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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.

  • On Rule #12: The Bike #1 Paradox This helps make a bike special.The only parents who proclaim to have a favorite child are the ones who have only one; all the other ones pretend they don’t have a favorite because they are each “different and special in their own way”. It’s complete bollocks, that, and we all know every parent does in fact have a favorite, but we ...
  • In Memoriam: The Funny Bike The FunnybikeSummer, it appears, has been snatched abruptly from Seattle’s grasp, like a squeak toy from a puppy’s mouth. A week ago, we were setting record temperatures which were sadly playing their role in producing the worst wildfire season the state has ever seen. On the plus side, I haven’t ridden my Nine Bike in so long both its ...
  • Guest Article: Testing Rule #12 The MasterIf Rule #12 does not smolder deep in your soul, you might not be a Velominatus. I’ll still be riffling through bike magazine porn, from the inevitable wheelchair, in the old folks home. Some of us have hidden new bikes from our better halves. Every known bit of subterfuge has been employed to downplay the ...
  • La Vie Velominatus: Santoku The three virtues: Mind, Body, Machine.In Japanese, “Santoku” means “Three Virtues”. Exactly which three virtues it is referring to is unclear, but I am fascinated by the idea of a single word with such a rich, if ambiguous, meaning. I have several kitchen knives that goes by this name, and within the scope of knives the three virtues are generally accepted to ...
  • Weight Weenies Parting the waters on a 24 pound bike.My bike weighs about 6 kilos. It is no waify little thing either, with it having a 61cm frame and and three stories of seatpost. It has beefy tubes, a stiff bottom bracket and steerer, and deep section wheels which are laced 3x in the back and 2x in front. This bike has never made me go faster; ...
  1. @RichardH

    @ChrisO

    That would make a fine stablemate for the Peugeot. Genuinely interested.

    Will happily donate to a charity of your choice in compensation – as long as it’s not little fluffy kittens or UKIP!

    All yours if you’re keen. It would look lovely if it was done up and match your Peugeot nicely.

    I actually did quite a bit of riding on it, I’m just not 100% comfortable so I don’t think it’s worth me spending the time and money getting it into proper condition.

    A charitable donation is a good idea. Dave Rayner Fund might be an appropriate compromise between fluffy kittens (which I like) and UKIP (which I don’t).

    You’ve got my email haven’t you. Drop me a line and let me know what you want to do about collecting – no rush.

  2. Ignore the bit about little fluffy kittens – feline charities, absolutely fine !

  3. #TBT You can guess circa ??? from the Spinacis and Brikos. Heady stuff.

  4. Picked up a new (to me) CX bike, it’s my first carbon frame I’ve ever had. Full Dura Ace, carbon tubulars, checks in at 7.3kg. Did a 100km shake-down/adjustment ride the other day, still not quite dialed in. Ready or not, it’s going into battle tomorrow – a 172km/3300m gravel grinder. It’s been hovering around 100 degrees (38C) here the last few days, but the race is at altitude, predicted to be snowing.

  5. @MangoDave

    Suhweet.

  6. Dave – that is a sweet ride! I picked up my cross bike used as well. Paid less for the whole thing that the wheelset costs. I LOVE a good deal, even more than a totally new bike. Mine is Al/carbon, a Van Dessel. I have an extra wheelset for it, so ride/race cross on it, but also use as a 9 bike and a gravel bike. As much as I love a proper race bike, the versatility of cross bikes with 2 wheelsets just makes me smile.

    I think it would look even meaner with black tape/saddle…but it ain’t my bike. I go Leader’s Tape for road bikes, black for off road bikes. It’s one thing to keep the road machines pristine, but I’m not doing a full cleaning just because the trail has one mud hole.

  7. @chuckp

    Let’s see… spinacis, wireless computer, carbon fork.. pretty high tech for the early 90’s. 1994 is my best guess. Your jersey is a bit lumpy, though (insert smiley).

  8. @Ron

    The economics of this was similar to yours. I did look at a Van Dessel, too. Very nice, but not priced as well as this one. I threw on an old black Selle Italia SLK I had in the garage. Looked good in black but not as comfortable as the fizik. We’ll see how the white tape looks after it gets dirty. The red dirt and mud here tends to stain everything. It needs to be re-wrapped anyway, it’s not a very well done tape job.

    I have a spare clincher wheelset for the road, too. It rides well, is light and stiff, but it still won’t replace my #1 steel bike for my normal road rides.

  9. @MangoDave

    @chuckp

    Let’s see… spinacis, wireless computer, carbon fork.. pretty high tech for the early 90’s. 1994 is my best guess. Your jersey is a bit lumpy, though (insert smiley).

    According to my friend who took the pic, 1996. That would seem about right as that was when Spinacis were in full vogue in the pro peloton. Yeah, the jersey is a bit lumpy. That’s what happens when you’re a spindly little climber type … even a size small jersey is big.

  10. @adrian

    Hi. The Colnago Carbon Volo was manufactured in limited numbers (less than 200) and appeared only in the 1988 catalogue. It was produced in collaboration with Ferrari as a working prototype for the C35 which appeared the year after in 1989.

    The differences between C35 and Carbon Volo are the curved forks and the integrated seatpost clamp (straight forks and a seatpost collar in the C35). These changes were made to simplify production and reduce mould complexity. Ferrari did not want it’s name associated with this model as it was considered a market testing prototype.

    The Carbon Volo was Colnago’s first carbon composite monocoque frame – it is actually a carbon-kevlar composite. It was available with full Campagnolo C-Record gruppo and cost 3808000 Italian Lira in 1988. There is more information in the 1988 catalogue pages shown here.

    The frame I have was painted from the factory by Carlo Dossena.

    Hope this helps.

  11. Just got a message this morning from Doriano. Bixxis is off to the painter now.

  12. New go really fast wheel for the Number 1( yes..my track weapon is my Number 1)!

  13. @fignons barber

    Just got a message this morning from Doriano. Bixxis is off to the painter now.

    There’s a Bixxis in my future, I just know it!

  14. @Haldy

    New go really fast wheel for the Number 1( yes..my track weapon is my Number 1)!

    Does that say “Prima-Donna” on your top tube there???

  15. @Buck Rogers

    @fignons barber

    Just got a message this morning from Doriano. Bixxis is off to the painter now.

    There’s a Bixxis in my future, I just know it!

    Yeah..me too!

  16. @Buck Rogers

    @Haldy

    New go really fast wheel for the Number 1( yes..my track weapon is my Number 1)!

    Does that say “Prima-Donna” on your top tube there???

    HA! No sir..this bike is named El Presidente…I am the benevolent President and Dictator for Life of my cycling team, so my steed bears the name the troops sometimes call me.

  17. @Haldy

    @Buck Rogers

    @fignons barber

    Just got a message this morning from Doriano. Bixxis is off to the painter now.

    There’s a Bixxis in my future, I just know it!

    Yeah..me too!

    The experience has been great so far. Bixxis is basically a 2 person business, Doriano and his daughter Martina. Somehow, they have responded to every email within an hour or so. We went over my dimensions, sent pictures and measurements of my old bikes, we talked about what I wanted in a bike, and customized each tube and angle. Ships from Italy on Monday, the whole process took only a few weeks, and price was reasonable to boot.

  18. @fignons barber

    @Haldy

    @Buck Rogers

    @fignons barber

    Just got a message this morning from Doriano. Bixxis is off to the painter now.

    There’s a Bixxis in my future, I just know it!

    Yeah..me too!

    The experience has been great so far. Bixxis is basically a 2 person business, Doriano and his daughter Martina. Somehow, they have responded to every email within an hour or so. We went over my dimensions, sent pictures and measurements of my old bikes, we talked about what I wanted in a bike, and customized each tube and angle. Ships from Italy on Monday, the whole process took only a few weeks, and price was reasonable to boot.

    I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Doriano, Martina, and Valentino Campagnolo down at NAHBS this year. I have an old ’88 DeRosa Professional( my very first super nice steed!) that was probably built by Doriano and is decked out with Campy Ergo Power( the original 8 speed set). Showed them both pics of it and they were very complimentary and gracious enough to pose for this photo. I had already done some communicating with them prior to the show and since two of my bikes were in the show, Doriano and I went over my fit/riding style and I have a drawing all whipped up and ready..I just need to pull the trigger.

  19. I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Doriano, Martina, and Valentino Campagnolo down at NAHBS this year. I have an old ’88 DeRosa Professional( my very first super nice steed!) that was probably built by Doriano and is decked out with Campy Ergo Power( the original 8 speed set). Showed them both pics of it and they were very complimentary and gracious enough to pose for this photo. I had already done some communicating with them prior to the show and since two of my bikes were in the show, Doriano and I went over my fit/riding style and I have a drawing all whipped up and ready..I just need to pull the trigger.

    Nice! I can believe it. For all his experience, Doriano seems very down to earth. The kind of guy you want to do business with.

  20. @Haldy

    Now THAT is super cool! Talk about “The Circle is now complete”, eh???

  21. @Buck Rogers

    @Haldy

    Now THAT is super cool! Talk about “The Circle is now complete”, eh???

    Indeed, my friend, indeed!!

  22. @fignons barber

    @Haldy

    @Buck Rogers

    @fignons barber

    Just got a message this morning from Doriano. Bixxis is off to the painter now.

    There’s a Bixxis in my future, I just know it!

    Yeah..me too!

    The experience has been great so far. Bixxis is basically a 2 person business, Doriano and his daughter Martina. Somehow, they have responded to every email within an hour or so. We went over my dimensions, sent pictures and measurements of my old bikes, we talked about what I wanted in a bike, and customized each tube and angle. Ships from Italy on Monday, the whole process took only a few weeks, and price was reasonable to boot.

    This may be a little uncouth, but… What is a “reasonable” price range for custom steel or Ti?

  23. PX10 spotted at work – the owner found it on the side of the road in a kerbside rubbish pile in poor condition, has just got it back from LBS. cable length possibly a bit OTT, but what a find!

  24. @Cameron W

    cannot believe a LBS would do that to brake cables, WTF?

  25. @Cameron W

    PX10 spotted at work – the owner found it on the side of the road in a kerbside rubbish pile in poor condition, has just got it back from LBS. cable length possibly a bit OTT, but what a find!

    More disturbing than the cable length is ” found it on the side of the road in a kerbside rubbish pile ”

    I’m yet to find this mythical rubbish pile of classy steeds and unicorns.

  26. @AJ

    This may be a little uncouth, but… What is a “reasonable” price range for custom steel or Ti?

    AJ, sounds like we may be in the same boat. I’ve done quite a bit of homework on this lately. Frame or Frame/Fork from top notch builders are gonna run between $1800 through $3000. I’m certain you know that is only part of the cost. You will also need groups and bars and wheels and a Velominati Decal and perhaps a few other things. You can hit $5000 easily, honestly that may be cutting corners a bit (depending on what exactly your shooting for). Most of the builders will spec a complete build for you but they don’t always list their prices for such. Hope this helps. Chapeau!

  27. @AJ

    @fignons barber

    @Haldy

    @Buck Rogers

    @fignons barber

    Just got a message this morning from Doriano. Bixxis is off to the painter now.

    There’s a Bixxis in my future, I just know it!

    Yeah..me too!

    The experience has been great so far. Bixxis is basically a 2 person business, Doriano and his daughter Martina. Somehow, they have responded to every email within an hour or so. We went over my dimensions, sent pictures and measurements of my old bikes, we talked about what I wanted in a bike, and customized each tube and angle. Ships from Italy on Monday, the whole process took only a few weeks, and price was reasonable to boot.

    This may be a little uncouth, but… What is a “reasonable” price range for custom steel or Ti?

    Tough call on prices. Custom Ti will usually run you high $3700-4200 for frame and fork and custom steel is usually more around $2200-$3200.

    At least that is what I found when I was doing my extensive, OCD research over the last year. These are prices for pretty well known and respected builders.

    I’m sure that you can pay less (or more) with other builders but if a Mate of mine were to ask how much to save or plan for, I’d say shoot for $4,000 for Ti and $3,000 for custom for FRAME and FORK ONLY from a good builder and that would be a good place to start.

  28. @hudson

    @AJ

    This may be a little uncouth, but… What is a “reasonable” price range for custom steel or Ti?

    AJ, sounds like we may be in the same boat. I’ve done quite a bit of homework on this lately. Frame or Frame/Fork from top notch builders are gonna run between $1800 through $3000. I’m certain you know that is only part of the cost. You will also need groups and bars and wheels and a Velominati Decal and perhaps a few other things. You can hit $5000 easily, honestly that may be cutting corners a bit (depending on what exactly your shooting for). Most of the builders will spec a complete build for you but they don’t always list their prices for such. Hope this helps. Chapeau!

    @Buck Rogers


    Tough call on prices. Custom Ti will usually run you high $3700-4200 for frame and fork and custom steel is usually more around $2200-$3200.

    At least that is what I found when I was doing my extensive, OCD research over the last year. These are prices for pretty well known and respected builders.

    I’m sure that you can pay less (or more) with other builders but if a Mate of mine were to ask how much to save or plan for, I’d say shoot for $4,000 for Ti and $3,000 for custom for FRAME and FORK ONLY from a good builder and that would be a good place to start.

    You know, that’s not as bad as I thought. I have been eyeballing an S-Works Tarmac frame or a Super-Six Evo Hi-Mod frame, and it looks like custom is in the same price range. I could even ask for something off the wall like compatibility the the Rotor group set?

  29. @Barracuda

    I now do a double take on every rusty steed I see during the annual ‘kerbside collection’ in my fine city. My day will come.

  30. @AJ

    @hudson

    @AJ

    This may be a little uncouth, but… What is a “reasonable” price range for custom steel or Ti?

    AJ, sounds like we may be in the same boat. I’ve done quite a bit of homework on this lately. Frame or Frame/Fork from top notch builders are gonna run between $1800 through $3000. I’m certain you know that is only part of the cost. You will also need groups and bars and wheels and a Velominati Decal and perhaps a few other things. You can hit $5000 easily, honestly that may be cutting corners a bit (depending on what exactly your shooting for). Most of the builders will spec a complete build for you but they don’t always list their prices for such. Hope this helps. Chapeau!

    @Buck Rogers


    Tough call on prices. Custom Ti will usually run you high $3700-4200 for frame and fork and custom steel is usually more around $2200-$3200.

    At least that is what I found when I was doing my extensive, OCD research over the last year. These are prices for pretty well known and respected builders.

    I’m sure that you can pay less (or more) with other builders but if a Mate of mine were to ask how much to save or plan for, I’d say shoot for $4,000 for Ti and $3,000 for custom for FRAME and FORK ONLY from a good builder and that would be a good place to start.

    You know, that’s not as bad as I thought. I have been eyeballing an S-Works Tarmac frame or a Super-Six Evo Hi-Mod frame, and it looks like custom is in the same price range. I could even ask for something off the wall like compatibility the the Rotor group set?

    Is @Cyclops still making his Deacon frames? They were supposed to be pretty reasonably priced.

  31. @MangoDave

    @AJ

    @hudson

    @AJ

    This may be a little uncouth, but… What is a “reasonable” price range for custom steel or Ti?

    AJ, sounds like we may be in the same boat. I’ve done quite a bit of homework on this lately. Frame or Frame/Fork from top notch builders are gonna run between $1800 through $3000. I’m certain you know that is only part of the cost. You will also need groups and bars and wheels and a Velominati Decal and perhaps a few other things. You can hit $5000 easily, honestly that may be cutting corners a bit (depending on what exactly your shooting for). Most of the builders will spec a complete build for you but they don’t always list their prices for such. Hope this helps. Chapeau!

    @Buck Rogers


    Tough call on prices. Custom Ti will usually run you high $3700-4200 for frame and fork and custom steel is usually more around $2200-$3200.

    At least that is what I found when I was doing my extensive, OCD research over the last year. These are prices for pretty well known and respected builders.

    I’m sure that you can pay less (or more) with other builders but if a Mate of mine were to ask how much to save or plan for, I’d say shoot for $4,000 for Ti and $3,000 for custom for FRAME and FORK ONLY from a good builder and that would be a good place to start.

    You know, that’s not as bad as I thought. I have been eyeballing an S-Works Tarmac frame or a Super-Six Evo Hi-Mod frame, and it looks like custom is in the same price range. I could even ask for something off the wall like compatibility the the Rotor group set?

    Is @Cyclops still making his Deacon frames? They were supposed to be pretty reasonably priced.

    Scapin will build you their very pretty Eleanor for €1700.

    http://www.scapin.com/en/collections/steel/eleanor

  32. any word on gear getting out the door anytime soon?

  33. so I´ve put together a #9 bike as well to go along the ritchey logic #1, a mtb, a commuter and a folding bike in the stable. actually if I count my VMH´s wilier, mtb and the 2 boys´ bikes, the #9 is the 9. bicycle in the basement.

    took an old cx frameset from the local club youth rider who´s overgrown the frame, added some cheapo parts from the abandoned-parts-bin like 8-sp brifters, tiagra derailleurs, fsa crank, avid mini-v´s, fulcrum racing 7 with new conti 4 season in 25mm width. weighs in at ~10kg.

    still to work on handlebar positioning so no bar tape yet.

    hope it´ll serve me well as we have no cx races around this part of the world, but some gravel roads to be explored as well as a fair share of bad weather to ride.

    probably I´ll chage things gradually as funds will be raising or more likely I will switch better and lighter parts from #1 to #9 whilst upgrading.

  34. The Eleanor from an Eyetalian builder? Seems odd.

  35. @Ron

    Google it – the name Eleanor originated in and was very popular in Western Europe, and many famous Italian noblewomen had the name.

  36. Latest n+1

  37. So, the BB on the 2012 Fuji SST is finally due for a replacement. Due to the plethora of replacement BB’s on the market it’s all a bit daunting.

    Fuji SST runs a BB86 currently with Shimano Ultegra 24mm axle.

    @Mikael Liddy has already offered up suggestions privately.

    What have all the cool kids here currently got / looking at getting ?

  38. Rule #12 strikes yet again for me. Don Walker has forged me a new track weapon with which I can cleave through the air. I present Excalibur..the newest member of my fleet-

  39. @bovary1031

    Latest n+1

    Ooooh – nice. I have a bit of a hankering to add a Gios to my stable – and that looks just my size…..

  40. @Ron

    The Eleanor from an Eyetalian builder? Seems odd.

    It’s a pretty name for a pretty lady.. And mine will ship tomorrow! So: Italian post -> Dutch post. What could possibly go wrong?

  41. @Teocalli

    @bovary1031

    Latest n+1

    Ooooh – nice. I have a bit of a hankering to add a Gios to my stable – and that looks just my size…..

    The older Brooklyn era Super Records and mid 80s Professionals turn up on eBay. I had a Super Record like this racing as a Junior and was thrilled to find this one years (decades) later

  42. @oligali

    I’d love to know more about your ritchey logic. Its a bike that is in the runnings for my N+1. I’ve read quite a bit online but i don’t know anyone that actually owns one.

  43. @bovary1031

    Yeah I keep seeing them but I don’t have budget approval – not least having just put Gruppo Super Record upgrade on #1.

  44. @hudson

    any word on gear getting out the door anytime soon?

    I had arm warmers arrive a few days ago.

  45. @bovary1031

    Nice! That will be a pretty bike to get back on the road. Are you going for repaint/redecal? Those lugs are very cool.

  46. @Gianni

    @bovary1031

    Nice! That will be a pretty bike to get back on the road. Are you going for repaint/redecal? Those lugs are very cool.

    The long point lugs are a great Gios feature. The drilled dropouts are pretty awesome too.

    Since the frame suffers from an overabundance of patina (i.e. rust, paint chips, peeling, yellowing decals), it is a prime candidate for a repainting and new decals.

  47. @Haldy

    Rule #12 strikes yet again for me. Don Walker has forged me a new track weapon with which I can cleave through the air. I present Excalibur..the newest member of my fleet-

    very cool.

  48. @hudson

    @oligali

    I’d love to know more about your ritchey logic. Its a bike that is in the runnings for my N+1. I’ve read quite a bit online but i don’t know anyone that actually owns one.

    so here it is:

    built up with ultegra 10 speed group-san, fsa gossamer compact crank, ultegra/dt r440/sapim laser wheels with conti grandprix classic in 25mm, 3T stem and seatpost and a deda zero100 handlebar.

    i find it very comfortable, killing a lot of roadbuzz as opposed to my old battaglin alu/carbon vortex. of course, it´s not the lightest one around but in my case the weakest link is still the rider.

    so far i managed to do almost 4kkm in one and a half year into it and i´m still very pleased with it.

  49. @Bart

    @Ron

    The Eleanor from an Eyetalian builder? Seems odd.

    It’s a pretty name for a pretty lady.. And mine will ship tomorrow! So: Italian post -> Dutch post. What could possibly go wrong?

    Yeah, about that: since Italians are the most punctual people in the world, it’s going to be another two weeks..

  50. @Bart

    @Bart

    @Ron

    The Eleanor from an Eyetalian builder? Seems odd.

    It’s a pretty name for a pretty lady.. And mine will ship tomorrow! So: Italian post -> Dutch post. What could possibly go wrong?

    Yeah, about that: since Italians are the most punctual people in the world, it’s going to be another two weeks..

    But the packaging will be a work of art?

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