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. @Dean C

    Hello all, I just joined after haunting here long enough and thought  to myself “self, this would be a great place to put up a first post and show off the bike”

    So here is my sled, made by Irish Cycles being put to some good use, hopefully in none too many violations of The Rules.

    Enjoy and thank you- its good to be here.

    Welcome Dean. We need better bike porn photos from you. And Irish Cycles is not in Ireland I bet.

  2. @Barracuda

    # 1 gets a mild face lift today

    Want! Need!

  3. Great looking Pinarello, Teocalli! My Tommasini is getting a few updates, still deciding on tape.

    Is that the new soft touch fi'zi:k 2mm or 3mm?

  4. As if I didn’t want a custom steel bike bad enough already, this wonderful machine haunts me everywhere.

  5. @Ron

    Correct it’s the 3mm – but the ride is sooo smooth it’s almost a bit overkill.

  6. But that’s the new soft touch fi'zi:k microtex, right? I’ve been trying to decide on what tape to go with for a classic, steel bike. The plain microtex is an option, so is the soft touch. Want something that looks right, don’t want to go with just plain Cinelli cork tape, which is what was on there. I have Deda Traforato perforated tape on my Casati and it’s awesome, but don’t want it on two of my steel bikes.

  7. @Ron

    I took the step of ordering 90s era 3T tape — black, perforated, glossy and thin. Ebay.

  8. @Dean C

    Welcome aboard. Don’t be shy about chiming in with more pics/blather.

  9. @RedRanger

    Lets just say that when I put them on the SST last night it looked and felt 5km/h straight away and it hadn’t left the shed !

    They look, feel and smell REAL GOOD.

  10. @Ron

    But that’s the new soft touch fi’zi:k microtex, right? I’ve been trying to decide on what tape to go with for a classic, steel bike. The plain microtex is an option, so is the soft touch. Want something that looks right, don’t want to go with just plain Cinelli cork tape, which is what was on there. I have Deda Traforato perforated tape on my Casati and it’s awesome, but don’t want it on two of my steel bikes.

    Ideally I want to put on Brooks leather tape but it’s a bit expensive.

  11. On the subject of n+1 …… http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/austria-collector-auctions-huge-array-of-classic-bikes-170921

  12. @Teocalli

    On the subject of n+1 …… http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/austria-collector-auctions-huge-array-of-classic-bikes-170921

    Boy that’s a good way to get me in trouble, because I fear I have reached the s-1 threshold. I would bid on the Bianchi, Gios and of course the Colnago Oval.

  13. It’s been a while since I had anything worth posting, but I now find myself in the fortunate position of looking forward to not one but two new arrivals.

    Arrival one is probably of less interest to the assemble Velomiscenti, but bears mention anyway, as it is an unashamedly head down-bum up TT rig purchased with the express intention of going as fast as I damn well can, pointy hat an’ all. Target: 20 minutes for a ’10′; we’ll see how that goes…

    Arrival two will hopefully fit in better with the steel love that’s been circulating on here recently in the shape of a Legend Fedaia, courtesy of frame supremo Marco Bertoletti. Fit completed, geometry chosen, big pile of NOS Campag SR built up; I’ve just got to chose the paint scheme, and that’s currently proving the hardest thing of all.

    Pictures will naturally be forthcoming; predictably I am bouncing-off-the-walls excited inside and doing my best to hide it so my VMH doesn’t throttle me.

  14. Ahh….that new bike feeling. Though not quite a new bike..I present my Number 1, El Presidente, fresh from being resprayed in my new team livery and with my new components from this year’s team sponsors. I shall strive to take better pics in the morning.

  15. Waiting to do battle on the banked, concrete oval tonight-

  16. @wiscot

    @Dean C

    Welcome aboard. Don’t be shy about chiming in with more pics/blather.

    wiscot, Gianni; some more pics and blather will be forthcoming, but the model, she is a shy little Irish lass, I am hoping to have her in front of the camera soon, maybe by next week some time, or if the weather and time permits I can grab a few tomorrow.

    ride safe-

  17. My bike passed 1,000 miles old yesterday. I’m fully metric in terms of distance and speed and have been even before discovering this site (most of the people I ride with still use miles and it drives me loopy), but 1,000 miles has a nice cachet to it. So I have ridden 1,600kms so far on my journey from pedalwan to Velominatus.

    I celebrated with a fine ale.

  18. @Haldy

    Waiting to do battle on the banked, concrete oval tonight-

    Dunno what it is but there’s something about black and pink that seems to work.

    Oh nice  bike btw,those Heds look smart.

  19. Been  along time since I’ve posted here, but shit – I have new ride. Behold:

  20. @Blah

    Stunned! Wilier Triestina is prepared to kill!

  21. @Blah

    fucking hell, some way to make a re-appearance! Bel Mezzo indeed.

  22. OK, I need some advice chaps… Has anyone here any experience of purchasing chinese unbranded carbon wheelsets? Aliexpress is offering some VERY competitive options…

  23. First post here.

    Just completed this restoration project.  I’ve coveted this ride since seeing “A Sunday in Hell” for the first time almost 35 years ago.

  24. @bovary1031

    Way to make a fucking entrance!!! Bel mezzo!

  25. @bovary1031

    Holy fuck, dude.

  26. @bovary1031

    Wow!  Welcome.

  27. Naked 404’s

    Lilah IV

  28. @bovary1031

    beautiful bike, great looking work. Do you have a before picture?

  29. @bovary1031

    Nice build there!

    Is that a 7 speed? Miss the wide-ass chain.

  30. @bovary1031

    First post here.

    Just completed this restoration project.  I’ve coveted this ride since seeing “A Sunday in Hell” for the first time almost 35 years ago.

    Holy shit, that’s awesome.

  31. @bovary1031

    First post here.

    Just completed this restoration project.  I’ve coveted this ride since seeing “A Sunday in Hell” for the first time almost 35 years ago.

    Stunning, absolutely stunning. You could actually be forgiven for not riding it (might get it dirty!) and just sitting there all day looking at it.

  32. @1860

    I neglected to take a “before” photo, but suffice it to say the frame was in crappy condition.  Most of the (original) gold paint was chipped off and there were no decals but for the remainder of a “Benotto” oval.  At one point it looked like someone tried to spray paint it red but lost interest.

    Carbon Solutions in Watsonville did a hella awesome job on the repaint

  33. @sthilzy

    It’s a 7-speed 12-23 Regina CX.  I couldn’t bring myself to spend over $75 on a NOS Regina chain, so I am using a SRAM 870 chain

  34. @wiscot

    It is good to ride since it gives me an excuse for being slow.  The 12-23 in rear doesn’t win me any KOM points either.

    I am in the process of weening myself from carbon and going back to steel.  There’s an old Guerciotti frame that I bought in high school that’s next on the restoration list.

  35. @bovary1031

    Beau-Ti-Ful Bike. And welcome aboard.

  36. @bovary1031

    First post here.

    Just completed this restoration project.  I’ve coveted this ride since seeing “A Sunday in Hell” for the first time almost 35 years ago.

    Holy smokes.  I hope you cleaned the ball bearings in the bottom bracket in diesel fuel, just like Ole’s mechanic in Stars and Watercarriers.

  37. @Nate

    I used paint thinner which cut through 30 year old grease (and probably some of my remaining brain cells) like magic

  38. @frank

    Is that Moser or Ritter?  I think they were both at Filotex in the 70s…

  39. @bovary1031

    @frank

    Is that Moser or Ritter?  I think they were both at Filotex in the 70s…

    That’s my man Ole, the boys did a sweet write up on him a while back.

  40. @bovary1031@piwakawaka

    this is what’s so fucking awesome about this site. Just about opposite ends of the scale, but both are some of the finest examples of bike porn I’ve seen.

  41. @Mikael Liddy

    @bovary1031@piwakawaka

    this is what’s so fucking awesome about this site. Just about opposite ends of the scale, but both are some of the finest examples of bike porn I’ve seen.

    took her out for a good thrashing today, knocked 15 secs of my circuit record, lovely cool autumn day, very quick and very slick with 404’s, I am always amazed at how fast they are even with the weight penalty and stiffness issues, although the Chris King hub has really helped I was still getting some pad rub, pleased to be going quick though, it’s been a while.

  42. My newest ride. A Colnago Master from mid 90s.

  43. @rs_sttr

    Sweet.

    Not so sure about the battery mount though for the electronic groupset……………

  44. @Teocalli

    @rs_sttr

    Sweet.

    Not so sure about the battery mount though for the electronic groupset……………

    True, but you have to admit it’s quite accessible compared to some others . . .

  45. The battery is from my workplace.

    The bike is an old 1996 Rabobank team bike with Dura-Ace 7410, brakes are probably early 7700 prototypes.

  46. @rs_sttr

    awesome ride  – love the straight bladed Colnago fork

  47. @Mikael Liddy

    @bovary1031

    @frank

    Is that Moser or Ritter?  I think they were both at Filotex in the 70s…

    That’s my man Ole, the boys did a sweet write up on him a while back.

    I think I need to watch The Impossible Hour again

  48. @rs_sttr

    nice, that’s crying out for some gumwalls instead of those redskins.

  49. Autumn = Rule #9 & grave…which means Friday nights spent cleaning The Redback in prep to do it all again tomorrow morning…

    From this…

    to this…

  50. @rs_sttr

    My newest ride. A Colnago Master from mid 90s.

    Awesome.  Love a nice Colnago fade.

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