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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. »

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. @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. »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. Same levers, running syncro with 7 speed. Set up properly, and with a bit of finesse, the shifting is as smooth as my bro-set. And the friction front never drops the chain. »

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. @fignons barber Beautiful! Can’t wait to see it in full fig. @DeKerr Never enough chrome! I’m having a vintage track frame and fork plated next month. »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @frank I know a couple bus drivers and they’ve shared some stories: split shifts and weird hours mean a disproportionate rate of drug use, i.e. speed and coke, and resultant road rage. When they’re that over the top, get the time and route number and ph… »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Strength, courage, love. You have no shortage, but know you have mine as well. »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @MangoDave I’ve not ridden the Kinlins, just built a set for a friend for cross and he’s very happy with them. A little heavy, but they build up nicely. Reflex have changed several times over the years and I’m hoping the newest are better. Last ones I b… »

  2. @MangoDave Another modern option is the Kinlin TB-25. Same weight as the Nemesis, but half the price. The 25mm V shape is pretty stiff, so you can get away with 10/11 dish and fewer spokes (it comes in 20/24/28/32). »

Cyclists love socks. I know I do. I’d make a point of collecting as many pairs as I could from every race, event, shop or rep that I ever happened upon. Some were so good that I still have them, others, well, let’s just say they were “re-homed” long before they got the chance to retire gracefully after years of loyal service...

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  1. Best socks ever! For me it’s Wooleators half the year, Woolie Boolies the other, on and off the bike. I don’t think I own any others. I will openly disagree about length; I’m short, so the 7.5cm cuff is more proportional. DeFeet offer the Woolie Boolie … »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. Well said, Frank. Lately, the things I must do far outweigh those I would choose to do. When I can steal an hour a few times a week it’s on a track or TT bike for maximum suffering in limited time. Barely quiets my mind, but promises freedom, albeit Rule … »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. @wilburrox And only one of those miscreants laid it butter-side down. I have hope for the future. »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. @razmaspaz If you’re going to wear them pre-ride, then by all means match them to your shoes or kit. Of course, if you need gold or pink ones you might be limited to beats or skullcandy. But seriously, sound, fit and build quality are what matter and wha… »

  2. @razmaspaz Budgetatus-wise ($100) you can’t go wrong with the Sony MDR-7506. It’s the big S of audio, so forget style, but the sound quality beats anything at twice the price. If you want to spend $300 or more, Beyerdynamic, PSB and Sennheiser have opt… »

  3. @the-farmer The Big Black EP or the LA glam metal band? I readily endorse the former (and Albini’s subsequent output). »

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. @Dan_R Awesome photo of Bauer. Trefoil + Maple leaf! Here’s another Canadian cycling legend — Torchy Peden, king of the six days: »

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. @Ron Some of the Dia Compe one/two finger BMX levers (Goldfinger?) come with a shim for road bars. If you really don’t want a shim, how about cross levers made to mount on the 26mm sleeve/bulge of road bars? Paul’s are nice. Just reverse the routing so … »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

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  1. @unversio This. But keep that part of Rule #50 in mind about not shaving on the morning of an important race. Not so much to maintain virility, but to avoid rash. And waxing lasts a lot longer than shaving. »

Maui Velominatus Dave is tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. @GogglesPizano “The Bonk” is mentioned around 9:22… »