Fake Cigarette optional photo: E. Keller

Rolling with Rule #80

Rolling with Rule #80

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Always be casually deliberate, even when riding.

You have just attacked off the front to take a town line sprint. It was a just-the-perfect-amount-of-dumb yet successful move. You went deeply anaerobic for a sprint no one else was even mildly interested in, but you did crush them unrestrainedly.

Now, to hide your effort, you deploy the Rule #80 Casual Coast. Left hand on the bars, right hand resting on the thigh, right pedal up to raise the right thigh to armchair height. You coast along as your awesome sprinting momentum eases and the group rolls up. You are a picture of relaxation and confidence. You drift left and regard them as they ride up on your right. Your body language says one thing.

Let that be a lesson, jongens.

My old friend and LBS owner, George “Lefty” Sykes has taught me many cycling things over the years. He invested too much time, swearing and frustration drilling us in the perfect double pace line. The Casual Coast was never mentioned but George was a master of this move. I discerned this posture was as important as riding a double pace line though no one was going to pull me off the road and lecture me about it. This was not a skill, this was just cool. We cyclists don’t do much coasting but this an awesome way to recover and survey your fellow riders from a position of power and relaxed confidence.

// The Rules

  1. Rolling with Rule #80 also works when checking yourself out while rolling past shop windows/mirrored office windows.

  2. Casual Deliberate 1938 style.

  3. Awesome photo.  I love to do this to the kids!

  4. @Gianni Like a boss Gianni, like a boss…

  5. @norm

    Casual Deliberate 1938 style.

    Claud Butler – Nice.  With a sprung saddle too.

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    start_el('?display_element(Object(stdClass), Array, 1, 0, Array, '?@Gianni

    @TommyTubolare

    Regarding the 56cm, I was exaggerating, thinking of Gilbert’s small frame for not that small a man.

    It’s a Serotta, Meivici lugged frame. Here is a more useful photo of it. Does the geometry look weird? I’m big as a house!

    O contraire…beautiful whip!  What kind and size stem might I ask?

  7. @norm

    Casual Deliberate 1938 style.

    A few days ago I was out with two of my kids and my parents. My daughter, the eldest of the velominipper was out in front whilst I was riding with the youngest on my wheel out of the wind. He was struggling with a nasty cold so I decided to stop and take him home rather than letting it get any worse. After waiting for my parents to catch up I then set off to retrieve my daughter, when I eventually caught up with her she was the picture of casual deliberate, leaning against a tree, hands in (jacket) pockets and feet on the drops in the manner above.

    As proud of her progress as I am, it rankles that she can ride with no hands further and with so much more style.

  8. @Teocalli

    @norm

    Casual Deliberate 1938 style.

    Claud Butler – Nice. With a sprung saddle too.

    So here’s this guy eating his lunch, one foot strapped in and steering with the other and you comment on the frame and saddle.  That’s cracked me up mate.

  9. @Mike_P

    @Teocalli

    @norm

    Casual Deliberate 1938 style.

    Claud Butler – Nice. With a sprung saddle too.

    So here’s this guy eating his lunch, one foot strapped in and steering with the other and you comment on the frame and saddle. That’s cracked me up mate.

    Not sure about the tights and shoes, but I’d kill for that sweater.  As for the skill required top ride one-legged, steer with one foot and eat with one hand while looking beyond cool is little short of awesome.

  10. @frank Also quite fun to chase down a rider…slowly coast into view next to them as you announce your presence…and then sit up [no hands on the bars] and leisurely stretch out the back. Toasting them as you take a sip from your bidon would be pretty freaking sublime, but doing just the first two drains my well of on-bike talent.

  11. @Adrian

    Sprint so fast you lost your bidon…..? Or just too casual a ride to carry water?

    ahhhh, it was a photo shoot. I knew I could spend more time on the internets looking for a good photo than to just go out and shoot a decent one. And we didn’t have time to actually go out on a ride afterward. I’m not @pedale, I always go out with a bidon.

  12. @The Pressure

    O contraire…beautiful whip! What kind and size stem might I ask?

    Grazie, ebay is a wondrous thing. It’s a Ritchey classic stem and bars. It measures at 125mm (?!). Later I put some Chris King silver headset spacers under the stem so it’s all one color. 

  13. @scaler911  @Nate

    Maybe it would be cooler to be rolling your own while waiting for people to catch up.

    @ChrissyOne  Thanks. Gadzooks it right! Serotta does not mess about. I lusted after a Colgano lugged carbone frame but this may be better. It’s custom made, the original owner was smaller than I am, yet it fits me well.  And he kept it in perfect shape. Chapeau to him.

  14. @wiscot

    Nice shot there Gianni. Adding to the superbly casual aspect of the image is the lack of a bottle or even anything substantial the rear pockets. The Cipo-like ciggie is very old school too! The look on your face says “damn, now where did I put my lighter?” I guess that how you roll on Maui, non?

    Actually, that is not far from the truth. Not me, as I’ve never smoked real cigarettes but the fake ones amuse me endlessly. But I do roll with a crowd of amazing cyclists here who do not fear some maui-wowie on a long road ride. Again, not me, I can crash in a wet corner without, thank you very much.

    Here is an alternate photo, where it looks like I am taking a big drag. Me and Cipo!

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    @wiscot

    Nice shot there Gianni. Adding to the superbly casual aspect of the image is the lack of a bottle or even anything substantial the rear pockets. The Cipo-like ciggie is very old school too! The look on your face says “damn, now where did I put my lighter?” I guess that how you roll on Maui, non?

    Actually, that is not far from the truth. Not me, as I’ve never smoked real cigarettes but the fake ones amuse me endlessly. But I do roll with a crowd of amazing cyclists here who do not fear some maui-wowie on a long road ride. Again, not me, I can crash in a wet corner without, thank you very much.

    Here is an alternate photo, where it looks like I am taking a big drag. Me and Cipo!

    Jesus those calves!  My two calves put together would still only be half of one of yours.  Fuckin calf envy right here, Mate!

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    start_el('?display_element(Object(stdClass), Array, 1, 0, Array, '?@Buck Rogers

    @Gianni

    @wiscot

    Nice shot there Gianni. Adding to the superbly casual aspect of the image is the lack of a bottle or even anything substantial the rear pockets. The Cipo-like ciggie is very old school too! The look on your face says “damn, now where did I put my lighter?” I guess that how you roll on Maui, non?

    Actually, that is not far from the truth. Not me, as I’ve never smoked real cigarettes but the fake ones amuse me endlessly. But I do roll with a crowd of amazing cyclists here who do not fear some maui-wowie on a long road ride. Again, not me, I can crash in a wet corner without, thank you very much.

    Here is an alternate photo, where it looks like I am taking a big drag. Me and Cipo!

    Jesus those calves! My two calves put together would still only be half of one of yours. Fuckin calf envy right here, Mate!

    Me too.  I have always been in the “pathetic calves” class.  @gianni they are a work of road art.

  17. @Buck Rogers   @Mike_P

    You lads can put your calf envy away. Mine are all show, handed down.  They don’t make me faster in any way. I’d rather have Frank’s “calves” and climb like him, maybe. Maybe not.

  18. Just last week I rolled up on 4 guys, with shoulders rocking, working really hard at 35kph. I had a clear lane and a mouthful of Clif Bar. I had been feeding at the 2hr mark when I approached these men who were exhibiting all the Rule V signs. I ‘lauded them. But, with on hand on the tops and the other holding the rest of my Clif Bar, I rang my Japanese-law required bell (ugh) and easily overtook them. I bowed my head slightly, as is customary here and a pretty damn cool tradition while encountering any cyclist in Japan. They returned and said nothing….and nor, did they show a sign of cracking. In my Rule #80 moment, they displayed their own version in the face of certain defeat. After I finished my food, I decided to sit up and offer my wheel as a friendly show of respect.

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    @wiscot

    Nice shot there Gianni. Adding to the superbly casual aspect of the image is the lack of a bottle or even anything substantial the rear pockets. The Cipo-like ciggie is very old school too! The look on your face says “damn, now where did I put my lighter?” I guess that how you roll on Maui, non?

    Actually, that is not far from the truth. Not me, as I’ve never smoked real cigarettes but the fake ones amuse me endlessly. But I do roll with a crowd of amazing cyclists here who do not fear some maui-wowie on a long road ride. Again, not me, I can crash in a wet corner without, thank you very much.

    Here is an alternate photo, where it looks like I am taking a big drag. Me and Cipo!

    The first time we came to Maui, Gianni and his VMH show us through the apartment we’d be staying in; here is the bathroom, the towels, here is the kitchen, the beer, here is the coffee, and here are your fake cigarettes. At Casa Andrews, the faux cig is as crucial to the Good Life as a good beer.

    Gianni is so good at it that he can make all the expressions of taking a drag, while still exhaling in order to make the smoke come out. Its truly a talent. I am 90% sure he rides with one at all times. I am 100% sure he drives with one at all times; every car they have has a stock of them.

    And those blokes we did the East Maui Loop Cogal with, smoking dope halfway around and still being able to kill it on the climbs. Unbelievable to my wee brain.

  20. It’s been said that Gianni’s Serotta is easily the nicest Keeper bike. I agree. His calves aint bad neither.

  21. @bugleboy21

    After I finished my food, I decided to sit up and offer my wheel as a friendly show of respect.

    And much respect to you for your noble deed..

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    start_el('?display_element(Object(stdClass), Array, 1, 0, Array, '?@Mike_P

    @Buck Rogers

    @Gianni

    @wiscot

    Nice shot there Gianni. Adding to the superbly casual aspect of the image is the lack of a bottle or even anything substantial the rear pockets. The Cipo-like ciggie is very old school too! The look on your face says “damn, now where did I put my lighter?” I guess that how you roll on Maui, non?

    Actually, that is not far from the truth. Not me, as I’ve never smoked real cigarettes but the fake ones amuse me endlessly. But I do roll with a crowd of amazing cyclists here who do not fear some maui-wowie on a long road ride. Again, not me, I can crash in a wet corner without, thank you very much.

    Here is an alternate photo, where it looks like I am taking a big drag. Me and Cipo!

    Jesus those calves! My two calves put together would still only be half of one of yours. Fuckin calf envy right here, Mate!

    Me too. I have always been in the “pathetic calves” class. @gianni they are a work of road art.

    My calves look like that under the wookie suit.

  23. @Gianni

    @scaler911 @Nate

    Maybe it would be cooler to be rolling your own while waiting for people to catch up.

    @ChrissyOne Thanks. Gadzooks it right! Serotta does not mess about. I lusted after a Colgano lugged Carbone frame but this may be better. It’s custom made, the original owner was smaller than I am, yet it fits me well. And he kept it in perfect shape. Chapeau to him.

    @frank

    Years ago I was warming up on the rollers for the state hill climb champs. The van parked next to me opened up and three dudes roll out Spicoli style after they’d hot boxed it in there. So stoned they could barely see straight. I took the second step to one of them.

  24. @Rom get them shaved like they should be and prove it then :-)

  25. @Mike_P

    @Rom get them shaved like they should be and prove it then :-)

    I’ve heard they will look even bigger once shaved. I’ve  tried that with other body parts and it seems to work. :)

  26. @Rom

    @Mike_P

    @Rom get them shaved like they should be and prove it then :-)

    I’ve heard they will look even bigger once shaved. I’ve tried that with other body parts and it seems to work. :)

    Imagined to be bigger…

  27. @scaler911

    @Gianni

    @scaler911 @Nate

    Maybe it would be cooler to be rolling your own while waiting for people to catch up.

    @ChrissyOne Thanks. Gadzooks it right! Serotta does not mess about. I lusted after a Colgano lugged Carbone frame but this may be better. It’s custom made, the original owner was smaller than I am, yet it fits me well. And he kept it in perfect shape. Chapeau to him.

    @frank

    Years ago I was warming up on the rollers for the state hill climb champs. The van parked next to me opened up and three dudes roll out Spicoli style after they’d hot boxed it in there. So stoned they could barely see straight. I took the second step to one of them.

    I love stories like that. Spicoli-style. So climbing and tasty buds work together? Sheeeit, maybe I need to see if it helps my climbing. Anything would, I can’t go any slower uphill right now.

  28. bah, if only I’d read this on Saturday morning I would have known exactly how to act when I took out our group’s Super Bonus Point World Championship with a devastating uphill sprint!

    I went for Frank’s classic locked arms & gentle spinning pose as the vanquished finally caught up, little did I know there was a dedicated move for such an event.

  29. @frank

    @Gianni

    @wiscot

    . At Casa Andrews, the faux cig is as crucial to the Good Life as a good beer.

    I’m confused by all the talk of fake cigarettes. It is making me question the whole ethos of being a Velominati.

    The underlying principle you espouse is “do it properly”. eg. Don’t pretend to be a pro rider by wearing current team kit. Don’t pretend to be a world champ by wearing the world championship jersey. I get that. That’s why I’ve just given a copy of The Rules to my 18 yr old son and told him to “digest” them, as they apply to life and not just to cycling.

    By allowing a fake fag surely you’ll then allow me to keep an empty bottle of a flemish ale so that those times I can’t actually get one I could fill it up with a (whisper it) dark English beer and thus pretend I’m drinking the liquid of the Gods? And that way madness lies……….. I could get a cheap far eastern steel frame and get it painted with Bianchi colours and logo…….where does it end?

    Either smoke a cigarette, and accept all the potential downsides, or don’t.

    Or am I missing something?

    Cheers,

    David

  30. Wearing my Velominati top on Beach Rd recently I was caning it at the front of a small group thru Sandringham, Brighton and Elwood. Ensuring I stayed at the front, my stroke constant, not looking around, timing  traffic lights to perfection. My heart and lungs ready to implode, no fucker was going to pass this Rule #5 exemplar. Eventually I casually sat up and the group rolled thru; one rider looked at me and uttered one word, “Mercx”…my work was done.

  31. @Gianni In 1998 a Canadian named Ross Rebagliati won the first ever Olympic gold medal in snowboarding.  He was stripped of this award after testing positive for BC kush. However the medal was returned after officials determined that the drug might not be enhancing?  Smoke-em if you got em!

  32. @davidlhill

    @frank

    @Gianni

    @wiscot

    . At Casa Andrews, the faux cig is as crucial to the Good Life as a good beer.

    I’m confused by all the talk of fake cigarettes. It is making me question the whole ethos of being a Velominati.

    The underlying principle you espouse is “do it properly”. eg. Don’t pretend to be a pro rider by wearing current team kit. Don’t pretend to be a world champ by wearing the world championship jersey. I get that. That’s why I’ve just given a copy of The Rules to my 18 yr old son and told him to “digest” them, as they apply to life and not just to cycling.

    By allowing a fake fag surely you’ll then allow me to keep an empty bottle of a flemish ale so that those times I can’t actually get one I could fill it up with a (whisper it) dark English beer and thus pretend I’m drinking the liquid of the Gods? And that way madness lies……….. I could get a cheap far eastern steel frame and get it painted with Bianchi colours and logo…….where does it end?

    Either smoke a cigarette, and accept all the potential downsides, or don’t.

    Or am I missing something?

    Cheers,

    David

    It’s not about pretending world champ or pro its about don’t be an obvious douch. Therefore painting the cheapo bike Bianchi Celeste* or filling a Belgium empty with swill is just wrong, smoking a fake cigi as you chill is just frigging funny.

    *An exception is painting the 753 Team Raliegh Bianchi Celeste because your riding for a Bianchi sponsored team and you love the Raliegh like your second skin but the team was low budget and did not get the top of the line Bianchi’s…

  33. @Gianni Size appropriate, yes!  Can someone explain the need for child size bikes?  Thank you.

  34. About to disappear for some holiday R&R tomorrow. I just want to wish all Velominati around the world happy and safe holidays and I look forward to another 12 months of enlightenment and entertainment courtesy of the Keepers.

    Over the holidays I’ll forego the Belgian ale on favor of some Spotted Cow from here in WI. http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/index.cfm/beers/ourbeers/beer/spotted-cow

  35. @davidlhill

    What you’re missing is that he’s just taking the piss, another thing the Velominati are rather fond of doing.

  36. @frank

    I get taking the piss – oh christ yes. That is totally velominati compliant.

    But what I don’t get is having  stash of said offending items in the house (why? To take the piss on a daily basis?).

    I don’t get setting up a photo with said offending items to recreate an image from the 40’s or 50’s.

    I realise I’m arguing against a pair of keepers and hence I’m wrong, but still……

    Cheers,

    David

    PS had to have an afternoon with prime Australian Shiraz to help me cope with the imagary…..

  37. On another note entirely (and apologies if this has been posted elsewhere already), HardTalk interview with Cavenmaybecanin2014 here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-25403183. Gives quite a good account if himself.

    Felice Navidad, all.

  38. @stumpy

    @Gianni Size appropriate, yes! Can someone explain the need for child size bikes? Thank you.

    So we can all have seatposts the size of franks, ha ha!

    my Christmas gift to you all, a rare farmer joke that doesn’t involve, sheep, cows, pigs or tractors!

  39. Oh Aunti Ewe…da-a-a-a-a dys home!

  40. @davidlhill

    You are over-thinking this, easily done here at Velominati.com. The fake cigs are just a laugh. Cigs are so anti-athlete that the juxtaposition is funny to me. I’ve maybe smoked one cig in my life, young and drunk, resulting in beer everywhere. The fake ones are handy if you want to look as ridiculous as a real smoker, again, for a laugh.

    The cigarette in the photo is there just for fun.

  41. @Rob

    It’s not about pretending world champ or pro its about don’t be an obvious douch. Therefore painting the cheapo bike Bianchi Celeste* or filling a Belgium empty with swill is just wrong, smoking a fake cigi as you chill is just frigging funny.

    *An exception is painting the 753 Team Raliegh Bianchi Celeste because your riding for a Bianchi sponsored team and you love the Raliegh like your second skin but the team was low budget and did not get the top of the line Bianchi’s…

    Rob, your painting your killer Raleigh celeste green to match the sponsored team’s Bianchis is a tradition as old as professional cycling. It’s like Maerten’s admitting he never rode a Flandria as his were always repainted Gios frames. You are cool.

  42. No, no, no, Gianni I WAS TRYING to be cool but I never have been and now it’s too late! As evidence for the jury I submit image number 1. Note the perspiration, the 53 x 17 and how I was too cheap (and I did not want to sully my beautiful Raliegh further) to put on Bianchi decals…  please don’t mention the quick release…

    I can’t remember the kids name, he came up to New England for the bigger races, not Keifal, Demegen or Rogers… Or was it?

  43. @Deakus

    Awesome photo. I love to do this to the kids!

    Hilarious! The VMW and I were in tears! Dropped the kids on the first hill..

  44. @Rob

    Sensi, you were very cool. Great photo: the purple and white hairnet, leather Merckxian gloves, stealth bike. And you are looking very casual as you work that dude from the Raleigh team. That guy was not so versed in Bruce Lee, Miyamoto Musashi or pillow talk. I’m sure you beat him in the sprint.

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    No, no, no, Gianni I WAS TRYING to be cool but I never have been and now it’s too late! As evidence for the jury I submit image number 1. Note the perspiration, the 53 x 17 and how I was too cheap (and I did not want to sully my beautiful Raliegh further) to put on Bianchi decals… please don’t mention the quick release…

    I can’t remember the kids name, he came up to New England for the bigger races, not Keifal, Demegen or Rogers… Or was it?

    That’s not a legit TI-Raleigh kit riding next to you, is it? Or was it a US team trying to look like the classic?

    This photo is absolutely everything I hold as Looking Fantastic. I”m still waiting for you to write your Guestie on nailing on cleats.

    The best thing about this photo is that, riding a 53×17 (sure its not a 52?), you are CROSSED. I climb in a 53×17 with a solid 3-4 cogs to spare before crossing. That’s a man’s block; 6 speeds, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. Allez la douze.

  46. @unversio

    @Rom

    @Mike_P

    @Rom get them shaved like they should be and prove it then :-)

    I’ve heard they will look even bigger once shaved. I’ve tried that with other body parts and it seems to work. :)

    Imagined to be bigger…

    Perception is everything

  47. @Gianni  that image of the few I have is a favorite. The hairnet came from a summer spent in London working and only doing club races (couldnt get into open races) and was bought at Condors on Grays Inn Road, it’s their shop colors. The gloves were my favorite Itailan jobs, paper thin and great for summer racing. The shoes, the shoes… I miss the shoes.

    @frank CRCofA,  Century Road Club of America out of NY or NJ, the oldest club and its roster is a venerable list of US racing. I wish I could remember who he was, someone will. Ironically, they were my club because my Sensei belonged but since I was from Boston I never even talked to the big boys from the mothership. By then I was riding for a small team we put together in Boston, Classic Wine/Laughing Alley. Affectionately known as the Classic Whiners!

    I think by then I had  discovered the 53 and I might even have had a seven in back? But either way no 12 back then, thats why the 53 was cool. Pretty sure I was running something like a 13- 19 for a flat crit. Remember we could pick and choose our cogs! I’d throw on a 21 for hills.

    Yes, will get going on nailed on cleats and the cross over from wool to Lycra!

  48. Just got this from my sister for Christmas (after sorting through Dad’s old slides). Rule #80 adherence since 1968.

    “Come on- what are we waiting for??”

    Note: Possible other rule infractions may be evident

    VLVV – Merry Xmas and a hard New Year

  49. @asyax  Cool image! The look is killer and really I can’t see any infractions, tan lines – crisp, bike looks in perfect order although the stem could get slammed… Maybe those early Areospoke wheels are a bit dodgy but definitely ahead of their time!

    Merry, Merry to one and all!

    “- and a hard New Year” ++1

  50. Looking good, Gianni. Nice new kit, and the bike is looking proper. I like those Ritchey stems and finish, but a pal has the bars and the bend of them seems a little odd. Maybe I haven’t been at it long enough to appreciate their Class.

    Wow, a purple and white hairnet and a full-out sprint. That is a great photograph. I hope it hangs proudly in your shop or hell, right in your living room.

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