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Velominatus: gilly

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Devon UK

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Love the bike, live the rules with a few exceptions. Find myself smiling on rainy rides but dont know why!! Passionate about the road but not averse to MTB. Officer in the Fire Service which means I don't get to go into fires anymore so get my thrills on the bike. Generally ride alone although I'm absolutely not a loner, just enjoy the solitude, the time to think and suffering without witnesses!

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The cobbles are not for everyone. Peter van Petegem said it best, that you have to really love the stones to be good at them. Much like climbing, they demand that the rider forge a close relationship with a special kind of pain – one that is self-inflicted and inspires you to inflict more.I knew I would love the pavé before my tires ever c...

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  1. Fantastic watching Terpstra again. That really was the one that got away. He played an absolute blinder with that attack »

I love discovering things about people who I think I know. Maybe it’s a work colleague or friend of a friend who you run into once a month, maybe every week, and as the relationship lengthens and develops you pick up a nugget of information here and there. Sometimes a mutual acquaintance will proffer an anecdote, or if they’re talking...

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  1. @brett. Fuck me I’d settle for a set of those never was legs Brett. Guntastic! »

I’m trying my best to stay thin this winter, but I’m nowhere near where I was when it was warm and the days were long. I keep flashing back to the last time I felt genuinely skinny and declared to myself, “This time, I’ll keep it off!”This photo is a metaphor. Winter me is on the right, Summer me is on the left. Mi...

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  1. @Ccos Do chickens have nipples? Can you milk a chicken? I only learned about milking cats from ” Meet the Fockers.” »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. @Oli Fair play, I cant believe that hasnt been taken up in pro cycling. Then again, it would have to get through the UCI. »

@Blackpooltower is obviously spending all his n+1 money on new cycling books, or he works in the little seen cycling-specific bookshop. Either way, he is nice enough to catch us all up on what is vvorthy. The lead image alone is enough, it’s fantastic. It’s worthy of its own article or, even better, a movie. It is not too late for hint...

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  1. @Deakus I have read that one @deakus. As you say, some of it made for uncomfortable reading and I find it hard to find empathy with someone as narcissistic as Anquetil. But as a rider, he was exceptional. There was a recent post on velominati of him ri… »

I’m trying my best to stay thin this winter, but I’m nowhere near where I was when it was warm and the days were long. I keep flashing back to the last time I felt genuinely skinny and declared to myself, “This time, I’ll keep it off!”This photo is a metaphor. Winter me is on the right, Summer me is on the left. Mi...

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  1. @sthilzy »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. Jesus H, have you seen this! Unbelievable wheel change system where the cassette stays in the frame   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWki2rr8BcY »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

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  1. @osbk67 @osbk67 They are beautiful though! »

@Blackpooltower is obviously spending all his n+1 money on new cycling books, or he works in the little seen cycling-specific bookshop. Either way, he is nice enough to catch us all up on what is vvorthy. The lead image alone is enough, it’s fantastic. It’s worthy of its own article or, even better, a movie. It is not too late for hint...

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  1. I was handed a copy of Legends of The Tour earlier this year by my lovely, surprising Dad. I hadn’t seen it on the shelves and having looked at the first couple of pages was initially a bit underwhelmed. My initial reaction was completely misguided, what … »

I’m trying my best to stay thin this winter, but I’m nowhere near where I was when it was warm and the days were long. I keep flashing back to the last time I felt genuinely skinny and declared to myself, “This time, I’ll keep it off!”This photo is a metaphor. Winter me is on the right, Summer me is on the left. Mi...

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  1. WTF is skinny? »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

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  1. @frank. I have a 4 inch scar on my head from the dark night when I was rebuilding a hub and a couple of BB’s decided that they didnt like what I had planned and made for an escape. In attempting to stop them rolling under the bench I caught my head square… »

There are certain bicycle tools that once owned, signify much more than just ownership. For me, it was this Park clamp. No one starts out with a proper bike stand. For any cyclist, I see the early years of working on the bike as it leans up against the end of the bed. I also see no live-in girlfriend or second room to do this in. This era includes...

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  1. Hey Gianni, spot on about tools and equally about the progression to a work stand . I’ve lost count of the scuffed bar tape and worse that came from fettling my bike while it leant on something. Picked up a cracking stand for £30 in the sales last year an… »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

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  1. @PeakInTwoYears On the subject of OCD! »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. @brett. Mate, that is simly stunning. »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. @frank ‘Nuff said Frank. I’ve only seen a couple of interviews with Hampsten but he appeared to have a great humility about him, just came across as the most friendly fella. He could lay it down though! In any other athlete this pic would have screamed… »

  2. Although this one is my favourite shot of Hampsten, maybe my favourite cycling pic. Cool as fuck »

  3. @Buck Rogers  that is epic Hampsten Buck, fucking love that pic on the Gavia. »

  4. Rapha do a very nice very thin merino beanie, fits well under a helmet and is toasty. I’ve worn it with cap in freezing rain under the lid too. »

  5. @frank. Clearly the reason for Raul’s expression is that he’s just caught his reflection in the team bus window. It’s tough for a pro to not look pro but Alc’s doing a fine job here. While I can defo see the logic in the winter cap, I know it’s a look I w… »

There’s no doubt I live La Vie Velominatus. Sometimes I think I live it maybe a little too much, as I’ve been told by independent observers that bicycles and all associated with them dominates my very existence. And it’s true; I work in the industry, dividing my time between editing Spoke magazine, writing (not nearly enough latel...

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  1. @brett That was such a refreshing read Brett, thank you. I’m finding it ever harder as I get older to balance time on the bike v time with the famly v time at work. Commuting isnt always an option as my job demands that I have a car with me at work. I’ve … »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. @Harminator what a tough call, but what a great choice to be able to make too. »

  2. @frank. There should be a rule for that. “And The Prophet did decree that thou shalt not write nor say the F word” “I’ve never had a flat on the cobbles, but I’ve seen it enough first-hand to attest to the above scenario. I also recognize that due to my … »

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. @VeloVita To be fair, I’ve yet to see anyone carry the Rapha cap off. I’ve got one and I look a complete tool in it, with the exception of under a helmet when it is pretty cool. There isnt enough material in the top section IMO. »

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...

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  1. I’m clearly not getting my work/ V balance right. I’m always nearly home by the third hour and even then SWMBO is giving me the look! »

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...

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  1. Big piece Frank, glad I took the time to read it. I’ve had the same thoughts as you and have sometimes struggled to justify them. I can only feel sorrow for Marco and only contempt for Armstrong. I need to see some evidence of frailty in those that I admi… »