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La Vie Velominatus: One Piece at a Time

La Vie Velominatus: One Piece at a Time

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Patience has never come naturally to me – I’m more Calvin than I am Hobbes in that regard. Yet I am meticulous and demanding of myself and those with whom I journey through life. It is a conflict that has caused its fair share of grief; my childhood is piled high with memories of incidents where I made choices and mistakes that robbed me of the satisfaction of a job well done.

One such episode involved my eagerness to have bar-mounted shifters in the early nineties. STI had just come on the market, and they were priced so high it would require disciplined saving in order for me to afford them. Rather than patiently saving, I spent my money on lower-cost options which differed in their implementation but shared in their failure to quench my thirst for STI. At one point, my father pointed out that with what I’d spent on cheaper compromises, I could have already bought what I really wanted.

Some lessons in life are easily learned, but to practice them is another thing altogether. While I have learned patience, it is often stretched to its limit as I have also become more exacting in my expectations. What the Prophet giveth, he taketh away.

I have finally reached the point in my life where I enjoy the journey as much as I do the destination. I can’t imagine buying a complete bicycle and forgoing the process of hand-picking the kit to dress it up in and embarking on the quest to source it. For me, a bicycle begins as an idea which slowly materializes through the curation of its frame and components. The process of assembling it is a ritualistic undertaking, a kind of spiritual offering to the Elders on Mount Velomis. The assembled bicycle marks the end of a journey during which we’ve already bonded.

Only as this journey comes to a close are we ready to begin a new one, one where we evolve through prolonged exposure to The V. The path to becoming a Velominatus is built on taking the time to do things correctly, and building our machines is no exception.

Vive la Vie Velominatus.

// Il Progetto // La Vie Velominatus // Nostalgia // The Bikes

  1. @xyxax V cuff links???  I hear that brett has an extra.

  2. @Buck Rogers

    Hmmm.  All my cuff money is lying on that dirty rug.

  3. @xyxax I would say you are missing the yokozuna cables that frank mentioned earlier. This holiday season I will be upgrading both the +1 and +2 bikes with yokozuna.

  4. @xyxax grease, carbon paste, and nipple lube?

  5. @DCR Excellent point.  DA housing was sent with the brakes but were a take-off from a new bike that must have been a 48cm.  Like wearing my daughter’s shirts. Though they’re supposed to be the best thing in cable since “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, time for plan B and I had my eye on the Yokozunas.  Thanks for the tip.

    @Nate
    How did you know I was making my New Year’s Eve party shopping list already?

  6. @xyxax

    @Nate
    How did you know I was making my New Year’s Eve party shopping list already?

    Hmm, I think I’ll go for the Fish House Punch instead.

  7. @brett

    @Buck Rogers

    Thats a great video but can I point it is not a single-track?

    Looks perfect for a gravur. Assuming you’re geared down enough – looks steep in places!

  8. @frank

    @brett

    @Buck Rogers

    Thats a great video but can I point it is not a single-track?

    Looks perfect for a gravur. Assuming you’re geared down enough – looks steep in places!

    Thats not a hill climb race at all. The Whiskey Offroad Challenge is a 50 Mile MTB race. One of the premier races in the US and put together by Epic Rides which is based in Tucson. They are one of the first organizers to have equal prize purses for men and women.

  9. @frank

    @brett

    @Buck Rogers

    Thats a great video but can I point it is not a single-track?

    Looks perfect for a gravur. Assuming you’re geared down enough – looks steep in places!

    Singletrack.

    Those guys are all on singlespeeds, so with gears it would be a lot easier than they are doing it. And they’re doing it pretty well… especially the guy who comes barreling through the middle!

  10. @DCR

    @xyxax I would say you are missing the yokozuna cables that frank mentioned earlier. This holiday season I will be upgrading both the +1 and +2 bikes with yokozuna.

    Talk me through the cost / benefit analysis of the Yoki’s. Ive got them in the back of my mind also.

  11. One iconic piece relaunched!

    Glad I’ve got my NOS for 80’s build

  12. Sometimes I enjoy making one piece at a time.


    The one on the left is the original.

    Scored a frame with ISP, only problem cut a couple-ish cm short for me and very crooked! By the time I machined the ISP post straight and square, I needed about 4cm. So I made one 5cm longer.

    Instead of the triangular hole, which may scratch the paint, I opted to put my name there.

  13. @sthilzy that is way cool, did you consider cutting your name right through or would that have made it too weak?

  14. @sthilzy

    Very nice! Really nice finishing on that baby.

    I’m just skilling up in Solidworks myself and finding it very powerful.

    What machine are you using to cut that out? Is it hollow? How much work has it had after machining?

  15. @piwakawaka

    @sthilzy that is way cool, did you consider cutting your name right through or would that have made it too weak?

    Did consider cutting through and first thought was that it might scratch the paint, and it might stretch on tightening if cut through.

    @harminator

    @sthilzy

    Very nice! Really nice finishing on that baby.

    I’m just skilling up in Solidworks myself and finding it very powerful.

    What machine are you using to cut that out? Is it hollow? How much work has it had after machining?

    Yep, it’s all machined finished. Still umming and arring whether to get it polished. Also umming and arring wether to get it anodized black and recut the name back to raw aluminium.

    Solidworks is a great tool. Been doing CAD/CAM/CNC best part of 20 years. Used quite a few different CAD/CAM software systems. Solidworks is fun in general. Needs more user effort in surfacing and filleting than other systems, but all round a pretty good package.

    Spoilt in the MCing department. An OKUMA MB-46VAE with Hi-Speed MCing control and 25000rpm spindle. There’s no mismatch between cutting tool and set up. I’m very fussy with setting up CNC’s.

    Slideshow:

    Fullscreen:

    Download:

  16. @sthilzy Simply stunning.

  17. @frank

    @unversio

    This is the right direction to go in; I’m happy to hear it!

    The bars are going to be right as well. Eubios bars straight from Italy by way of New York City — Ebay (50.00).

    Marco Pantani version came to me without knowing that he preferred these. Similar shallow drop as 3T Ergosum!

  18. @frank Good advice. The operation was a success.

    These bars ends are level and mechanic was enthused to see that I wanted the control levers exactly where they should be. Need to post overall bike setup images (later).

  19. Profile.

  20. @unversio

    Profile.

    Damn! That stem looks awesome! Superb job on the build-up. Very happy to have played a small part.

  21. @wiscot

    Damn! That stem looks awesome! 

    Inspired to move onward with the transformation — mounting this Selle Italia Turbomatic 4 (considered semi-flat or semi- round) to make a “more genuine” setup.

  22. Inspired by the Selle Italia packaging of their 100 yr anniversary.

  23. Could not resist the allure of ITM upon seeing this new 130mm stem available. 35.00

  24. @frank 42TH

  25. @unversio

    Profile.

    Cleaning some spam and saw this. Perfect. Just…perfect. So much better than the ARX you had on there before.

    Exceptional work.

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