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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:

Either CO2 cannisters or mini-pumps should be carried in jersey pockets (See Rule #31). The only exception to this rule is to mount a Silca brand frame pump in the rear triangle of the frame, with the rear wheel skewer as the pump mount nob, as demonstrated by members of the 7-Eleven and Ariostea pro cycling teams. As such, a frame pump mounted u...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @RedRanger yeah that came with it, has a tendency to pop off as you increase the pressure. »

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. @PCK nice, though Rule #26 could do with some revision. »

Either CO2 cannisters or mini-pumps should be carried in jersey pockets (See Rule #31). The only exception to this rule is to mount a Silca brand frame pump in the rear triangle of the frame, with the rear wheel skewer as the pump mount nob, as demonstrated by members of the 7-Eleven and Ariostea pro cycling teams. As such, a frame pump mounted u...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Harminator only issue I’ve had with my Lezyne floor pump is with tubes that have removable valves, it ends up unscrewing the valve from the stem when I go to unscrew the chuck! »

I love discovering things about people who I think I know. Maybe it’s a work colleague or friend of a friend who you run into once a month, maybe every week, and as the relationship lengthens and develops you pick up a nugget of information here and there. Sometimes a mutual acquaintance will proffer an anecdote, or if they’re talking...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @The Grande Fondue Alby then decided for his next trick he’d stick himself in the main break at the nationals road race last year, stayed with the trade team pros til about 4 laps to go in his early 40’s… »

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. How fucking stupid are these guys? http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/12/santambrogio-tests-positive-again-while-serving-doping-ban-faces-possible-lifetime-suspension/ Getting pinged for testosterone days before your current doping ban is due to finish… »

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. @Puffy nice, that’s the kind of agony that we’d all happily embrace. »

I love discovering things about people who I think I know. Maybe it’s a work colleague or friend of a friend who you run into once a month, maybe every week, and as the relationship lengthens and develops you pick up a nugget of information here and there. Sometimes a mutual acquaintance will proffer an anecdote, or if they’re talking...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. Yeah there’s a guy here in Adelaide who’s had similar racing experience before hanging up the pro-racing and starting his own business running cycling tours in Europe for 6mths a year & skills/training sessions back in Adelaide for the other 6. Nices… »

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. @brett Fair enough, still looks pretty. »

I think it would be hard for anyone to make the case that Eddy Merckx was Roger de Vlaeminck’s Cycling Sensei, but I think we can all agree that De Vlaeminck was a student of Merckx, if only a student of his domination. But every student at some point becomes the master, and the driven student will always challenge the Order of Things.Eve...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Chris based on his eyeline, I think he may be wondering about her choice of footwear too. »

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. @osbk67 very nice, I’m noticing more & more Ti around I’m not loving it any less each time. »

  2. @osbk67 I take it from that headtube length you’re not exactly Gerrans sized! »

For the 2014 SA cogal we were very generous in lending the keys to the kids down south. As you’d expect they treated that responsibility with absolutely no respect & delivered the kind of temperatures that would have made Satan break out in a sweat. As a result, we city folk are taking control back & doing the only logical thing, moving...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. For the 2014 SA cogal we were very generous in lending the keys to the kids down south. As you’d expect they treated that responsibility with absolutely no respect & delivered the kind of temperatures that would have made Satan break out in a sweat. As a result, we city folk are taking control back & doing the only logical thing, moving the ride date further back in to the middle of the Australian summer (shaddup, it worked fine last time)!

    Some of the other capital cities in Australia would hate to admit it, but for the last week in January, the cycling focus lands squarely on Adelaide & under that spotlight we’re going to run the first of two SA based Cogals for 2015 on the Saturday preceding the Santos Tour Down Under.

    Make no mistake, this course will require generous helpings of rules 5 & 10. The course as it stands is about 120k with 2,700m of climbing, including the now well known Corkscrew rd.

    Come & join us on January 17th, We’ll start at a lovely French cafe, empty your climbing legs up in the hills & then return to the Belgian Beer Cafe for recovery beverages before heading in to the tour village to watch the team presos.

    Strava Route is here.

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    Date - January 17, 2015
    9:05 AM - 6:00 PM

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I’m trying my best to stay thin this winter, but I’m nowhere near where I was when it was warm and the days were long. I keep flashing back to the last time I felt genuinely skinny and declared to myself, “This time, I’ll keep it off!”This photo is a metaphor. Winter me is on the right, Summer me is on the left. Mi...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. hehe, while you’re all whining about getting cold & adding winter weight, I’m using a dual attack of Australian summer conditions & a bout of food poisoning to ensure I’m at a weight where climbing relatively well is actually the same as climbing … »

  2. @Nate see, this is what I think of you when you mention that word… http://www.bibendum.com.au/ »

  3. @RedRanger think you’ll find if you look very closely that MM’s 2nd eye is running parallel with the line of the photo on the very front of his face toward the back of the photo (on what would be MM’s left). »

There are certain bicycle tools that once owned, signify much more than just ownership. For me, it was this Park clamp. No one starts out with a proper bike stand. For any cyclist, I see the early years of working on the bike as it leans up against the end of the bed. I also see no live-in girlfriend or second room to do this in. This era includes...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @frank thafuck are you apologising for? If lawyerboy can’t prioritise his life properly & doesn’t visit often enough to maintain his standing then it’s hardly your fault! »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @Barracuda get.in.fucking.line son! Don’t be thinking they’ll make their way down south without some shakedown time in the hills first! »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @piwakawaka that’s the kind of built-in obsolescence that apple could only dream about! »

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. @RobSandy not sold, especially on the shorts. If you’re going a retro kit it needs to be all black shorts. Prendas do some nice versions of old team kits. http://www.prendas.co.uk/cycle-clothing/jerseys.html?limit=all »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. @RedRanger the two times I’ve come off, the road rash to my hands has been the least of my problems. @piwakawaka oh yes, there’s a guy in Melbourne who does similar custom tape & saddle work that adorns many Baum & Fyxo creations. Beautiful when … »

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. Can’t believe I hadn’t thought of this until now…LeMan shows how to do it! »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

@Mikael Liddy's posts:

  1. hmmm, looks like the front half of that photo disappeared…try a smaller size. »

  2. @PeakInTwoYears might be the Performance Soft Touch… Thing that really annoys me about this set up? That the guy I bought it off opted for weight savings on the stem instead of keeping the black & red 3T theme running between seatpost, stem &… »

  3. @RedRanger my method is to have a layer of old-school cloth tape on first, then the fi'zi:k microtex over the top. Not as thick as double taping, but just enough extra to feel like I don’t need gloves (75% of the year I go without). »

  4. Just how drunk were you writing this? Even the sober editing missed more than a few errors! Either that or you’re just testing who actually reads the article. »