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I think it would be hard for anyone to make the case that Eddy Merckx was Roger de Vlaeminck’s Cycling Sensei, but I think we can all agree that De Vlaeminck was a student of Merckx, if only a student of his domination. But every student at some point becomes the master, and the driven student will always challenge the Order of Things.Eve...

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  1. @Nate But some manage to bring a bit of style to the job: »

  2. @SamFromTex Moped? Merckx forbid. It’s a derny, specifically for motor-pacing. Mostly only seen on the track these days for Steher and Keirin, but some riders used to train behind them on the road. Bordeaux-Paris was motor-paced for half the route during … »

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 There’s an ebay seller in the Netherlands who seems to have a large supply of new old stock Mavic Championnat du Monde tubular rims in 28 hole. Free shipping, so pretty reasonable. I got a pair from them to lace up to the aforementioned pista hu… »

  2. @Buck Rogers No, but like Geminiani he went on to be a DS and coached a slew of champions. Here’s the same trio cracking up Orson Welles at the start of the 1950 tour: »

  3. @Buck Rogers This should be easy, Bartali on the left and you know it’s the 1952 Tour: »

  4. @Buck Rogers I’m thinking Koblet. »

  5. @Buck Rogers The light bulb went on about 30 seconds after I posted that. Once you realize why Coppi’s nowhere in sight, it’s obvious. »

  6. @wiscot Raphael Geminiani? »

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. Bibelobis was blazing a fatty while pulling elephant trunk skids on his fixie about a century before it was uncool. Serious bike handling skills considering his avoirdupois: »

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. @Teocalli @Ccos I don’t even bother trying to clean and reuse them. New balls are cheap and you don’t risk putting grit back into the bearing. Just make sure to get Grade 25 or better and more than you need (so when you drop one in reassembly you ca… »

  2. Roughly half of my bikes are rolling on loose bearings: hubs, headsets and bottom brackets anyway. I actually enjoy the maintenance, and I’m enough of a purist to keep the vintage ones period correct. I just rebuilt a set of 60s Record pista hubs which ar… »

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. @Barracuda Glad to see this project progressing, and happy to help any way I can. Your timing is fortuitous — my old laptop died a few months ago and I just got around to extracting the drive this week, so I do have the files. contact me via pistard (at)… »

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. @DragoRosso The huge spacer under the stem. Just kind of screams at me. Not a stack of spacers, more a custom weak link. »

  2. @DragoRosso WTF is happening under your stem there? Looks dangerous, and not in a good way. »

  3. My #1 went back to the dark side this summer after a couple years with white tape and saddle. No problem keeping the tape clean, but two different saddles turned a yellow/brown totally resistant to the harshest cleaners and solvents. It was only after a f… »

  4. @Buck Rogers Tell them you’re researching camouflage patterns. »

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. @GogglesPizano Utility aside, I just can’t get with the name. Like you should wear it with a shrug while sitting on a plouffe with your dainty hands in a muff. Call it a fucking collar or V-channelling cone or something. »

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  1. @DerHoggz Thanks. My kit came direct from Poland this time last year, but there had been talk of a centralized fulfilment centre since. White socks aren’t really practical for the next few months anyway. »

  2. @Teocalli @JohnB Did either of your orders include V socks? I’ve been waiting on some for 18 months so it would be nice to know if they’re back in the pipeline. »

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. @@blackpooltower The majority of countries on the North American continent are officially metric. Basically all but one, but that one might be your biggest potential market… I underwent forced metrification as a child and it took decades to fully int… »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @tessar Thanks! Some interesting reading there when I get my nerd on. I know it’s never an absolute RR/pressure trade-off, but those are some significant numbers. »

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. I have a merino wool cap from Ibex for the few weeks it gets cold enough to need one. Small visor, ear flaps, thin enough to fit under a helmet. They call it the “Coppi” but fortunately it doesn’t look anything like Fausto’s own winter headwear: »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @tessar I thought rolling resistance was only lower at the same pressure as a narrower tire? Meaning you can have lower rolling resistance OR more cushion, but not both at once. »

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. @PeakInTwoYears We do make some good beer, but not this one. I think the Victoria in question here is the state in Australia. »

  2. @unversio Doubtful. 17° was pretty standard for road stems, to be more or less level with a 72-74 head tube angle. Quill track stems would generally be 25°, with some even steeper. »