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How can we not talk about the Tour? After Sunday’s stage it’s hard not to be a little excited. Until yesterday the most thrilling thing I had seen was Mark Cavendish’s mad man chase back to the peloton after a late-in-the-race crash. He needed to get back quickly as the race was hurtling toward a sprint finish he was supposed to w...

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  1. The Katusha Canyons are looking good. Top tube not horizontal but at least it’s straight. I know it’s a bit of a Cervelo-a-like but still… »

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. Here’s a person with a medical homage to The Rules and clearly one after my own heart: “I also have an interest in cycling, coffee and watches.” – it could only be a GP as British hospital physicians can’t afford nice bikes, good coffee AND nice watches. … »

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. @Tartan1749 those guys can’t have seen American Flyers… »

If you ever doubted for a minute that the hardmen of yore drafted the blueprint for The Rules, you need only look at these fine examples to be reminded that no matter how limited the resources they had to work with, they still managed to do a better job of Looking Fantastic than we ever could.It matters not to them that having pockets in the front...

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  1. @zalamanda I went to a Christian Brothers school. We tried not to show any interest in what might or might not be tucked into the teachers pants. I enjoyed the wheel-building piece too and I met the guy in question – Pete Matthews – last Sunday on the cl… »

  2. @Chris Spot on. Ostensibly in the name of “Infection Control”, the ties went out with the white coats and all without a shred of  evidence to support the strategy. The only ones wearing (shiny) suits and ties now are the hospital managers. I can’t say too… »

  3. Great photo. We British doctors are no longer permitted to wear ties at work but when I was a junior, it used to be common to see older physicians arrive on the ward with not only ties but also stethoscopes tucked into their trousers (and presumably their… »

I rousted Frank early. The Sunday morning group ride rolls out at 6:30 am from Twin Falls. As I put bikes in the truck  I saw a sky full of stars, a good indicator for a beautiful morning ride. I have been crazed to show Frank our local Sunday morning group ride and now he was on Maui it was finally going to happen. It is a Casually Deliberate rid...

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  1. @ChrisO I worked in a mining town called Weipa at the (nearly) top of Cape York. After the first big rain, all the blokes and some of the ladies used to get tanked up and run around the town completely naked at 2 a.m. There was definitely more violent dis… »

Eight point V bar. From the moment I bought my first set of high quality road clinchers, I’ve ridden at that pressure. I started with that number because that’s the pressure the sidewall told me to pump them up to; I didn’t yet understand much about balancing the benefits of high and low pressures to optimize comfort and friction;...

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  1. @VeloVita Im not sure that my own insensitive arse can distinguish between 95 and 100psi but you make a good point. I read an interview with a local (to me) and well-known wheel builder – Pete Matthews – who suggests that the frame material isn’t such a m… »

There must still be a few readers out there who have not followed the Dutch Monkey down the merry tubular path; for them I offer an update on an alternative. Road tubeless has been lauded as the best thing to happen to cycling since the introduction of seatpins. These have been around for years but the road version has not gathered the expected mom...

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  1. @Carl @Oli Could get messy. Be careful out there. »

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Is anyone else in need of some bike racing? I’m strung out and need a fix. @chrisO has come to the rescue by actually racing his bike and filing a proper report. He didn’t just jump into some Sunday Cat IV event either. He raced a stage race, the Tour of Sharjah, which might be part of Abu-Dhabi, no embrocation and Belgian booties for t...

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  1. Great article Chris. The mentality of the professional sportsman/woman is something really remarkable. I’m always struck that it’s that rather than their physical attributes which sets them apart from us. Having said that, in my case, it’s obviously both. »

Clouds hang heavy in the sky, plump with a rain which contemplates the opportunity to hurl itself towards the Earth below. I get the sense that we wait for each other, the Rain and I; the rain relishes the opportunity to soak my clothes and skin, seeking to corrode my resolve while I cherish the opportunity to prove to myself that it will not be s...

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  1. Don’t know if anyone has posted this elsewhere yet: EPMS positive, outrageous MTB rear mudguard present, facial hair replete. I present WinterWiggo for your viewing pleasure. I’m happy to say that I ride in the the same area as him and my Sunday club… »

It seemed so easy, when I was young, to decide who to love and who to hate. These days, life is a complicated web of heroic deeds and dark shadows. As we get older, it appears our heroes and villains get mixed up.Fortunately for us, Cycling is about much more than bike racing. It is about loving the machine, submitting ourselves to the cathedral ...

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  1. @Lepidopterist Me too at the moment – in any case, my fine weather bike is old, steel and wearing tubs. I haven’t the strength to push the enormous gear uphill or the courage to deal with a puncture far from home so it’s basically a project (aka garage de… »

  2. @Mark1 Thanks mate – I’ve learned too late to check the chain wear regularly. I’m obviously putting a massive amount of power through it… For a Velominatus Neophytus, I’m pretty good about keeping my kit clean and maintained. Once I’d degreased my chai… »

  3. Here seems like an opportunity to seek advice on chain wear as it’s been brought up… Is it prudent to change the chain at regular intervals and before it’s visibly worn (as described by @Beers ) in order to protect the cassette? I’m asking as I’m abo… »

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. WW exhibiting his impeccable Velominatus credentials on the always excellent Cycling Tips and mentioning one of my favourite rules with a great post today: http://www.cyclingtips.com.au/2012/08/keeping-it-tidy-in-the-rear/ »

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks but you can grab a beer and watch that old dog do the same stupid thing over and over again, which is almost the same as a doing trick. On an unrelated note, I find myself, for the third year running, staring down the business end of the week approaching the Climb4Cancer time trial up Zoo Hill in Issaquah...

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  1. 14.47 unless you hallucinate a wolf chasing you… Good luck Frank – smash it up mate! »

We are proud to announce a change to the Velominati Super Prestige moving forward: sponsorship. We are delighted (if a little surprised) at the interest our partners showed in this endeavor, despite the short notice we gave them. Four sponsors will be gracing the sides of our team bus for this year’s race: fi’zi:k is our Super Domesti...

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  1. I just don’t know why he’d be taking a diuretic during the tour – I know that they’re theoretically supposed to accelerate excretion of other stuff (like other drugs) but I was under the impression that most diuretic abuse in athletes was for weight loss … »

Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

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  1. To paraphrase the Hope of a Nation (Wiggins)… I’d say they are just fucking wankers. I can’t be dealing with people like that, it justifies their own bone idleness. Rather than getting off their arses and doing something with their lives it’s easier fo… »

  2. @Gdog Frank? Frank, is that you? Man, stay out of those coffee shops – the brownies aren’t what you’re used to mate. »

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. @Keith Harcourt Is this the shop Keith? I don’t think that counts mate. »

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. @Dr C Motherless feckers. Keep an eye on ebay/gumtree etc. There’s no respect for the medical profession these days. Have you denied any methadone scripts lately? There’s always someone with an axe to grind… »

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. @Jonny Did you see this over at Cycling Tips a while back? http://www.cyclingtips.com.au/2011/09/know-the-wind/ There’s an earlier piece about pacelines linked from there too. Seeing the video jogged my alcohol-addled memory into action. »

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. @Buck Rogers Gald you’re okay Buck – I’m not really a believer in “fate” but I reckon we’re all due a bump at some time and it’s nice that you and your bike survived yours in (almost) one piece. Make sure your bike shop examine the frame closely in-case t… »

Our balaclava wearing friend, @Oracle, submitted this winter reflection on The V. The article is a little ripe, but for many, spring is still a long way off and the gym or a balaclava are the only solutions to some tough questions. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @heinous Can’t believe I used “you’re” instead of “your”. TAXI…. »