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.

  • Festum Prophetae: Waiting for the Hour The Machine of the HourEveryone 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 ...
  • The Aesthete’s Choice: Boyaux Naturel Going Phantom Aero on the FMB naturals. Photo: Rouleur.ccTradition and innovation are the two opposing edges that cut our evolution through the fabric of our sport. Tradition grounds us, while innovation ensures we advance ever forward. The problem with tradition is that it is comforting and familiar, often shielding us from adopting newer, improved practices and technology. The trouble with innovation is that its freshness can blind ...
  • 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 ...
  1. @Oli

    Much respect. Someday I’ll have a bike in celeste and a Fender in sea foam green. I love the color and those bikes. Cheers

  2. @Teocalli

    Chewing Gum anybody?

    N+1 seems to have been satisfied for another year or so……..1977 or maybe ’78 but need to check in detail. To build up over the next year for L’eroica events and general fun riding.

    Beuatiful Gios! Those mid 70s Super Records are my favorites.

  3. Took a picture of the #1 this week. Taken on the PCH during a father-son trip down the PCH with my old man.

    She looks good with her new shoes on!

  4. @mpalazzi92

    Stunning – bit worried about how fast the tide is going out though.

  5. @mpalazzi92

    Very nice;do like a nice look.

    Nice view too.

  6. @Teocalli

    @DVMR

    @Teocalli

    Ahh, I thought that was what you were cryptically hinting at. Very nice. Condition looks mint. Restored? Or NOS maybe?

    Restored. Would have been fun to have got it done myself but price and availability balanced out.

    Well you may wear, as they say around these parts. I presume you’re going for the full campy SR build for L’Eroica then?

    My own Rosie could do with a bit of a refurb too, come to think of it. Think a full strip down and serious chrome polish is in order this winter.

  7. @Oli

    I just finished my collection of Bianchi (Bianchii?) so here they are.

    I wonder what is the collective noun for Bianchii. A squadra perhaps?

    Oh yeah, and I hate you!

  8. @DVMR

    Yup period Campy but may go to a Stronglight chainset to give me gearing I can get up a hill at my age!

    Anyone got a spare Campy 4001 rear mech they’d like to relocate? (The one with the black insert as it takes a larger rear free hub).

  9. @Teocalli

    Chewing Gum anybody?

    N+1 seems to have been satisfied for another year or so……..1977 or maybe ’78 but need to check in detail. To build up over the next year for L’eroica events and general fun riding.

    I think 1977 was the last year before the white panels appeared.

  10. Well I might actually be done with this;Exage callipers to match the levers,proper ISO BB for the Stronglight cranks,Evans bottle cage and the Veloflexes with latex tubes,only other thing may be some fresh brake pads.

    The tyres went on easier than I thought and they come up at about 22mm on the Mavics.

    No ride yet,so may need a few tweaks here and there.

  11. Oh and the bars need dropping.

  12. @fenlander

    Clean, simple and no fuss. Sweet.

  13. @Oli

    I just finished my collection of Bianchi (Bianchii?) so here they are.

    That’s quite a set you got there…also, gorgeous bikes!

    Anyway, can I inquire about the varying handlebar angles? Obviously the purpose is comfort, but I’m curious about why they’re so varied.

  14. I don’t own this bike.

    I have a 2014 Cervelo R3 that I love. More recently, I got a 2015 Focus Mares CX that I’ve been using for gravel and will ride in my first ever cross races this fall. It’s great, too. Both are tons of fun. Many adventures.

    But, really, I want one of these Corsa Extras.

    I used to drool over photos of them in the back of the Colorado Cyclist catalog and painstakingly calculate how much a specific build would set me back, then how long it would take to save that much from my earnings as an after school life guard.

    It wasn’t to be. Maybe one day.

  15. @SamV

    The two on either end are as close as possible to being the same as each other considering they’re different brands and bar shapes, and are both set up for my usual position – the middle one is set up for me temporarily to compensate for a lumbar injury. I’ll drop the step and roll the bars back once I’m repaired.

  16. @Gianni

    @roger

    not finding much time to post lately, but wanted to share with the community a bike born from this shit-encrusted site.

    she’s about 75% there

    cheers, hope you all have been well!

    Sweet baby jesus! At least you have been up to no good while you’ve been away. That is some damn paint job, my brother. Damn, I say gawd damn. Very nice and unusual.

    That paint job was run over by a dump truck full of awesome!

  17. Okay… I can’t resist… I’ve posted snapshots of the young lady of the house’s bike before and after a weekend of racing, one day in rain, the bike got some TLC this a.m. So? That means a snapshot is in order. And notably on this snapshot is the G+ tires in graphite. No, not the tan sidewalls. This bike calls for graphite and looks about perfect. For fun, we also fitted the tires with frilly pink underpants. I don’t recall who on this site came up with that thought but it cracks me up. Cheers all for happy traitor day (a tee-shirt that had me laughing, referencing ungrateful colonialists, this time last year when family was in London) here in the US of A. After NI and the Scots rejoin the EU we can come full circle and Little England can accept statehood!

  18. And another snapshot of a bike that I’ve posted before. The CAAD10. Today however? With the proper tan sidewalls it had waited so patiently all these years for and I had no clue was missing. Thank goodness for the shared wisdom here. The HED+ wheel set has always had a fantastic hummm thru the air. Coupled with some cotton casings and latex tubes? Nice.

  19. @Randy C

    Very nice. I do like Cannondales – I’d probably consider a CAAD10 if I needed to replace the TCR.

    Why the setback seatpost?

    And… steal the cages from your daughter’s bike.

  20. Love the ‘Dale.

  21. @RobSandy

    I’m just going to leave this here…

    https://www.reddit.com/r/bikecommuting/comments/4qvkd7/bmc_tmo2_xtr_di2_shifters_on_riser_bars_with/

    I shudna have clicked on that…….I won’t be able to sleep nights now.

  22. @ChrisO

    Why the set back seat post? Dang if that’s not a great question. Why? because that’s what comes on bikes and because that is what I’ve always used when replacing the seat post or building up a bike. And that’s a goofy answer ’cause it’s pretty clear I don’t need one! Hmmmm…

    The Arundels on my daughter’s 49 cm Allez are the side loaders that work well with the smaller frame. The King Ti cages on the CAAD float away if not bolted on the bike. I think they’re cool though agree the black C would look good.

    The last field I lined up with may have been 25 or so racers and I think myself and one other were only two on alloy bikes. More than a few alloy frames in the Jr’s field my daughter races. But there too, a lot of kids are racing on some very serious equipment.

    Cheers

  23. First proper ride today(with new brake blocks) and I think the word to use is smooth!

    Dunno if it’s the steel or the Veloflexes but even with the tyres being narrower it seemed to glide over the road.Needs a bigger chainring though so that’s another £30 to add to the budget.

    Guy in the shop I got the blocks from(Flat Planet in Cambridge*) reckoned it was more than likely 531 or at least a quality tubing going by the weight and the drop-out/lug quality.

    Anyway happy bunny and looking forward to lots of km’s on it in the future.

    *They do a lot of restoration jobs on older frames and had some nice stuff in there including a Harry Hall and a very nice Banesto replica Pinnarello;friendly guy as well so will probably be using them for stuff in the future.

  24. @fenlander

    If I want to go fast, I pick Carbon from the fleet. If I want to go smooth, I pick steel. The difference is amazing.

  25. Oli – WOW! Three Bianchis. Impressive.

    Oh man, that is definitely a sharp ‘Dale. My first proper road bike was a used, oversized R900. I’ll always have a soft spot for Cannondales.

    In other news, the Velominipper had his 2 month check up. Doctor said the high end of his height plotting shows him coming in at 185 cms. Considering his papa is Pantani-sized, I’m thrilled. Having played many years of ball sports and having to assess which other players to avoid in order to extend my lifespan, I’m glad he can either a) stand his ground or b) put others in their place. I no doubt tried, but giving up 35 kilos to other players makes that a long shot.

  26. The upside of owning many bikes: a lot to admire, a lot of options for rides.

    The downside: at least one of them is in need of a cleaning, some tuning, a repair.

    The good news: I am learning how to find piece when a member of the stable is not at 100% and just go about fixing it up, not constantly feeling a faint sense of uneasiness.

  27. For completeness sake here are some photos of my Colnago Carbon Volo, fully built with C-Record gruppo. Virgin ride to Superbagneres and back while waiting for Saturdays stage into Bagneres-de-Luchon. I’d love to say it was the most beautiful ride ever but fuck it was heavy and those downtube shifters wtf.

  28. That’s a sweet build and that groupset is stunning. Picture that against the correct background and it would look like a pair of wheels with a floating groupset.

  29. @Ron

    The downside: at least one of them is in need of a cleaning, some tuning, a repair.

    So true… Sometimes there’s even a little time afterward to go for a ride. Even so, I still enjoy working on them.

  30. @Kay_Jay

    Beautiful but confusing: is it retro, NOS, new? Given toeclips? Just came back from Eroica, and removed the toeclips that I had to put back on, hence…

    What chain is that?

  31. @Randy C

    @ChrisO

    Why the set back seat post? Dang if that’s not a great question.

    Most likely it’s because the Thomson posts don’t have an offset head at the seat rails, so the post itself needs to provide the setback to be in a similar position compared to a typical road seatpost. I have a straight tubed Thomson on one of my mountain bikes, and it definitely puts you in a more forward position.

  32. @KogaLover

    @Kay_Jay

    Beautiful but confusing: is it retro, NOS, new? Given toeclips? Just came back from Eroica, and removed the toeclips that I had to put back on, hence…

    What chain is that?

    It’s probably a KMC. In fact come to think of it, it’s surprising that @frank does not use one…..

  33. @smithers

    @KogaLover

    Here’s a sibling of yours thinking he’s a mountain bike. Don’t worry about the pose scratching the frame, it already has plenty of scuffs (the R5 frame evidently flicks paint if you so much as sneeze on it)

  34. @Teocalli

    @KogaLover

    Sorry about the delay. Its a 1988 Colnago Carbon Volo (the first Colnago carbon monocoque frame apparently), original paint with original owners signature still on top tube (Ottaviano Frugeri – his son still runs Cicli Frugeri) and the chain is a Fossati (Everest) chain. Thanks for the interest.

  35. I love @Oli‘s Bianchis (Bianchia?) . I love celeste. I love the classic lines. I really, really dig the Specialissima. Oh do I. I just saw pic’s at maybe was Velosnooze of some new aero Bianchis at tour in celeste. Yuck. Celeste and aero doesn’t work.

    Come to think of it, sea foam green and a fender strat or tele are perfect. Classic lines. But, sea foam green sure as heck wouldn’t work on a Les Paul. Doesn’t work on C aero bikes either. My opinion. Cheers all

  36. Damn. My LBS had a break-in yesterday and the owner had their custom Sarto stolen. Anyone in the UK please spread in your community that this is a stolen bike. It is a custom build and custom paint job so is a unique bike.

  37. @Teocalli

    That’s a gorgeous no expense spared bicycle!

  38. @Randy C

    @Teocalli

    That’s a gorgeous no expense spared bicycle!

    So you can understand how pi$$ed off the owner is to have had it stolen.

  39. @Teocalli

    @Randy C

    @Teocalli

    That’s a gorgeous no expense spared bicycle!

    So you can understand how pi$$ed off the owner is to have had it stolen.

    10-4 to that. There’s some craftsmanship in that frame. The carbon weave… that is smokin’. I know we’re all big fans of fine Italian steel frame bikes but damn, there is every bit of Italian artistry displayed in this frame. I’ve never seen a Sarto bike before. I hope he gets it back unscathed asap.

  40. @MangoDave

    @Ron

    The downside: at least one of them is in need of a cleaning, some tuning, a repair.

    So true… Sometimes there’s even a little time afterward to go for a ride. Even so, I still enjoy working on them.

    I don’t mind working on my bikes, but I always feel an underlying sense of uneasiness when one of my bikes is not in working order. Had an eyelet crack off my commuter cross bike the other week, sorting that out was not fun. As useful as a rear rack and fenders are…they can be a real pain in the neck.

  41. @Teocalli: I saw this at Eroica for 250 EUR. Should I have?

  42. @Randy C

    @Teocalli

    @Randy C

    @Teocalli

    That’s a gorgeous no expense spared bicycle!

    So you can understand how pi$$ed off the owner is to have had it stolen.

    10-4 to that. There’s some craftsmanship in that frame. The carbon weave… that is smokin’. I know we’re all big fans of fine Italian steel frame bikes but damn, there is every bit of Italian artistry displayed in this frame. I’ve never seen a Sarto bike before. I hope he gets it back unscathed asap.

    Similar thing happened out here to a shop owner with his custom painted Cipollini RBK-1K, which was literally taken off one of the shop workstands. Safe to assume that’s one wrench who was in need of a new employer not long after…

    http://www.bicyclingtrade.com.au/news/retail/22-000-bike-stolen-from-shop-in-broad-daylight

  43. New bike day! Methinks she’s a sexy beast.

  44. Thank you, phone, for making me double post.

  45. @Bart

    WOW! Love it. Cheers

  46. @KogaLover

    @Teocalli: I saw this at Eroica for 250 EUR. Should I have?

    Who am I to say no? Of course you should have!

  47. @Bart

    Thank you, phone, for making me double post.

    Sweet – though I’d fit shorter valves.

  48. Yeah, and latex tubes. But apart from that: dream machine

  49. @Teocalli

    @Bart

    Thank you, phone, for making me double post.

    Sweet – though I’d fit shorter valve

    your inner ring looks comparatively tiny, what is the chainset? Cool looking bike reminds me of an Italian two seater sports car. Is it a small frame?

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