Cogal

Cogals are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride recovery ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4.

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  1. @frank

    @neal

    Yeah 60F and all sun today. I saw blossoms on a tree today and sprouts in the garden.

    That was the kind of weather NOAA forecast for us on the Oly Pen today.

    Lying fucks.

    But it was a damned sight (whatever the fuck a damned sight is) better than last weekend.

  2. @PeakInTwoYears

    @frank

    @neal

    Yeah 60F and all sun today. I saw blossoms on a tree today and sprouts in the garden.

    That was the kind of weather NOAA forecast for us on the Oly Pen today.

    Lying fucks.

    But it was a damned sight (whatever the fuck a damned sight is) better than last weekend.

    Wull ah seen it herd a hunnerd times, to put it to you in Oly Pen terms. Also to play off the redneck thing the Brits were doing earlier.

    if the forecast was wrong, you just need to move to the part of the state where they try harder to get it right.

  3. @frank I cant upload photos from phone or Laptop.   Any clues ?

  4. It was a challenging day, aside from the weather, which wasn’t completely awful in the end. We actually drove the bikes into town from the ranch so’s we could trade some bullets for a bucket of chinking for the logs of our cabin, and then having concluded business over whiskey and a knife-fight, we come to find out that the Missus has brought her mountain bike shoes, which just don’t seem to get along with the Speedplays on her road bike. Big change of plans. Ride from the ranch in the opposite direction, where one of us flatted every 15 kilo meeters on account of all the Satanic effluvient secreted on the side of the road. It all ended well, but it was a sore trial at times.

  5. Listen to all you A holes spruking about office showers and lockers.  I would give my COTHO left one to work at my office with a shower facility and lockers.

    Any tricks of the trade for us office workers without said luxuries but still trying to find ways to commute by bike.

  6. Me too Brett. But my life is all about Q1 these days. So fuck it.

  7. @Barracuda

    Listen to all you A holes spruking about office showers and lockers.  I would give my COTHO left one to work at my office with a shower facility and lockers.

    Any tricks of the trade for us office workers without said luxuries but still trying to find ways to commute by bike.

    Although we have showers at my main office, I don’t use them (mainly because I don’t want to see the dangling bits of  a co-worker in the changing room). I bring a complete change of clothes with me in a back pack and by travelling early (get there just after 6am) it never gets so hot that I sweat much. Of course, going home it doesn’t really matter. I have a shower before I leave in the morning, and I haven’t noticed people edging away from me in the lift during the day.

  8. @Barracuda

    Listen to all you A holes spruking about office showers and lockers.  I would give my COTHO left one to work at my office with a shower facility and lockers.

    Any tricks of the trade for us office workers without said luxuries but still trying to find ways to commute by bike.

    You have a washroom at least? Quick whore’s bath or some wet wipes? Stash a second, dry kit in the lower drawer and rotate?

    Camouflage? As a teenager I rode 30km to work at a service station and changed into a petrol-doused jumpsuit that always stank more than I did. We smoked a lot of dope there, so my memory is hazy.

    Career change? I worked long and hard to attain my current level of self-employed penury. The studio already looks and smells like a bike shop, and I rarely need to meet clients in the flesh, so some days I can’t be bothered changing. Makes the midday ride less of a hassle when you’re already kitted up.

  9. With n+1 about to be delivered (Koga Signature with Ultegra), I can turn n=1 into the Nine bike, so I put the Crud-fenders on the 33 yr Old School steel Koga yesterday. Right now, there’s snow in Switzerland, so the n=2 (MTB, also Koga -get the alias now, do you?) is a better option. I keep a spare suit in the office, leave the laptop at work so I do not need a backpacker and have enough space to put all stuff in the jersey pockets when taking the bike to get to work. Fortunately my office has showers, so days when I commute mean taking 3 showers. Just takes logistic-thinking to make it work.

    Never had a puncture with the old n=1 for the last 5000 kms, but on my first ride to the office on the MTB, I had a puncture shortly before I got home (fortunately, since I did not have a spare tube with me then, now I do).

    Btw, I ordered 2 namestickers and a pair of cufflinks for the new n=1, on Jan 5th, any idea when I can expect them to be delivered?

  10. @brett

    @ChrisO

    @Chris

    Ok guys, good news… because we like you guys and would love to hang out again, we’ve added Weekender packages to the KT.

    Either the first or second weekends, Weekend 1 we ride Roubaix, velodrome, showers, and spectate the Ronde on the Kwaremont on Sunday.

    Weekend 2 we ride Ronde route including Kapelmuur, and spectate Roubaix in three spots on Sunday.

    750E includes transport, food, beer and awesomeness.

    Would love to but…

    At this point I’m not sure when I’ll be back on the road, let alone be able to ride the cobbles.

    It’s not just psychological. If I come off on the hip I could end up doing some really serious damage because of the difference between the metal and bone.

    I gather the risk decreases over time but it’s on my list of things to speak to the orthopaedic specialist about when I next see him.

  11. You can try all you want, but you guys are screwed: it’s going to be perfectly sunny on Keepers Tour. I know. I’m not home that week…

  12. @frank

    @markpa

    Had older office where the bike room had some large air conditioning gear in it, made it a bit nosiy but I don’t think the bikes cared and you could always dry your gear out before the ride home.
    Moved to newer offices and now the bikes share with waste bins and there’s nowhere to dry gear.
    So much for progress.

    I leave the bike in my office. Its a good talking point for anyone who comes in, and then I get to gaze at it adoringly while on conference calls.

    YES! I have a full commuter machine, flat bars, pannier rack, the works. But on occasion I will take my No. #1 in to either swing by the velodrome on my way in, or go for a spin at lunchtime.

    On these occasions I bring my bike up in the lift and stash it in an unused office. It’s partly because I don’t trust to leave it in our undercroft bike rack,but mostly so I can have it near me during my working day.

  13. @ChrisO

    Ah yes, I realised when I posted that you’d be out of action… cobbles wouldn’t be a great place to make a comeback from what you’ve been through.

    Next year though…

  14. @brett

    @ChrisO

    @Chris

    Ok guys, good news… because we like you guys and would love to hang out again, we’ve added Weekender packages to the KT.

    Either the first or second weekends, Weekend 1 we ride Roubaix, velodrome, showers, and spectate the Ronde on the Kwaremont on Sunday.

    Weekend 2 we ride Ronde route including Kapelmuur, and spectate Roubaix in three spots on Sunday.

    750E includes transport, food, beer and awesomeness.

    That sounds super awesome. Not this year, but some time I’ll come over for the weekend.

  15. 3 or 4 times a week I commute to work in the ‘normal’ way: normal distance (5km), normal bike (city bike, with basket and child seat), normal clothes.

    The other times I put on the good kit, take the good bike and make a good detour. Just like @Frank says, these days it’s just you and your cone of light, the rest disappears (except for millions of suicidal rabbits which run towards the light). I love it. And in a good month the sun will rise while I’m on my bike. I love it. And in three months I’ll get up and it will be light (and occasionally warm) already. I love it.
    Once at the office I take a shower and a coffee. That’s how the good days start.

    The best part about my system though, is the change of clothes which I bring to the office on the ‘normal’ days. No need for a backpack on the good days. That, and the fact that the ride home only takes 5km, so no need to change back into a soggy kit…

  16. A mere 6pts this morning…seemed like a tough one to me..

    http://www.cyclingrevealed.com/trivia/triviaindex.htm

  17. @Owen

    @antihero

    A bit of digging on velominati.com will reveal that @Frank has an around-town bike with mustache bars.  Mustache bars.  Meditate on that for a moment.

    You don’t say. Surely that’s a sign of the apocalypse. And a basket to boot! My stars. Good to know that the Rules apply to road steeds and not working bikes. It does occur to me, however, that even on the commuters we should strive to look fantastic. As I said, we do need to have some standards.

    Beyond a doubt!  Looking fantastic is all about context.  If you’re riding a beach cruiser down the boardwalk with your family, any semblance of rules compliance would be hideous.  On an organized brevet, a frame pump+Carradice bag+steel frame+fenders+wool all over is de rigueur, and full rules compliance looks a bit off-music.  Not that I don’t try sometimes, anyway.

  18. 12 today but me, there a couple of crazy guesses in there. It kinda pisses me off – as far as I’m concerned anyone who’s getting perfect scores (or near perfect) is cheating. No way can you get perfect scores unless you have a couple of browsers or a couple of entrant names. I mean, cheating on this is like doing drugs in a Cat 3 race. It’s fun and for bragging rights, but I guess if you need to cheat at an online quiz with no prizes at stake, you are quite the opposite of a winner.

  19. Very nice! I’ve been the tuna salad between wet bread a lot this winter. Very wet one for this area and also pretty darn cold too. Oh well, been at a new job for three months and I’m able to commute via bike on a MUP for a majority of the ride. It’s awesome. I’d go to a job I hated each day if I could ride my bike, so having it be a job I like it pretty nice.

    Dedicated commuter, a cx bike set up with a rack, mudguards and one pannier is enough. Have a big enough office where I can hang things to dry. On Mondays and Fridays I squeeze in a cx or road ride ahead of work, making sure to bring what I need to the office the previous day.

    I don’t mind riding in the dark but it’s disorienting so it sometimes makes the commute home seem interminable.

    Question on wet riding – does anyone make waterproof/resistant booties for regular shoes that have an enclosed bottom? All the ones I’ve seen have an open bottom. Since I’m in sneakers and don’t have cleats, I’d like a full, closed bootie. Why do I want water coming in from the bottom? I’m okay pressing on my pedals with clips with a closed bottom. And I don’t care about walking around and scuffing up the bootie either.

  20. Oh, and this is the first winter in awhile that I’ve had a “real” job (not a grad school gig). Damn, finding time, the will, and negotiating the weather to fit in rides is a PITA. I’m commuting via bike 5 days a week, Saturday is soccer day, which leaves Sunday. Yesterday was installing a new fence in our yard.

    I do get up early and ride for an hour on Mondays and Fridays, then head straight to work. But, coming from 2-3 hour rides 6 days a week, I feel like a Follower who has lost his way.

    New respect for the lads who still make time to ride.

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  22. Frank – are you using the plastic or metal bar clasps for your Lezyne lights? I’m worried the metal ones will gouge my bars on my nice bikes. And, the clasps are not easy to get under the cables and squeezed in between the tape and stem.

    Great lights though. A MegaDrive on my bars, a Super Drive on my helmet. Makes commuting/riding in the winter much nicer.

  23. Mmm, hairnet draped from obscenely long quill stem! Properly worn cap! Lubed guns! Freshly shaved face. And, how about the classy watch?

    Too many gaudy “Real Housewives” oversized watches adorning toothpick wrists these days.

  24. Uh oh, not quite so smooth and dapper…

  25. I see two scenarios here: 1) From the look on face of the fellow behind him, Planckaert must of told Mr Green Polo to F-off. Or 2) He’s about to tear a new one into disembodied hand about to touch the spotless jersey.

    Either way, badass then, badass now. Except now he looks like an almost washed-up roadie for an 80’s hair band.