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It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. @freddy I believe there’s another brand of “V” to help with that… »

  2. @frank It’s not so much that the stems are longer than advertised, just that 3t uses proper ISO specifications, despite their nomenclature. The reach, as measured perpendicular to the steerer, is 14cm, even though the extension (as measured along the s… »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @unversio I don’t expect they’ll make them in my size. »

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. @Bill Chris  Volume and location aside, there are other good reasons to reconsider glass bidons: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/03/tritan-certichem-eastman-bpa-free-plastic-safe »

  2. @Weldertron Did you identify the font? I hesitate to name it here in fear of cheap knockoff slogans. »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

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  1. @Bespoke Yes, but the difference is pretty small. You’d be something like 0.1% lighter at 3,000 metres than at sea level. Gravity varies more by latitude as the earth is not quite spherical and centrifugal force from its rotation is greater at the equator… »

I don’t know if its because I see something of myself in them or if it awakens some kind of nurturing instinct, but I always seem to find myself drawn to tragically flawed figures.Layne Staley and Marco Pantani strike me as two halves of the same whole; incredibly talented yet tortured with mortally addictive personalities, both set loose in...

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  1. Personally, I find it easier to revere Pantani as a romantic tortured soul than I do junkie pop stars. At least some of the drugs he took actually enhanced his performance. Maybe we glorify the live-fast-die-young-leave-a-beautiful-corpus* because we don… »

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. @unversio Assuming the top tube is level, you may need to tilt the saddle back a bit so the nose is level with the rear. I have Turbomatics on a couple bikes and with the tail that high I slide forward. »

To look good is already to go fast. -Paul Fournel, VéloMy approach to research is pretty straight forward. First, I develop an opinion – usually in a cognitively compromised state. This is the first step in the process for the simple reason that it avoids the bulk of the hard work involving things like reading and thinking. Next, I cherry-pi...

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  1. Not entirely impossible. What’s known as a 180-degree rotational ambigram, readable both ways. The word “dollop” is a natural example. “Obey the Rules” would be a little difficult to render as such, and pretty much illegible. »

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. @Jamie If it’s the red jersey you can adopt a Scottish brogue and say things like “I’ve given her all she’s got captain, and I cannae give her no more!” »

  2. @Mike_P And Rule #37 violation… »

Last year we read that Philippe Gilbert is riding a 50cm (top tube of 535mm) BMC frame and he is 1.79m (5’10”) tall. Now it’s reported in Cyclingnews that Ritchie Porte’s Pinarello is a 46.5cm frame (top tube of 515mm) and Porte is 1.72m (5’8”) tall. He is no Nairo Quintana but somehow he is on Quintana’s old bike. Porte is just one i...

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  1. @sthilzy Those Bridgestone ads had a huge influence on me. As a cyclist, sure, but also as someone just starting in print advertising. Totally Ogilvy and riffing on early VW ads, but with Petersen’s boisterous self-effacing humour. I still think they did… »

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 received a safety recall notice from Velo Orange today about a seatpost, and I know at least a couple others here have VO posts. If you bought one direct they should email you, but if you bought it retail or used, check their website for details. It’s o… »

Last year we read that Philippe Gilbert is riding a 50cm (top tube of 535mm) BMC frame and he is 1.79m (5’10”) tall. Now it’s reported in Cyclingnews that Ritchie Porte’s Pinarello is a 46.5cm frame (top tube of 515mm) and Porte is 1.72m (5’8”) tall. He is no Nairo Quintana but somehow he is on Quintana’s old bike. Porte is just one i...

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  1. This trend has been taken to such extremes in track that many riders need riser stems to get their bars up high enough. The tiny frames seem especially comical paired with legs bigger than most road pros’ waists. »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @andrew Spanish would be gorra, which is just a soft cap in general. I’ve heard it as gorra de ciclista, gorra de ciclismo and even gorra de bici. My Spanglish is purely new-world, so if you say it at the Vuelta and get laughed at, I take no responsibili… »

I’ve never been able to decide if choices are a gift or a curse; a lack of choices introduces simplicity but also with it the risk that the simple choices do not meet the demands of a complex world. An abundance of similar choices, on the other hand, often reduces the impact of getting things a little bit wrong, but also decreases the thought...

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  1. “Too many choices is no choice at all.” Someone else probably said it first but I’m going with Negativland (Cityman, from the album Free). Riding fixed has left me lazy about shifting and cadence, something I need to work on. I’ll go out for 100km on a g… »

I read recently that a number of Pros like to ride the turbo for an hour or so before having breakfast in the morning to jump start the old metabolic system. Which means that now I ride the trainer for an hour in the morning before breakfast. I think the Pros probably do it to lose weight, and I do it partly for that reason but also to burn off th...

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  1. @JohnB I can’t tell if you’re being ironic or really don’t know much about Fry. »

  2. @Chris I really don’t give a fuck what you call Frank, or whether he’s offended. I’m not Dutch, but sometimes I wear wooden shoes when wanking. The point I was making is that you used a term derogatory to an entire community, and to a subset of this comm… »

  3. @Chris Alienating recumbent riders is one thing…they choose to ride them. But if the community is going to tolerate homophobic slurs, that’s me out. »

One of the finest things about Velominati is it attracts the crazy bastards. Cyclists are slightly unhinged anyway but there are more than a few out there who have no fear. Crazy is not constrained by nationality. Crazy knows no borders. Sure the Randonneurs would do this just to make sure they were happy with their choice of headlamp strap but @ba...

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  1. @Beers Yeah, I passed a recumbent this morning. Sandals, ponytail, YJA, flag and three tail lights, but she didn’t have a beard. »

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. @unversio I unreservedly endorse this plan. My modest setup for a bit of rough is a steel Merckx with wide-ish 7-speed and wider diamond tread tubulars. Graveur by no means, but king of any road around here. »

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. So it’s basically a makeup compact strapped to your arm? Now I can touch up my face without stopping. »

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. @Skip Ah, of course. I want to see the rest of it. »

  2. @unversio Nice! What is it? I know that seat cluster as fastback-to-binder and associate it with Eisentraut and his ilk, but Cinelli and some UK and Japanese builders used it too. Newer custom builders are doing it (Ellis especially) but rarely with cap… »

The Goldilocks Principle is under assault, balance is lost. Without balance, we are reduced to savages. Steerectile Dysfunction is spreading like wildfire; socks are quickly becoming knee-highs and the line between shorts and knickers continues to blur.We spend considerable time making everything on our loyal steed fit and look perfect. Bar tape an...

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  1. @frank Thanks. I promise not to wear it with my Carrera denim bibs. »