Velocio’s 7 Commandments for the Wise Cyclist

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Paul de Vivie (1853-1930), who wrote as ‘Velocio’, was an early advocate of the bicycle, supposed inventor of the derailleur and the father of French cycle touring. Here are his seven commandments for the wise cyclist:

1. Keep your stops short and few.

2. Eat before you’re hungry, drink before you’re thirsty.

3. Never get too tired to eat or sleep.

4. Add a layer before you’re cold, take one off before you’re hot.

5. Lay off wine, meat and tobacco on tour.

6. Ride within yourself, especially in the first hour.

7. Never show off.

5 Responses to Velocio’s 7 Commandments for the Wise Cyclist

  1. Martin Newell July 24, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    Blimey, definitely failed on commandment number five. Oh, and probably number seven as well.

  2. R. Hewitt September 8, 2010 at 7:00 am #

    Has his bike got a left and right drive??

    Good list of commandments, I should pay more heed to 6.

  3. Lisa May 1, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I’m snookered on number 5

  4. TashiaMBurton May 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Great cyclist commandments, I will try my hardest to abide by these. Thanks.

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