Audax Australia
This is the umbrella organisation running long distance cycling events in Australia Their website includes a calendar of events.

A place where cyclist can keep track of their mileage and any number of other statistics, as well as an attached forum.

A set of discussion forums covering almost every conceivable cycling related topic.

Cycling Adventurer
The Cycling Adventurer has tossed in the structured life of an urbanite to explore the world by bicycle. A well-written site detailing how he came to cycling, and what he learned along the way.

Crazy Guy on a Bike

Bicycle touring journals from all over the world, including a couple of my own.

Johns Cycles

This is my LBS on the Gold Coast. While they cater more to the racing market, their service, advice and workmanship is the best on the coast.

St Kilda Cycles

Importers of all manner of things hard to find in Australia, including the legendary Schmidt hub dynamo & E6 lights.


Wonderings and wanderings out and about in Portland, Oregon, US

The Journey
The journey begins in Perth, Western Australia.

Lance Notstrong
The "other" Lance!

Ms Mittens
The Wired Cat on-line

Iron Gambit

Aussie Writer and Cycletourist
A blog chronicling the writing and cycling of a seaside baby boomer.

Up in Alaska
Jill's subarctic journal about ice, bears and distant dreams of the midnight sun.

The Kin Chronicles
Taking mediocrity to a new level of ordinary.

Riding and running with a vengeance.

London Cycling Diary
Pedalling across the capital since August 2005.

CouchPilot-2-BikePilot (Zin's cycling blog)
Living an adventurous life with Type-2-Diabetes.

The adventures of Crazy Biker Chick
... Including cycling, adventuring, cooking, knitting and ranting.

Redneck Espanol
The two wheeled Spanish redneck.

Treadly and me
"Work is something I do between riding my bicycle".

Womanist philosophy and theology. Cycling, climbing, art, single-motherhood and fire-twirling.

Adrian Fitch's random rambling.
A bit about cycling, a bit about genealogy, a bit about radio but mostly a lot about nothing at all.

Geo's big adventure
The life and times of Geo.

It's about the bike
Musings on the cycling life.

Various cycling tidbits.

Industry Outsider
A blog about bikes and stuff.

Tweed Coast Treadly
An old man's bicycle riding diary.

A cyclist's life in Tenerife
(Canary Islands).

Bike to work to live to bike
It's never too late to get back on the bike

Stupid Hurts
Just the random scribblings of a guy with a bicycle

I'm not drunk enough for this
Really, I'm not.

What can I say? Just read it.

Mozam's cycling adventures
A random collection of the things I like to do most, and mostly that is to ride my bikes, bicycles that is... My musings from competitive riding, long distance endurance to puttering around the neighborhood..

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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Days like this!

Years ago when I was a teenager in Laurieton, near Port Macquarie on the Mid-North coast of New South Wales, the local radio station (only 2mc in those days) used to play this song quite regularly. I've long since forgotten both the title and the artist, but there was a much repeated line in it along the lines of "My mama told me, there'll be days like this". I like to get that line going in my head when things aren't going the way I feel as though they should.

I got up at 4am this morning, planning another pre-dawn ride, and soon cancelling it due to bushfire smoke (again!). About 30 minutes later it started to rain, quite a substantial storm, which just about killed off the smoke and would have been very pleasant to ride through (I love rain), had it only arrived 30 minutes earlier! I'm not getting as many miles in this week as I normally would, and it's agitating me. Hopefully those light bulbs I ordered will arrive soon so I can rekindle the night rides to Austinville or Hinze Dam.

It's on the way to work that the real drama starts. Cruising through Surfers Paradise, onto Main Beach, a nice roll on the deep blue South Pacific, still a few clouds around, Psssshhhhhh!!!!!!!!! Yep, a flat tyre on the way to work. I fix it hurriedly, I was already running late, and cleverly forget to extract the glass from the tyre. The spare tube doesn't last long, but by then I'm only a couple of hundred metres from work, so I limp in (just in time), and decide to fix it properly at lunch time.

So lunchtime comes, I go out and fix it. Well, I am having a bad day! On putting the rear wheel back on, I get a spoke stuck in the drivetrain. I'm not sure how I did it, but I managed it somehow. I pull it apart (thanks to Rowan in Hobart last January for showing me how), put it back, and extract the spoke. Now, I'm finally ready. Planning to atone for this tomorrow morning at 4am, no dice. They've set a staff training meeting for 7am tomorrow morning. Still, I might get a little deviation up to The Spit on the way to work. Not much, but it's something.

Then the ride home, seems OK, even though I've only got about 25 PSI in the back tyre. I pull off a brilliant save to avoid some drunk/stoned/just plain stupid moron who cuts me off and risks his own life to do so -- why does the Gold Coast attract people like this? Honestly, with the natural scenery around here, this place could be a paradise!

Well, it's all over now, I'm all set for tomorrow, with patched tube properly pumped up and a spare in place. For now I'll keep repeating the song: "there'll be days like this".

Speaking of music, last night on Triple J I heard that one of my favourite bands, Something for Kate, are releasing a B-Sides CD. I'm never quite sure about those things, there can be some real hidden gems on them, but there can also be quite a few tracks "not good enough" for the real CD's. The one they played on last night was firmly in the latter category as far as I'm concerned. Maybe it will grow on me, or maybe the other tracks on that CD are better. Either way, I thought it a disappointing effort from the band that gave us "Three Dimesions", "Monsters", "Happy Endings" etc etc.

One CD I will be buying is the latest one from the Melbourne band, Art of Fighting. It's been featured on Triple J this week, these guys are good. Could be another Gersey.


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