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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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Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. @sthilzy That’s fucked »

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...

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  1. @Gianni I have a joke which cannot be topped for sledging both Germans and the Dutch, but it’s a bit rude though its clever and funny. PM me and I’ll share it with you.   You can keep it for a special occasion when Frank needs a spanking. »

Wind is an asshole. I have no patience left for it. It has all of it been used up, gone, finished. It is the only force that I’m aware of (with the possible exception of gravity) that is more stubborn and less willing to listen to reason than I myself am. It blows me around on my bike, it embezzles speed from my Magnificent Stroke. No matter...

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  1. @frank I’ll see your sheepfucker and raise you the weather. Turns out I had a sensational powder day yesterday at the Hole.  Last run I ran across some Texans camped under a cornice drinking some beers.  They invited me to join them and what a grand tim… »

  2. Ha ha, coming into the cooler months here, after our very hot summer, and not only will the temperature be awesome, there is typically little wind on most of my rides.  On some stretches of a particularly fun motorway, the trip south is sheltered by roads… »

Fleurieu Peninsula – Velominati Cogal 8th Feb 2014.Notable quotes to sum up the ride that nearly wasn’t. Continue reading...

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  1. Chapeau to all, but srsly, South Australia in high summer, WTF did you expect ? »

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...

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  1. @G’rilla On a balance bike, the child does not need to learn how to pedal and steer/balance at the same time, and they can always put their foot out to avert a crash. Once they have the balance bit down, adding pedals is easy.  Meantime, a child will wea… »

  2. I had a thought, prompted by the Dad’s thread, that maybe there should be a rule mentioned that prohibits the use of training wheels for children (or adults, for that matter) who are learning to ride. Training wheels force the rider to lean the wrong way… »

Lucky is the cyclist who has a parent cyclist. Early mentoring about the pain cave, guidance gluing on tires, these are worthwhile lessons a parent could lecture a child on. If one has to listen to a parental lecture, better it be about Eddy Merckx and how you are no Eddy Merckx than balancing your checking account. For the rest of us, our parents...

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  1. @Alex Ek I just started my favourite great-nephew on a balance bike at the same age.  He is a terror on it . Through tragedy, I never got the chance to guide my son through these things, but I’m loving the idea of setting the little fella on the road. »

Every time we get on our bikes, we are playing a game of Russian Roulette. We take care to maintain our machines, to make sure they are in perfect running order, we look after our bodies to maximise our performance, and we, hopefully, abide by the rules of the road to keep ourselves safe from the dangers of other road users. But ultimately, our liv...

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  1. @unversio Depends on where you are. At home on the Gold Coast, I don’t need to ride at night much, but here in Mackay, when I’m away working, the day time traffic is horrendous.   I’ve just been on the trainer for an hour, because a combination of heat… »

  2. @Puffy The mirror is really about pinch points.  When the road narrows abruptly, because of a roundabout, or other road furniture, or even a parked car creating a door zone, then I really like to know what’s coming up behind me.    That occurs a lot on c… »

  3. So, my approach with a mirror and lots of flashing lights is not so uncool then ? »

I’m a non-climber who enjoys climbing. I’d enjoy it more if I was good at it. And “enjoy” might be too strong a word, “tolerate” might be better. But dragging 89 kilos up a volcano gives one time to contemplate the cycling life .Let us define non-climber. It’s someone either too fat, too big (gravitationally challenged) or a fast- twi...

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  1. I’m Too Fat To Climb and too stupid to know better. Any decent ride around here means hills and plenty of them. »

It’s the ride you’ll do the most. The hardest ride you’ll ever do, too. You’ll do it so often that it should be easy, but it never is. Its frequency is such that it really should morph into all the other rides of its ilk, therefore negating the actual nexus of this necessary, evil ride. But it never does, it’s always s...

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  1. I had a few FRB’s in the last year, and they don’t get easier.  FRB after 2 weeks of no serious rides last might, though I did do some decent runs and some hill climbs.  Having a personal crisis, and being stressed and depressed, I was mentally strugglin… »

  2. I had a few FRB’s in the last year, and they don’t get easier. FRB after 2 weeks of no serious rides last might, though I did do some decent runs and some hill climbs.  Having a personal crisis, and being stressed and depressed, I was mentally struggling… »

Forget quick-release skewer, the mechanical derailleur, carbon frames, or disc wheels. Never mind clipless pedals or brake-mounted shifters. Scratch those deep-section road wheels, lightweight helmets, or miracle fabrics.The most important innovation in Cycling had nothing to do with those incremental advances, but rather with the invention of Cycl...

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  1. Oakley Radars with the deep Range lens in rose, with a clear lens for night riding, for me. »

The dark makes everything worse; something primal awakens in us when the sun has gone and we are wrapped in the black cloak of night. Laying in bed, my worst thoughts and fears come knocking like some used-car salesperson who won’t leave me alone. There is no shutting down of this process, our imaginations are given free reign to do their wor...

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  1. I do most of my road cycling at night.  In the town I travel to work n, the daytime traffic is quite dangerous. At night, the cars and truck traffic subsides and I feel safe to venture out.   It has been very hot here too, being summer and very humid. I … »

Hear ye, hear ye, get thee, and a mirror, to your indoor trainer. This is going to be a multi-part series on getting the rider and the ride to a more perfect union. Most of us have never been professionally fit for our bikes. An inseam measured, a glance at a reflection when riding by a store window is our bike fit. I’m not advocating  that,...

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  1. AlsoAlonso, I hate bloody typing on bloody tablets, that change half of what I type into gibberish after the fact. »

  2. Have not read all the replies. I’ll do that on thelowlight I’m about to board, but most knee tracking problems start at the hip with poor gluteus medius. Shimming feet with orthotics of pedal shims is working from teh wrong end of the stick, even if it i… »

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...

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  1. This smacks of the same behaviour that Monster, who makes cables and power boards etc engaged in when they sued Sesame St over the Cookie Monster. There was a brilliant response from another guy they tried to sue over their alleged ownership of the commo… »

Water is an asshole, at least when it comes to bicycles. So is wind, now that I think of it; I don’t love it, unless its at my back, but that rarely seems to happen even on out-and-back routes. Fire’s not winning any prizes either, unless you’re talking about the hunk-a-hunka burnin’ V. Even le soleil isn’t scoring po...

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  1. I dunno, I’ve spent any amount of time out playing in shit conditions, especially windsurfing, and I’m now a bit partial to tree-lined boulevards and sunny afternoons. A typical ride where I live involves rain at some point, but it’s rarely cold and wet … »

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...

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  1. @Barracuda What a peculiar suggestion.  For what sane reason should a healthy young lad not swim or run ? Now, it’s true that triathletes are a funny bunch, and wear some weird shit, as I found out when I dabbled briefly, but the pursuit itself is not… »

I walk away from social gatherings with an acute sense of accomplishment whenever I haven’t offended anyone and when my friends all stayed awake. I view myself as a bottle of wine that keeps getting better with age, but I’m slowly coming to grips with the notion that I am actually a bottle that may be corked. The great irony of life is...

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  1. Another solo rider by inclination and circumstance.   The last bunch ride I went will remain the last bunch ride I went onMothering particularly bad happened, but I like to see the road clearly, I like to ride my pace, and I don’t like overly bright helme… »

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...

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  1. @scaler911 Yes, I may well have done, but I thought it might be interesting to reflect on an alternative set of rules which illuminate a different, less race oriented approach to the bicycle.  The Copenhagen Manifesto both complements and contradicts the… »

  2. Here’s one for the rabbits. We’ve been discussing for ages the composing of a manifesto regarding Cycling Chic. We coined the phrase, after all, so we thought it necessary to highlight what it’s all about. As ever, with a hint of seriousness, a splash of… »

Yvon Chounard may not be Homer but he is a worthy modern day wise man, he admonished, don’t be a sports nazi. His meaning was, don’t do one sport to the exclusion of all others. It’s tempting not to pursue other sports when cycling demands so much time and leaves one with a body that is barely useful for anything else, but that w...

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  1. @Chris You will have to clarify “swimming through the blue room”.   I’m thinking maybe caving or crevassing or summat.   The blue room here is surfing. »