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Velominatus: Ken Ho

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Pikey, based on the Southern Gold Coast, Australia

48 yr male, Gold Coast Australia, Bianchi Mono-Q, hates helmet laws with a bloody passion, riding a bike makes me feel like a kid, likes to skateboard too and lots of other stuff, mainly that they didn't teach in school. Currently sporting a recently installed titanium plate on my left collarbone. Actualy, thats out now They are still a good idea to fix busted wings.

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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...

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  1. In Australia, if you hear humming on a ride, it’s probably summer, and there are probably flies. There may well be a dead carcass. Once, while one the rivet out west, with my head down and bum up,trying to outrun a tailwind, I nearly cleaned up a dead emu… »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

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  1. @GogglesPizano My wife is well familiar with how good exercise is for my silly head.  I’m lucky to have a boss who runs marathons, (one of a small group of folk who has run one on every continent, including Antarctica) and he gets it too. On one occasi… »

  2. This thread is making me think I need to do some more longer rides. »

  3. 2 yr ago, I would really start to crank in the third hour. Presently, on the odd occasion I ride that long, I’m suffering like a dog. Still takes me 20 km to warm up properly though.  50, not old, but getting younger either. »

“My dear, Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. ~ Falsely yours” ― Charles BukowskiIt&#...

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  1. @Ron……..”bookends of happiness”, lovely turn of phrase. It’s midnight and I just rode home from work in the full moonlight, dodging the spiders that loom at the last seconds in their giant scary webs. I feel delicious.  The silent purr of a fixed-whe… »

Sharing the road with cars is mostly a losing proposition. It’s hard to share when your vehicle weighs 8 kgs and the other guy’s is 800 kgs. If we have to share we have to let go and that is not easy, as @Kevin Wilkins explains. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @RobSandy People are what they are, mode of transport not withstanding.  When I’m walking to my coffee shop on our beach path, I often get buzzed  by path bandits. Very annoying. »

  2. @brett The copper could not even be original. The “cockies on wheels” line was originally delivered by one Derryn Hinch a few years ago a shock jock with proven microcephaly.   Idiots that say things like that discredit themselves and actually improve th… »

  3. And yes, texting is the new DUI.  We were safer when people were allowed to talk on their phones. And yes, I avoid school zones and soccer Mums like the plague.  I have every faith in their tendency to be in a hurry and to be distractible.  I’ll never fo… »

  4. @Daccordi Rider I can’t really disagree with any of that, but I think it goes in hand with what I said.  People in cars have this overwhelming sense of importance, to the extent that the thought of slowing to avoid an up-coming situation does not even oc… »

  5. @justindcady I think it’s a power thing.  On other general forums, I have read threads about how there is a perception that any grown man on a bicycle can be considered as having post his licence for DUI.  More generally, the car is teh modern representa… »

  6. @the-farmer How very intolerant of you. Here in enlightened sunny Qld, it’s perfectly legal as well as being often the safest option, to ride on footpaths.   A bicycle is much more like a pedestrian that it is a car. I do not share the “I am a vehicle” … »

  7. @ChrissyOne No, I don’t live in the USA.  I live in sunny Queensland.  I was about 15 at the time, and I’m 50 now.  I was a skinny kid on a push-bike.  I would have been slaughtered. About a decade later, there was a massive inquiry  into the endemic co… »

  8. @therealpeel Lots of new products coming onto the market, designed for this specific task.  Can’t name it, but there is an Aussie jobbie that is top helmet mount, with forward and backward cameras, re-writable hard drive. GoPro’s are great for what they… »

  9. One word, old mate…………camera. »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. @ChrissyOne Yes.  I did a Keith Code course, and used to flog a 916 around track days until on one memorable occasion, I rode it off it’s wheels.  Mind you, I was giving it the berries. There is no greater thrill than getting the knee down at high speed… »

  2. Did all that as a kid, especially the crashing bit.  Learning to ride no hands is essential too.  It’s not an advanced skill.  It’s a basic skill, which everyone should be proficient at.  It definitely teaches one about the effects of weight distribution … »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @ChrisO Well, you should feel dirty about that, and should take a long old shower of purification, except that Campag disdains the TT market, so there ain’t a whole lot of options. I did a long solo 200km effort one day, on my roadie, which included a f… »

  2. @ChrisO I’m still confused as to why doing 180km nose to the wind as a warm-up for a marathon run is so disparaged around here, but since I used to do it, maybe I have a biased perspective. Anyway, I’m still a lover of a manual transmission with a clut… »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. @Puffy Hey, I’m down with people using what they like.  I surely do. I was more suggesting that a lot of people will make snide comments or give people crap for using gear that outranks their skill level. The expression, “carbon craplet”, is evidence… »

  2. Useless people are useless people, regardless of equipment. Nice Firefly reference. »

  3. @Haldy My Zefal Spy mirror is a subtle inconspicuous thing, while my helmet is a fugly dunce cap that looks like an alien took a dump on my head.  Dunno HTF anyone thinks that helmets look fantastic.  Too much brown-nosing to FRank. And no, helmets do n… »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @frank No doubt.  I’, not narcissistic enough to think you were laying awake at night plotting my downfall. HOever, I have a lot of mental down time, and get bored more easily than you can imagine.  I don’t sp mud suffer form ADD as I do Attention Payin… »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. @frank Ah, that’s more like the Fronk I remember.  I was getting confused by the polite one. However, I’ll suggest you have no fucking idea why the world hates roadies.  You come form Holland, the most cycle friendly country in the world, and live in … »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @frank @frank Probably.   You get a billion e-mails to read and remember.  I only have to remember my own.  I also have a somewhat Sheldonian memory and lots of time on my hands. I got a lot of crap a little while ago for posting some quick pics of m… »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. Here’s another. Regardless of any other consideration, remember that anyone who rocks up to a casual ride on carbon tubs better be ready to dish out the V, or look like a COTHO if dropped. »