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Velominatus: Mikael Liddy

Order: Black Order Velominatus

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

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New member of the Velominatus Paterfamilias club & fighting the Breeding & Blimping instincts doggedly!

@Mikael Liddy's activity:

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. Still refusing to pick Malmerde VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Betancour 4. Dan Martin 5. Moreno »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. sure it’s her first race back, but I doubt she’s gonna be there to make up the numbers… VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Pooley 4. Stevens 5. Armitstead »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. Abandy gone before the TV coverage starts… »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @VirenqueForever them, and the stupid yellow helmet thing the Tour does for the leaders of the team classification… »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. Little change up once I realised I’d just broken my own rule of never picking Malmerde! VSP PICKS: 1. Phast Phil 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Bling 4. Nate Avocado 5. J-Rod »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Phast Phil 2. Piti 3. Bling 4. Kwiatkowski 5. J-Rod »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @sthilzy not a bad way to start. Little Creature’s take on a Belgian Dubbel. »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @RondeVan oh dear Merckx! This is definitely where OPQS leads the way… »

La Vie Velominatus. It is the life we, as Velominati, lead. It is life as a disciple of cycling, of the greater meaning the bike holds and the lessons it teaches us. Along the path, one of our great duties is the wholesale consumption of the great Works related to our sport. From periodicals to books to films, herin lies the list of works conside...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Barracuda good connections on the special orders desk @ Dymocks »

  2. @Barracuda i get it now… In other news, just got my hands on an uncorrected proof copy of Michael Barry’s upcoming autobiography. Can’t say I expect it to be pretty reading at times but I don’t doubt it’ll be interesting. »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @ChrissyOne I prefer to make use the reflective rear windows of whatever urban tractor (think Range Rover) I end up behind at the traffic lights. One up side to the cars being so big & having a flat rear end is you get a near perfect mirror. »

  2. @unversio the cap is where the issue lies, somehow he’s managed to keep his helmet straight while pointing his cap somewhere out to the right at 45 degrees. »

I’m old as dirt. My first two race bikes employed toe clips and toe straps and that set-up was bad. For many reasons it was bad and any retro-hipster who thinks otherwise is wrong. When Lemond and Hinault started racing on the white Look clipless pedals, everyone but Sean Kelly quickly switched. Talk about a quantum improvement, it was long o...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @andrew Just throwing it out there, but those Mavics are just re-branded Time X-Pressos… http://www.time-sport.com/pedales/xpresso_17.aspx »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @RedRanger this is the one aspect that Faboo regularly fails at, I know last year’s MSR was tough, but that’s no excuse for this… »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. Any day where you can score a decent ride both before & after work is generally a good one, when you do it with these kind of backdrops it’s just ridiculous! Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Daccordi Rider What throws me with this is that you’re repping 3 different teams between kit, gilet & gloves! Helmet cover is forgivable as that’s being imposed upon you (for the non South Australian readers, that’s how the race organisers show the… »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @jordan no such rule exists, and if it did, how could you fit the Yellow Princesses in to the equation? That being said, discussions such as that have generated a comment or two… http://www.velominati.com/general/rule-8-its-gotta-be-the-shoes/ http:/… »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @sthilzy well it’s a shame I wasn’t here to collect it when it arrived Friday afternoon as I’d have taken it home & christened it with a couple of Chimays while watching P-R last night. I’ll see what kind of pre-Easter special I can come up with for … »

La Vie Velominatus. It is the life we, as Velominati, lead. It is life as a disciple of cycling, of the greater meaning the bike holds and the lessons it teaches us. Along the path, one of our great duties is the wholesale consumption of the great Works related to our sport. From periodicals to books to films, herin lies the list of works conside...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Barracuda how recent is your copy? I can’t remember seeing that when I read it a couple of years ago… »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Bespoke Tommeke was gesturing at the others he was in a break with that they should work with him, Terpstra & the other OPQS riders were back in the bunch at that point. Any attempt from them to bridge up to help would likely have resulted in Cance… »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. The awesome factor of Friday afternoon beer o’clock sessions at work just got multiplied by a factor of V! »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Gianni Mini Phinney flatted from the lead group with 15k to go, not sure how many would recover from that. Looking at the youngsters though, Degenkolb is  25, Sagan 23/24 (PnP couldn’t quite decide last night) & Phinney is 23! There’s some good cla… »

  2. Did no one in that final break pay attention at Dwars dor Vlaanderen? As soon as they gave Terpstra some time he wasn’t likely to be coming back. Slightly anticlimactic given how good the last 2o odd km’s were. »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Chris shit, are you telling me the sarcasm font didn’t come through again? Fucking IPAs… »

  2. @Chris not to mention his efforts in saving the bike from dealing with those vicious South Australian cobbles by keeping atop the car…for shame @Barracuda, for shame! »