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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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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...

@Ken Ho's posts:

  1. 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...

@Ken Ho's posts:

  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...

@Ken Ho's posts:

  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...

@Ken Ho's posts:

  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...

@Ken Ho's posts:

  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...

@Ken Ho's posts:

  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...

@Ken Ho's posts:

  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...

@Ken Ho's posts:

  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. »

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...

@Ken Ho's posts:

  1. @Teocalli That’s mildly fucking depressing.  I was contemplating this subject on the ride I just did, between posts. There was a small hill just before the turn-around that a mate and I have been known to have a wee race up.  I found myself changing down… »

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...

@Ken Ho's posts:

  1. Lunar eclipse actually, should be a lovely night out. »

  2. It’s a full moon tonight.  I’m going riding.  Just waiting for the commuter traffic to settle down. »

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...

@Ken Ho's posts:

  1. @mouse Here’s a thought. Reliability > aero > weight. »

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...

@Ken Ho's posts:

  1. @Haldy I was more concerned that Frank was giving queer advice ti get revenge for the amount of shit I’ve given him over the stupid mirror rule.   As noted, I’ve seen acetone used to clean up a surfboard.  I had a fit initially, thinking it would smear t… »

  2. @Haldy I did wonder about the solvent effects. Acetone does do a neat job of cleaning a surface like a fibreglass surfboard though, when applied briefly and rubbed carefully.  Too much will clearly have undesirable solvent effects. I’ll need some more … »

  3. @ Geraint So did sheep’s intestines for condoms and arsenic for syphilis. »

  4. @frank Does carbon love acetone ? »

  5. Just waiting for the new tyre to arrive, then off to the LBS for some glue.  Does not post, apparently. Then I’ll be exploring the zen of this idea. »

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...

@Ken Ho's posts:

  1. @ tessar Contrary to much belief, a disc wheel is actually more stable in windy conditions, so your Mum knows what she is on about.  As for the front, she obviously has mad skillz, and might find little difference between a 50mm and 80mm profile.  Bet sh… »

  2. Reflecting on the importance of carbon, I feel this article missed the chance to wax lyrical on this subject.  I’m getting musings about how carbon is the quintessential element from which the V is born and derives it’s power. I’m sure the V has a tetrah… »

  3. @Nate Nice try, but I went shopping on Wiggle after that last post and now have a Vittoria Pave and some valve extenders on the way.  I’m returning to the dark side of carbon. It’s not just cycling.  When I bought my new ocean ski recently, I had a choi… »

  4. WEll, I’m convinced. I have a set of Bora tubs which have been off my bike since I flatted and had to be rescued a year or so ago.  They are sitting quietly in bags, waiting for me to spring for a new tyre.  I need to work out a removable-core extender s… »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

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