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Location: West Bend, Wisconsin

I got my first bike at age 2 and have always had one since. My first real bike was a massive steel blue Peugeot at the age of 14. Subsequently replaced by a red Holdsworth, a team-colors Raleigh and a ruby-red Colnago, the latter joined by a neon-pink Cougar TT bike, a metallic green Brian Rouke winter bike and a blue Specialized mountain bike. All steel and all gone to new homes now. I joined the Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club at 18 and became a dedicated time triallist, riding 30-50 club and open races a year. In 1989/90 I was a founding member of the short-lived VC d"Or which included velominatus and short-lived COTHO teammate Brian Smith. I also raced regularly against another real Velominatus - Graeme Obree - in the 1980s and beat him twice - once in a 10 and once in a 50. Rumors that he stopped to have a drum up at the turn are probably true. Moved to the US in 1990. Buggered up my back (working for a bike shop ironically) in 1993. Took several years off. Back riding since 2006 in Wisconsin and logging 8000+ kilometers each of the last three years.

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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. @ped I’m going to go with Peiper, Simon, Linard, Castaing, Brun, Yates Gibus in the pic.No idea who might be behind Castaing. »

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  1. Woo-hoo! A perfect 15 this week. Pride before a fall, I’m sure . . . »

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. @Harminator Nah, can’t be Thevenet. He left Peugeot in 79. That pic is after 82 when Shell came on as a sponsor. Left to right is (I think) Allan Peiper, Pascal Simon, Hubert Linard?, Francis Castaing, ?, Sean Yates, Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle. A bit of re… »

  2. @Harminator That’s Duclos-Lassale on the right; is that Millar in the middle? Whatever, that’s some crazy casually deliberate balancing skills! »

  3. @VeloSix Au contraire mon frere! Baseball caps – especially the ones with the plastic band adapter – look unbelievably stupid worn backwards. Tom Danielson and Floyd L were egregious adopters of this “look”. A cycling cap worn backwards looks ace – brim… »

  4. @Buck Rogers Spot on. No helmet debate. Mad Jacques wouldn’t wear a helmet, would he? Black beret was where it was at for him. That was then, this is now. No more debate! »

  5. I’m hoping there’s a dawn of a new era in cycling – the return of the proper cap and the banishment of the “baseball” cap. Quick Step have been particularly prominent in this regard. Look at the podium of this year’s Paris-Roubaix. Only one rider is prope… »

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. @rfreese888 And Churchill’s mother was American. Both Morrissey’s parents were Irish. The rest were 100% English though . . . »

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. Damn, Bugno looks PRO beyond belief in that lead pic – the cap, Italian champs jersey (was there ever a better complement to those Gatorade shorts?), the gloves and the Diadoras. For what it’s worth, I don’t think it’s a regular cotton cap he’s wearing, i… »

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  1. @teleguy57 That’s pretty close to the gear I was wearing last Saturday. I’m assuming that pic was taken last winter, right? You’re a WI guy too if I remember . . . »

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. @markb Well, that explains why you are able to strike up conversations so easily: “Say there Mark, whatcha doin’ with that big bucket of icy cold water and a roll of nice clingfilm?” Always a guaranteed icebreaker at parties! »

  2. @markb Do you work for the CIA? Sounds like you really know how to get folks to open up! »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. @therealpeel “Making fun of”? Nah, we all love your uncle – it’s just that he’s clearly a crazy mad fucker. That’s why he is beloved around here! »

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. @Buck Rogers My question is, where did you access that picture? I was under the impression that the annual Keepers’ meeting was off-limits to recoding devices of any kind. Four Keepers = four bodies in the picture. Which one is which Keeper? »

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. @Roger I hear you. It never fails to amaze me how the body responds (well, mine anyway) to the onset of cold weather. Rides that just a few weeks earlier in warmer, more temperate conditions were relatively easy. Once the temps dip into the 20s and 30s … »

  2. Great piece! I can totally relate. If time is a (limiting) factor, I have a standard 50kms loop. Takes less than 2 hours and I’ve done it so often I know every inch of road. For me it is my most basic ride on the road. Afterwards, I’m not tired but I have… »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. This is why I love this site: The Mad Jacques AOP that kinda got WAY off base (guilty as charged as an accessory) followed by the Third Hour. From the ridiculous to the sublime. Seriously, with all the crap going on out there, this site is a safe haven fo… »

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. @RobSandy I run 11-23 and 50/36. Gets me where I need to go. I’m too old to do the 12 straight through (7 speed) and 52/42 anymore. »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. @Teocalli In my defense, I had to google the spelling. »

  2. @Teocalli Nah, that was his sister Chlamydia. »

  3. @Buck Rogers Steampunk can give you tips if you fancy the Civil War style ‘tache. »

  4. @Buck Rogers I thought Herpes was one of the Greek gods? The messenger of the gods with wee wings on his feet. He carried a herald’s wand and wore a traveler’s cap. The pump is clearly the wand and his beret is the cap. So in actuality, Mad Jacques is … »

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. @norm Gorgeous! Seems a shame to get it dirty, but I guess that’s what it’s for! »

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. @Ron Man , I wish there was a permissable emoticon for sarcasm! I may have been in one once, many, many years ago. If I never do so again, I’ll die happy. If we’re talking about useless retail shite, the Sky Mall mag you get in airplanes tops my list…. »

  2. @Ron Miguel Indurain doped? There’s only one way to reply to that kind of allegation: cover one’s ears with one’s hands, close eyes and yell la,la, la, la, la at the top of one’s voice. For a variety of reasons much of the cycling scene in the 90s and… »