The Rules: The Way of the Cycling Disciple

The Way of the Cycling Disciple: Publication & e-Book Sampler

The Way of the Cycling Disciple: Publication & e-Book Sampler

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Every once in a while, you stumble across a quote that changes your outlook on how you approach life. Of course, this requires that one does a good deal of “reading”, which is a problem for me, as reading anything that isn’t Cycling-related feels the same as doing “work”. I do the odd bit of it nevertheless, and in a recent such episode, I encountered a quote by Tommy Edison, inventer of several handy contraptions, including the lightbulb and motion picture:

Vision without execution is hallucination.

This brilliantly points out the fact that merely having an idea is nothing without the conversion of that idea into a tangible result. That, of course, is the elusive and difficult bit, but it is also the fun bit. Taking an idea from concept to reality is one of the most exciting and rewarding things a person can do.

It was about this time last year that James Spackman approached me via email and suggested we put a proposal together to do a book on The Rules. We loved the notion of this, and the Keepers set about putting a concept around this abstract notion, and a plan for how we might accomplish it. James provided feedback and guidance on how best to frame the concept, and led us through the proposal process. The proposal was approved, they made us an offer, we signed a contract, and turned around to stare down the business end of 70,000 unwritten words. Little by litte, we chipped away at it, and today, I am very happy to announce that the book has gone from concept to manuscript to editing to printing. What you see here are photographs of the actual book, printed and ready for sale on June 20, 2013. A free eBook Sampler with extracts from the book will be available free from June 6 to June 19. (Incidentally, the book will initially be published in the UK and Commonwealth countries; the US release of the book is expected in the Spring of 2014 through our US Publisher, WW Norton.)

The Rules stands apart from many blog-to-book concepts, where a book is little more than a re-publication of the blog’s archives. It was important to us that if people are paying for a book, that they are getting something they haven’t already read for free online. We also wanted to take advantage of the wonderful experience one has when reading a book; the sound and feel of a hard cover, the texture of quality paper, the creaking of the spine as you turn the pages, and the smell of the whole package.

The format of the book is very different from how The Rules are presented on Velominati. The book is organized into V sections, with each of The Rules aligned into one of them. The sections all have an introduction, and for every Rule, a passage has been written that either provides history or in some other way justifies the Rule, or provides an anecdote from our various lives as Velominati that might provide insight into why that particular Rule is in existence. The entire text is framed with a Prologue and Finale and topped off with an introduction by my personal Cycling Writer Hero, Will Fotheringham. With the exception of a paragraph here or there that was borrowed from our archives, the entire book is comprised of new material.

It gives us tremendous pleasure to see this project come to life as a real, tangible book. Special thanks to Sceptre Books for taking a chance on us. Words can’t describe our appreciation of our editor, Drummond Moir, who was the most incredibly patient man and guided us expertly through the process of write a great book. (Sorry for having accused you of being English, mate.) Thanks to Nikki Barrow, our publicist in the UK; keep your ears on the papers, radio and television waves as the fruits of her labors come to light. Finally, thanks to the Community for making this such a fun place that someone might want to do a book in the first place, and for tolerating our dull writing on account of all our creative powers having been drained into the book. I also suppose this means that the V Keepers should start considering themselves writers or, worse, authors. Strange to say the least, especially since I have always considered myself a software developer.

Keep your eye on the Sceptre Facebook and Twitter for the latest, and everyone rush to your nearest bookseller on June 20 to pick up your copy.

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  1. @Nate

    Father’s day card from my older kid; I don’t think he understands Festum Prophetae yet but he will.

    Is that a drawing of you or Cyclops? Are they acquainted?

  2. @Mrs Engine

    @Chris

    @Mrs Engine

    @strathlubnaig

    @the Engine

    A perfect Father’s day: long ride for The Prophet’s birthday, Enginettes and a copy of the Rules

    Nice one ! And no beer either.

    As you can see, I was on my 2nd glass of rose by the time he arrived, fed up waiting. But, its was all worth it to see his happy face. Rowan was obviously making the sign of Rule #5 and not taking the piss.

    Why is the Engine family eating off bits of the roof?

    Cause he was gonna have a night on the tiles…….

    Boom Boom !!…. which Enginette is doing the live long and prosper ? (or is it Na-Nu-Na-Nu ??)

  3. @wiscot I am told that is me.  I don’t see how he could have met @Cyclops, but maybe he can chime in.

  4. @wiscot

    @Nate

    Father’s day card from my older kid; I don’t think he understands Festum Prophetae yet but he will.

    Is that a drawing of you or Cyclops? Are they acquainted?

    Well, Deacon #1 IS red and I usually do have flames shooting out of my ass so it could definitely be me.

  5. @strathlubnaig

    @ErikdR

    @the Engine Impressive how you pretty much managed to match the colour scheme of your jersey to that of the Sacred Tome. It’s all about details like that, I reckon…

    What does it say on that jersey, anyway – apart from ‘fi’zi:k’)? It reminds me in a way of the garment(s) that @cyclops and his teammate were flying in the lead photo to the excellent ‘Cyclops VSP’ article (from 8 juli 2011) – practically the same colour scheme, but the wingy-thingies on the shoulder are larger on Cyclops’ outfit. (Either that, or you are twice the size of @cyclops, and the wing-things look comparatively smaller)

    That’s his club jersey, some second rate outfit called rock n road from bridge of allan I believe. It is actually red & black, but he sweated the red into an orangey shade, suits him though.

    OK, cheers @strathlubnaig. Rock ‘n Road, hm? Good name.

    Speaking of names: does the Gaelic-sounding moniker that you use in this community mean or symbolize anything? (Don’t want to come across as prying, and I’m fully aware that it’s none of my business – but I’ve always been fascinated by the Gaelic language for some reason…)

  6. @ErikdR Well just along the road from us here in west Perthshire is Loch Lubnaig, which is a pleasant stretch of fresh water filling a narrowish glen, Lubnaig is Gaelic for Crooked, which describes it’s general shape as it bends around the hills to the NW. Strath of course is Gaelic for a wide or larger Glen (it is really Srath, but we wont get pedantic). My street is also named after the loch. And so, in the manner of our highland ancestors, I have taken the moniker Strathlubnaig to describe the area where I inhabit, for now. Thanks for your interest.

  7. @the Engine

    A perfect Father’s day: long ride for The Prophet’s birthday, Enginettes and a copy of the Rules

    Great photo, but please tell me that’s not a Rule #51 violation on your arm!!

  8. @Sauterelle

    @the Engine

    A perfect Father’s day: long ride for The Prophet’s birthday, Enginettes and a copy of the Rules

    Great photo, but please tell me that’s not a Rule #51 violation on your arm!!

    I think that is his hospital ID tag, they only let him out for the day.

  9. @strathlubnaig

    Great, thanks. Nice name. (while reading that it refers to a body of water, I couldn’t help being reminded of that town in Wales with the crazy long name – Llanfairpwwll… etcetera. Part of that name means something along the lines of ‘fierce whirlpool’ or similar, if I remember correctly.) Wonderful language, Gaelic.

  10. @frank

    @the Engine

    A perfect Father’s day: long ride for The Prophet’s birthday, Enginettes and a copy of the Rules

    Either you’ve gotten really good at photoshop or you’ve lost some weight. Probably caused by the acquisition of the book – spontaneous dropping of one stone was part of the design concept.

    I must have a dud copy, I’ve put on a kilogram or two since I got it.

  11. I have had “The Tome” 2 days and with the addition of Rule #92 it is already out of date…..I demand a reprint!

  12. @Chris

    @ChrisL

    After almost of year of hardcore lurking, I arrived home from my Saturday ride to a copy of ‘The Rules’ on my doorstep.

    I felt this was obviously fate and I needed to finally register and tell you all about it.

    Also my username was chosen purely to further confuse the ‘Chris/ChrisO’ situation. Enjoy.

    Too fucking right it’s confusing! My surname is Lawrence!

    I’m Chris, and so is my wife…

  13. @meursault

    @Chris

    @ChrisL

    After almost of year of hardcore lurking, I arrived home from my Saturday ride to a copy of ‘The Rules’ on my doorstep.

    I felt this was obviously fate and I needed to finally register and tell you all about it.

    Also my username was chosen purely to further confuse the ‘Chris/ChrisO’ situation. Enjoy.

    Too fucking right it’s confusing! My surname is Lawrence!

    I’m Chris, and so is my wife…

    Maybe you’re more confused than I am (which is quite an achievement in itself) but your name is Simon, isn’t it?

  14. @frank – weight loss driven chiefly by riding my fucking bike with some added stress from @MrsEngine and the Enginettes to keep me honest. Book did account for part of the loss in body mass as I was unable to at whilst reading it.

    @Chris – my cycling habit has impoverished the tribe so much that we are now reduced to scavenging bird poop from salvaged roofing materials – this also accounts for the weight loss. If I had eaten the book I would also have put weight on.

    @Sauterelle – that is an identity tag as earlier in the day I had been doing this with @upthetrossachs – basically riding my fucking bike – which is what I believe its all about

    @ErikDr – also gives a better view of the wingy things and the name of our mighty club. 

  15. @the Engine you Scots been taking some short length recommendations from COTHO? Straying on the long side of the Goldilocks principal there…

  16. @Chris

    @meursault

    @Chris

    @ChrisL

    After almost of year of hardcore lurking, I arrived home from my Saturday ride to a copy of ‘The Rules’ on my doorstep.

    I felt this was obviously fate and I needed to finally register and tell you all about it.

    Also my username was chosen purely to further confuse the ‘Chris/ChrisO’ situation. Enjoy.

    Too fucking right it’s confusing! My surname is Lawrence!

    I’m Chris, and so is my wife…

    Maybe you’re more confused than I am (which is quite an achievement in itself) but your name is Simon, isn’t it?

    Busted! I is indeed Simon, and yes, I am in touch with my feminine side, but not crossing over to it (yet).

  17. @Mikael Liddy

    @the Engine you Scots been taking some short length recommendations from COTHO? Straying on the long side of the Goldilocks principal there…

    Mine are club issue so there’s not much I can do unless I visit a tailor – I’m not sure what @upthetrossach’s excuse is though

  18. @the Engine

    Maybe you are both descendants of a rare breed of short-legged Scottish hobbits, so that standard-issue bib shorts look disproportionally long on the BFG’s? (But you wouldn’t think so, judging from the length of that head tube on your bike…)

    But seriously: Nice Picture – looks like liberal sprinklings of V are being dispensed there.

  19. @the Engine

    @frank – weight loss driven chiefly by riding my fucking bike with some added stress from @MrsEngine and the Enginettes to keep me honest. Book did account for part of the loss in body mass as I was unable to at whilst reading it.

    @Chris – my cycling habit has impoverished the tribe so much that we are now reduced to scavenging bird poop from salvaged roofing materials – this also accounts for the weight loss. If I had eaten the book I would also have put weight on.

    @Sauterelle – that is an identity tag as earlier in the day I had been doing this with @upthetrossachs – basically riding my fucking bike – which is what I believe its all about

    @ErikDr – also gives a better view of the wingy things and the name of our mighty club.

    Wait, you mean you’ve had TWO sunny days in Scotland this year? (This one and the Cogal) Hells bells, must be a lot of wee lassies running around with 3r degree burns after exposing their lily-white flesh to the sun. I think if you get three sunny days you’ve officially had a summer, right?

  20. @ErikdR

    @the Engine

    Maybe you are both descendants of a rare breed of short-legged Scottish hobbits, so that standard-issue bib shorts look disproportionally long on the BFG’s? (But you wouldn’t think so, judging from the length of that head tube on your bike…)

    But seriously: Nice Picture – looks like liberal sprinklings of V are being dispensed there.

    Talking of hobbits – as I may have mentioned elsewhere, I’m still having nightmares about being chased down the road by Dobby……

  21. @UptheTrossachs

    @ErikdR

    @the Engine

    Maybe you are both descendants of a rare breed of short-legged Scottish hobbits, so that standard-issue bib shorts look disproportionally long on the BFG’s? (But you wouldn’t think so, judging from the length of that head tube on your bike…)

    But seriously: Nice Picture – looks like liberal sprinklings of V are being dispensed there.

    Talking of hobbits – as I may have mentioned elsewhere, I’m still having nightmares about being chased down the road by Dobby……

    Hmm, yes; I see what you’re getting at, I think. Someone apparently gave the house-elf behind you a sock (whether voluntarily or not, is still to be debated) and now the creature is FREE. Oh my….

  22. @wiscot

    @the Engine

    @frank – weight loss driven chiefly by riding my fucking bike with some added stress from @MrsEngine and the Enginettes to keep me honest. Book did account for part of the loss in body mass as I was unable to at whilst reading it.

    @Chris – my cycling habit has impoverished the tribe so much that we are now reduced to scavenging bird poop from salvaged roofing materials – this also accounts for the weight loss. If I had eaten the book I would also have put weight on.

    @Sauterelle – that is an identity tag as earlier in the day I had been doing this with @upthetrossachs – basically riding my fucking bike – which is what I believe its all about

    @ErikDr – also gives a better view of the wingy things and the name of our mighty club.

    Wait, you mean you’ve had TWO sunny days in Scotland this year? (This one and the Cogal) Hells bells, must be a lot of wee lassies running around with 3r degree burns after exposing their lily-white flesh to the sun. I think if you get three sunny days you’ve officially had a summer, right?

    For what it’s worth: the first serious cycling holiday of my life (three weeks), took place in Northern England and Scotland. (We’re talking the late seventies here, so it’s quite possible that the sun was in a different quadrant of the Milky Way, or something) – but nevertheless: in splendid defiance of what EVERYBODY had been telling us in advance about the weather in Scotland being terrible at all times, we experienced a week-and-a-half of beautiful sunshine and only one or two mild showers. And that being the case, I honestly don’t think I have ever cycled through landscapes as magnificent as the ones offered by Bonny Caledonia. It is truly breathtaking up there – and highly recommendable

  23. There’s now at least 2 copies of THE RULES in Northern California.

  24. When I typed “The Rules” in Google, this is what came up:

    “Why Men Love Bitches”

    “He’s Just Not That Into You”

    “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man”

    …and other such drivel!  ACK!!!

  25. I was delighted to find my copy in the mail upon arriving home. With extra noisy children running about, I’ll mount my new ‘cross tyres (father’s day presents) this afternoon and read in a quiet house this evening.

    Thank you to the keepers.

    Vive la Vie Velominatus

  26. Ride then read.

  27. My book arrived today!  All the way to Toronto in just 5 days!  It’s just terrific…my only regret is that I didn’t order two more copies…I have a couple of friends that could use a little push in the right direction!

  28. @ErikdR

    @wiscot

    @the Engine

    @frank – weight loss driven chiefly by riding my fucking bike with some added stress from @MrsEngine and the Enginettes to keep me honest. Book did account for part of the loss in body mass as I was unable to at whilst reading it.

    @Chris – my cycling habit has impoverished the tribe so much that we are now reduced to scavenging bird poop from salvaged roofing materials – this also accounts for the weight loss. If I had eaten the book I would also have put weight on.

    @Sauterelle – that is an identity tag as earlier in the day I had been doing this with @upthetrossachs – basically riding my fucking bike – which is what I believe its all about

    @ErikDr – also gives a better view of the wingy things and the name of our mighty club.

    Wait, you mean you’ve had TWO sunny days in Scotland this year? (This one and the Cogal) Hells bells, must be a lot of wee lassies running around with 3r degree burns after exposing their lily-white flesh to the sun. I think if you get three sunny days you’ve officially had a summer, right?

    For what it’s worth: the first serious cycling holiday of my life (three weeks), took place in Northern England and Scotland. (We’re talking the late seventies here, so it’s quite possible that the sun was in a different quadrant of the Milky Way, or something) – but nevertheless: in splendid defiance of what EVERYBODY had been telling us in advance about the weather in Scotland being terrible at all times, we experienced a week-and-a-half of beautiful sunshine and only one or two mild showers. And that being the case, I honestly don’t think I have ever cycled through landscapes as magnificent as the ones offered by Bonny Caledonia. It is truly breathtaking up there – and highly recommendable

    Tis truly a bonny place. I lived there for 27 years before relocating stateside. We used to have time trials that ran up the side of Loch Lomond and another (the Tour of the Trossachs) that started in Aberfoyle and went up the Duke’s Pass to Callendar then back over the Braes of Greenock to Aberfoyle. Stunning scenery. The Trossachs TT was a real tough ride. Low 40kms I think. Nary a bit of flat road on the whole thing with some killer climbs. The Loch Lomond TTs were twisty and gently undulating. Not a course for a fast time.

  29. The result of believing your VMH when she says “fine” when you say you’re going out on your bike

  30. @the Engine @Mrs Engine seems to be a very switched on member of the community, are you sure it wasn’t that she’s deeply embarrassed by the number of spacers your sporting?

  31. @wiscot

    @ErikdR

    @wiscot

    @the Engine

    @frank – weight loss driven chiefly by riding my fucking bike with some added stress from @MrsEngine and the Enginettes to keep me honest. Book did account for part of the loss in body mass as I was unable to at whilst reading it.

    @Chris – my cycling habit has impoverished the tribe so much that we are now reduced to scavenging bird poop from salvaged roofing materials – this also accounts for the weight loss. If I had eaten the book I would also have put weight on.

    @Sauterelle – that is an identity tag as earlier in the day I had been doing this with @upthetrossachs – basically riding my fucking bike – which is what I believe its all about

    @ErikDr – also gives a better view of the wingy things and the name of our mighty club.

    Wait, you mean you’ve had TWO sunny days in Scotland this year? (This one and the Cogal) Hells bells, must be a lot of wee lassies running around with 3r degree burns after exposing their lily-white flesh to the sun. I think if you get three sunny days you’ve officially had a summer, right?

    For what it’s worth: the first serious cycling holiday of my life (three weeks), took place in Northern England and Scotland. (We’re talking the late seventies here, so it’s quite possible that the sun was in a different quadrant of the Milky Way, or something) – but nevertheless: in splendid defiance of what EVERYBODY had been telling us in advance about the weather in Scotland being terrible at all times, we experienced a week-and-a-half of beautiful sunshine and only one or two mild showers. And that being the case, I honestly don’t think I have ever cycled through landscapes as magnificent as the ones offered by Bonny Caledonia. It is truly breathtaking up there – and highly recommendable

    Tis truly a bonny place. I lived there for 27 years before relocating stateside. We used to have time trials that ran up the side of Loch Lomond and another (the Tour of the Trossachs) that started in Aberfoyle and went up the Duke’s Pass to Callendar then back over the Braes of Greenock to Aberfoyle. Stunning scenery. The Trossachs TT was a real tough ride. Low 40kms I think. Nary a bit of flat road on the whole thing with some killer climbs. The Loch Lomond TTs were twisty and gently undulating. Not a course for a fast time.

    The Trossachs Mountain TT is still going annually in the Fall. A lot of the greats won it, including our very own Robert Millar (78) and Obree (90). It started back in 1943. It certainly has a couple tough ascents on it.

  32. Waterstone’s stock The Rules in the UK – or at least the Chichester branch do.  There is no excuse!

  33. I don’t know who Boris Johnson is, or what the Conservative Party represents in the UK (I’m an American, Merckxdamnit, not a Doctor!) or even what FW Magazine is, but the cover photo of the last issue featured him being all Casually Deliberate with a copy of The Rules on his desk. It makes my head bleed trying to understand what it going on here.

    Story at FT.com.

  34. @frank

    I don’t know who Boris Johnson is, or what the Conservative Party represents in the UK (I’m an American, Merckxdamnit, not a Doctor!) or even what FW Magazine is, but the cover photo of the last issue featured him being all Casually Deliberate with a copy of The Rules on his desk. It makes my head bleed trying to understand what it going on here.

    Story at FT.com.

    I’ve just had a trouser accident…

  35. @frank I think he’s some fucking pom politician.

  36. @the Engine, @frank, @Nate – He is the Mayor of London and a true character.  The Libs despise him and the Conservatives tolerate him.  He can be hysterical and the fact that he has the Rules on his desk is a PR coup.  I am sure that some of the Brit Velominati will have a more colorful description of Mayor Johnson. And; yes, he qualifies as some fucking pom politician. The FT Weekend Magazine is the magazine that comes in the weekend edition of the FInancial Times – the Brit equivalent of the Wall Street Journal.

  37. @frank

    I don’t know who Boris Johnson is, or what the Conservative Party represents in the UK (I’m an American, Merckxdamnit, not a Doctor!) or even what FW Magazine is, but the cover photo of the last issue featured him being all Casually Deliberate with a copy of The Rules on his desk. It makes my head bleed trying to understand what it going on here.

    Story at FT.com.

    Boris Johnson is the Boris of Boris Bike fame. He’s also the Mayor of London,

  38. @Nate

    @frank I think he’s some fucking pom politician.

    Indeed he is – however the kid has a certain popularity with the people of London

  39. It’s likely that he hasn’t taken on board all of the rules yet, this was him at the recent Ride London event that preceded the pro race

    Credit should be given for the fact that he rode the 160km course. If you’re going to ride with the #1 dossard, you’ve got to go the distance.

  40. @Chris – That helmet $29.99; this picture – priceless!

  41. So which one of you planted that book on Mr. Johnson’s desk?  He clearly hasn’t had time to read it yet.

  42. We are officially releasing the book in the US in the Spring of 2014! Get psyched!

    http://books.wwnorton.com/books/spring2014/

  43. Officially psyched!

  44. Damn, that Boris ad and the WW Norton notice, what a world, what a world.

  45. Somehow I missed the Boris thread… that is fucking awesome. I don’t quite know how to explain it to you, but if you asked the average Brit to name 10 famous cyclists Boris would probably be in there.

    He has raised the profile of cycling more than any other politician in living memory, as he brought in the London hire-bike scheme, supports mass cycling events and expansion of cycling facilities, regularly cycles himself and defends the right to do so without a helmet, for which he has earned my undying admiration.

    Boris is an incredibly bright, well-educated and intellectual guy who affects a classic British upper-class eccentric daftness with a disarming charm and frankness, and people find the combination quite appealing.

    A little story to illustrate… some reporters recently did the old trick of asking politicians “How much is a loaf of bread” sort of thing, to see if they were out of touch with the common people.

    Our tosser of a Prime Minister (from much the same privileged background as Boris) got all flustered and started spouting about how he didn’t know because he had a bread-maker and baked his own bread.

    Boris on the other hand basically told them to stop being utterly ridiculous because he was the Mayor of London and did anyone think he bought his own bread/milk or whatever.

    Guess who got more kudos for their response.

  46. @Chris

     

    The next shot could have been interesting as Arnie appears to be about to grab a fistfull of what he probably thinks is rear brake……

  47. The US Amazon pre-order link is up already – looks great!

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Rules-Way-Cycling-Disciple/dp/0393242196/

  48. Got my copy Monday and have read each night, so far it has totally changed my view of the Velomanati. I admit to developing a mental picture about la Vie from the idiots using references to “The Rules” in fora, I was wrong in total. This is actually well reasoned and responsible thoughts, keep the tongue in cheek presentation in mind and it comes together for you. It is a pleasure so far and, I suspect will continue to be. Thanks for the enlightenment, sincerely.

  49. Be it known that Café Roubaix Bicycle Studio will soon have The Rules in stock.

    That is all.

  50. Maybe the question has already been posed but why can’t I purchase the kindle version?? I’m in America and looks like it’s only available in the UK?

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