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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 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 for every and all rides. #2 was the old #1, it ...
  • 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. @RobSandy

    @Teocalli

    Kind of – I understand how the headset is held together and how the quill stem works.

    I guess my question really, is it enough to have the stem held on by the stem bolts only? On a standard headset you have the top cap as a fail-safe should the stem come loose (I’m thinking very worst case scenario here).

    On my set up, if the stem was loose there’d be nothing to stop it sliding off, and I’m a little concerned about that, especially as my stem will be clamped onto a shim, not onto the quill stem adaptor directly.

    Also, the spacers under the stem wont be under compression and may rattle about annoyingly.

    I may be worrying unnecessarily.

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    You are worrying unnecessarily. The stem clamp bolts are sufficient to keep the stem on. If I am more specific, if your stem comes loose you will crash well before the stem/bars come off the quill! Having said that I’d advise getting a stepped quill adapter so you don’t need a shim. They are not expensive. When I ran a setup like that I never had any issues with rattling spacers or the stem coming loose – use some locktite if you are worried.




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  2. @Teocalli

    @R

    You are worrying unnecessarily. The stem clamp bolts are sufficient to keep the stem on.

    That’s all I wanted to hear!




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  3. @RobSandy

    Anyone ever used a quill stem adaptor to convert a threaded headset to fit a modern stem and bars?

    I’m going to do this, and one of my buddies gave me the adaptor. However, it doesn’t have a top cap and it doesn’t look as if the bolt included is long enough to reach anyway (it is recessed down into the stem. It just has a bung to fit at the top (like a handlebar end plug).

    I don’t know how happy I am with my front end only held together with the stem bolts, and nothing compressing the stem and spacers together on top of the headset. Any thoughts?

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    I think I have one of those adaptors – complete. Give me a shout if you want it.




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  4. @wiscot

    I think I have one of those adaptors – complete. Give me a shout if you want it.

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    A kind off, thanks. @Teocalli has reassured me I’m fine with what I have, however.

    Project Tandem refurb is on this week, I’ll get a pic up when it’s done. It’s going to have a big stack of spaces under the stem as the frame geo is more aggressive than my race bike!




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  5. @RobSandy

    @wiscot

    I think I have one of those adaptors – complete. Give me a shout if you want it.

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    A kind off, thanks. @Teocalli has reassured me I’m fine with what I have, however.

    Project Tandem refurb is on this week, I’ll get a pic up when it’s done. It’s going to have a big stack of spaces under the stem as the frame geo is more aggressive than my race bike!

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    No problem. I used on a (now gone) Trek 1200 winter bike but I hate to throw anything away!




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  6. @wiscot

    @RobSandy

    @wiscot

    I think I have one of those adaptors – complete. Give me a shout if you want it.

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    A kind off, thanks. @Teocalli has reassured me I’m fine with what I have, however.

    Project Tandem refurb is on this week, I’ll get a pic up when it’s done. It’s going to have a big stack of spaces under the stem as the frame geo is more aggressive than my race bike!

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    No problem. I used on a (now gone) Trek 1200 winter bike but I hate to throw anything away!

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    I think that’s how I ended up being given one. I went around to one of my clubmate’s houses so he could help with a bit of tandem work (he’s a tandem nut) and was amazed by his house. I have a bike room. He has a bike house. He had at least 5 road bikes and 4 mountain bikes in one room.

    He also had a 40 year old vintage tandem frame which he’d had repainted 2 YEARS AGO and not taken out of the bubble wrap yet. Anyway, I mentioned quill stem adaptors and he pulled one out of his box of stems and gave it to me.




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  7. N+1………..




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  8. Well here goes…… It took a couple of years, but with some money well spent on first bike, a crash course in road biking, and then some thoughtful appreciation of upgrading:

    1. Frame: 2014/15 Time ZXRS

    2. Campagnolo Super Record EPS V.3 with Stages Power meter

    3. Campagnolo Bora One 50s

    4. Time Expresso 10 pedals

    5. Bottle cages paying respect to my LBS. :)

    I use the Garmin Varia rear radar, as there is quite a bit of city riding, and the 520 is in the non-primo spot on top of the stem because for some reason its not picking up the stages date when mounted out front.




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  9. Oh mamma. Was dropped in the mail today.




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  10. @Hank

    That is one sa weet lookin’ clean ride! I particularly like the two tone tyres. Is this your only bike, or are there others that may be photo worthy?




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  11. @Jamie

    Thanks for the thumbs up. Indeed, I feel lucky that Vittoria makes those grey sidewalls in addition to the classic all-black or two-tone style. I really like how they roll, and here in SoCal I get good mileage out of them too. The grey goes great with the Time paint scheme – because the Sun was pretty bright in the photo you can’t see how the inside of the “Time” on the downtube is actually light grey. It took alot of nerve to post one bike, but there are others :) My VMH and I have a total of four. Hmmm…




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  12. @Hank

    What a gorgeous bike. White’s just not something I’ve ever really considered for a road bike but I’ve sure seen some beauties here at v-site. And that Time’s not one you’re going to see under someone else on a group ride too. Very cool.

    @frank

    I’d swear that looks like an alloy frame… Painted stems are such a great little touch. At Amateur Road Nat’s in Louisville this year I saw a junior on a Don Walker bike in blue. I was thinking that that was a young man that was getting a good head start for appreciating cool bikes.




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  13. @frank

    Oh mamma. Was dropped in the mail today.

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    Damn, that seat tube cluster reminds me a lot of my Casati Laser. Very lovely frameset! Maybe Don chatted with the family at the NAHBS.




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  14. I tend to track my cycling purchases, in case of warranty issues, knowing how much wear I get out of parts, etc. VMH told me that the fabric on the back of my Assos bibs was too thin to wear except on the rollers. I reluctantly caved in and decided to buy a new pair. I checked the purchase date of the original pair: 2009. I’d say that’s a pretty good run, despite the initial cost.




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  15. @Ron

    I’ve seen a product advertised – “Mane” – a spray-on last-ditch disguise goop to bulk up thinning hair.

    Wonder if someone should develop a similar product for Lycra, to delay the ‘crack of doom’ for favourite bibs?

    Looks as if “cya.com” is available…

    Also: an awkward subject to raise with fellow riders, yet vital. A code phrase is needed – suggestions?




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  16. @frank

    Oh mamma. Was dropped in the mail today.

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    Dude. That paint job is ridiculous! What a color!




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  17. @litvi

    @frank

    Oh mamma. Was dropped in the mail today.

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    Dude. That paint job is ridiculous! What a color!

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    …so my inner voice just told me my comment above may not sound the same on screen as it does in my head… To be clear, by “ridiculous!” I mean “outta sight!” followed by “What a [fan-fucking-tastic] color!”

    Apologies to @frank if it sounded like anything but sheer admiration. That frame simply glows with the color V.




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  18. @richardplondon

    @Ron

    I’ve seen a product advertised – “Mane” – a spray-on last-ditch disguise goop to bulk up thinning hair.

    Wonder if someone should develop a similar product for Lycra, to delay the ‘crack of doom’ for favourite bibs?

    Looks as if “cya.com” is available…

    Also: an awkward subject to raise with fellow riders, yet vital. A code phrase is needed – suggestions?

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    Ha, I feel that 8 years is a worthy run, especially as I put a ton of KMs into those bibs. Plus, aside from the thinning, the compression has gone as well. If you find Assos on sale, they really aren’t that wildly priced either.




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  19. @richardplondon

    @Ron

    I’ve seen a product advertised – “Mane” – a spray-on last-ditch disguise goop to bulk up thinning hair.

    Wonder if someone should develop a similar product for Lycra, to delay the ‘crack of doom’ for favourite bibs?

    Looks as if “cya.com” is available…

    Also: an awkward subject to raise with fellow riders, yet vital. A code phrase is needed – suggestions?

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    Bad Moon Rising.

    I see a bad moon a-rising
    I see trouble on the way
    I see earthquakes and lightnin’
    I see bad times today

    There’s a bad moon on the rise




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  20. @Rick

    I still listen to Creedence. There was a great Creedence tribute band playing at L’eroica Limburg, really good evening.




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  21. @Teocalli

    As is a lot of music from that era theirs is timeless. I can’t tell you what a proud papa I was when my teen aged daughter asked: “Dad, do you have any Hendrix?” That’s my girl!!!!!

    I thought the bad moon rising would be a good code name for worn out bibs. It pretty much sums the situation up.




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  22. @Ron

    @richardplondon

    @Ron

    I’ve seen a product advertised – “Mane” – a spray-on last-ditch disguise goop to bulk up thinning hair.

    Wonder if someone should develop a similar product for Lycra, to delay the ‘crack of doom’ for favourite bibs?

    Looks as if “cya.com” is available…

    Also: an awkward subject to raise with fellow riders, yet vital. A code phrase is needed – suggestions?

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    Ha, I feel that 8 years is a worthy run, especially as I put a ton of KMs into those bibs. Plus, aside from the thinning, the compression has gone as well. If you find Assos on sale, they really aren’t that wildly priced either.

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    Seems that your Assos have turned into AssShows bibs.




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  23. I have nothing to say, but I get sprint points for Post #15,000.




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  24. @Teocalli

    @Rick

    I still listen to Creedence. There was a great Creedence tribute band playing at L’eroica Limburg, really good evening.

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    I shouldn’t mention it on this site, but I do regularly go for runs. If I’m on my own CCR is one of my go bands as a running soundtrack………




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  25. @davidlhill

    @Teocalli

    @Rick

    I still listen to Creedence. There was a great Creedence tribute band playing at L’eroica Limburg, really good evening.

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    I shouldn’t mention it on this site, but I do regularly go for runs. If I’m on my own CCR is one of my go bands as a running soundtrack………

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    https://soundcloud.com/alt9999/i-heard-it-trough-the




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  26. n+1




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  27. Damn, before the Photo Rule Panel get after me…….




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  28. @Teocalli

    Damn, before the Photo Rule Panel get after me…….

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    Who made that? It’s very cool.




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  29. @wiscot

    They are custom so he can do pretty much anything i.e. club kits, I guess from a photo and I think has TT models etc too.




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  30. Not quite n + 1 as she’ll be dressed in lightly used clothes. She’s so fucking BEAUTIFUL in the skin.

    Mrs @chris even said she’s amazing.




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  31. @Teocalli

    @wiscot

    They are custom so he can do pretty much anything i.e. club kits, I guess from a photo and I think has TT models etc too.

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    They’re pretty goofy, but kinda fun.




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  32. @chris

    CAAD12 yes?




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  33. @Randy C

    Yes. CAAD12, with proper brakes, no discs. It’s a nice mix of gloss black with a gentle sparkle effect on the top of the top tube and logos and matt black everywhere else apart from the white to inside of the forks and back of the seat and chain stays.

    At some point in the next couple of weeks it’ll get built up with 10 speed SRAM Red, a Cannondale SISL2 crank and 35mm Vision carbon tubulars.

    It would be sooner but there’s a massive work deadline looming and a move to Qatar to organise. This is the bike that will be going with me.




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  34. @chris CAADs ! Just an all around great bike. A good ol’ good ol’ so to speak. Classic. And I love mine. An original Blank Inc from more than a few years back. Cheers




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  35. @chris

    Did the Carbon repair work out OK on #1?




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  36. @Randy C

    They’re stunningly good value as well.

    @Teocalli

    It’s not that it didn’t work out, I just haven’t got round to sorting it yet.

    Should be good once it’s done although there was something said about getting it fixed and selling it being part of the deal with the new frame.

    I wanted an aluminium frame for the move to the desert. All the commuting time that I’m going to be forced to miss out on will become turbo based training properly and I’m not convinced that it’s any good for carbon. Probably not good for aluminium but less bad. And Caad12 frames are a lot more budget friendly than SuperSixes.




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  38. @frank

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    Very nice Frank, can’t wait to see it built up.




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  39. @Teocalli

    n+1

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    Even in clay, RdV makes this much cooler than I ever could.




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  40. @Oski Bear

    @Teocalli

    n+1

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    Even in clay, RdV makes this much cooler than I ever could.

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  41. my bike was stolen last night. a 2012 Masi Gran Criterium. i knew the first time i sat on it, it was made for me. not only is it my sole means of transportation (urban folks will understand this), this bike has saved my life. i’ve customised this bike to fit me like a glove, and i’ve had some of the best times of my life on it. to some, this would be just another bike in a long list, but this relatively unremarkable bike meant a great deal. 25t kilometers. recovery from diabetes. a passport to a previous me that i had missed for so long. the fool that swiped it has no idea what he has, likely. i regard this as insult to injury.




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  42. Gutted for you.




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  43. @Cary

    Why have we not seen pic’s of this beauty before ? And keep us posted on updates or good news. Hate to think a bike like this is in hands of someone with no idea. Best of luck getting it returned.

    Randy C




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  44. i’ve posted a couple, at various times. if i get it back, i’ll do a full centerfold layout! lol i’m optimistic. i learned who took it today, because he rode it to work, in a neighborhood i’ve lived in for 15 years, where everybody is looking for my bike. lol i was right about one thing, an idiot stole it!




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  45. it’s IS a nice looking bike, no? reminds me of a mid-80s Moser San Cristobal. the chrome is BLINDING in the sunlight.




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  46. @Cary

    i’ve posted a couple, at various times. if i get it back, i’ll do a full centerfold layout! lol i’m optimistic. i learned who took it today, because he rode it to work, in a neighborhood i’ve lived in for 15 years, where everybody is looking for my bike. lol i was right about one thing, an idiot stole it!

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    That is awesome news! Hope you get it back soon.




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  47. Bikes thieves have their own room in hell. I’ve had bikes stolen, it is not fun. Best of luck getting it back. I had my chrome Bianchi (I know, shoulda been celeste) stolen…and caught the a-hole riding it a few days later. A potential kiss from my u-lock was enough to convince him to get the hell off it and leave the area.




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  48. mine, all mine! 2016 Masi Gran Criterium frame. i’m building it up with a new 10 speed Ultegra groupset i’ve had laying around for years. King headset/bottom bracket, Nitto crystal post, Ritchey bars/stem, Prologo saddle, Shimano RS80 wheelset. i cannot wait!




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