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Anatomy of a Photo: Bike Love

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I got new wheels last week and got them mounted with tires by the weekend. Then @Haldy had to help me with a clearance problem on Sunday (27mm FMB Paris-Roubaix’s get to be more like 29mm tires after Francois finishes his lunchtime bottle of wine). When I wasn’t looking, @Haldy put orange cable ends on all the cables. A Velominatus can’t resist doing that sort of thing, you see.

Between the new wheels and orange bits, I feel like I have a new bike. I brought her up into the dining room and have spent yesterday evening and today morning working from the dining room table so I can gaze at her while “thinking”.

I’m tempted to bring her to work today, but I’ve got a few client meetings and I’m afraid my customers might think it a bit strange if I walk into the conference room wheeling my bike. The key thing that separates us from the rest of the world is that we think its normal to stare lovingly at an inanimate object.

We are Cyclists; the rest of the world merely rides a bike. Vive la Vie Velominatus.

// Anatomy of a Photo // La Vie Velominatus

  1. @mcgroup53

    Cleaned up my spring/fair weather training wheelset last night, replaced the tubes, and installed the wheels on road bike, La Velominatrix, last night. Spent some time checking out how the Easton decals complemented the rest of the paint job on the Giant TCR Advanced 1. Next up I’m replacing the stock bars with nice new Zipp SSC flattops with Zipp CX Service Course tape (black, of course). Freaked out my 9-month-old Golden Retriever puppy, but the bike looks awesome sitting on the Park stand in y kitchen nook. Looking forward to an awesome ride today.

    Careful with that Zipp tape, can be a bit of a pain to change out later…

    https://instagram.com/p/0zQNPWHecA

  2. Ogling the bike doesn’t seem so odd if I’m not the only one doing it. Maybe it’s odd to ogle the commuter, but when I sit next to her all day it’s hard not to. So sexy with the fenders, flat bars, and 32 tires.

  3. @Flatlander

    @wiscot

    @gilly

    What mirror? (Mind you,. that’s a pretty stately hallway you have there!)

    That mirror reminded me of these for some reason… blurring the bike/art boundary rather nicely.

    More info on the red Colnago wall hanger !?!?!?

  4. These little hunies have had my mind spinning all week.

  5. @Haldy

    @PeakInTwoYears

    When @frank gets back from the Keeper’s Tour we will have to wrestle his baby away from him and make that orange housing happen. I am sure it will need another thorough cleaning after crushing some souls across the fields of Flanders and Northern France.

    Too much orange? Is that even possible? I’m willing to try; its only cables for fucks sake!

  6. Last week’s bingle has had me on the commuter much more in the last few days, I forgot how pretty she is…

  7. @frank

    @Haldy

    @PeakInTwoYears

    When @frank gets back from the Keeper’s Tour we will have to wrestle his baby away from him and make that orange housing happen. I am sure it will need another thorough cleaning after crushing some souls across the fields of Flanders and Northern France.

    Too much orange? Is that even possible? I’m willing to try; its only cables for fucks sake!

    I’ve been thinking that my orange tape is too much orange and that orange cable housing with proper black tape might be exactly the ticket.

  8. @Mikael Liddy

    Last week’s bingle has had me on the commuter much more in the last few days, I forgot how pretty she is…

    Thats art!

    @PeakInTwoYears

    @frank

    @Haldy

    @PeakInTwoYears

    When @frank gets back from the Keeper’s Tour we will have to wrestle his baby away from him and make that orange housing happen. I am sure it will need another thorough cleaning after crushing some souls across the fields of Flanders and Northern France.

    Too much orange? Is that even possible? I’m willing to try; its only cables for fucks sake!

    I’ve been thinking that my orange tape is too much orange and that orange cable housing with proper black tape might be exactly the ticket.

    That^

  9. @frank

    @Haldy

    @PeakInTwoYears

    When @frank gets back from the Keeper’s Tour we will have to wrestle his baby away from him and make that orange housing happen. I am sure it will need another thorough cleaning after crushing some souls across the fields of Flanders and Northern France.

    Too much orange? Is that even possible? I’m willing to try; its only cables for fucks sake!

    Too much orange..oh no, I don’t think so! I think it would look spectacular. I will order the appropriate supplies while you are laying down the V in the Holy Land.

  10. Orange is what pulled the trigger on my current road bike back in 2008. Orange Glow over Sterling Silver rotated into Gunnar’s standard price color set for a few months. The perfect orange tint, and with such depth. I have tried to extend the orange theme with tape, jersey, and other bits, but none of them are the right orange.

  11. @Mikael Liddy

    Last week’s bingle has had me on the commuter much more in the last few days, I forgot how pretty she is…

    There is nothing that i dont like about that !! Treadly build?

  12. @Haldy

    I’d be grateful to know where you source the housing. I found one source of orange housing, but I’m just an ignorant git.

  13. @RedRanger Cheers, the VMW did pretty good without much input from yours truly.

    @Barracuda yup, with a small cameo from East End Cellars plugging the bars…

  14. @PeakInTwoYears

    @Haldy

    I’d be grateful to know where you source the housing. I found one source of orange housing, but I’m just an ignorant git.

    Are you referring to the brand of housing or which vendor? I have 3 or 4 different vendors to get orange housing from.

  15. @Haldy

    @PeakInTwoYears

    When @frank gets back from the Keeper’s Tour we will have to wrestle his baby away from him and make that orange housing happen. I am sure it will need another thorough cleaning after crushing some souls across the fields of Flanders and Northern France.

    Fortunately I have no soul – I don’t cast a shadow either.

    Also mirrors don’t work for me which makes shaving a bitch.

  16. Before my TT a month ago I was keeping my bike in the house as I was doing a lot of turbo sessions. Since then it’s gone back in the shed and I realised I haven’t cleaned it since!

    I feel bad. I mean, it’s not dirty, dirty. But I know it’s not clean and that’s just as bad.

    Taking it down to the in-laws this weekend so I can give it a full clean and polish and be able to pass it off to the VMW as ‘packing’.

  17. I have NO IDEA where to post this… PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS SOME KIND OF APRIL FOOLS JOKE. Early this am I receive an email from Trek saying they’ve teamed up with Fabian to create Monument, a grand show of olfactory prestige, with top notes of Arenberg cobblestone. Years of development. A new fragrance for champions. I’ve waited all week for right time to use the word of the week: FUCKBALLS. If this is a real deal then wha la, Spartacus, he just jumped the shark ! If it’s an April Fools thing? Friggen classic. >>> Whether you’re laying down the hammer in the boardroom or on the Paterberg, Monument is the way to ensure your decisive victory <<< Oh man, please, please, please let this be an April Fools joke. It could be a really good one.

  18. @wilburrox

    I have NO IDEA where to post this… PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS SOME KIND OF APRIL FOOLS JOKE. Early this am I receive an email from Trek saying they’ve teamed up with Fabian to create Monument, a grand show of olfactory prestige, with top notes of Arenberg cobblestone. Years of development. A new fragrance for champions. I’ve waited all week for right time to use the word of the week: FUCKBALLS. If this is a real deal then wha la, Spartacus, he just jumped the shark ! If it’s an April Fools thing? Friggen classic. >>> Whether you’re laying down the hammer in the boardroom or on the Paterberg, Monument is the way to ensure your decisive victory <<< Oh man, please, please, please let this be an April Fools joke. It could be a really good one.

    Obviously.

    http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/april-fools-day-cycling-round-up-43963/

  19. Fortunately I have a picture of my bike as desktop wallpaper, so I can still stare at it while at work.

    Btw: does anyone know where to get orange spacers to match the black V-cuffs? I tried a couple of LBS’s but none of them have them (not even in the Netherlands!). Any online site?

  20. @KogaLover

    Fortunately I have a picture of my bike as desktop wallpaper, so I can still stare at it while at work.

    Btw: does anyone know where to get orange spacers to match the black V-cuffs? I tried a couple of LBS’s but none of them have them (not even in the Netherlands!). Any online site?

    I just went to a hobby supply store and bought some orange paint. Usually take a few coats but looks just fine when done.

  21. @KogaLover

    Here: they have whatever you need. https://www.purelycustom.com/c-86-headset-spacers.aspx

  22. @RobSandy

    @wilburrox

    I have NO IDEA where to post this… PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS SOME KIND OF APRIL FOOLS JOKE. Early this am I receive an email from Trek saying they’ve teamed up with Fabian to create Monument, a grand show of olfactory prestige, with top notes of Arenberg cobblestone. Years of development. A new fragrance for champions. I’ve waited all week for right time to use the word of the week: FUCKBALLS. If this is a real deal then wha la, Spartacus, he just jumped the shark ! If it’s an April Fools thing? Friggen classic. >>> Whether you’re laying down the hammer in the boardroom or on the Paterberg, Monument is the way to ensure your decisive victory <<< Oh man, please, please, please let this be an April Fools joke. It could be a really good one.

    Obviously.

    http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/april-fools-day-cycling-round-up-43963/

    What a hoot. And a video too ! 1st class effort on Trek’s part. And the s-works selfie stick ? Another classic. The cycling industry/community takes 1 April to another level. Why not? It’s all about riding bikes and how can that be taken too seriously? This is good stuff. What a fun day. Cheers

  23. @wilburrox

    @RobSandy

    @wilburrox

    I have NO IDEA where to post this… PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS SOME KIND OF APRIL FOOLS JOKE. Early this am I receive an email from Trek saying they’ve teamed up with Fabian to create Monument, a grand show of olfactory prestige, with top notes of Arenberg cobblestone. Years of development. A new fragrance for champions. I’ve waited all week for right time to use the word of the week: FUCKBALLS. If this is a real deal then wha la, Spartacus, he just jumped the shark ! If it’s an April Fools thing? Friggen classic. >>> Whether you’re laying down the hammer in the boardroom or on the Paterberg, Monument is the way to ensure your decisive victory <<< Oh man, please, please, please let this be an April Fools joke. It could be a really good one.

    Obviously.

    http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/april-fools-day-cycling-round-up-43963/

    What a hoot. And a video too ! 1st class effort on Trek’s part. And the s-works selfie stick ? Another classic. The cycling industry/community takes 1 April to another level. Why not? It’s all about riding bikes and how can that be taken too seriously? This is good stuff. What a fun day. Cheers

    I’m a bit pissed off. All I’ve ever wanted is to smell like Faboo.

  24. @frank

    These little hunies have had my mind spinning all week.

    I wouldn’t get any work done… at all…..

  25. @wilburrox

    @RobSandy

    @wilburrox

    I have NO IDEA where to post this… PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS SOME KIND OF APRIL FOOLS JOKE. Early this am I receive an email from Trek saying they’ve teamed up with Fabian to create Monument, a grand show of olfactory prestige, with top notes of Arenberg cobblestone. Years of development. A new fragrance for champions. I’ve waited all week for right time to use the word of the week: FUCKBALLS. If this is a real deal then wha la, Spartacus, he just jumped the shark ! If it’s an April Fools thing? Friggen classic. >>> Whether you’re laying down the hammer in the boardroom or on the Paterberg, Monument is the way to ensure your decisive victory <<< Oh man, please, please, please let this be an April Fools joke. It could be a really good one.

    Obviously.

    http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/april-fools-day-cycling-round-up-43963/

    What a hoot. And a video too ! 1st class effort on Trek’s part. And the s-works selfie stick ? Another classic. The cycling industry/community takes 1 April to another level. Why not? It’s all about riding bikes and how can that be taken too seriously? This is good stuff. What a fun day. Cheers

    Would Monument be regarded as a “Classic” fragrance?

    I’ll get my coat . . .

  26. @Haldy

    @PeakInTwoYears

    @Haldy

    I’d be grateful to know where you source the housing. I found one source of orange housing, but I’m just an ignorant git.

    Are you referring to the brand of housing or which vendor? I have 3 or 4 different vendors to get orange housing from.

    All I found was Shimano PTFE shift and brake cable and housing *sets* on Amazon. I’m curious to know what you’d use.

  27. I do this all the time, which proves to be a huge distraction as well as making me late for where ever I am supposed to be. I looked up from my morning coffee a few hundred times to longingly admire my gleaming Hampsten MAX. Today is a good day…

  28. @max columbus

    I do this all the time, which proves to be a huge distraction as well as making me late for where ever I am supposed to be. I looked up from my morning coffee a few hundred times to longingly admire my gleaming Hampsten MAX. Today is a good day…

    Every day you have that bike is a good day. What a stunner!

  29. I had forgotten what day it was when I got that email from Trek. I knew it was BS right away though, then I remembered it’s 4/1.

    The selfie stick from Specialized…sorry, that whole craze is so fucking stupid I don’t even have the energy to laugh. Obesity and narcissism are going to be the modern health plagues that kill off humans in large numbers.

  30. @Ron

    I had forgotten what day it was when I got that email from Trek. I knew it was BS right away though, then I remembered it’s 4/1.

    The selfie stick from Specialized…sorry, that whole craze is so fucking stupid I don’t even have the energy to laugh. Obesity and narcissism are going to be the modern health plagues that kill off humans in large numbers.

    It’s actually 1/4.

    The worrying part about the selfie stick is that you just know there are people out there who will think it’s a good idea.

  31. @PeakInTwoYears

    @Haldy

    @PeakInTwoYears

    @Haldy

    I’d be grateful to know where you source the housing. I found one source of orange housing, but I’m just an ignorant git.

    Are you referring to the brand of housing or which vendor? I have 3 or 4 different vendors to get orange housing from.

    All I found was Shimano PTFE shift and brake cable and housing *sets* on Amazon. I’m curious to know what you’d use.

    Shimano is what I would use, but I have access to the D/A level brake and shift kits, and that’s what is going to be installed on @frank ‘s machine when he gets back.

  32. @Haldy

    @frank

    @Haldy

    @PeakInTwoYears

    When @frank gets back from the Keeper’s Tour we will have to wrestle his baby away from him and make that orange housing happen. I am sure it will need another thorough cleaning after crushing some souls across the fields of Flanders and Northern France.

    Too much orange? Is that even possible? I’m willing to try; its only cables for fucks sake!

    Too much orange..oh no, I don’t think so! I think it would look spectacular. I will order the appropriate supplies while you are laying down the V in the Holy Land.

    Better be high-quality shit. I’ll bring the beers.

  33. @Haldy

    Cool, thanks.

  34. @RobSandy

    Before my TT a month ago I was keeping my bike in the house as I was doing a lot of turbo sessions. Since then it’s gone back in the shed and I realised I haven’t cleaned it since!

    I feel bad. I mean, it’s not dirty, dirty. But I know it’s not clean and that’s just as bad.

    Taking it down to the in-laws this weekend so I can give it a full clean and polish and be able to pass it off to the VMW as ‘packing’.

    I’ve never done any of my bikes the indignity of putting them in the shed. Basement, garage, yes, but the shed feels like putting a dog in a dog house.

  35. @frank

    @Haldy

    @frank

    @Haldy

    @PeakInTwoYears

    When @frank gets back from the Keeper’s Tour we will have to wrestle his baby away from him and make that orange housing happen. I am sure it will need another thorough cleaning after crushing some souls across the fields of Flanders and Northern France.

    Too much orange? Is that even possible? I’m willing to try; its only cables for fucks sake!

    Too much orange..oh no, I don’t think so! I think it would look spectacular. I will order the appropriate supplies while you are laying down the V in the Holy Land.

    Better be high-quality shit. I’ll bring the beers.

    I’m slightly insulted you think I would put inferior quality on your steed. While I can make no guarantees about the quality of the riders to the bikes i tune..I always treat them well with quality parts!

  36. @wilburrox

    I have NO IDEA where to post this… PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS SOME KIND OF APRIL FOOLS JOKE. Early this am I receive an email from Trek saying they’ve teamed up with Fabian to create Monument, a grand show of olfactory prestige, with top notes of Arenberg cobblestone. Years of development. A new fragrance for champions. I’ve waited all week for right time to use the word of the week: FUCKBALLS. If this is a real deal then wha la, Spartacus, he just jumped the shark ! If it’s an April Fools thing? Friggen classic. >>> Whether you’re laying down the hammer in the boardroom or on the Paterberg, Monument is the way to ensure your decisive victory <<< Oh man, please, please, please let this be an April Fools joke. It could be a really good one.

    Solid, 24 carat gold.

  37. @Haldy

    @frank

    @Haldy

    @frank

    @Haldy

    @PeakInTwoYears

    When @frank gets back from the Keeper’s Tour we will have to wrestle his baby away from him and make that orange housing happen. I am sure it will need another thorough cleaning after crushing some souls across the fields of Flanders and Northern France.

    Too much orange? Is that even possible? I’m willing to try; its only cables for fucks sake!

    Too much orange..oh no, I don’t think so! I think it would look spectacular. I will order the appropriate supplies while you are laying down the V in the Holy Land.

    Better be high-quality shit. I’ll bring the beers.

    I’m slightly insulted you think I would put inferior quality on your steed. While I can make no guarantees about the quality of the riders to the bikes i tune..I always treat them well with quality parts!

    Hey, setting expectations is not the same as flinging insults. Is that stuff compatible with Campa? I always strayed from the Shimano/Sram stuff for the road stable.

    @KogaLover

    Fortunately I have a picture of my bike as desktop wallpaper, so I can still stare at it while at work.

    Btw: does anyone know where to get orange spacers to match the black V-cuffs? I tried a couple of LBS’s but none of them have them (not even in the Netherlands!). Any online site?

    This is still my wallpapaer.

    @max columbus

    I do this all the time, which proves to be a huge distraction as well as making me late for where ever I am supposed to be. I looked up from my morning coffee a few hundred times to longingly admire my gleaming Hampsten MAX. Today is a good day…

    I have it high on my list to get over to Steve’s workshop and talk custom. So in love with those bikes.

  38. @Ron

    I had forgotten what day it was when I got that email from Trek. I knew it was BS right away though, then I remembered it’s 4/1.

    The selfie stick from Specialized…sorry, that whole craze is so fucking stupid I don’t even have the energy to laugh. Obesity and narcissism are going to be the modern health plagues that kill off humans in large numbers.

    Yeah but the selfie stem puts a great note on that point, doesn’t it? I thought that might have been the funniest of the lot, were it not for the “crushing it in the boardroom” remark which takes the cake.

  39. @wiscot

    @KogaLover

    Fortunately I have a picture of my bike as desktop wallpaper, so I can still stare at it while at work.

    Btw: does anyone know where to get orange spacers to match the black V-cuffs? I tried a couple of LBS’s but none of them have them (not even in the Netherlands!). Any online site?

    I just went to a hobby supply store and bought some orange paint. Usually take a few coats but looks just fine when done.

    Chris King makes orange spacers – Mango is a pretty close match to the V-Orange and is the color my hubs are.

    http://chrisking.com/parts/spacers

  40. @frank

    @Haldy

    @frank

    @Haldy

    @frank

    @Haldy

    @PeakInTwoYears

    When @frank gets back from the Keeper’s Tour we will have to wrestle his baby away from him and make that orange housing happen. I am sure it will need another thorough cleaning after crushing some souls across the fields of Flanders and Northern France.

    Too much orange? Is that even possible? I’m willing to try; its only cables for fucks sake!

    Too much orange..oh no, I don’t think so! I think it would look spectacular. I will order the appropriate supplies while you are laying down the V in the Holy Land.

    Better be high-quality shit. I’ll bring the beers.

    I’m slightly insulted you think I would put inferior quality on your steed. While I can make no guarantees about the quality of the riders to the bikes i tune..I always treat them well with quality parts!

    Hey, setting expectations is not the same as flinging insults.

    @KogaLover

    Fortunately I have a picture of my bike as desktop wallpaper, so I can still stare at it while at work.

    Btw: does anyone know where to get orange spacers to match the black V-cuffs? I tried a couple of LBS’s but none of them have them (not even in the Netherlands!). Any online site?

    This is still my wallpapaer.

    @max columbus

    I do this all the time, which proves to be a huge distraction as well as making me late for where ever I am supposed to be. I looked up from my morning coffee a few hundred times to longingly admire my gleaming Hampsten MAX. Today is a good day…

    I have it high on my list to get over to Steve’s workshop and talk custom. So in love with those bikes.

    Well..if we are setting expectations…I like my beer dark…insult duly retracted…your steed has a worthy rider. I look forward to another opportunity to lay some V down with you.

  41. Mrs Chris

    Is that fucking bike in the house again?!

    Often heard when I’ve been working from home.

    She’s in South Africa at the moment, though, so the bikes is getting a good spring clean tomorrow night in the comfort of my study rather tan the garage.

  42. @frank

    @RobSandy

    Before my TT a month ago I was keeping my bike in the house as I was doing a lot of turbo sessions. Since then it’s gone back in the shed and I realised I haven’t cleaned it since!

    I feel bad. I mean, it’s not dirty, dirty. But I know it’s not clean and that’s just as bad.

    Taking it down to the in-laws this weekend so I can give it a full clean and polish and be able to pass it off to the VMW as ‘packing’.

    I’ve never done any of my bikes the indignity of putting them in the shed. Basement, garage, yes, but the shed feels like putting a dog in a dog house.

    I’ve slightly misused the word ‘shed’ there. My bike ‘shed’ is actually a precast concrete panel garage, not a rickety garden shed. Please, I’m not a savage.

    I don’t call it a garage because there is no garage door. So you can’t waste space by putting a car in it. .

  43. @Flatlander

    No; it was designed after this one — just with wood arms to cradle the top tubes.

    I’ll probably pick one of these up some day to replace the original rack. Unfortunately one of the top pieces went missing when I moved to start grad school; I gave the other pieces to an acquaintance who wanted to take a shot a making a replacement. I’ve now got something similar in black metal that has the benefit of being able to handle sloping top tubes — but doesn’t have as much soul behind it…

  44. @Barracuda

    Hi,

    i’ve just seen this bike rack at Velo House, Tunbridge Wells. Called Bull Horns – and cost £135.

    David

  45. @cognition

    @Flatlander

    No; it was designed after this one — just with wood arms to cradle the top tubes.

    I’ll probably pick one of these up some day to replace the original rack. Unfortunately one of the top pieces went missing when I moved to start grad school; I gave the other pieces to an acquaintance who wanted to take a shot a making a replacement. I’ve now got something similar in black metal that has the benefit of being able to handle sloping top tubes — but doesn’t have as much soul behind it…

    Had never thought very much about stands…. But it makes a lot of sense. Bikes deserve a good place to rest.

  46. I miss my Raleigh. How is it I loved one of my cheapest bikes more than everything that came since?

  47. @SteelCamp

    I miss my Raleigh. How is it I loved one of my cheapest bikes more than everything that came since?

    Wow, that looks really similar to the one I had; I wish you had a bigger photo!

  48. @frank

    Well sorry to say it’s not my photo. Downloaded the pic just to show what I had. Raleigh Competition Gran Sport. The last year they were made in England. The next year they were made in Japan and the price went from about $550 to $750. I bought it in 1980 or there about. Here’s a clearer pic

  49. Does this ever happen?

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