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, September 29, 2004

It's the little things...

Often it's the little things we notice along the way that make life memorable. Often they are things we don't notice, because we see them so often, but I wonder whether life would be what it is without them. I say this as I contemplate the moon setting over the canal earlier this morning.

Yes, something I have seen many times in the past, but something that still captures my attention. Often in the past I've stared at it for a few moments in wonderment at it's sheer beauty -- however, writing this blog has given me new incentive to share it with the world, and an appreciation of just how fortunate we all are to have things like this. To steal a quote from Queen: "We have a miracle on Earth, Mother Nature does it all for us..."

Today is apparently Ride to Work day for Bicycle Gold Coast. This year I'm giving it a miss, not as a "boycott" as such, but simply because I'm feeling a bit jaded of the whole thing. Sure, I'll miss out on the politicians' speeches, but I saw those last year. We have a different mayor on the Gold Coast now, but I suspect the speech will be the same. In fact, if previous years are any indication, they'll probably be talking up facilities that actively make riding to work harder, such as useless bike paths that go nowhere -- as if that's the only place cyclists are able to ride. No mention at all of training cyclists to use the road (which isn't really all that difficult) so they can actually go somewhere.

The ongoing "Would you really like it if cycling was more popular" thread over on bikeforums, plus the phone calls I took about the ride last week have made me question some of my own long-held views on this issue, and some of the policies of the group that I'm involved with. The dumbing down of facilities to suit the beginner cyclist who doesn't intend to ride more than 100 metres is something they seem to support, given that they've published numerous views from that group in their weekly Coastal Rider publication, yet none have even asked me for my views on anything. I did write an article for them last year, but even that was chopped up (and I didn't even criticise the holy bikepaths!), and the extract they told me they wanted to run from my tour of Tasmania journal didn't get an airing in the end.

Again, I'm not terribly concerned about "being published" but the recurring issue seems to be that they don't want any input from an experienced, transportational cyclist -- and rest assured that's the input I'm going to offer, because that's the perspective from which I view things. Cynical as this may sound, I'm really beginning to think that perhaps the whole Ride to Work day and Car-free Week (or whatever it was) seems to be something that's done by people just to draw attention to themselves, or give themselves something to talk about in the coffee shop later.

Either way, it seems there are one or two in the group who set their own agenda, and that's the end of it. I doubt my absence will even be noticed. I think I'll just concentrate on enjoying the little things from now on as I pedal along my journey, and those who want to ride around in circles in paths can do so.


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