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The severity of a crash exists on two planes, the physical and psychological. The physical is the most obvious and one we busy ourselves with in the immediate vicinity of coming down. Our bodies need time to heal, our kits may need replacing or mending, and our bicycles may need repair work. For weeks and sometimes months, we may carry with us t...

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  1. Came off on Monday on some black ice myself. Successfully negotiated all the usual danger points and then wham, sliding across the tarmac. No time to register what was about to happen at all – a sort of quantum crash’ instantly flipping from upright to do… »

If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that ‘useful’ things like practicality and functionality can often take a back seat to more basic pursuit of aesthetics and taste. If you haven’t, then your name might just be Paul.You may have also become aware that there is occasional flagrant flouting of certain guidel...

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  1. Roadslave’s bike are indeed beautiful. I should have a Pearson joining my stable in the next month, which I’m even more exitied about now. Won’t be in pumpkin, but i may have to see about a customised headtube badge… »

In our privileged stables of bikes, it ranks towards the bottom of the heap as Bike #2 or lower, but the Rain Bike is no slouch. This is, after all, the bike we rely on in bad weather, trusting it to carry us safely through what typically amounts to the most dangerous conditions we ride in. Provided you ride year-round, you likely ride this machin...

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  1. Or even spell Belgium any more. As it has been pisisng down all day here but now the sun is shining I shall enjoy my mudguards on the way home. But that is communting and therfore acceptable? »

  2. We’ve got too much Begium toothpaste in our eyes over the years from cycling behind bastaards (is that the Flemish for bastard?) without mudguards to able to see little details like that any more. »

  3.   From today’s Guardian: Here comes the rain: why we secretly love it when it’s wet http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/20/why-we-secretly-love-rain  Obviously the UK is not actually a nation of dedicated rule niners, but we can but dream. On the su… »

There was a time when bicycles were lovingly handmade by artisans who themselves loved the sport more than those for whom they built the machines. Lugs were filed to become Luggs; chain and seat stays were beautifully chromed for durability despite the grams it added to the frame’s final weight; spokes were chosen for their purpose and lace...

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  1. @Souleur It’s a Carradice Nelson Longflap: http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?page_id=product&under=type&product_id=37 British tourists of a certain generation would have you believe that you can fit all you need for a ride from London to Istanbul in … »

  2. @frank No offence taken. I suspected a degree of deliberate provocation. However I’m sure I can provoke genuine outrage after you’ve seen the size of my EPMS! On another note relevant to various posts above; this is the frame I’m so glad I didn’t get rid … »

  3. @gaswepass It was in reference to Frank’s comment on j.kings tyre choice in the photo of the Ambrosio rims on the cobbles of Flanders. I agree with you – Continental are a sound choice either for Flanders or English country lanes in winter, which increasi… »

  4. I was sufficiently moved by Frank’s piece to take a photo the moment I got home. Apologies for tyre choice. Those wheels have done Ronde cyclosportive a few times with no issues. And my arse is much fatter than Frank’s. »

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. @Chris A couple of months ago I built up my number one bike with a second hand 10speed record groupset – except cranks which are sugino/stronglight unbranded. Obviously new chain, cassette and chain rings. It developed a bit of a creak on the right hand … »

I am a nod snob.  The fact is, I’m a bit of a cycling snob all-around.  I am not a “biker” and I do not “like to bike”.  I am a cyclist and I like to ride.  What’s more, as I outlined before, there are very loosely defined parameters under which I will bestow a “nod” upon another rider.  For exam...

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  1. @Cyclops Wise words. I like the notion of being permananetly poised on the cusp of decision. I aggree re acknowleging other riders. Even triatheletes, but then again the only two round my way are mates of mine so I normally end up riding with them for a … »

  2. I got snobbed on Monday and it really irritated me for some reason. Unfortunately my response left me with an etiquette dilemma. I was riding back from work, so in commuting mode, and about a mile from home some MAMIL came past me, “Evening,” I said. No r… »

The Velominatus’ machine is their own manifestation of personal taste and demonstration of adherence to The Rules.  We each, in our own way, meticulously maintain our bicycles and adorn them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement.   Yes, we must Obey the Rules pertaining to bar tape, tyre selection, saddle choice, stem height, color...

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  1. @Marko No offence taken. Beautiful bars. I’m a big fan of polished bars – I will probably be doing a bit of de-anodising and polishing this winter. next question: what about down tube shifters? »

  2. Go black, go Brookes »

  3. @Marko I shall have to avert my eyes from my stem on the way home tonight, now I know it is screaming hipster fixie doosh to all and sundry! Although I live in Kent and we don’t really do hipster fixies down here, so I might get away with it. Have you g… »

  4. Looks like I need to register »

  5. Nitto stem? http://www.hubjub.co.uk/nitto/npearlzm.htm Apologise if not supposed to post links. Don’t know how to up load the pictures. »

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. @roadslave I was at the cycling museum in Oudenaarde a whaile back and they had one of Tom Simpson’s on Peugeots in there; needless to say it had mudguard eyelets, clearly used. »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

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