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Velominatus: Mike_P

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Location: Surrey, UK

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47 years young, loving husband, devoted father of two fabulous young boys, totally untalented but slightly obsessive cyclist since rediscovering the joy of the bike a few years ago. I work in the pharmaceutical industry but no, I'm not a drug dealer (as I was introduced at a party once) and no I can't hook you up with some EPO (I've been asked).

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@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @xyxax ^^^ Gold.  It must be Friday. Joking aside, I know Frank has got a lot on his plate these days. It’s quite a juggling act he manages to do, so I can’t get animated about the spam. »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. @rfreese888 Oh well done.  That’s class. »

  2. Bloody Hell @Frank, you’ve been brewing that one up for a while.  That’s a really beautiful piece. The more pain I can endure when I’m training, the more I know I’ll enjoy the simple pleasures of just riding tempo for a few hours. Suffering is still ther… »

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...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @VeloVita Thanks guys. The reassurance is much appreciated. »

  2. Folks, some advice please…. When I punctured the other day, I found that my latex tube had almost adhered itself to the inside of the tire and needed kind of peeling away.  I’d talc’d it when I fitted them a few weeks earlier.  Maybe I hadn’t used enou… »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. @Ron Both of them should be eternally celebrated by us.  Both left the party far far too early. »

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...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @KW – those comments were for David not you.  I should show up and post more often. Getting rusty! »

  2. @KW Ryder is compliant. He looks like a fool in the fugly dome, but he’s compliant. Stop it with this “exceptions” nonsense.  You know in your heart, or should do, that it’s just wrong. By the way, welcome aboard – stick around, have fun, learn some… »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. Very sad thoughts on the ride in to work this morning.  Can it really be a year since this dreadful event took our friend from us?  Ride safe everyone.  Be at peace Jon. »

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy and a moderate fire risk thrown in for good luck. Sounds like a lovely day out! »

  2. I took large withdrawals out of my V Bank a few weeks ago in Italy, and have basically not topped up with any meaningful deposits since.  Strangely though, with a 160km ride coming up next week, I’m almost looking forward to meeting The Man again.  He’ll … »

  3. Top work Brett.  I love this line “Others don’t even get to remove it from their jersey pocket.”  Just great. »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @Puffy And so ends the myth of the hard arsed Aussie male!  Have you actually read what you’ve written here? The hairs are nice and soft, I have to lock the door, the hairs have a nice rounded tip. Whinge, whinge, whinge. This is the Velominati not Vog… »

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  1. Oh what might have been.  Watching the finale of the past three stages got me wondering just how huge a battle Bertie and Nibbles would have been having if AC had still been riding. It seems that Nibbles is too strong for his team to support him whereas T… »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @piwakawaka Exhibit 1:Laurensis Dribblus Maximus »

Brad Wiggins is sitting at home, watching his team implode at a Tour de France he was not invited to.What’s on his mind? An attempt at the Hour Record, that’s what. Now that the UCI has allowed riders to mount a conventional (track) time trial machine in their efforts and the likes of Boardman, Obree, Moser, Rominger, and Indurain all...

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  1. @Owen Isn’t this place, right here, where we normally drunkenly heckle Frank? If only we could somehow organise Frank versus Haleakala versus The Hour as an event in two halves to run one immediately after the other. That’s got to be worth pay-per-view… »

  2. Sorry to drag you all away from the fascinating science, which I don’t really understand and which is all starting to sound like ways of “breaking wind” more efficiently.  I’m amazed that no-one has yet posted this… »

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @Teocalli You are our very own Tony Gallopin! »

  2. @wiscot This!  Great class and respect being shown.  Sagan pisses me right off. He’s got so much talent but his ego seems to be getting in the way of him at times.  He’s in green but he’s lost a fair few stages this Tour. The only thing troubling me is… »

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...

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @Mikael Liddy Man, he rides rollers better than his dad!  Papa Terpstra is on his turbo.  That’s so cool that I’m going to have to shame my 6 year old with it tonight. »

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. The next few days will be epic. Temperatures are currently rising to around 40c in Southern France. It’s gonna be utter madness by the time Dutch Corner is reached. This is turning out to be one of the most memorable Tours in years. »

@Mike_P's posts:

  1. @Nate Here here.  I’ve always found that when off the bike for injury, illness or family reasons, keeping the guns shaved really helps me keep the faith. »

  2. @tessar I worked with a guy who shaved his arms and the backs of his hands.  He wasn’t a sportsman at all, just shaved.  Even in my universe, that’s just weird. »

  3. @VeloJello and..breath !!!  Aren’t the Thought Police likely to arrest you for alleged blasphemy like that, in your Toon Army part of the World? »

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  1. @strathlubnaig This.  I’m really looking forward to Tony Martin kicking the crap out of him at the Worlds. »