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I have 5 bikes. A DH 8" travel, a 7"x6" All Mountain bike, a 5"x5" xc bike, a cyclocross and a road race bike. They all get used on the greatest backyard available, the North Shore mountains.

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  1. On 10/13/12, we return to the scene of the crime – the site of the very first Seattle Cogal in 2011. The Anniversary ride starts at V-past 9am, so plan ahead to be sure to get on the correct Mukilteo/Clinton ferry so as to arrive at the starting point in Langley with ample time for the obligatory pre-ride espressi. The route is planned to be the same as last year’s, and Merckx Willing, I will make it around the entire course now that my Jan sized ass has gotten a few more miles in 2011 that it did in 2012. We plan (as usual) a casually deliberate pace, but this really only serves to mean we will be regrouping for the people that don’t bring maps or that decide to drop @eightzero, their Garmin 705 armed buddy (I’m looking at you, @frank.) Pre-ride revelry on Friday will be discussed in the comments, as well as post ride amenities to be researched by @eightzero and Mrs/Dr Eightzero.

    We ride. VLVV.

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    Date - October 13, 2012
    9:05 AM - 3:00 PM

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    Island Coffee House and Books

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  2. On 10/13/12, we return to the scene of the crime – the site of the very first Seattle Cogal in 2011. The Anniversary ride starts at V-past 9am, so plan ahead to be sure to get on the correct Mukilteo/Clinton ferry so as to arrive at the starting point in Langley with ample time for the obligatory pre-ride espressi. The route is planned to be the same as last year’s, and Merckx Willing, I will make it around the entire course now that my Jan sized ass has gotten a few more miles in 2011 that it did in 2012. We plan (as usual) a casually deliberate pace, but this really only serves to mean we will be regrouping for the people that don’t bring maps or that decide to drop @eightzero, their Garmin 705 armed buddy (I’m looking at you, @frank.) Pre-ride revelry on Friday will be discussed in the comments, as well as post ride amenities to be researched by @eightzero and Mrs/Dr Eightzero.

    We ride. VLVV.

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2012
    9:05 AM - 3:00 PM

    Location
    Island Coffee House and Books

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  3. On 10/13/12, we return to the scene of the crime – the site of the very first Seattle Cogal in 2011. The Anniversary ride starts at V-past 9am, so plan ahead to be sure to get on the correct Mukilteo/Clinton ferry so as to arrive at the starting point in Langley with ample time for the obligatory pre-ride espressi. The route is planned to be the same as last year’s, and Merckx Willing, I will make it around the entire course now that my Jan sized ass has gotten a few more miles in 2011 that it did in 2012. We plan (as usual) a casually deliberate pace, but this really only serves to mean we will be regrouping for the people that don’t bring maps or that decide to drop @eightzero, their Garmin 705 armed buddy (I’m looking at you, @frank.) Pre-ride revelry on Friday will be discussed in the comments, as well as post ride amenities to be researched by @eightzero and Mrs/Dr Eightzero.

    We ride. VLVV.

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2012
    9:05 AM - 3:00 PM

    Location
    Island Coffee House and Books

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

If I were a pessimist, or a realist for that matter, I wonder if I might have started any of the various activities which have brought me the most pleasure and satisfaction. Though I have Cycling in my mind when I make that statement, this principle expands beyond the vast and il-defined borders of La Vie Velominatus: everything worth doing takes t...

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  1. @LA Dave LMFAO »

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. @frank I am consistently amazed at the use of Sram over Shimano. The lever travel of Sram to downshift is too far and I have a large hand. Especially on the front lever, I find I have to upshift with my whole shoulder rotating. Shimano has the ability to… »

Ah, the Pacific NW in winter, who can beat it? To ride in the foothills of some of the most majestic snow-capped volcanoes on the planet, with views of the Pacific Ocean or Puget Sound (which is almost the same as a view of the ocean).Anyway, take my word for it that all that is out there somewhere, because those who join us February 4th for the Po...

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  1. @urbanwhitetrash I’m certainly looking to go from North Vancouver, BC. This sounds like a great event in a foreign country on new roads to me. With beer and food and like minded folks for a ride oot and aboot eh? By the way, I have never seen kmph before … »

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. I’m pretty proud of these rare beauties: Mavic’s GEL 280 36 hole with DT Revolution 17 guage spokes and alloy nipples on *cough* Shimano XT hubs. It was a bit perchance that mountain bike hubs were used, but the front alloy axel was somewhat intentional. … »

@Cyclops has taken it upon himself to organize North America’s first official Cogal right in the backyard of where it all started: Seattle, Wa. @Scaler911 and @McSqueak have confirmed that they will be driving up from Portland, OR to attend and we hereby invite any and all Velominati to attend. We’ll be doing a no-drop ride on Whidbey...

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  1. To all the riders, ‘Have a great ride.’ I wish I wasn’t working or I’d be making the short trip from North Vancouver. There is something about fall time riding that I just love. Leaves, the smells, the crisp air. Safe ride everyone. I hope to meet someday »

Occasionally, we find ourselves removing our proverbial tongue from cheek and getting a little bit serious. Try as we might, a good cause just can’t always be avoided, and here we have Steampunk returning for his second Guest Article to discuss his latest project. Enjoy the read, and if you feel so inclined, jump over to his blog Velonista...

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  1. Try again for Frank? “On a different note. It has been a while since I’ve visited “the Velominati” and wonder specifically if Frank, you are still planning a group ride in Seattle for the Saturday and watch the Sunday Tour of Flanders race in April? It w… »

  2. Great involvement with worthy things. We all need something outside of ourselves to give perspective on life and the world. In Senegal, I saw this young boy riding a very adult sized bike. His leg went though the triangle. The bicycle presence was minimal… »

It’s a call to arms.  No, it’s a call to legs, hearts and minds.Just as the Illuminati would stage their fabled, and somewhat feared Cabals, we the Velominati will this year stage our own modern-day versions, the Cogals.  A meeting of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Sound like a fo...

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  1. @frank I’m in for a Seattle trip, especially since our dollar is worth more. Just saying. @Steampunk Steamy, you know we are great. How Canadian of you to say right off, “Thanks,” so as to maintain stereotypes of our politeness. Always the peace keepers. »

One of my favorite pass times is to chuck a cycling term into Google’s Image Search, set the filter to Large, and see what turns up. It is incredible how much porn you have to sift through, by the way. I would really think words like “shaved” and “hardman” would be innocent enough, but take it from me – that is n...

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  1. There are certain pictures that elicit respect. Both Brett’s and Frank’s pics are glorious examples of who we are trying to achieve. I’d say what we are trying to achieve, but it is the soul of the V, the essence of a hardman that makes it who we are tryi… »

Making a name for yourself in the pro ranks during the heyday of Merckx, De Vlaeminck, and Maertens would have been tougher than making a name for yourself in the pro ranks during the heyday of Merckx, De Vlaeminck, and Maertens.  Especially, I would think, if you also happened to be Belgian. But with somewhere around 145 victories in a career whi...

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  1. @Marko Thanks buddy. Can you shut the rain off? It feels like a natural disaster. I did a 5 hr mountain bike ride in the snow and sun the other day though! I read once that the derny drivers actually played into tactics. The driver by angling his body wou… »

Today is a pretty important day in the Netherlands (and Belgium). It’s the day we pull rank on those who only celebrate Christmas. While the rest of the world awaits December 25th for Santa to deliver a new bike, for the Dutch December 5th is the eve of Sinterklaas, or “Loot Day”, as I like to call it. Settle in for an uncharacter...

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  1. Re:(the Dutch also invented stinginess)…and the Scots invented cheapness. I got my bother’s hand me down bikes. I remember my brother getting a new red ‘big boy’s bike’ for a Christmas. He was so f”ing happy. That was the moment when I got his old 20″ w… »

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. I’m surprised. I must say, given the creation of a spot specifically for bike porn, where our bikes are to be the stars, there aren’t a lot of bikes posted. Simplicity rules in a few nude Ti beauties bared for our eyes. Surely there are some exotics out t… »

The mind’s influence over the athlete is considerable; particularly in a sport as difficult as cycling. A strong mind can push its body well past its limitations and into the realm of the supernatural; forcing the legs to continue giving more despite each of the million muscle fibers screaming in unified agony. You could say the rider is pri...

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  1. Andy Hampsten quote: “For a mountain stage I would do 23, 21, 19, 17 etc. or 25, 23, 21, 19, 17. If there was something nuts in Italy like the Tre Cime Lavaredo or the Mortirolo then I would go to a 28. I never used even-numbered climbing cogs other than … »

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. @frank I notice that you and your Vhottie ride the same bikes. Ahhh cute. Do you also wear the same track suits? Seriously? »

The mind’s influence over the athlete is considerable; particularly in a sport as difficult as cycling. A strong mind can push its body well past its limitations and into the realm of the supernatural; forcing the legs to continue giving more despite each of the million muscle fibers screaming in unified agony. You could say the rider is pri...

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  1. It is bread in superstition the idea that climbing cogs must be odd numbered. It was only the realm of mountain bikes that had even numbered, until Sram came out with the 26 tooth big cog. Shimano always had 23, 25, 27 big for road. I still feel at ease w… »

As described in Bar-o-Phelia, my bar obsession festered and grew over a period of a few years, and then was spurred into action by a combination of me straight-lining it right past the zone psychologists refer to as “self-control”, and not having any adult supervisors present who would normally have sounded the “voice of reason&...

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  1. @Marko I see you’re spinning your wheels. The bike dropped you? What you couldn’t keep up? haha »

It is dark now when I rise.  It is dark when I return home from the office.  Leaves crunch under the soles of my shoes as I walk in the city. The rides that once occupied a devoted period of each day have now become stolen indulgences of either serendipity or careful planning.The rain falls more regularly now; the Rain Bike is in top circulation...

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  1. I have had this Suntour shift lever as a WTF kinda funny for the past umpteen years. This is another key ring. My buddy back Christmas 2000 gave me this saying, “The only Ti bike you’ll ever own bitch. So you can try and be cool like me.” Thanks Brian… »

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  1. Here here Steampunk. Frank, that is a great idea. I’ll drink to that. And I am. “Slipstream is a precision…smooth as a pedal stroke…balanced as a sweet curve in the road….Duck into the slipstream and enjoy the ride.” MicroBeer. Another great reason … »

  2. @Steampunk Thanks for the great video! It makes me proud to be. »

It is easy to imagine photo ops and advertisements that the pros obligate themselves to for sponsors becoming tedious. Angles that sound good during an off-season drunken phone conversation are often just awkward when operationalized at the season’s first training camp and new sponsor meeting. I can’t imagine anything more emasculatin...

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  1. @frank “chicks used to dig me”… in response to the use of the word “chicks,” velomihottie the blond is not. I think I see adam’s apple. Dear Merckx, Frank was checking out a dude. Wait, or in his defence, he was simply protraying Simoni. Na, you were ch… »

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. @frank Interesting, I open with black coffee, as I drink it and alway have, as being the way to go and supplement an inclusive, if so desired with sugar as being a good energy drink. Two peeps leap on the sugar train and forget that I emphasized black in … »

  2. @brianc My beliefs are, a black coffee in the bidon mid ride is indeed within keeping to the cyclist aesthetique. A Hardman is noted as such by others and must regard him/ herself to be that, but will employ the means to enjoy the rides that qualify as Ha… »