Anatomy of a Photo: And He Parted The Waters

Anatomy of a Photo: And He Parted The Waters

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No double wraps of bar tape. No arm warmers or bandages for an injured left arm; just some wrappings borrowed from an Egyptian mummy he sent back to the underworld earlier in the morning. Nothing special for Roger on a typical race day in Hell. Just unmeasurably enormous helpings of Rule #5.

The most remarkable thing about this photo? He did that to the water before he rode through it.

// Anatomy of a Photo

  1. Nice, nice, nice!

  2. @frank @Oli
    I love this photo, according to my Rouleur archive (issue 25) it’s 1977 as they use the picture in relation to Resurrecting his 1977 glory steed

  3. @Sam
    They might use the picture, but I’d take the scrupulous research of A Journey Through Hell over Rouleur anyday. For a start he isn’t wearing the rainbow stripes he would wear after his 1975 Cyclo-Cross World Champs win, secondly he wasn’t injured in his ’77 win, but more importantly the 1977 race was dry and dusty not wet and foul.

  4. Great photo and the look on his face….I.am.rule V

  5. As seen here.

  6. Yeah, sideburns!

  7. @Oli
    holy shit i bow down and pay penance, i’ve watched these pastings from the outside but being on the receiving end is a whole new experience. Btw has anyone seen ‘The Bicycle Academy’ courses i really like the idea or molding my own ride

  8. Haha! Sorry, Sam…

  9. This is from the 1973 Paris Roubaix. Note Roger’s left arm…same as main photo. The prophet’s last win of the race as well BTW.
    Both looking very weary…..

  10. @il ciclista medio


    This is from the 1973 Paris Roubaix. Note Roger’s left arm…same as main photo. The Prophet’s last win of the race as well BTW.
    Both looking very weary…..

    Indeed! Nicely done. As it turns out, our main shot from The Rules features from the same race.

    The bandage is different, though; the mummy wrappings must have come off.

    Both have enviable ‘burns, I’d say!

    @Oli

    @Sam
    They might use the picture, but I’d take the scrupulous research of A Journey Through Hell over Rouleur anyday. For a start he isn’t wearing the rainbow stripes he would wear after his 1975 Cyclo-Cross World Champs win, secondly he wasn’t injured in his ’77 win, but more importantly the 1977 race was dry and dusty not wet and foul.

    Easy there, fella! Right you might be, but lets not disparage Rouleur. Top notch work and an inspiration.

  11. @frank
    Don’t get me wrong, I love Rouleur! But every issue I’ve read has some important detail wrong, so I’m just being honest. I think sometimes they fit random photos to fit their facts, or vice-versa…hmmm, reminds me of someone.

  12. @frank
    Some people can rock the ‘burns, e.g. Eddy and Roger, other can’t

  13. @Oli
    don’t worry about it, La Vie Velominatus is full of opportunities for enlightenment, for example today i discovered some fantastically 80’s yellow tinted sunglasses my dad had stashed away, while they are of questionable style their function is undeniable

  14. regardless of the specifics involved, everyone needs to stop what they are doing, bow down in front of their computers, and repeat after me: “we’re not worthy, we’re not worthy!”

  15. @Sam
    I hear ya. I have an old pair of Bolle Edges with interchangeable lenses. Grey, brown clear, red and . . . yellow. On a dull day you can’t beat the yellow! They are also super stylish!

  16. @Sam
    Sam, we have all learned the hard way; Oli is the Source. Resistance is futile.

    @Oli

    @frank
    New avatars? Damn, maybe I should man-up and move on, but change is hard…

  17. Viva la, the Hardmen.

  18. here is the clips of video, hey frank, can you paste a pic or tell me how to, i am computer stupid
    it indeeed was the 1973 Paris Roubaix, and the video shows it all, it shows them taking out w/goods and evidently he just threw them to the side, i suppose he may have taken the stitches out too and just tossed them bastards out but the antifreeze in his veins would have leaked for sure

    http://youtu.be/ftZkzaarq4E

  19. Damn, you know you’re a proper hardman when you’re bunnyhopping puddles on the cobbles. FNG here, thought I’d finally make a post after reading for a long time. Despite being nowhere near as badass as Roger this photo kind of shows how I was feeling on the commute home last night in the rain (it’s not something we see a lot of this time of year).
    Thanks for the inspiration for another evening ride (probably) in the wet. Rule #9 here I come.

  20. @Noel

    Okay, this doesn’t really pertain to this awesome photo, but can anyone direct me to some good tutorials on how to wrap bars in some manner other than the crappy one I use? I’ve only done it a half dozen times or so and have yet to be successful. Fully rule compliant except for this (is A+ bar tape even a rule?). Frank, maybe you could film a tutorial? You certainly seem to be a master at it.

    I can do a video some time, for sure – good idea. But truth be told, while I find my tape job to be absolutely impeccable when I’m done, it is a slowish process; some of the videos of the Pro Wrenches rocking a tape job are much more impressive.

    In the end, it’s all about constant pressure, and smooth, continuous motions. Make sure all the loops are equidistant from each other and awesome. Not too much pressure, by the way – depending on the tape you’ll have a massively lumpy job of it. With fi'zi:k, you want to pull pretty hard and get a very even wrap, while with Cinelli and it’s imitators in the varying types of cork and pseudocork, you’ll want a firm but not too tight pressure to make sure you avoid the big lump in the middle of each wrap. Be careful on that one, even the Pros will wrap too tight.

    This is an art, not a science, and you can watch videos for tips, but really you just need to practice.

  21. @wiscot

    @Sam
    I hear ya. I have an old pair of Bolle Edges with interchangeable lenses. Grey, brown clear, red and . . . yellow. On a dull day you can’t beat the yellow! They are also super stylish!

    I had them in Gatorade Green, in honor of Gianni’s sweet pair. Wish I still had them. I still have the Briko Shots I got immediately after the Bolle’s, but I don’t have them anymore.

  22. @Gianni

    @Oli
    @frank
    New avatars? Damn, maybe I should man-up and move on, but change is hard…

    I’m testing a new one, but I feel weird about it. I think I’ll land back on my old one. Go with what feels right; this is your avatar, for Merckxsake!!

    @Benj

    Damn, you know you’re a proper hardman when you’re bunnyhopping puddles on the cobbles. FNG here, thought I’d finally make a post after reading for a long time. Despite being nowhere near as badass as Roger this photo kind of shows how I was feeling on the commute home last night in the rain (it’s not something we see a lot of this time of year).
    Thanks for the inspiration for another evening ride (probably) in the wet. Rule #9 here I come.

    Welcome! The bikehandling is amazing, and photos like these are what inspires each of us to get them!

  23. @Gianni

    @Sam
    Sam, we have all learned the hard way; Oli is the Source. Resistance is futile.
    @Oli
    @frank
    New avatars? Damn, maybe I should man-up and move on, but change is hard…

    Don’t switch dude. Your avatar kicks ass. Makes me smile every time I see it.

  24. @Frank.
    Awesome pic Frank.
    Where do you get these oldie photos?

  25. Just to say… That photo is on my desktop for sooo long.

  26. @frank
    Now THAT is a classy photo, eh? Fuckin’ Bugno resplendent in everything cool about pro cycling. Monster shades, check, rainbow, check, black shorts, check, campag, check, celeste green, check. Back before the Italians went a little garish in their style.

    And I’ll say it again, I loves me a modern bike but old skool geometry is where it’s at for style. Fuckin’ A.

  27. Thanks for the inspiration, Frank. Great photo, a study in hardening the eff up. Will use this as motivation for many a Portland winter training sesh.

  28. I don’t like all the switching of the lil’ pics…I used to be able to immediately identify many of you, now I wonder who the heck everyone is. Go on ya’ll, switch ’em back!

  29. @frank Yes, I understand the theory. We did the same thing on our BMX bikes back in the day, and for the same reason – protect the undercarriage, and use your arms and legs as shock absorbers.

  30. His bidon converts water to wine …

  31. Tried to think of something clever to say but I just couldn’t think of anything so instead I’ll just leave this here. Just looking at it makes me desire more of The V!

  32. P is for PavéPavéPavé and……partnership?

  33. I’ll be there next April, in my safari suit and desert boots cheering Saussler in his suicidal breakaway…
    Just sayin…

  34. Saussler?

  35. @harminator

    I’ll be there next April, in my safari suit and desert boots cheering Saussler in his suicidal breakaway…Just sayin…

    +1

  36. @Oli
    He’s pretty fond of a cold brew, isn’t he?

  37. @Oli
    SAUSSLER!!! SAUSSLER!!! SAUSSLER!!!

  38. @Harminator
    Spell it correctly and Oli will get it. It’s Heinrich Sauceler.

  39. @Marko
    That’s so odd. I have no idea why it misspelled, and even less why I didn’t register that it had!!

  40. I want to bunny hop puddles in lone arm bandages when I grow up to be…a Belgian HardMan.

  41. @harminator
    Touché lol!

  42. @frank
    Not too much pressure, by the way – depending on the tape you’ll have a massively lumpy job of it. With fi'zi:k, you want to pull pretty hard and get a very even wrap, while with Cinelli and it’s imitators in the varying types of cork and pseudocork, you’ll want a firm but not too tight pressure to make sure you avoid the big lump in the middle of each wrap. Be careful on that one, even the Pros will wrap too tight.

    @frank

    I use Spesh Bar Phat with the gel inserts, so the bumps are pretty much a given. I like them, gives the hands extra textural variety when moving around the cockpit.

    Each to their own.

    Fuckin nails photo by the way.

  43. @Souleur

    here is the clips of video, hey frank, can you paste a pic or tell me how to, i am computer stupid
    it indeeed was the 1973 Paris Roubaix, and the video shows it all, it shows them taking out w/goods and evidently he just threw them to the side, i suppose he may have taken the stitches out too and just tossed them bastards out but the antifreeze in his veins would have leaked for sure
    http://youtu.be/ftZkzaarq4E

    Unbelievable. Fing glorious. When men were truly men.

  44. Back in ’92 when Cycle Sport magazine was launched, it came with a free video. That video was a highlights package of english-language cycling and included a 10 minute segment of “A Sunday in Hell”. Later in the decade, as motivation, I used to watch that video the night before races.

    “De Vlaeminck pushes harder on the pedals”

  45. @Blaireau

    @Souleur

    here is the clips of video, hey frank, can you paste a pic or tell me how to, i am computer stupid
    it indeeed was the 1973 Paris Roubaix, and the video shows it all, it shows them taking out w/goods and evidently he just threw them to the side, i suppose he may have taken the stitches out too and just tossed them bastards out but the antifreeze in his veins would have leaked for sure
    http://youtu.be/ftZkzaarq4E

    Unbelievable. Fing glorious. When men were truly men.

    That podium jersey Merckx is wearing is superb! You know it’s wool too.

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