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Velominatus: Mikael Liddy

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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:

Balance. It can be achieved by never deviating from the middle, or it can be achieved by violent swings to and fro. It is said, however, that the great peaks can’t be reached without crossing through deep valleys. Tragically, we were reminded today that our sport is one of great peaks and deep, deep valleys.Cycling is a sport of risk and dang...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @RobSandy gotta feel for the kid who bowled the ball too, can’t imagine how he’s feeling at the moment. »

  2. Unfortunately there’s another sporting community mourning the loss of one of their own taken much too early. Not unlike WW it was a freak occurrence doing something he’d done many times before. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-27/phil-hughes-dead/59192… »

Going fast and looking good while doing it is our Velominati creed. Riding on the tops is the domaine of going uphill, where braking and aerodynamics are unimportant. In most other situations that position is too slow. The pros are usually flattened down in the drops or flattened down on the brake hoods. When us non-pros are not climbing, riding on...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. yup, do a whole lot of my climbing on the tops in (what my mind imagines) is a bit of a Big Mig style pose. Interesting though that some recent commutes on my track bar equipped single speed has me looking to keep my hands in further, which has led to me… »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Chris Saw that posted by Taylor Phinney today, the very definition of Casually Deliberate. »

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. @il muro di manayunk is this Belkin? We could have a bit an ONCE situation when the TdF rolls around… »

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. @Barracuda caught up with the mate I bought the R3 from yesterday morning (he’d just finished a recovery ride after Everesting OWH on Saturday) & he was sat next to his Record equipped raw Ti Corretto…nearly had a sex wee. »

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. @@blackpooltower conversion table on a dedicated page either in the front or back of the book? »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @frank The copious amounts of amphetamines running through his system probably didn’t hurt in keeping him warm… »

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. ok, which of you fuckers just commissioned this? I hate you already… »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. Posted this in the gear the other day, my solution for the ~5 days a year I actually ride in temps that require anything more than a cap. Thin beanie under standard cap = toastie warm. »

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. @thfc1987 I think while it’s on mule duty, the lock can be loaded there, and then on occasions where you’re just riding for riding’s sake it should be removed. End game should be keeping this bike as your everyday beater and once you’re feeling confident… »

  2. @piwakawaka fuck, my eyes!!!! Such as shame as FDJ usually have some pretty en pointe kits. »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @frank opportunity missed right there Frank…answer below for the PEBCAK users out there. http://bit.ly/1xIvCNn »

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. @Buck Rogers yeah it’s tough to justify dropping coin on kit that I’d use less than a handful of times a year…coldest temp on the bike this winter was 3 C & that was on top of the highest peak around these parts (~800m above sea level) »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. You know the real questions though, where the fuck are the V-caps? »

  2. Seems it’s the time for casquette reverence… http://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/bikes-and-gear-features/why-i-never-ride-without-cycling-cap »

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. @teleguy57 admittedly I rarely have to deal with the temperatures that require that type of solution. My early morning/single digit (C) go to is a beanie under a cap combo in this manner. No danger of frosted lobes there. »

  2. @teleguy57 just cos it’s a new helmet, doesn’t mean you can flout Rule #37 like that… »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @brett Wonder how much of that issue was that it was Shimano service & Cuddles was rocking a Grouppo? »

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. @Analog generally do one a year, although @Barracuda has made mention of running another one on SA’s south coast around classics time next year as well so keep the eyes peeled. »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Rob Fuck I’ve missed your editing of Frank’s ramblings, this needs to happen more often. »

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. @Analog any chance we’ll see that lovely thing migrate south in January? »

  2. So, imagine you’ve just taken delivery of a brand new $5k bike (purchased from your not-regular lbs) after 3 months of waiting. First ride out, you pull one of your famous Saganesque wheelies & as the front wheel lands the bars spin 90 degrees downwa… »

  3. @wilburrox yeah it’s definitely a nice looking kit…got a closer look at it myself earlier in the year when the boys were out here for the TDU. and no, I didn’t call Kittel out on the Rule #7 violation, those guns coming out the sleeveless jersey look… »

  4. @wilburrox in that case you may just want to abide by the Masturbation Principle. »