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Velominatus: scottgarrett

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Standlake, West Oxfordshire


CVMN is a small but brave band of veloistes from between the Cotswolds and the Lambourn Downs. Good cycling country, with plenty of great little places for cake.

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  1. A big fan of The Prophet and all for which he stood, I am, but I can’t help but notice the little gap between arm warmer and sleeve in this pic. Tut tut Eddie. Rule #82 »

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  1. @frank There is a documentary aired occasionally on British TV that charts Chris Boardman’s successful record attempt. There are some interesting personal insights about how CB realised that holding the non-athlete’s record on non-UCI compliant machinery … »

Even as a Pre-Cambrian Velominatus, the rusty wires in my brain must have made the connection between my machine’s aesthetics and the lack of a saddle bag; I can’t remember a time when I rode with a European Posterior Man Satchel. But riding without a saddle bag means the tools go in the pocket, and that means great care must be take...

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  1. If you have carbon rims, do not use metal tyre levers. Especially if your rims are Tune Schwarzebrenners which, while hard to spell, are even harder to repair. »


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  1. @tessar Did the Etape a couple of years back – Le Tourmalet – and met a more experienced rider than me (actually there were about 10,000 of them) whose formula is as follows: start a long ride two water bottles, each filled with high density carbohydrate … »

Building a frame has been, since childhood, a dream which always seemed a little bit out of reach. Aside from not being sure how not to do it wrong, I’ve always assumed that, in addition to nunchuck and computer-hacking skills, my lacking of welding skills would render any would-be frame unridable at best and lethal at worst. Not to mention...

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  1. Can’t recommend the Gates belt highly enough, especially for ‘cross ‘cos it doesn’t need much maintenance beyond a quick hose down after each ride. Bit like me. Thanks to Spot for making me a one-off Mod SS with Avid discs. Works a treat and has me laughi… »

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  1. @Calmante er… no it doesn’t. I’ve got one of these and it’s brilliant! It goes 90% of the way towards perfecting la souplesse but it’s waaay more interesting than regular rollers, which get boring after an hour or so. These have 4 levels of resistance … »