- Gebundene Ausgabe: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Sceptre (20. Juni 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1444767518
- ISBN-13: 978-1444767513
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,4 x 2,7 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 170.899 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Rules: The Way of the Cycling Disciple (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 20. Juni 2013
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Velominati.com is one of the world's most popular and rapidly growing cycling websites. Blending unbridled passion, unparalleled expertise, international recognition and unashamed awesomeness, it boasts a loyal readership hailing from all corners of the globe, including the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Argentina, Chile, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, India, the Middle East, South Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world. The Velominati are: Frank Strack, founder and editor (Seattle); Aussie Brett Kennedy (Wellington, New Zealand); Gianni Andrews (Hawaii); and Marko Carlson (Minnesota).
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It's funny, it sets a very nice cycling mind set and offers a lot of information on the rich history of cycling.
Very easy reading recommended to all cyclists
"The Rules" gehört als Standardwerk zu jedem Rennradkauf beigelegt!
Etwas Abzug muss ich leider für die Kindle-Fassung geben. Die Schrift ist recht klein und lässt sich nicht vergrößern. Hier war man entweder faul oder zu sehr vom eigenen Design überzeugt, um sich um die Lesbarkeit zu scheren und so gilt #5 direkt bei Lesen.
Aber dennoch jedem Roadie empfohlen. Obey The Rules!
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Velominati is centred on the notion that this passion is the foundation for the enjoyment not only cycling, but life itself and that a sense of humour is a wonderful mechanism for developing and sustaining such a passion.
Although this is a book of rules it's through the rules that the humour really shines & as it states, you'd need to be a Velominazi to believe that the rules should be strictly adhered to. The rules are there as guidelines, points of discussion, style hints and traditions that have been merely formulated into words & then explained, reasoned and passionately argued, but with humour at the core.
Rule #12 - The correct number of bikes to own is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned - this equation can also be written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.
Rule #50 - Facial hair is to be carefully regulated. No full beards, no moustaches. Goatees are permitted only if your name starts with Marco and ends with Pantani, or if your head is intentionally or unintentionally bald. Also one may never shave on the morning of an important race, as it saps your virility, and you need that to kick @£$%.
Rule #24 - Speeds and distances shall be referred to in Kilometres, apart from allowing you to reference professional races in the proper context, it has the added bonus of making you appear to race faster & longer.
The ninety-one rules that feature in the published book, have evolved over the years on the website and are not in order of importance. Because of this when the book was put together it was decided to group them according to a theme creating five sections: The Disciple, The Ride, The Bike, The Aesthete, & The Hardmen. This gives the rules a heading to loosely follow allowing the velominati's philosophy to be expanded on, and for their knowledge and passion for what is not merely a sport, or a means of transport - but a way of life, that can be defined by their five principal aspects;
1) The best way to become a better cyclist is to ride your bike, as often & as serious as is possible
2) Its history is held in reverence, and the current culture is to be treated with the same humility as of those whose shoulders we stand upon.
3) Approach the sport with the wisdom that evolution is key to survival, that the way things were done, need not be how we do them. love the tradition, embrace the future.
4) We believe aesthetics play a key role in building motivation. In practising to become the best rider you can, you ride your bike through all the seasons & if you look the part, you will feel it, if you look good, you'll feel good.
5) This, the most important, is the believe that in order to best achieve the first four, you need a healthy and possibly sinister sense of humour.
The last one is also key to enjoying this book, I know this is an extremely niche book, but if you like cycling, with its style and heritage, its authenticity and wisdom you'll absolutely get and love this book.
This will improve your cycling better than any performance enhancing chemist's set, or any of the latest titanium/carbon fibre/latest wonder frame material and for a lot less cost.
For example, did you know that if you come upon a fellow rider who has turned her bike over to change a flat that you should ride by without stopping to help, nose in the air, because she is breaking Rule # 49? (It's for her own good.) Or that you should never get out of the big ring (Don't use your lower gears)? Rule #90. However, the bulk of the book is about fashion and grooming tips to maintain your virility while wearing spandex; no easy task to be sure. The author has acute fashion awareness and The Rules has more fashion commentary than any issue of GQ. Stop riding if your shorts, socks, and bike colors don't always match! Very bitchy! The book is less about the joy of riding a bike than it is about fitting in with the cool kids and although this Grandpa rides 180 miles a week, I have no desire to spend my bike time imitating the European pros of yesterday or trying to gain the approval of the fragile Velominati's sensitivity. By the way, the author never does specify the rational behind his leg shaving fetish, it's mainly because some old Euros did it first. I suspect it must make it easier to slip on the lovely stockings the author dons for post ride "alone time." Not that there's anything wrong with that.
If you want to learn a little more about the history and tradition of cycling, you can do better. More importantly, quit reading and go ride your bike! By the way, I wear Shimano Sandals (they clip in), no socks, and my handlebar tape is a beautifully mismatched orange. The Velominati, should he venture down here to Central Florida, will only be able to watch this old guy fly past him. Sure, he'll be offended by my lack of fashion sense and my hairy legs but he'll never be able to catch up with me. I never liked the cool kids.
The numerous typos and glitches are the result of poor editing. Because between cutting and pasting text off the website, centering the labels to their tires over the valve stem (Rule #40), and scowling at anyone with a seatbag (Rule #29), who has time to spot "Campagnola" (page 121), or that Rules 77 and 81 have the same intro?
Also, they need to ditch the crappy attitude taken toward fixie riders. When I got back into cycling several years ago after a long hiatus, I found that cycling and cyclists had changed, and not for the better. The attitudes were terrible. The first thing you notice is no one waves to each other anymore, unless they are all kitted out like Lance Armstrong on steroids... um, er... well, you take my meaning.
In my day, we didn't care if you were out on Geiger grade riding a Huffy cast-iron tubed mountain bike, wearing gym shorts and a wife-beater... you got a wave and a friendly tip of the head. The fixie crowd is mostly young, urban, and riding strictly for fun. They value spontaneity and individualism and what is wrong with that? They can be immature and make bad equipment choices, but that's exactly where age and experience can be brought to bear. It seems an odd position to take for the self-proclaimed "Keepers of the Cog" to hold hostility toward the sect that literally embraces the concept of a single-cog.
Maybe this is more a polytheist vs. monotheist kerfuffle.
I will say this for The Rules... they evoked passion in me, and that is all you can expect from a work of this caliber (caliper?). I was either nodding in agreement or furrowing my brow in anger.
Rules that provoked the former: 3 (especially as it *should* relate to fixie hipsters), 5 (also known succinctly as "The V"), 7, 9, 11 (even my wife chuckled), 12 (chuckled again), 14, 24, 25, 32, 51 (to quote a line from Jerry McGuire, "Finally, somebody said it!") 60 (obviously), 62, 64, 67, 80, 87, 90.
Rules that provoked the latter: 8, 26 (someone has way too much time on their hands...), 28 (white or flesh colored only), 29, 30 and 31 (repetitio est mater studiorum + nothing beats a Zefal HPX + CO2 contributes to global warming; not ozone depletion), 37, 57 (my fixie daily-driver is covered with these), 64 (if you have time to do this, pick it up Roger Merckx... you're going too slow), and 68 (there's just no substitute for long [SEE: Coppi quotes]).
The rest range from mildly entertaining/funny to interesting/informative, though some of the history seems a bit dodgy to me (didn't 7-Eleven use aero bars in the Tour de Trump and Giro?)
All in all, worth the time to read and savor (savior?). May the V be with you.