New Rule: 52 (Plus a Guest Reverence)

New Rule: 52 (Plus a Guest Reverence)

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With the writing of our first book supposedly well underway (but in reality being discussed ad-nauseum in the Boardroom rather than actually committed to text), The Rules have at least been getting some form of attention from The Keepers. When deciding which Rules each of us were to curate, no-one really had much idea what exactly was in there; ask me what Rule #64 is, and I’m giving you a blank stare.

So a list was drawn up, and we found some deadwood hiding away, dry and rotten and ready to be tossed into the fiery cauldron atop Mt Velomis. Yep, time for a burnin’. We get a good number of suggestions for new Rules weekly, some are pure gold, some warrant a sternly-worded rebuttal, but all are usually forgotten quickly as we are just too damned useless to actually commit them to the Canon Of Cycling Etiquette. Which is why this one comes from within our ranks; it’s easier than looking back through dozens of old emails.

Without further ado, we present the newest Rule, slotting in at #52, replacing one that if any of you can recall what it was, then you deserve accolades (or sympathy) for committing such nonsense to memory.

Rule #52 // Drink in Moderation.

Bidons are to be small in size. 500ml maximum, no extra large vessels are to be seen on one’s machine. Two cages can be mounted, but only one bidon on rides under two hours is to be employed. Said solo bidon must be placed in the downtube cage only. You may only ride with a bidon in the rear cage if you have a front bidon, or you just handed your front bidon to a fan at the roadside and you are too busy crushing everyone to move it forward until you take your next drink. Bidons should match each other and preferably your bike and/or kit. The obvious exception is the classic Coca-Cola bidon which by default matches any bike and/or kit due to its heritage. Coca-Cola should only be consumed flat and near the end of a long ride or all-day solo breakaway on the roads of France.

There you have it. Let the discussions/arguments/bitching begin.

In the meantime, nutcase Aussie/esteemed community member @harminator gives us his take on the humble (and definitely small) bidon.

Yours in Cycling,

Brett

REVERENCE: THE BIDON.

The history of cycling is punctuated by technological advancement. Some developments come in giant leaps while others evolve more slowly. Either way, the march of progress is well resourced and never tires. It seems like every second week there’s a new gadget, composite material or design innovation which is absolutely necessary. I mean who could possibly continue to exist without a laser-etched, co2-filled tyre lever forged from West Flandrian unobtanium. Right?

The bidon is the forgotten cousin in the technology family. Back in the day, transporting water away from its source was pure genius. We take it for granted now, but it’s the bidon that makes endurance bike riding possible. Without it we’d be limited to riding around tracks, beside streams or from the billabong to the waterhole. Just imagine the indignity of Moser slurping from a puddle Bear Grylls-style, or a Grand Tour with Evian mountain-top drinks breaks?

But for me, the real fascination of the bidon lies with two paradoxes. Regardez-vous:

The first relates to value. On the surface they seem absolutely critical. The team necessarily commits a couple of riders to work all day on the bottles: Drop back to the car, cram one in every available jersey space, toil back up to the bunch, distribute, repeat. But the bidon itself is worthless in comparison to its contents. To the Pro, it’s a glorified bar wrapper. Drink then discard. For the average Velominatus Budgetatus, the decadence is exhilarating. I can only imagine the moment in a young Pro’s life when he first gets to fling an empty to the side of the road. There must be no clearer sign that you’ve hit the big time.

Further, when the bidon gets tossed aside, it becomes infinitely valuable again. Spectators who go nuts for all the crap thrown out by the caravan have been known to trample their own ailing Grandmothers for the things. They salute as if they’ve won the fucking Stage when they souvenir a grotty piece of cheap plastic dripping with Belgian Toothpaste. In the world of the bike race spectator, the bidon is the ducks nuts.

The second paradox centres on its use. The bidon has become part of the glorious realm of cycling gamesmanship. A rider’s use of the bidon should not give anything away about his or her level of suffering. Many of us have felt the total demoralisation of inhaling wasps, trying to hold on to the group, when the rider in front takes a drink as if they’re sipping a Mojito by the pool. Don’t get played. It’s a standard show of strength and often all bluff. The bottle is probably empty. Conversely, if you’re about to expire from dehydration, it’s critical not to show it by guzzling lustily. You might as well announce that you’re suffering badly and that now would be a good time to attack.

In the world of the amateur group ride, the bidon can be a measuring stick for rider competency. You can tell a lot about a rider by the way they take a drink. When the new guy in the group keeps his eyes ahead, makes a clean pickup, drinks modestly, and re-cages surely, all the while observing Rule #59, you know they’ve got their shit together. But if they throw an empty to the side of the road, prepare to hang tough – things are be about to get very messy.

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  1. @G’rilla

    Oh, and I need to get my money’s worth out of this signature for the next two days while it’s still true.

    – G’rilla, Top Ranked Team Velominati CX Racer in Washington State

    NICE!!

  2. @Nate Melbourne has far better coffee and cyclists than Sydney. Sydney has better beaches

  3. @Deakus

    @Adrian

    Those Camelbak bidons are red, not pink. I have them. Small. They Rule.

    @Chris

    Two hours north of Sydney, you say? Shit, that’s Newcastle! I need to get my banjo out.

    But you’re right, going ‘home’ and finding a good coffee, any coffee, is an exercise in frustration and futility. I usually don’t drink much coffee in Australia, as it seems like a mission to find firstly a café, and then if I do having to tell the barista what sort of cup a Long Black comes in doesn’t fill me with confidence (I was actually asked this!). Living in Wellington, we are spoiled for excellent coffee and cafés… best in the world, or damn close to it (no Marcus, not behind Melbourne, way ahead…).

  4. @Chris

    @itburns Nice, what is it?

    Gianni pegged it.  Expobar Brewtus III vibration pump in the States, OFFICE LEVA EB-61 GR 2 in Europe.  Grinder is a Compak K3 Touch.  Beans from a local roaster – http://www.amayaroasting.com.

    Currently enjoying a single origin blend from Guatemala, hence the low temperature on the PID.

    @Gianni – I feel your pain.  I had a Gaggia Classic for years.  Those things never give out.  I finally sold it and my Rocky grinder to a friend for next to nothing to clear the way for a guilt free upgrade.  DO IT.  Once you have a massive chunk of metal like the Expobar, everything else is a toy.

  5. @brett Regardless of which is the best country to get “italian” coffee (outside of Italy) – I think we can all agree with my initial comment – that Americans have no idea. There might be little pockets in Frank’s PNW backwater but generally speaking, the percolated crap that gets served up in most US joints (in fuckingpitchers in the morning) is not good coffee.

  6. @Marcus

    @brett Regardless of which is the best country to get “italian” coffee (outside of Italy) – I think we can all agree with my initial comment – that Americans have no idea. There might be little pockets in Frank’s PNW backwater but generally speaking, the percolated crap that gets served up in most US joints (in fuckingpitchers in the morning) is not good coffee.

    How is this any different from the situation in Oz or NZ?  Great coffee here if you know where to find it.

    By the way, that crap in the pitchers is filtered, not percolated.

  7. @Gianni

    @Pedale.Forchetta

    @meursault you are right, but it’s a bit more complicated than that because of the large number of variations.
    Even if you ask simply for: ‘un caffè’ the ‘barista’ will ask to you: espresso? Implying that you want a normal one and not a ‘ristretto’ or ‘lungo’ or ‘macchiato’ or ‘marocchino’ or ‘tazzotta’ or ‘deca’ or the best: l’espresso napoletano.
    Even a not so widespread language like the Italian is evolves.

    l’espresso napoletano? I must know more.

    vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry espresso in one cup.  the kids love it.
     

  8. @Nate difference is that in Australia if you ask for a coffee you will invariablyreceive something made with an espresso machine. In the states, it will most likely be filtered (sorry for my mistake).

    Your country used to be the world leaders in so many things – and you were the cool country. Then Reagan finished his second term – and things went to shit from there. Not coincidentally, this was about the time COTHO left triathlon..unconnected? We both know the answer to that

  9. @Gianni l’espresso napoletano is the antithesis of the americano, because there’s even less caffè than in a ristretto (no more then 2 or 3 sip) so since the inconsistent quantity of liquid it have to be wonderful at least to be accepted by the customer. In Napoli you can actually refuse to pay if you find the caffè unacceptable, or asking for another one!

  10. Nothing to do with anything else, but I don’t think they are targeting the cycling community:

  11. @meursault but do not give up! Or in Italian non mollare!

  12. @Marcus

    @Nate difference is that in Australia if you ask for a coffee you will invariablyreceive something made with an espresso machine. In the states, it will most likely be filtered (sorry for my mistake).

    This is the case even in the back of beyond?

    Your country used to be the world leaders in so many things – and you were the cool country. Then Reagan finished his second term – and things went to shit from there. Not coincidentally, this was about the time COTHO left triathlon..unconnected? We both know the answer to that

    Ha!

  13. @Mikael Liddy

    Very nice bike. I’m concerned though that you are exceeding maximum steerer length allowance on your fork.It is usually 35-45 mm for spacers plus 15 mm for volcano cover depending on the fork.Did you check with manufacturer recommendation?

  14. @brett

    @Deakus

    @Adrian

    Those Camelbak bidons are red, not pink. I have them. Small. They Rule.

    @Chris

    Two hours north of Sydney, you say? Shit, that’s Newcastle! I need to get my banjo out.

    But you’re right, going ‘home’ and finding a good coffee, any coffee, is an exercise in frustration and futility. I usually don’t drink much coffee in Australia, as it seems like a mission to find firstly a café, and then if I do having to tell the barista what sort of cup a Long Black comes in doesn’t fill me with confidence (I was actually asked this!). Living in Wellington, we are spoiled for excellent coffee and cafés… best in the world, or damn close to it (no Marcus, not behind Melbourne, way ahead…).

    I think you will find the pink we were referring to was on le velo…we know the Bidons are red…unless it was a particularly poor photo of the bike…don’t get me wrong, pink is fine, it is a fine machine…it just does not go with the red and black bidons..

  15. @itburns

    @frank

    This place is better and way more convenient:

    Fuck me!  That looks like the machine at the end of willy wonkas chocolate factory….however Chapeau, you have selected the perfect recepticle, in the V pint pot, I am still awaiting mine which is taking a little while because they have proved so popular Frank is having to send The Prophet back to the glass factory and blow some more!

  16. @Nate even our McDonalds have espresso machines.

    @Gianni That is a nice setup you have there. My Saeco (bought whilst Mario was in red – who sayssponsorship doesn’t work?) still goes well but is nowhere near that.

  17. @Marcus

    @Nate even our McDonalds have espresso machines.

    Fuck me.  I’ll never underestimate your great country, ever again.

  18. Submission for the Lexicon…although I would not surprised if someone had not already requested this but what about….The Yoda Principle – “Do.  Or do not.  There is no try”

    I mean this little fella has V to spare for all of us!

  19. “““`

    @frank

    @Chris

    @Marcus absolutely spot on. Those people like that drip shit that they stew for hours on a hot plate. That or Starbucks bilge water

    Stop painting with your fucking Starbucks-dipped broad brushes, you fucking quacks. I hereby challenge anyone to find a better coffee location in the world than Phinney Ridge, Seattle. Between Seven Coffee Roasters and Herkimer, there is none better anywhere I’ve been. The coffee at Domestique in Dudnas Ontario was rather good, though, I have to admit.

    The whole of Wellington. And there’s no fucking way I’m going to Seattle for Coffee. Going to America for coffee is like going to jail for the food, only thing Seattle’s good for is making miserable 90’s grunge music and subsequently killing yourself. In my travels, England definitely has nothing to boast about in coffee terms (unless you’re in an Italian restaurant) Belgium and France are quite good and Germany pretty fucking dire. Straya, is a few years behind Welly in terms of introducing good coffee – I’ve drunk a lot of shit coffee is supposedly reputedly good cafes. The number of fucking lattes I’ve been served when I’ve asked for something else is ridiculous. Canberra is afflicted with this, due to numerous pubic servants with more money than taste and go to cafes to be seen by other bloated land whales rather than because the coffee is good.

    Marcus was a financial lawyer? Is that like a bank robber calling himself a structural integrity expert?

  20. @Marcus

    @Nate Melbourne has far better coffee and cyclists than Sydney. Sydney has better beaches

    I can confirm this. Brother Baba Budon, Seven Seeds, The Premises. Wish I was there now!

  21. @G’rilla

    @Marcus

    @Nate Melbourne has far better coffee and cyclists than Sydney. Sydney has better beaches

    I can confirm this. Brother Baba Budon, Seven Seeds, The Premises. Wish I was there now!

    Dont forget the place I took you – Little Ox -with the hot little waitresses. Remember?

    Minion – that was fucking pathetic

  22. This Rule seemingly goes without saying. Seems obvious enough.

    And all this talk of coffee and espresso. I gotta go the other way. Caffeine is for pussies. If you like the taste or the ritual, okay. But if you need it to get up and stay up, see Rule V. I don’t feel awesome when I wake up. I also don’t feel awesome mid-afternoon. Guess what i do? See Rule V.

    Go on all you want, but it’s a crutch for most folks. The compact crankset of liquid enabling.

  23. And also, that lead photo just confirms how damn awesome Tom Boonen is!

  24. @minion

    Going to America for coffee is like going to jail for the food….

    I may be slightly squiffy but I think I’ve just wee’d a little bit. +1

  25. Dunno what part of Oz you blokes come form, but even the franchise bakeries use a proper machine to grind and make their own coffee.  I don’t think I’ve seen a cafe that serves anything but fresh coffee out of a proper machine in at least 10 years.  Most of the hillbilly towns have had their teeth fixed.

    Also, I suspect that most people bagging out Starbucks have not actually been inside one.  They have proper espresso (see how quick I learn) too.  Of course, they employ hipsters, so anything they do has to be bad.

    I have a soft spot for the Pacific North-West too, sasquatch not-withstanding.  I have not been to Seattle, but between Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, you can’t complain about the music.  I have been to Vancouver a number of times on my way to Whistler and I had tej finest breakfast I have ever eaten served to me there.

  26. @Ken Ho What?

  27. @Ken Ho

    Dunno what part of Oz you blokes come form, but even the franchise bakeries use a proper machine to grind and make their own coffee. I don’t think I’ve seen a cafe that serves anything but fresh coffee out of a proper machine in at least 10 years. Most of the hillbilly towns have had their teeth fixed.

    Also, I suspect that most people bagging out Starbucks have not actually been inside one. They have proper espresso (see how quick I learn) too. Of course, they employ hipsters, so anything they do has to be bad.

    I have a soft spot for the Pacific North-West too, sasquatch not-withstanding. I have not been to Seattle, but between Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, you can’t complain about the music. I have been to Vancouver a number of times on my way to Whistler and I had tej finest breakfast I have ever eaten served to me there.

    Maybe, but authentic machines does not necessarily mean good coffee. It’s an art to make good caffe.

  28. @Ken Ho thought you said you only drank instant?

  29. Yes, I mostly do drink instant Moccona Rich, but I do get out and sit in cafes to eat and socialise and a bloody great steaming hissing monstrosity is a bit hard to miss.  I’ll occasionally buy a coffee too, but buggered if I’m coughing up $4 every time I want  drink.  I’d be broke.  I don’t mind the odd espresso while out ski-ing either.  Goes down a treat and not to hard on the bladder.  On a long winter ride, I’ll stop and refill with a long black too.

    My missus has been a slave to her favourite coffee shop for a few years, and a coffee for her means a 20min drive each way.  Funny though, she’s gone off it recently.  Maybe she is dead.

    A proper machine may not automatically mean good coffee, but it’s a good place to start. The original assertion was that a request for a cappucino would produce a blank stare if more than 2 hr from the Centre of the Universe.  I wonder how Picard got on ?  Maybe that’s what the famous face-palm is all about.  Searching the Universe for a decent coffee.  It may also explain why teh Vucans were such a miserable lot and why the Klingons had permanent PMT.

  30. @TommyTubolare not sure, the bike was set up by the guy who ran the shop I bought it from & he carries a pretty decent reputation here so I trust he knows what it can handle.

    @Deakus you were correct only on the quality of the photo, I don’t think my phone adjusted well to the light coming through the blinds. It’s definitely red on the colour scheme.

  31. @Daccordi Rider yeah I thought that might be you, unfortunately the two lanes worth of traffic between us made it a little tough to wander over & carry out introductions.

    btw the Cogal article is up on the site, we’ve even had some interest!

  32. @Ron Don’t be ridiculous! I could quit drinking coffee anytime, I just choose not to…

  33. @Marcus

    @G’rilla

    @Marcus

    Minion – that was fucking pathetic

    Of course it was, I was talking about you, It had t be.

  34. @minion

    @Marcus

    @G’rilla

    @Marcus

    Minion – that was fucking pathetic

    Of course it was, I was talking about you, It had t be.

    And all is right with the world once again.

  35. @Ron Oh no you poor, poor mild mannered, even tempered lad. You’ve obviously never been in the depths of a semi psychotic caffeine – charged manic episode. They are a truly transcendent experience and a way for mere mortals to experience the greatness of the universe.

    Except from instant coffee, f**k that sh*t

  36. @Ron

    This Rule seemingly goes without saying. Seems obvious enough.

    And all this talk of coffee and espresso. I gotta go the other way. Caffeine is for pussies. If you like the taste or the ritual, okay. But if you need it to get up and stay up, see Rule V. I don’t feel awesome when I wake up. I also don’t feel awesome mid-afternoon. Guess what i do? See Rule V.

    Go on all you want, but it’s a crutch for most folks. The compact crankset of liquid enabling.

    +1…if you love coffee so much chuck fist full of bean in your jersey and munch them as you go round.  Don’t forget to save 2 though to stuff up your nostrils and stop the bleeding when you move from V threshold to suicidal gun crushing go for the line mode…

  37. @Mikael Liddy

    @TommyTubolare not sure, the bike was set up by the guy who ran the shop I bought it from & he carries a pretty decent reputation here so I trust he knows what it can handle.

    @Deakus you were correct only on the quality of the photo, I don’t think my phone adjusted well to the light coming through the blinds. It’s definitely red on the colour scheme.

    My soul rests at peace…my apologies for casting aspersions on your colour matching abilities!…move on everyone..there is nothing to see here..all is right with the world once more.

  38. @Deakus That’s just silly, if you like water do I tell you to drink the separate molecules?

  39. @Oli

    @Deakus That’s just silly, if you like water do I tell you to drink the separate molecules?

    Aha…but silly is the world I live in…if you thought I was being serious…then we have all got issues!

  40. @Deakus We have all got issues…

  41. @Oli

    @Deakus We have all got issues…

    I don’t.

  42. …sorry, apart from Harminator.

  43. @ frank

    Rather good??

  44. @niksch
    Badger Jersey-A sign that she has style and class. On Wisconsin!

     

  45. Don’t know where to post this, but today was the day when I executed my first chase-down. I was riding in a line of three round my local park, we were going at a pretty good pace, guy shoots past us real quick on one of those funny TT bikes which make a murmuring sound.

    Usually I would let it go, but today was different. One word came to mind, and that word was “NO.”

    Before I knew it, I had switched to guns, turned the V-burners to ‘immolate’, swung out, chased the guy down, passed him, and kept power at 90%+ until my V-meter read ‘critical’.

    Felt good.

  46. @itburns

    Nothing to do with anything else, but I don’t think they are targeting the cycling community:

    This stuff is made in Tennessee and is basically like Mountain Dew with extra sugar and caffeine.  In the early 90’s they actually had an amateur cycling team.  I had a friend who rode for them.  But the slogan wasn’t around yet.

  47. @Winelli

    Don’t know where to post this, but today was the day when I executed my first chase-down. I was riding in a line of three round my local park, we were going at a pretty good pace, guy shoots past us real quick on one of those funny TT bikes which make a murmuring sound.

    Usually I would let it go, but today was different. One word came to mind, and that word was “NO.”

    Before I knew it, I had switched to guns, turned The V-burners to ‘immolate’, swung out, chased the guy down, passed him, and kept power at 90%+ until my V-Meter read ‘critical’.

    Felt good.

    Nice one!…these are the moments that matter…I hope you are now quenching the steaming V-burners with a suitable hop related beverage…it’s the only way to cool them down without cracking the seals on them!

  48. okay, admit it, who amongst you found themselves consciously trying to replace the bidon in the cage while keeping up a good cadence and eyes firmly on the road ahead when out for a ride after reading this ?

  49. Rule #52

    Pfft!  A ride less than two hours?!?!?  Why even get the carbon steed off the rack?  As much respect should be paid to oneself as it should, to the water bottles!

  50. @Hebrew Hammer This post used spittle (weird). Most all of your races must have a duration of more than 2 hours then if you aren’t willing to train for any duration less than.

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