The VVallpapers

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For those of us whose lot it is to carry out our days lit by the pale light of a computer screen, the desktop wallpaper represents an important choice. More so that the framed photos upon our desks of our loved ones, or the inspirational posters hung upon our walls, our desktop wallpaper says something about us that nothing else does; it describes in no uncertain terms the place to where our minds drift during each stolen moment throughout our days.

Regrettably, most of us are destined to spend large amounts of time not upon our bikes. The next ride, however, is never far from our consciousness, and a cycling-related wallpaper can do wonders to carry us from one ride to the next. We have carefully selected wallpapers that speak to La Vie Velominatus; indeed, these are not just wallpapers. No, these are VVallpapers.

All VVallpers were taken either by the Keepers or have graciously been contributed by members of the community; if you have a photo you’d like to submit, please email it to us for review.

Ambrosios with FMB’s glued on can only be made more beautiful by becoming covered in Flemish mud after riding the route of De Ronde.

The gleam of light from the polished aluminum on Campagnolo’s older freehubs is like none other. The hub sweeps from the drive side towards the quick-release lever in a characteristically sensual curve and is polished to the Campa-only luster to provide a hypnotic glow as the hub spins.

There is no component that speaks more clearly to the history of our sport than a Campagnlogo Quick-Release, invented out of frustration by Tullio Campagnolo in 1927.


Gleaming metal bits speak to the days when cycling components were made with care and gleamed in the sunlight. The tradition is kept alive at Royce UK.

Gleaming metal bits speak to the days when cycling components were made with care and gleamed in the sunlight. The tradition is kept alive at Royce UK.

Wheels must always be built such that the hub’s emblem may be read when sighted through the valve hole.

The west slopes of the fearsome Col du Tourmalet in the heart of the Pyrenees, approaching from Luz Saint-Sauveur, France.

This narrow ribon of asphalt that makes up the road to Luz Ardiden looks as theough it was carelessly cast onto the mountainside by an disinterested deity.

Mont Ventoux

Location: Mont Ventoux, France / Contributor: @roadslave

Clouds hang heavy on the barren slops of the Mont Ventoux, making the already intimidating peak even more mysterious.

Sa Clobra

Location: Sa Calobra, Mallorca / Contributor: @roadslave

In the words of @roadslave:

Anyone who has ridden this climb will tell you just how emotionally tumescent this climb/descent makes you feel…. like some road engineer has taken a silver ribbon and tossed it carelessly and flamboyantly on the hillside to create a path down to the bay.  If you weigh 65kg and you can generate 370w at threshold it should take you 28 minutes.  I, of course, don’t, can’t and it didn’t.

The Beartooth Pass is a must-climb pass that lies on the border between Montana and Wyoming near Yellowstone Park. Even in the middle of summer, snowbanks stand high on the upper slopes.

Climbing the Beartooth Pass from Cooke City, the switchbacks towards the top remind one of how high the road has climbed.

Passo Giau

Location: Belluno, Italy / Contributor: Anno Pieterse

Climbing up the Giau from Cortina on a rainy day, the clouds opened a little on the summit. Heroes come and heroes go, but the mountain remains.

The sensation of flight while descending the Passo Giau inspires chills; the cold weather together with the great curves and satisfaction of the accomplished ride.

Meditate on The V. Contemplate its simple symmetry and its occurrence everywhere in the sport, from the parting of the water spray on a Rule #9 ride, to the shape of well-toned muscles. The V is everywhere.

Lock Screen

Home Screen

The Velominati Logo lock screen paired to pavé.

Lock Screen

Home Screen

A photograph taken of a spread from Rouleur’s 1989 Tour de France comic illustrated by the great Richard Mitchelson, paired to pavé.

  1. @Chris
    Those are some sweet-ass goggles. I were to ever compete in a rainy P-R (which, of course, I will not), I would love to pull up to the start line with those babies on my noggin. Doesn’t matter that they won’t fit in my helmet – those are stupendous.

    BTW – not sure why my links earlier did not work. If you want the photo, let me know.

  2. I always had a bit of a chip on my shoulder regarding mountain bikes – as far as I was concerned they were just BMX Cruisers, nothing new really. Even today when I see guys on mountain bikes styling jumps I don’t think they look as good as BMXers doing jumps.

    I promise not to mention BMX again unless someone else starts it!

  3. @huffalotpuffalot
    Nothing there but some flahute laying down the V on gravel in the drops. Badass pic.

  4. @huffalotpuffalot , @Marko
    Crazy countersteering going on there. Totally rad.

  5. @Nate, @Marko, @huffalotpuffalot
    I’ve always wondered: is that photo real, or is it posed? Anyone know?

  6. @frank
    I want to believe.

  7. Two wallpapers added. Also getting some feedback that the logo on the wallpapers are being obscured by task bars etc. Are people having trouble with that? If so, I’ll tweak them.

  8. @frank
    Logo is holding down the lower right in full OCD compliance on my screen. Using Luz Ardiden.

  9. for those who love looking at twisting tarmac, this will fill you with 1m 48s of joy

    Sa Calobra Mallorca

    tarmac art

  10. actually, best whizz to 1min on that vid for tarmac shots – theme tune makes it, if not for whackiness!

    Anyone ridden his set of ribbons below??

  11. @frank

    It’s true. Top right corner will probably be better. Or just further up from its current placement.

    Also, the campy stuff makes me sad because I can’t afford it. I can’ justify the extra 500 dollars over Ultegra, when Ultegra is such a great groupset. I cant afford a bike with sora right now.

  12. @Dr C… Is that the St. Gotthard Pass, Switzerland? cobbled virages all the way… cars pass through the tunnel, so noone else other than bikes? am I close?

  13. @roadslave

    @Dr C… Is that the St. Gotthard Pass, Switzerland? cobbled virages all the way… cars pass through the tunnel, so noone else other than bikes? am I close?

    Nice one!!

    It s indeed – I think it is the old road before the tunnel was built – love the ramparts that the hairpins are stacked on – you’re in top form this week, unstoppable!

  14. @King Clydesdale

    @frank
    Also, the campy stuff makes me sad because I can’t afford it. I can’ justify the extra 500 dollars over Ultegra, when Ultegra is such a great groupset. I cant afford a bike with sora right now.

    Funny you say that. I got a full Record 10 speed group on eBay for much less than Chorus was selling. I think it has to do with the fact that loads of people buying Record are after the latest and greatest and when 11spd came out, they dumped the 10spd and went for 11. Chorus owners, on the other hand, just want a good groupo and are a bit more pragmatic.

    The result was that the Chorus stuff was in demand and there was a surplus of Record. I paid in the neighborhood of $400 US for the Record group and the wheels pictured in the photos were purchased for $190.

  15. @all
    Two sets of iPhone wallpapers added; each set has both a lock screen and home screen wallpaper.

  16. @frank
    I currently have the original Rouleur one as my home screen. I really like it.

  17. Check out this website for photos (Scroll to the bottom for the archives):

    http://www.sirotti.it/default.asp

  18. I’ve ridden the first three cols pictured – everyone who climbs Luz Ardiden is obliged to snap that photo. It’s a great climb, and a rip-roaring descent.

    That shot of the Tourmalet is classic, and no matter what anyone else says, the climb from Luz Saint Sauveur to the summit is far mightier than the climb from the North (Bagneres de Bigorre).

    Mount Ventoux is odd – it’s not particularly steep, but it is LONG, and the winds near the top can knock you off your bike if you’re not paying attention. Additionally, when you (finally) reach the top, you’re not only rewarded with panoramic views of Provence – you have the bonus of multiple vendors selling locally produced cheese and sausage. Mmm…sausage…

  19. @Tartan1749

    @ChrisThose are some sweet-ass goggles. I were to ever compete in a rainy P-R (which, of course, I will not), I would love to pull up to the start line with those babies on my noggin. Doesn’t matter that they won’t fit in my helmet – those are stupendous.
    BTW – not sure why my links earlier did not work. If you want the photo, let me know.

    LOVE IT! The idea of lining up next to Boonen and Thor and Cancellara with those goggles on, kills me to think about it! Too funny!

  20. Does anyone recognise this? Unfortunately I can’t take credit for this picture … it currently appears in the ‘Mountains’ theme of the new version of Gmail.

    Fantastic photo.

  21. @Mark1
    I am trying to figure out the same thing. It popped up as my background today and its a stunner.

  22. Wow, nice. I’ll have to switch my theme, I currently have it on the space one.

    PS, I keep forgetting to bring my files home from work so I can finish rebuilding the Obi Wan Merckx at a higher reolution. Sorry Frank, I know you were bugging me for that over a month ago. I’ll try and remember next week!

  23. @snoov

    I always had a bit of a chip on my shoulder regarding mountain bikes – as far as I was concerned they were just BMX Cruisers, nothing new really. Even today when I see guys on mountain bikes styling jumps I don’t think they look as good as BMXers doing jumps.

    I promise not to mention BMX again unless someone else starts it!

    I’ve felt awful about this post for months although I’m relieved that I did write it in the past tense because the chip thing was when I was a 9 to 14 year old.

    Nowadays I’m gobsmacked when I see those MBers flying down mountains or through Peruvian villages and the bikes are awesome. I still think the BMXers look better but it’s my stylistic preference only. Sorry for any misunderstandings.

  24. @Mark1

    Does anyone recognise this? Unfortunately I can’t take credit for this picture … it currently appears in the ‘Mountains’ theme of the new version of Gmail.
    Fantastic photo.

    Pretty sure that’s Mt Zoncolan. 10k at an average of a touch under 12%.

  25. @harminator
    Ouch- beautiful and painful! Great combination in roads and women…

  26. @Mark1

    Does anyone recognise this? Unfortunately I can’t take credit for this picture … it currently appears in the ‘Mountains’ theme of the new version of Gmail.
    Fantastic photo.

    man alive, can’t you just feel the air in your nostrils riding that road early in the morning – please make this a wallpaper (or send us the link for it and we can upload it ourselves – the light and colour is just spectacular – ethereal

  27. @Dr C
    I’ve extracted the full image from the Gmail theme. It’s not very big at around 1mb but I have it as a desktop on a 22 inch monitor an dit looks very nice. If you want it you can download from here. Just be aware that it is most likely copy protected and I don’t have the photographer’s name to credit.

  28. @Mark1

    @Dr C
    I’ve extracted the full image from the Gmail theme. It’s not very big at around 1mb but I have it as a desktop on a 22 inch monitor an dit looks very nice. If you want it you can download from here. Just be aware that it is most likely copy protected and I don’t have the photographer’s name to credit.

    Wow – I really wish we knew where that photo came from, because it is a stunner. Without knowing who’s shot that is, I can’t put it on the VVallpapers – but I might be able to post the template we use so you can make one yourself for personal use. Alternatively, I may dig around for the user agreement on GMail themes – that artwork might be public since the service is free and publicly available.

  29. Hi all! Long time lurker here. Very much enjoy the site and the banter. I believe the photo above is of the Passo dello Stelvio.

  30. @frank
    Let me know if you need the file. I have it on my pc.

  31. @all
    Four new VVallpapers added.

    Two from the Beartooth Pass (snowbanks and switchbacks) taken by @Marko, as well as two of Passo Giau, one of the climb and one of the descent, contributed by community member Anno Pieterse.

  32. Does anyone recognise this?

    Passo Dello Stelvio.

  33. Three new VVallpapers added.

  34. @frank

    Three new VVallpapers added.

    Ha! Nice set o wheels sir. Whatcha riding for the Cogal?

  35. @scaler911

    @frank

    Three new VVallpapers added.

    Ha! Nice set o wheels sir. Whatcha riding for the Cogal?

    Damn. No more procrastinating, the downhill bike goes on ebay this weekend!

  36. Frank, do you mind if I post the image of your rear Royce hub and C-10 drive train ?? I love it and will research Royce further — thanx for showing us the way.

  37. @Vin McCall

    Frank, do you mind if I post the image of your rear Royce hub and C-10 drive train ?? I love it and will research Royce further “” thanx for showing us the way.

    By all means, do whatever you’d like with the pics. Thanks!

  38. I can’t believe I didn’t see these photos until now…beautiful! Love the Tourmalet shot. That’s where I married Maarten, a Belgian cyclist. We rode to the top and got married there. Well, in a dream I had anyway. ;-)

  39. Meter marker V-0 from the Merckx track in Belgium. I’m using it as the lock screen on my iPhone.

  40. Here’s the direct link to the full 960×640 size:

    Merckx Track Lock Screen

  41. @G’rilla

    Here’s the direct link to the full 960×640 size:

    Merckx Track Lock Screen

    G’rilla , im going riding there wednsday

  42. @Belgian Cobblestones
    Riding a track was a nice contrast to the pavé.

    There’s an outdoor concrete track about 45 minutes from my house. I’m going to take the beginner’s course this summer and try out some races.

    Knowing that there are only 16 tracks in the USA makes me feel like I should give it a try since it’s so close!

  43. Ghent’s second Track ” t’kuipke” during the 6 days, a bit speed blurred

    defenately give it a go , 45 minutes is nothing and i bet its a blast to bank at high speed in those corners

  44. @Sauterelle
    In reality you dropped him on the way up, and decided he wasn’t husband material?

  45. @Steampunk
    Yeah, that’s it!

  46. @Mark1
    I’d like to know how you obtained that photo? I’d love to find a full-size version of that image…

  47. Oh, here we go: https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/themes/mountains/bg_thu_1920x1200.jpg

    Apparently, that’s Passo del Stelvio, Italy, according to this thread:

    http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/gmail/4vA-1X1780I

  48. @Mark1 As a couple of Velominati have said above, that is the Passo del Stelvio. An italian pilgrimmage similar to the Alpe De Huez, or Galibier in status.

  49. The iPhone wallpapers are missing.

  50. @Dr C

    actually, best whizz to 1min on that vid for tarmac shots – theme tune makes it, if not for whackiness!

    Anyone ridden his set of ribbons below??

    Old thread, I know, but isn’t that the Transfăgărășan in Romania?

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