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Location: Wellington New Zealand

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Mamil ,married, two bikes one yacht, no kids... Still pushing pedals.

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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. Who OK’s this shit? »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. Brim should only be up when climbing steep gradients as you need to see the road ahead, this also means that sweat will run off the edges instead of dripping off the peak onto your stem. At all other times you should be riding fast enough and deep enough … »

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. @markb only one thing worse than a triathlete, thats a scary German Ironman, surely you realised as she pushed your ankles past your ears she wasn’t trying to fit you to a bike!! »

  2. @RobSandy never use your lowest gear. »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

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  1. Sunday bunch has a third hour, it’s a time of quiet, as the pressure builds and the group thins out, no apologies are asked for or given, it is the reason I’m there. »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. Wiggans can definitely ride like a hero. Cool? Check. Style? Check. Class? Check. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOkUgA4v2Vs TOC Diablo mo’ fo…. »

What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy too much, when there are still more bikes to buy, Interesting how this whole thing is blowing up, mind you they are just trying to sell us more shit! »

  2. @Mikael Liddy maybe this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3ETSvI1RKI Paul Smith and endorsed by style guru David Millar, why they would have hoods tho’…. I spend all my time now trying to be as aero as possible, ‘cos i’m really f*ckn lazy, I’ll even … »

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. @wilburrox No. No no no no, #fullkitwankers. »

  2. @kixsand do post the video. »

  3. @kixsand its too big. »

  4. @kixsand Congrats on all of the above, that bike will be crazy light with the C24’s and the ‘broset is a fine bit of gear, gotta love NOS. »

What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

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  1. Love my cyclist customers, sure they arrive all at once, they make a ruckus, and Lycra is a hard sell on the hardest of bodies, but they buy coffee, usually two and some food, and here’s the best bit, then they leave, no 2 hour long blacks…. And @Ccos … »

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. @chuckp Cool bike, cool provenance, shame you won’t be able to put a DT shifter on the Felt! Picture’s when she is built please. »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. I couldn’t work out why my bar tape was wearing on the tops at the curve, until I noticed my wristwatch bracelet clasp was in said same position, when doin’ it Belgium styles! It is THE position, way faster , but a word of caution when standing up with yo… »

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. @kixsand Super important to love the aesthetic of your ride. »

  2. @kixsand That $200 more will be the best money you spend on that bike, you can upgrade everything else at any time in the future, except the frame, damn fine it looks too. »

I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. @Chris I love mine, 11-23 , 11 speed is a straight block to 19 then 21 and 23, this cassette also holds the ‘magic’ 18t cog gear… »

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 I occasionally ride my wife’s pink chopper through my grocery wholesaler’s warehouse, when she has my car and we have run out of something at the cafe, guess it helps that I spend around 100k with them annually… »

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. @DeKerr V f*ckin’ nice, after you’ve had her a while let us know your thoughts. »

  2. @Rom Put a good 4 hours and 127km on it today, defiantly different feel to Aluminium, guess I need the Zipp bar now as well! They do make nice stuff… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sep Vanmarcke 2. John Degenkolb 3. Arnaud Demare 4. Thomas De Gendt 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

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. @ChrisO good god, changing gear is part of being a cyclist, if we have an ‘auto’ doing that for us, we are losing part of the joy, I said before I don’t mind it in other applications, MTB, CX, Fatbike etc , but being able to change gear while fucked an… »

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. @Rom I’ve only done hill repeats on it so far! Took 2 mins off my session time and got under 1 hour, so far so good, looking forward to getting on the open road tomorrow … »

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. @Teocalli this is the end. »