBSteve I saw an interesting graphic the other day on why its either safer to ride two abreast or why its more dangerous. Obviously it wasn’t a good graphic as a good one would have me remembering which it is…but in any case there are times when goin… »

  7. @JohnB Your Scottish independence thing is very interesting to follow for those of us for whom it has zero impact. »

  8. @davidlhill Even more frightening is how callus their driving style is then, given they can’t see! When its foggy and I can see fuck all, my reaction is to slow down, not speed up! @DeKerr HERE HERE! They even make an orange wrist band, so there’s no … »

  9. @davidlhill The local news were the ones making a big deal out of him sticking around because most of the incidents involving cars hitting (and even killing) bikes sees the driver take off never to be heard from again. »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. @dancollins takes the overall win today in the Vuelta – possibly the closest GC of any of the GT’s this year. Nice! Final Race Results 1. CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto 2. FROOME Christopher 3. VALVERDE Alejandro 4. RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin 5. ARU Fabio Fin… »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @EBruner What an incredible bike! WOW! Nice job folding the tub nice and small. »

  2. @MangoDave Just an observation; weight has less to do with destroying your gear so much as having some finesse on the bike. People much lighter than me destroy things much more quickly than I do. »

  3. @Chris That photo would be much more meaningful without the landscape and with some fucking gravel, git! »

  4. @teleguy57 Those Hampstens are sweet-ass looking bikes and its a dream to have one. To hear he helped you out getting the fit right is just all the more awesome. I was going to point out the different stem/fork in the second shot. Very nice looking st… »

@Nate’s take This year it was time for the Bay Area Cogal to visit my home turf in the East Bay. To make it more than just a long ride on roads I have ridden many times, and instigated by @EricW, the plan was to feature several sectors of dirt fire roads. A few scouting rides later, the route was planned. We rolled out on July 5 with @DaveR,...

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  1. @Rob What’s wrong with wanting to “Friend” his great grandfather? Dude was super cool. »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @stevep33 I ride Clement tubs on my CX rig; for Heck of the North I will be riding their LAS file tread. Even for CX racing I’m just gluing, no tape. I do an extra layer of glue for both the rim and tire and call it good. I’ve flatted twice on gravel a… »

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  1. @ChrisO I found two of your posts in Spam queue, how many went missing? If you’ve been flag (by accident) as a spammer that would doom you for certain. Also as a point of clarification on an earlier post; once you have one post approved you can post a… »