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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.

  • Matching the drapes to the rug match 'em up!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 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 ...
  1. Looks like I’ll be joining the tubular ranks next week;just sourced a pair of 38mm carbon tubular wheels,basically chinese rims on dtswiss hubs with spam spokes but best of all come fitted with FMB paris-roubaix tubs.Get a spare tub(not FMB) plus some sealant thrown in on the deal too plus the skewers and pads.

    Looking forward to giving them a try and see what difference they make from the Hunt alloys and open paves,should get them Tuesday so not long to wait.

  2. Of course that’s Sapim spokes,not the Python ones,,,,

  3. @Teocalli

    The story of 3 TTT bars is worth a read. Tecnologia del Tubo Torino. Now, I’m guessing you already knew this history. I didn’t. And I have modern C 3T bars on my CAAD10 today. So now I know! So cool and much respect for all you dudes that keep these classic beauties on the road today. Thanks and Cheers

  4. A few fettlin’ issues – good job my LBS was at the half way point! Great ride. Those boys back then knew a thing or two about building steel frames.

  5. @Teocalli

    fantastic job, stick with the tape just mind the gap, and definitely the Italian tricolour on the seat post. Great you’re riding it not hanging it on your wall…

  6. @EBruner

    @EBruner

    A quick snap before I take it out for the first ride.

    -Eddie

    Jaegher Ascender Pure Frame

    Super Record ’15

    Royce Hubs

    H Plus Son Archetype Rims

    Zipp Stem and bars

    I like it, looks all business. first impressions versus the Spirit tubed one?

  7. @Teocalli

    Do you think bikes suffer FRB worries? Will I make it? Will I have a mechanical? Will it be good?

    Gios ready to go on FRB later today. Big grin time.

    Mega pleased with some of the components I managed to find. Callipers in great condition, though strictly speaking from a bit later era, that chainring. Saddle is one I had lying around so still to decide whether to get vintage style or a modern Brooks. Need to redo the bar tape, not sure about the red stitching too but that was all the LBS had in white the other day. Seat post will get a highlight in the grooves as was the trend in the era but Red or Red/White/Green?

    Blue is not quite Gios blue but that was how it came to me. May get a true Gios makeover next year.

    There’s only one saddle that belongs on there and that’s a white Rolls!

    Sweet, sweet ride. If it were me though, I’d have to go with toe-clips on there.

  8. @Gianni

    did i buy this off you ?

  9. @DVMR

    It will have toe clips, just not got there yet and wanted to ride it so pulled the clips of #9 bike as it’s not raining at the moment.

  10. Had a bit of an off yesterday, Angus and I were riding in the Randonne des Chateaux when we over lapped wheels. I was following and lost the bike out from underneath me, catapulted over a fence, down a bank and landed on my head. Once I’d eventually dragged myself off the ground I checked the bike over to find that I’d rolled off a short section of tubular where the front wheel hit the fence and scuffed a shifter. Looking at it today, it looks like I may not have been quite so lucky, there’s a small star shaped crack on the top tube. I’m going to get it properly checked out when I get back home but it’d be interesting to hear if anyone else has suffered similar?

    I’m not going to say that my helmet saved me from greater injury or worse but I’m glad it had it on.

  11. Glad to hear you’re shaken not stirred.

    Even I will admit it probably saved you from some additional scrapes and bumps, and we don’t want you going around scaring horses and small children.

  12. @ChrisO

    Glad to hear you’re shaken not stirred.

    Even I will admit it probably saved you from some additional scrapes and bumps, and we don’t want you going around scaring horses and small children.

    That’s a bit rich conning from a very tall cyclist with a shaved head.

    You look like fucking skeleton.

  13. @chris Good to see you can still construct complete sentences.

    I came across some folk who repair carbon a while back. Will try to find them but carbon doesn’t like side impacts.

  14. @Teocalli

    @chris Good to see you can still construct complete sentences.

    I came across some folk who repair carbon a while back. Will try to find them but carbon doesn’t like side impacts.

    Sentences, yes. Spelling, no.

    That’s what worries me, it looks fairly innocuous but I’m no expert. Your experts details would be most appreciated.

  15. @chris

    I don’t have any experience of them but came across them when I was looking after another mate cracked a chain stay on his Scott. He ended up doing a DIY on it.

    http://www.carbonbikerepair.co.uk/?gclid=CL6YqPCGxM4CFUO3GwodXCgMVw

  16. @chris

    You look like fucking skeleton.

    You say the sweetest things.

    xoxo

  17. @chris

    @Teocalli

    @chris Good to see you can still construct complete sentences.

    I came across some folk who repair carbon a while back. Will try to find them but carbon doesn’t like side impacts.

    Sentences, yes. Spelling, no.

    That’s what worries me, it looks fairly innocuous but I’m no expert. Your experts details would be most appreciated.

    Innocuous ? Ohhh man.. that’s what ya call a stress riser/concentrator kinda defect that leads to initiation then propagation of tensile failure so to speak. I’m guessing you rode the bike home before noticing? Just me, but I’d consider yourself lucky. Someone would be willing to repair it. I suspect that the real cost will be in how much ya wanna spend to have the repair finished and repainted to match. I’ve seen some repairs simply be the sheets of fibre layered over top and cured with minimal prep. I’d trust that repair more on say a kayak then I would on a bike.

    And I’d suggest that that helmet is darn good evidence of the value of a helmet! Cheers

  18. @EBruner

    @MangoDave

    @Teocalli

    Are you three having a laugh? Those are three of the most killer bikes I’ve seen in some time. Outstanding!

    The Campy’ed up Jeagher is amazing. I can’t think of anything I would have done better, killer, monsta bike.

    The Somec, in perfect, pristine shape, holy fuck balls. How is that possible? Was it in a mausoleum with a dead cyclist for the last 30 years? That is a show stopping bike if I’ve ever seen one. I’m speechless, almost.

    And the Gios, gawd damn, what a repaint. What would RDV do, that would be my mantra. Fantastic job.

  19. @chris

    @ChrisO

    Glad to hear you’re shaken not stirred.

    Even I will admit it probably saved you from some additional scrapes and bumps, and we don’t want you going around scaring horses and small children.

    That’s a bit rich conning from a very tall cyclist with a shaved head.

    You look like fucking skeleton.

    funny boy. That really made me laugh. Jesus, you bet that helmet did something good. That sounds like quite a nice crash.

  20. @fignons barber

    @EBruner

    @EBruner

    A quick snap before I take it out for the first ride.

    -Eddie

    Jaegher Ascender Pure Frame

    Super Record ’15

    Royce Hubs

    H Plus Son Archetype Rims

    Zipp Stem and bars

    I like it, looks all business. first impressions versus the Spirit tubed one?

    I only have a couple rides in on the new Ascender frame, but my initial impression is it is such a smooth ride. Soaks up the road just like my Jaegher built with Spirit tubes, but feels a bit stiffer, and very solid. The Royce hubs spin like magic, and the free hub sound like music. I can’t what to really get some saddle time later in the week.

    -Eddie Bruner

  21. @Randy C

    @chris

    @Teocalli

    @chris Good to see you can still construct complete sentences.

    I came across some folk who repair carbon a while back. Will try to find them but carbon doesn’t like side impacts.

    Sentences, yes. Spelling, no.

    That’s what worries me, it looks fairly innocuous but I’m no expert. Your experts details would be most appreciated.

    Innocuous ? Ohhh man.. that’s what ya call a stress riser/concentrator kinda defect that leads to initiation then propagation of tensile failure so to speak. I’m guessing you rode the bike home before noticing? Just me, but I’d consider yourself lucky. Someone would be willing to repair it. I suspect that the real cost will be in how much ya wanna spend to have the repair finished and repainted to match. I’ve seen some repairs simply be the sheets of fibre layered over top and cured with minimal prep. I’d trust that repair more on say a kayak then I would on a bike.

    And I’d suggest that that helmet is darn good evidence of the value of a helmet! Cheers

    @Randy C is on the money here. I would guess very repairable by sanding/grinding down the cracked area and laying up a few pieces of carbon fiber to restore strength. Making it look like new is what takes more time and thus money. The whole top tube might have to be repainted to blend it so you might lose the white detail but it’s a chance for some customization too.

  22. @RandyC, @Gianni and @Teocalli, thanks for the input. I’ve sent a photo off to the outfit @Teocalli linked. Time to sit back and wait.

    I’m very sore and knocking back the pain killers and anti inflamatories but I’ll be back on the bike this afternoon or tomorrow morning. Fortunately, I’ve got my other bike here. Angus was riding it but he can ride one of the other bikes.

  23. @Gianni

    @Randy C is on the money here. I would guess very repairable by sanding/grinding down the cracked area and laying up a few pieces of carbon fiber to restore strength. Making it look like new is what takes more time and thus money. The whole top tube might have to be repainted to blend it so you might lose the white detail but it’s a chance for some customization too.

    My understanding of this from doing a bit of casual investigation a year or so back, is that there are a few key elements 1) excluding air bubbles 2) baking 3) laying up inside and out. What I gathered is that the specialists are able to do is to also lay up fibre inside the tube they then use an inflatable bladder to press that firmly into the tube internally as well as (potentially) laying up on the outside before finishing. Also using vacuum to exclude air followed by correct bake/cure.

    My curiosity came about after a couple of folk I know had trashed frames and then I remembered from years ago that one of the Whitbread Round the World yachts was basically sawn in half (using a chainsaw) and extended by 6 feet then sailed through the Southern Ocean. Ok so if you can access the inside and put in new stringers a yacht may be a tad easier to lay up strengthening but it seemed to me that it should be possible not to just have to trash a damaged frame.

  24. Holy fack, Chris! Glad you seem to be relatively okay. Heal up!!

  25. @chris

    @RandyC, @Gianni and @Teocalli, thanks for the input. I’ve sent a photo off to the outfit @Teocalli linked. Time to sit back and wait.

    I’m very sore and knocking back the pain killers and anti inflamatories but I’ll be back on the bike this afternoon or tomorrow morning. Fortunately, I’ve got my other bike here. Angus was riding it but he can ride one of the other bikes.

    Most important, glad you were able to come away relatively intact.

    As for the top tube, my guess is you hit it with your knee during the crash. I did the same about 2 years ago. The problem is that with that type of fracture, it’s like cracking a hard boiled egg shell, with small radiating cracks on the inside. Mine was a total right off.

    Best bet might be to throw yourself upon the mercy of the C-Dale crash replacement policy.

  26. @fignons barber

    @chris

    @RandyC, @Gianni and @Teocalli, thanks for the input. I’ve sent a photo off to the outfit @Teocalli linked. Time to sit back and wait.

    I’m very sore and knocking back the pain killers and anti inflamatories but I’ll be back on the bike this afternoon or tomorrow morning. Fortunately, I’ve got my other bike here. Angus was riding it but he can ride one of the other bikes.

    Most important, glad you were able to come away relatively intact.

    As for the top tube, my guess is you hit it with your knee during the crash. I did the same about 2 years ago. The problem is that with that type of fracture, it’s like cracking a hard boiled egg shell, with small radiating cracks on the inside. Mine was a total right off.

    Best bet might be to throw yourself upon the mercy of the C-Dale crash replacement policy.

    Yup, that looks quite similar to what I did to my Fondriest’s top tube a few years back. LBS took one look at it & wrote it off. Thank Merckx for insurance!

  27. Any recommendations from the class as to what to look for if I were to go shopping for a track bike (either new or 2nd hand)?

    I’m just planning to ride at Newport once a week through the winter and hiring a bike from the velodrome each time will pay for a good proportion of my own bike.

    I’ve even had an N+1 approval in principle from Mrs Sandy.

  28. Some tweaking of parts for the Gios. These just arrived…….

  29. @RobSandy

    Not my field but Dolan might be worth a look.

  30. @Teocalli

    @RobSandy

    Not my field but Dolan might be worth a look.

    It’s one of my options, we’re sponsored by Dolan so get a discount.

  31. @Mikael Liddy

    @fignons barber

    @chris

    @RandyC, @Gianni and @Teocalli, thanks for the input. I’ve sent a photo off to the outfit @Teocalli linked. Time to sit back and wait.

    I’m very sore and knocking back the pain killers and anti inflamatories but I’ll be back on the bike this afternoon or tomorrow morning. Fortunately, I’ve got my other bike here. Angus was riding it but he can ride one of the other bikes.

    Most important, glad you were able to come away relatively intact.

    As for the top tube, my guess is you hit it with your knee during the crash. I did the same about 2 years ago. The problem is that with that type of fracture, it’s like cracking a hard boiled egg shell, with small radiating cracks on the inside. Mine was a total right off.

    Best bet might be to throw yourself upon the mercy of the C-Dale crash replacement policy.

    Yup, that looks quite similar to what I did to my Fondriest’s top tube a few years back. LBS took one look at it & wrote it off. Thank Merckx for insurance!

    No insurance I’m afraid. I cancelled it a while back as being too expensive. Hindsight and all that.

    The good news is that I’ve just had an email back from Carbon Bike Repair. It’s repairable and I’ve got two options; repair and basic single colour finish or repair and finish in such a way that you wouldn’t know it’s been damaged. The latter is obviously more spendy.

    They guarantee the work for the lifetime of ownership so they’re obviously happy to put their mouth is.

    I’ll lt you know how it goes, maybe a guest article.

  32. @Teocalli

    Some tweaking of parts for the Gios. These just arrived…….

    Pretty

  33. @chris

    Bike insurance is always a quandary. I worked out some time back that you would pay for a new frame in something like 5 years so like you decided it was not worth it.

    Though we do have cover built in on the home insurance so you might want to check that.

    Amusingly, Mrs T was looking at quotes for new house insurance and when she put in the value for #1 the one web site just came up “Value error, please re-enter a valid amount”.

  34. @Gianni

    @MangoDave

    Are you three having a laugh? Those are three of the most killer bikes I’ve seen in some time. Outstanding!

    The Campy’ed up Jeagher is amazing. I can’t think of anything I would have done better, killer, monsta bike.

    The Soma, in perfect, pristine shape, holy fuck balls. How is that possible? Was it in a mausoleum with a dead cyclist for the last 30 years? That is a show stopping bike if I’ve ever seen one. I’m speechless, almost.

    And the Gios, gawd damn, what a repaint. What would RDV do, that would be my mantra. Fantastic job.

    I’m definitely having fun! Agree with the Gios and Jaegher, they’re amazing to look at. I would seriously consider the Jaegher as a new #1 some day. I don’t have enough history on the Somec to validate your mausoleum theory, but it was coddled and pampered, probably never even ridden at all. It came with Campag tire covers to keep dirt off, FFS. Also, this is the first time I’ve ridden a bike with Delta brakes, I think they work way better than I was led to believe from what I’ve read. Certainly better than the older Super Record brakes on my other Somec.

  35. @Teocalli

    Amusingly, Mrs T was looking at quotes for new house insurance and when she put in the value for #1 the one web site just came up “Value error, please re-enter a valid amount”.

    Now that’s funny!

  36. @Teocalli

    Some tweaking of parts for the Gios. These just arrived…….

    drool…

  37. @MangoDave

    @Gianni

    @MangoDave

    Are you three having a laugh? Those are three of the most killer bikes I’ve seen in some time. Outstanding!

    The Campy’ed up Jeagher is amazing. I can’t think of anything I would have done better, killer, monsta bike.

    The Soma, in perfect, pristine shape, holy fuck balls. How is that possible? Was it in a mausoleum with a dead cyclist for the last 30 years? That is a show stopping bike if I’ve ever seen one. I’m speechless, almost.

    And the Gios, gawd damn, what a repaint. What would RDV do, that would be my mantra. Fantastic job.

    I’m definitely having fun! Agree with the Gios and Jaegher, they’re amazing to look at. I would seriously consider the Jaegher as a new #1 some day. I don’t have enough history on the Somec to validate your mausoleum theory, but it was coddled and pampered, probably never even ridden at all. It came with Campag tire covers to keep dirt off, FFS. Also, this is the first time I’ve ridden a bike with Delta brakes, I think they work way better than I was led to believe from what I’ve read. Certainly better than the older Super Record brakes on my other Somec.

    Mango, you have really done it there. I don’t know how you found that but it really is a rare gem. Chapeau.

  38. @Gianni

    @MangoDave

    Mango, you have really done it there. I don’t know how you found that but it really is a rare gem. Chapeau.

    I’ll try not to crash it.

  39. @Teocalli

    jesus christ that bike is gorgeous.

  40. First ride out yesterday on the new carbon wheels and FMB tubs,bit of a windy one and only a short blast but enough to feel how smooth tubs are,could get used to this;

  41. @MangoDave

    @Teocalli

    Amusingly, Mrs T was looking at quotes for new house insurance and when she put in the value for #1 the one web site just came up “Value error, please re-enter a valid amount”.

    Now that’s funny!

    Am thinking, there must be a new expression for the lexicon here…

    “How much did your n+1 cost?” “Well, it was a VEB*.” “Wow, that much?”

    VEB: Value-Error Bike. Definition: new bike so expensive that you cannot get insurance for it.

  42. @Teocalli

    I haven’t changed house insurance for about 3 years now since I was able to add my bikes to the policy at “proper” replacement value. Even with that, the whole package was cheaper than specialist bike insurance (AND cheaper than my previous household policy). John Lewis Insurance are the provider.

  43. @Steve Trice

    Thanks, we’ll have a look at them.

  44. @Steve Trice That’s definitely worth looking at. Bikes were optional with mine, to a maximum of £500. Unfortunately, I’ve just renewed.

  45. @Fergus

    @Gianni

    did i buy this off you ?

    Fergus, what are ye talking about? Whatever it is, I doubt it!

  46. @chris

    @Steve Trice That’s definitely worth looking at. Bikes were optional with mine, to a maximum of £500. Unfortunately, I’ve just renewed.

    Yeah it was my contents insurance that came to the party, as long as you’re neither racing nor motorpacing, they’re covered Australia wide for accidental damage or loss up to $20k. No need to specify a value & no extra premium.

  47. @Mikael Liddy

    Who is that with Mikael?

  48. In what can only be described as a freak lab accident, the Redback now seems to have mutated & is beginning to show signs of redback/white tail hybrid, which in a spider would be fucking horrifying, but on a bike just equals more pretty.

    Other updates include Thomson Masterpiece seat post with no setback to appropriately place the saddle compared to the previous 25mm setback post with the saddle jammed forward, new Praxis rings, KMC chain, Ultegra cassette & last but definitely not least, a Wheels MFG BB to rid her of the BBright POS that was in there previously.

  49. Okay…something has been bugging me for awhile, finally remembering to ask about it.

    I have a Park Tool floor pump. On some of my tubes, no matter how much I adjust it (all the way down on the valve stem, part way, just barely on there) the tube will leak air during inflation. It drives me crazy, as it feels like I’m in a race.

    Same pump doesn’t bleed air on some of my tubes, does on others. Any ideas? Pump isn’t ace, but it’s solid. Use it on assorted tubes, from those on my commuter to my road bikes. Cheap tubes? (Doubt it, happens with some Vredestein latex ones) Unscrewing the tube cap/end too much?

    I’m baffled!

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