The Bikes

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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 some ways like a kind of Stockholm Syndrome, the way we honor our machines. We love them to a point that lies well beyond obsession. Upon these machines upon we endure endless suffering, but also find an unending pleasure. The rhythm, the harmony between rider and machine, the outdoors, the wind in our faces and air in our lungs.

The Bikes is devoted entirely to our machines. Ours, The Keepers, and yours, the Community. It features articles devoted to our bikes, and proves a forum for uploading photos of your own machines for discussion. We will be harsh, but fair; this is a place to enforce and enhance our observation of The Rules.

If you’d like to submit an article about your own beloved bike, please feel free to send it to us and we’ll do our best to work with you to include it.

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  1. No reason to write about it and not post a pic.

    Please don’t dog-pile about the bar tape, it came to me that way along with some older yellow Time pedals which I think were all from the original owner, I have cleaned it up,a new battery in the Flightdeck 6500, new tires, oiled it up and now it was in the back of my truck to go for a fitting and new pedals. Although with the 650 wheels it looks odd with a full sized person on it it does ride very nice and one day I’d like to show up to a ITT and compete on it.

    Take care guys

    Dean

  2. And, just one more little thing about Cyfac and #1… in keeping with the spirit of Rule #57, even the decal is not acceptable, each bit of marking on the frame is hand painted via stencil.

  3. Dang, learning what can and can’t get posted. Trying to introduce myself and my #1. After 30 years riding a custom steel touring frame, I decided (in 2011) that the new DI2 was tech worthy of a new bike. USA custom carbon builders were not making anything I liked—Parlee had those funky tube junctions and would not (at the time) put a hole in the carbon for internal routing. Calfee, well, not the prettiest frames. So I then found Cyfac, with a rich history including:

    Cyfac started as a simple workshop atelier building framesets for the greatest French stars of the 1980’s.  Laurent Fignon, Thierry Marie, Thierry Clavreyolat, Charly Mottet, Marc Madiot, Richard Virenque and nearly every French pro from the 1980’s to 2000’s raced on a Cyfac painted in their team’s livery.

    So I went with Cyfac, using their premium ‘infiniti’ tubeset, with a long top tube (so I would not have to seek out the unobtanable ultra-long stem, and with slightly lengthened seat stays to allow for a 25mm tire and add just a wee-bit softer ride. Below is #1.

  4. And the VMH’s Cyfac “Gothica”:

  5. And one final little snippet if this is your first time learning of this fabled maker:

  6. Nice bikes! And welcome!

  7. @Barracuda

    I’ll just leave this here,

    http://silca.cc/collections/all-silca/products/hx-one-home-and-travel-essentials

    Are you suggesting the new Silca is the Best Made Co. of bike tools? That hand-sanded sustainable Beech Wood box (with admittedly flimsy looking hinge) easily adds a c-note to the $20 Newsome set they rebranded.

    But no 7mm or 3.5mm? They want to sell overpriced hex keys, they should include esoteric Campagnolo sizes.

  8. @pistard

    No, but it does look purdy.

  9. Can’t bear to look at those hex keys! I’ve been missing my 4mm for about a year now. I’m keeping the faith that it’s going to turn up in a pocket when I put on a jacket or pants that I haven’t worn lately. I will not give in and buy a single key. Arghhhh.

    Just had my mechanic work on my Delta brakes. It took him longer than expected. Why? He had to special order a 3.5mm hex, forgot the Deltas required one.

    Thanks for the replies about my new rim issue. Patched the Vredestein tube and added an extra piece of Velox tape at the valve opening. Rode it this morning and no issues. I’ll pull the tube and file over the weekend, just to be sure.

    Photos coming of my updated Tommasini. Had a friend who is a professional photographer shoot some!

  10. @Barracuda

    I’ll just leave this here,

    http://silca.cc/collections/all-silca/products/hx-one-home-and-travel-essentials

    I can respect the pumps. I wouldn’t pay for one. A Speshy airtower with the 3″ gauge and big blocky solid head is as good as anything from a utility standpoint. But I can respect and appreciate the Silca pump yes. They also sell “ultra super premium” CO friggen 2 cartridges guaran friggen teed to 15.5 to 16 g’s vs what is apparently a wildly variable 14 g to whatever un super premium cartridge that must be totally unworthy if truly want the best. That’s just friggen stupid. Must be military grade CO2. Whatev…

  11. Cyfac? Did someone mention Cyfac? To celebrate moving to windows 10 and the ability to post photos again, here’s the Fignon Tribute frame.  I have at least 10,000 miles on it now, brilliant geometry, smooth riding, durable aluminium

  12. Making up for lost time, here’s my latest project…Merckx MXL with 11 speed Athena

  13. @fignons barber

    Very nice indeed.  Personally I’d have gone with a shiny seatpost but it’s sweet nonetheless.

  14. @Teocalli

    @fignons barber

    Very nice indeed.  Personally I’d have gone with a shiny seatpost but it’s sweet nonetheless.

    Yes, on the post. I had a nice ti campag post, but sold it on ebay for a crazy price of $300. I had this old record carbon laying around, and wanted to see if I liked the bike before springing for post. I’ll probably add a nice PMP post in the future.

  15. @fignons barber

    Making up for lost time, here’s my latest project…Merckx MXL with 11 speed Athena

    @fignons barber

    Cyfac? Did someone mention Cyfac? To celebrate moving to windows 10 and the ability to post photos again, here’s the Fignon Tribute frame.  I have at least 10,000 miles on it now, brilliant geometry, smooth riding, durable aluminium

    Great frame… Love the paint. The boys in La Fuye really know their stuff.

  16. Hydraulic gears???!!

    Bleeding my tiny mind!

  17. @sthilzy

    Hydraulic gears???!!

    Bleeding my tiny mind!

    I’m liking it. If you’re going to have hydraulics for disc brakes why not use it for shifting too – one complex system instead of two (assuming the alternative for shifting was electronics).

    Hydraulics PLUS electrics is asking for trouble and expense.

    It also passes my test of human power, unlike electronics.

  18. @ChrisO

    @sthilzy

    Hydraulic gears???!!

    Bleeding my tiny mind!

    I’m liking it. If you’re going to have hydraulics for disc brakes why not use it for shifting too – one complex system instead of two (assuming the alternative for shifting was electronics).

    Hydraulics PLUS electrics is asking for trouble and expense.

    It also passes my test of human power, unlike electronics.

    good looking kit too.

  19. I feel like an excited schoolgirl, so if anyone knows of one, send her over. Spent yesterday afternoon at Enigma bikes in the South Downs (http://www.enigmabikes.com) having a bike fit and meeting the guys (Joe & Max) who will be making my own custom frame. I’ve gone for Titanium because:

    1. Frames made from bits of charcoal stuck together with glue shatter into a 1000s pieces, and although Steel is Real, they need to be painted otherwise you end up with a pile of ginger dust.
    2. Cool people ride Titanium frames. FACT
    3. Titanium is hard as nails, and if I’d been riding one when The Mad Bitch drove into me last year, it would have been her crappy car that would have been in pieces, not my carbon forks, and the frame would not be bent & buckled like the steel one was.
    4. This will be my bike, made by two guys who spend their days making bikes for special people, who happen to have the same names as my two sons, so must be cool. FACT

      It will be finished off with DT RR440 rims, laced 32-spoke 3-cross with Sapim CX-Ray black spokes hand made by a lovely bloke who gives out life-time guarantees, with Ultegra Di2 groupset and of course a B17 Narrow saddle.

      Actually, if you know of 3 exited schoolgirls, send two over to Joe and Max (the bike builders, not my sons, they are more important now)

  20. I made a bit of an impulse purchase last Sunday. This is how it looks as bought. There’s a few parts I need to swap out, but pretty happy with my bargain buy.

  21. @WelshPaul That’s some impulse buy!

    @markb That’s going to be sweet

  22. N1 in updated stealth mode with new wheels and saddle…

  23. And N1’s illegitimate new pseudo-Eurotrash half brother… awaiting TRP V-brakes and a -17 degree stem… already.

  24. @Welsh Paul

    I made a bit of an impulse purchase last Sunday. This is how it looks as bought. There’s a few parts I need to swap out, but pretty happy with my bargain buy.

    Beautiful bike! I’d be broke and homeless very quickly if I made impulse purchases like that…

  25. @osbk67

    Nice rigs!

  26. @ChrisO

    @sthilzy

    Hydraulic gears???!!

    Bleeding my tiny mind!

    I’m liking it. If you’re going to have hydraulics for disc brakes why not use it for shifting too – one complex system instead of two (assuming the alternative for shifting was electronics).

    Hydraulics PLUS electrics is asking for trouble and expense.

    It also passes my test of human power, unlike electronics.

    I wonder why SRAM isn’t pushing their hydraulic rim brakes. All accounts I’ve heard of Magura’s TT rim brakes are positive. Cervelo and now Specialized spec them on their top TT bikes. Hydro rim brakes and shifting, now that’s something I could accept.

  27. @markb

    Fantastic – congrats! Please post pics. Of the bike.

  28. @osbk67

    Steel Ritchey’s, Nice! I’ll be racing a SwissCross this season too. Cheers

  29. @Welsh Paul

    Giant is making some really hot bikes lately and this one’s a beauty. Black and White is just classic. Makes me miss the ol’ Giant Shimano team kits. Cheers

  30. @osbk67

    Great pair of Ritchey’s!

    I have a Breakaway and it’s fantastic.

  31. So is this taking things too far, is there a point or is this “just because they can”.

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sram-red-etap-ushers-in-wireless-shifting-era/

    The devil in me though wonders whether this could be subject to abuse – your climber is just about to go for that final spurt to the line so you shift the opponent to a high gear remotely  or your sprinter is going for the line so you remotely shift the opposition to the small ring.  It can’t be that hard to hack.

  32. It is here! It is finally here!! I’m going to take my time building this!!

  33. @Welsh Paul

    I made a bit of an impulse purchase last Sunday. This is how it looks as bought. There’s a few parts I need to swap out, but pretty happy with my bargain buy.

    I finally got round to making the changes I wanted to do

    I like how the CCU’s graphics light up under a flash:

  34. @EBruner

    Very cool.

  35. @Welsh Paul

    Think I prefer the after, over the before, I have never liked the black Ultegra crankset but looks great on your ride.

  36. @Welsh Paul

    @Welsh Paul

    I made a bit of an impulse purchase last Sunday. This is how it looks as bought. There’s a few parts I need to swap out, but pretty happy with my bargain buy.

    I finally got round to making the changes I wanted to do

    I like how the CCU’s graphics light up under a flash:

    The “After Shot” for the win.   Very, Very tidy ride right there !!

  37. Argh bike noises. Horrific clicking/pinging/knocking noise which sounds like it alternates between forks, rear wheel and BB/frame. Then after 30k of the ride this morning it stops. Completely. Fuckity fuck how annoying.

    @Welsh Paul

    I’m considering some Cosmic’s as my replacement wheelset when Bugetatus allows. Recommend?

  38. @EBruner

    It is here! It is finally here!! I’m going to take my time building this!!

    oooooooooooooo

  39. @RobSandy

    Argh bike noises. Horrific clicking/pinging/knocking noise which sounds like it alternates between forks, rear wheel and BB/frame. Then after 30k of the ride this morning it stops. Completely. Fuckity fuck how annoying.

    @Welsh Paul

    I’m considering some Cosmic’s as my replacement wheelset when Bugetatus allows. Recommend?

    Is it all the time or only when powering particularly standing?

  40. @Teocalli

    Nope, it happens when standing, sitting, pedalling hard, freewheeling, uphill, downhill.

    I thought until this morning it was the cadence sensor on my crank hitting the receiver, or the speed sensor on the wheel hitting same. But it’s not.

    And I couldn’t place at all where it was coming from. And then it stopped.

  41. @RobSandy

    Argh bike noises. Horrific clicking/pinging/knocking noise which sounds like it alternates between forks, rear wheel and BB/frame. Then after 30k of the ride this morning it stops. Completely. Fuckity fuck how annoying.

    @Welsh Paul

    I’m considering some Cosmic’s as my replacement wheelset when Bugetatus allows. Recommend?

    Tighten your chain-wheel bolts. Check QR skewers. I’m running Speedplay’s and had a clicking sound. Injected grease as per maintenance schedule Rule #65 adhered to.

  42. @RobSandy

    Clean check tighten cleats.

  43. @RobSandy

    Basically we are all going to be saying clean everything that can be cleaned, check and tighten everything that should tighten, and lube everything that should be lubed!

  44. @Teocalli

    @sthilzy

    Going outside to do some tightening now.

    I gave the bike a good clean the other night after it first occurred, and found nothing amiss.

  45. @RobSandy

    Argh bike noises. Horrific clicking/pinging/knocking noise which sounds like it alternates between forks, rear wheel and BB/frame. Then after 30k of the ride this morning it stops. Completely. Fuckity fuck how annoying.

    @Welsh Paul

    I’m considering some Cosmic’s as my replacement wheelset when Bugetatus allows. Recommend?

    The CCU’s are a cracking wheelset Rob. I’d definately recommend them. They’re light, but super stiff, so there’s no flexing when you’re putting the power down.

    I’ve got a set of the SLE clinchers on my commuter bike, and they’re fantastic as well. The Exaliath braking surface on them gives brilliant stopping power even in the wet.

    I’m a fan of the Mavics at the moment

  46. Gone are they DA C24’s.   Replacements roll amazing and are very, very stiff.   Very happy camper !

  47. @Barracuda

    Nice!

    Tubs/Singles? If not, Rule #40 breach.

  48. @sthilzy

    @Barracuda

    Nice!

    Tubs/Singles? If not, Rule #40 breach.

    FC Clinchers – Rears OK, caught out on the front, shhhhhh, just between you and me !

  49. @RobSandy

    @Teocalli

    @sthilzy

    Going outside to do some tightening now.

    I gave the bike a good clean the other night after it first occurred, and found nothing amiss.

    Yeh, the noises have spontaneously gone away now. Fucking bikes.

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