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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.

  • Rule #12 and the Cascade Effect Rule #12: the minimum number of bikes to own is three. That is a very reasonable opening salvo for the Rule about bike ownership. Three is good and certainly a minimum, and we are talking road bikes here, if there was any doubt. They naturally become ordered: the #1 is ichi-ban, top dog, go-to bike ...
  • Guest Article: Black Is Not The New Black  @kogalover is singing my song here. Bikes are beautiful. ’nuff said. VLVV, Gianni With all those posts on riding in winter and being visible, either by putting Eyes of Sauron or other car melting devices on one’s steed, or by even considering a YJA instead of donning plain black kit, it was about time to finally get ...
  • Dialing in the Stable This was going to be an article about Rule #45. It is amazing how much time is wasted and matches burned when professionals stop for that second bike change to get back on their #1. With all the jigs available to team mechanics it would seem they could set up five bikes exactly the same. And ...
  • Matching the drapes to the rug As a longtime titanium bike owner, I’ve always been jealous of a beautiful painted frame but Ti and carbon frames don’t need paint like a steel frame needs paint. But I want some painted beauty. It’s like buying a white car; I can’t do white, need some color. So between a Ti frame and a ...
  • Festum Prophetae: Waiting for the Hour Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. – Mike Tyson The one thing everyone should always plan for is that however well-conceived a program might be, things will never go to plan. The high level plan for my Festum Prophetae Hour Ride was as follows: Have a custom Hour Bike built by Don Walker. Because reasons. Reasons like custom ...
  1. @EBruner

    The old C59 got some new paint this week!

    -Eddie

    that is KILLER! happy new year!

  2. @Cary

    @EBruner

    The bike is awesome- really like the color scheme, but the shoes…the shoes are the bomb

  3. Happy 2017 all!

    About to dive into a project that has been off to the side long enough.

    I have an older LiteSpeed Blade that is in near cherry condition, but in order to make it road/race worthy it will need some “upgrading”.

    It has the 650c wheels, which sort of limit my choices, but other than that it is really cleaning, new bar tape (it still has the original speckled black/yellow tape) and the current wheels are both Spinergy SPOXs – both are in great condition, but I have read articles about the spoke nipples giving out at the worst time and near impossible to replace.

    As I move along with this pics will pop up here, but as always- any and all information or input will be greatly appreciated.

    Would love to finish this and race it in a few ITTs this coming year.

    Take care all and ride safe.

  4. @Dean C

    @Cary

    @EBruner

    The bike is awesome- really like the color scheme, but the shoes…the shoes are the bomb

    Those kicks are indeed a riot. And the bike is so very one of a kind. Every time I see pic’s of a Baum with the attn to detail re: the seat post and stem I can’t help but appreciate. On this bike, the seat post is just such a sweet touch.

    Cheers @EBruner what a beauty!

  5. @fignons barber

    The day will come when I’m cool enough to have a steel frame bike and campy. I can’t wait. Love that bike! Cheers

  6. @EBruner

    Gulf Porsche 917. Love it!

  7. @chuckp

    @EBruner

    Gulf Porsche 917. Love it!

    I was thinking GT40 !

    The 917 is a beauty too

    what a great color combo

  8. @Randy C

    @chuckp

    Gulf GT40 was the inspiration. It is the 2nd frame I have had painted in the gulf colors. I am more than pleased with how it turned out!

    -Eddie

  9. Rats. Great (not) start to the year. Broke my mtb bike rear suspension pivot this morning. Does not seem likely spares are still available. (Spesh Stumpjumper 2008 or thereabouts). Probably puts paid to the plans for a custom steel build unless I can find a trashed frame to salvage the part. I guess magnesium parts have a finite life though so might be a waste.

  10. @EBruner

    @Randy C

    @chuckp

    Gulf GT40 was the inspiration. It is the 2nd frame I have had painted in the gulf colors. I am more than pleased with how it turned out!

    -Eddie

    I’ve seen gorgeous artist renderings of the new Ford GT in the Gulf livery being depicted in metallic light blue and orange. So cool and a classic color combo for iconic race cars. The other color scheme that has always stuck with me was the black and gold of the classic John Player Special F1 cars.

    Cheers

  11. @Teocalli

    Rats. Great (not) start to the year. Broke my mtb bike rear suspension pivot this morning. Does not seem likely spares are still available. (Spesh Stumpjumper 2008 or thereabouts). Probably puts paid to the plans for a custom steel build unless I can find a trashed frame to salvage the part. I guess magnesium parts have a finite life though so might be a waste.

    Mtn bikes are more often than not needing something fixed has been my experience! New mtn bikes are phenomenal and getting upsized from the 26″ wheels along with latest hydro discs and drivetrains will greatly increase your fun for sure. There’s a flavor of mtn bike for every occasion too. It can be a complicated affair nowadays sorting out the ideal bike for where it is ya mostly ride. I snapped this photo when riding one of my all time fave’s the other day. a 29er w/1×11 drivetrain and 90 mm full suspension is a flat out riot on fast single track:

    Cheers!

  12. @Randy C

    @EBruner

    I’ll throw this one into the mix too. One of my fave cars of my youth. What is it? What’s the race where it made it’s name?

  13. @chuckp

    We sure know that the go pros here weren’t mounted on it in 1970 at Targa Florio ? I’ll admit to that not being a race car I recall. Google image search is incredible.

    @EBruner any chance that a beautiful Baum was your other frame?

  14. @Randy C

    Nope. I’ll dig out a photo and post it. I did have the stem painted to match on my C59, but it was too much.

    -Eddie

  15. Greetings to you all.

    My Number 1 ride, Fondriest (c 1987) with Campag groupset.

    A constant work in progress.

  16. @Randy C

    @chuckp

    We sure know that the go pros here weren’t mounted on it in 1970 at Targa Florio ? I’ll admit to that not being a race car I recall. Google image search is incredible.

    Porsche 908/3. Built specifically for Targa Florio because Porsche knew the 917 wouldn’t be competitive there. The car in the pic is a complete restoration of chassis #004, which was a spare and never actually completely fitted out for actual racing. So essentially a pristine and brand new 908/3. Estimated value? $1.4-1.7 million USD.

  17. So I was wondering if anyone knew of a top end frame builder in England/Europe that could help me build up my Eroica 1985 Hinault bike???

    I’ve laid my hands on an original set of NIB 753 Reynolds complete frame building tubing set and also the correct NOS Cinelli bottom bracket frame shell and the Cinelli fork crown.

    I tried Dave Yeats and Bob Jackson but both are so busy that they no longer take custom build ups like this.

    It would need to be someone handy with working with the Reynolds 753 tubing (they used to require the builder to take their course before building with it from what I have read–although this might be bullshit and Oli/others can call me out if it is as easy to work with as any other metal) and able to chrome as well.

    Already having the 7 spd Campag wheelset built and actively sourcing the other Campag SR 7 spd groupset that Hinault and LeMan rode in 1985.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

  18. @fignons barber

    Oh My LORD!!! Just a Gorgeous bike! If and when I get a track bike, it will be a Bixxis!

  19. @Buck Rogers

    So I was wondering if anyone knew of a top end frame builder in England/Europe that could help me build up my Eroica 1985 Hinault bike???

    I’ve laid my hands on an original set of NIB 753 Reynolds complete frame building tubing set and also the correct NOS Cinelli bottom bracket frame shell and the Cinelli fork crown.

    I tried Dave Yeats and Bob Jackson but both are so busy that they no longer take custom build ups like this.

    It would need to be someone handy with working with the Reynolds 753 tubing (they used to require the builder to take their course before building with it from what I have read–although this might be bullshit and Oli/others can call me out if it is as easy to work with as any other metal) and able to chrome as well.

    Already having the 7 spd Campag wheelset built and actively sourcing the other Campag SR 7 spd groupset that Hinault and LeMan rode in 1985.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

    I have a Super Record front (braze-on) and rear derailleur that would date to about 85 as I had them on my Colnago that I got in 85. We should talk as you have a use for them and I don’t.

  20. @Buck Rogers

    What do you need doing? Anything structural or is it just painting/chroming and decals?

    There are a number of folk in the UK but depends on what you need. Let me know and I can suggest some contacts.

    Ah just reread your thread – seems to want the frame built up from tubes etc that you have and then finished with decals paint etc.

    Your could try Mercian Cycles or Rourke who both do good work and might be more flexible as they are not one man bands. Another outfit that I have been looking at is Paulus Quiros but they might prefer to build from their own sources. Then there are the likes of Saffron Bikes and Swallow. I can vouch for Mercian (they did The Butler for me including a couple of mods to the frame I wanted and have also replaced the steerer tube in the forks since the original rebuild) and they are also able to source or reproduce original decals.

  21. @Buck Rogers

    For Parts also keep an eye on Boulder Cycles in CO USA. They will ship international and their prices can be way better than e_Bay. They also seem to have some good NOS stuff now and then. I recently picked up some drilled NOS Campag levers for the GIOS.

    If you need some Campag brake levers on a temporary basis while you shop around I have a spare set you can borrow and I might have a set of shifters – will look when I get home as I can’t remember whether I sold them on or not.

    I’ll be passing through Denver in a couple of weeks so could arrange to pick some stuff up if you needed and then post on from UK to save shipping and potentially customs.

    I also have a coiled wire outer cable for the rear mech (depending on where you have a frame stop on the chain stays). They can be a right bugger to find and look way better than the plastic cover type.

  22. @Teocalli

    @Buck Rogers

    What do you need doing? Anything structural or is it just painting/chroming and decals?

    There are a number of folk in the UK but depends on what you need. Let me know and I can suggest some contacts.

    Ah just reread your thread – seems to want the frame built up from tubes etc that you have and then finished with decals paint etc.

    Your could try Mercian Cycles or Rourke who both do good work and might be more flexible as they are not one man bands. Another outfit that I have been looking at is Paulus Quiros but they might prefer to build from their own sources. Then there are the likes of Saffron Bikes and Swallow. I can vouch for Mercian (they did The Butler for me including a couple of mods to the frame I wanted and have also replaced the steerer tube in the forks since the original rebuild) and they are also able to source or reproduce original decals.

    I wrote to Mercian but they never wrote back. I guess I could try them again.

    Donald, at Bob Jackson, wrote back that it can be a bugger to find a builder to put the 753 tubing together as it requires someone who has attended the Reynolds Master Builder course “back in the day” and most of those builders are gone now.

    He said to try a Kevin Sayles in Leeds and someone on retrobike said to try Steve Goff.

    Any leads you might have to someone that has worked with Reynolds 753 in the past would be greatly appreciated!

  23. @wiscot

    @Buck Rogers

    So I was wondering if anyone knew of a top end frame builder in England/Europe that could help me build up my Eroica 1985 Hinault bike???

    I’ve laid my hands on an original set of NIB 753 Reynolds complete frame building tubing set and also the correct NOS Cinelli bottom bracket frame shell and the Cinelli fork crown.

    I tried Dave Yeats and Bob Jackson but both are so busy that they no longer take custom build ups like this.

    It would need to be someone handy with working with the Reynolds 753 tubing (they used to require the builder to take their course before building with it from what I have read–although this might be bullshit and Oli/others can call me out if it is as easy to work with as any other metal) and able to chrome as well.

    Already having the 7 spd Campag wheelset built and actively sourcing the other Campag SR 7 spd groupset that Hinault and LeMan rode in 1985.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

    I have a Super Record front (braze-on) and rear derailleur that would date to about 85 as I had them on my Colnago that I got in 85. We should talk as you have a use for them and I don’t.

    Sounds like a plan. My personal email is kbaldwin00@hotmail.com.

    I am thinking of going with band on FD, though, as someone on retrobike said it is safer than trying to braze on the mount on the thin 753 tubing, which is really hard to find these days (so they said).

    I’m feeling a bit like Donny here, though as I probably know just enough to get into trouble and fuck it all up if I am not careful!

  24. @Buck Rogers

    Mercian are best over the phone. They can be a bit of a bugger to get hold of as they are often “in the workshop”.

    Here’s an interesting bit on 753 – might not be so critical these days http://www.reillycycleworks.com/blogs/news/145008903-reynolds-753-holdsworth

    So you could try Reilly and another possibility might be Shand.

  25. @Teocalli

    @Buck Rogers

    Mercian are best over the phone. They can be a bit of a bugger to get hold of as they are often “in the workshop”.

    Here’s an interesting bit on 753 – might not be so critical these days http://www.reillycycleworks.com/blogs/news/145008903-reynolds-753-holdsworth

    So you could try Reilly and another possibility might be Shand.

    I saw that. Not sure if they will do a frame if I ship them the 753 set or if they only do their own in-house stuff and sell it.

    I think that I will call Steve Goff this week to see if he is able and willing and then try to call Mercian. We’ll see. I am a bit bummed that Dave Yeats said that he could not do it as Big Al himself told me that Dave Yeats was the man for the job!

  26. @Steve

    Greetings to you all.

    My Number 1 ride, Fondriest (c 1987) with Campag groupset.

    A constant work in progress.

    Nice, very.

  27. There is still hope for all of us………how about this for the V-Moment of the year?

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/videos/watch/french-rider-goes-for-new-hour-record-just-months-after-his-105th-birthday

  28. Teocalli,

    note the Ardechoise jersey – he has a col named after him on the course, which he first did aged 88, and completed a dozen times in total (!)

    The Ardechoise sportif is the most French and utterly bonkers event I’ve ever done. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/L'Ard%C3%A9choise

    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Marchand_(cyclisme)

  29. @Teocalli

    There is still hope for all of us………how about this for the V-Moment of the year?

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/videos/watch/french-rider-goes-for-new-hour-record-just-months-after-his-105th-birthday

    I love it! And someone commented >>>… 105 is the new 85 <<< Exactly what I’ve been saying about 50 is new 30 ! What a major dude this gentleman is.

  30. @Teocalli

    There is still hope for all of us………how about this for the V-Moment of the year?

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/videos/watch/french-rider-goes-for-new-hour-record-just-months-after-his-105th-birthday

    Yep, it’s the 2017 moment for sure. I saw it on Dutch news yesterday also and thought it would have to be mentioned on this site but you were ahead of me. He started cycling when he was 67… They even added a new age-category above 100 years so that he could compete. Apparently he did some 22kms during this hour.

  31. @Teocalli

    There is still hope for all of us………how about this for the V-Moment of the year?

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/videos/watch/french-rider-goes-for-new-hour-record-just-months-after-his-105th-birthday

    Gets my vote. Chapeau to the gentleman!

  32. Agreed – the absolute definition of Magnificent Effort.

  33. @Teocalli

    There is still hope for all of us………how about this for the V-Moment of the year?

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/videos/watch/french-rider-goes-for-new-hour-record-just-months-after-his-105th-birthday

    Waitwaitwait: I just registered for the 160kms Eroica in Limburg, so keep your cellphone ready then to see me coughing up the Dutch mountains.

    I could not yet pay though, I only got a registration code. I think it’s number 00099!

    @Buck Rogers: ya in?

  34. @KogaLover

    @Teocalli

    There is still hope for all of us………how about this for the V-Moment of the year?

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/videos/watch/french-rider-goes-for-new-hour-record-just-months-after-his-105th-birthday

    Waitwaitwait: I just registered for the 160kms Eroica in Limburg, so keep your cellphone ready then to see me coughing up the Dutch mountains.

    I could not yet pay though, I only got a registration code. I think it’s number 00099!

    @Buck Rogers: ya in?

    Ahhhh FUCK! That’s less than two hours from my house!

    No way I’ll have my Eroica bike built up by then. But I will be riding this puppy 2018!!!

    Do you need a place to crash the night before/after??? I have a large guest-bed that is all yours if you want it. Google maps says it is 1 hour 42 min from my house to Limburg.

  35. Strike that! Apparently it starts in Valkenberg with is 2 hours and 50 minutes form my house. You can still stay with me if you want to, though!

  36. @KogaLover

    @Teocalli

    There is still hope for all of us………how about this for the V-Moment of the year?

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/videos/watch/french-rider-goes-for-new-hour-record-just-months-after-his-105th-birthday

    Waitwaitwait: I just registered for the 160kms Eroica in Limburg, so keep your cellphone ready then to see me coughing up the Dutch mountains.

    I could not yet pay though, I only got a registration code. I think it’s number 00099!

    @Buck Rogers: ya in?

    I’m sure I paid ages ago – I’d better check!

  37. @KogaLover

    @Teocalli

    There is still hope for all of us………how about this for the V-Moment of the year?

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/videos/watch/french-rider-goes-for-new-hour-record-just-months-after-his-105th-birthday

    Waitwaitwait: I just registered for the 160kms Eroica in Limburg, so keep your cellphone ready then to see me coughing up the Dutch mountains.

    I could not yet pay though, I only got a registration code. I think it’s number 00099!

    @Buck Rogers: ya in?

    Yup paid a while back – did not look at my registration but I seem to have 00002 now that I have checked! Though I think that last year the numbers were alphabetical order on the day – but I could be wrong.

  38. @Buck Rogers

    No way I’ll have my Eroica bike built up by then. But I will be riding this puppy 2018!!!

    Wanna borrow a spare – probably a tad small for you but you could always have a Frankesque amount of seat post and I could fit a longer stem.

  39. @Teocalli

    @Buck Rogers

    No way I’ll have my Eroica bike built up by then. But I will be riding this puppy 2018!!!

    Wanna borrow a spare – probably a tad small for you but you could always have a Frankesque amount of seat post and I could fit a longer stem.

    Ohhhhhh! What is that about putting me in the way of temptation??? I am already building two, yes TWO (with the new Eroica build) bikes this year alone and ditching my wife and five kids to ride the RVV.

    It will be a miracle if my saintly VMH does not lock me out of the house as it is!

    I think that I will pass this year.

    Next year I will ride it on my 1985 LVC Hinault and do the Strade Bianchi cyclo as well!

    And you are welcome to stay at my place as well if you need a place to crash and my place is closer than yours (I cannot remember where you and KogaLover live?)

  40. @Buck Rogers

    Ohhhhhh! What is that about putting me in the way of temptation??? I am already building two, yes TWO (with the new Eroica build) bikes this year alone and ditching my wife and five kids to ride the RVV.

    It will be a miracle if my saintly VMH does not lock me out of the house as it is!

    I think that I will pass this year.

    Next year I will ride it on my 1985 LVC Hinault and do the Strade Bianchi cyclo as well!

    And you are welcome to stay at my place as well if you need a place to crash and my place is closer than yours (I cannot remember where you and KogaLover live?)

    Ha Ha!

    I’m south UK. Thanks for the offer but we’ll be staying in Valkenburg as it will also be a weekend away for the VMW and we will make a long weekend of it.. Plus the 160K starts at the crack of dawn so take another 3 hrs off that and I’d be losing my sense of humour!

  41. Just came across this elsewhere……

  42. @Teocalli

    Couldn’t resist this pedantic comment (professional flaw): this makes a year of 366 days then!

    Reminds me of the fact that there are 3 different kinds of people: those that can count and those who cannot.

    or

    There are 10 different kinds of people: those who understand binary numbers and those who do not.

  43. @KogaLover

    @Teocalli

    Couldn’t resist this pedantic comment (professional flaw): this makes a year of 366 days then!

    Reminds me of the fact that there are 3 different kinds of people: those that can count and those who cannot.

    or

    There are 10 different kinds of people: those who understand binary numbers and those who do not.

    It’s to cater for Leap Years………and yes I am in the computer industry.

  44. @KogaLover

    It’s a bitch when you have to work a 111 day week.

  45. @Ron and others with nippers and so need an excuse to spend time on the turbo. The perfect excuse “I was just teaching _______(Insert name here)”.

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/fisher-price-created-turbo-trainer-three-year-old-305653?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social

  46. @Teocalli

    @KogaLover

    It’s a bitch when you have to work a 111 day week.

    And even worse, the year has 110100 weeks then.

  47. Some days a great ride is greeted on arrival home by “Get straight in the shower and don’t bother undressing first” rides then there are the “Hose yourself and your kit with the bike before you come anywhere near the house” rides. Today was the latter.

  48. @Teocalli

    Just came across this elsewhere……

    I like it! Instead of hoping and praying I can fit in 2 hour road rides around baby nap times…I’ve pulled out the rollers and fit in short blasts whenever I can. I rode 20 minutes this morning at dawn, first thing out of bed. It was awesome. I’m a high energy guy and I’ve felt great all day. Combine that with over and hour of commuting, and I’ll have some respectable saddle time on a daily basis. Can’t complain about that!

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