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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Monday, October 04, 2004

The straps

When one thinks of all the technology that's gone into making bicycle helmets, sometimes I get the impression that one of the fundamentals has been overlooked. After all, there has been a heap of research and development (probably at considerable cost) used to make them lightweight, durable and aerodynamic -- aimed at increasing the comfort factor as much as the functionality of the device. So it's somewhat startling, that something as fundamental to the comfort aspects as the helmet strap could have been just totally forgotten about.

After all, this is basically just a bit of webbing that holds the rest of the machinery in place for however long the wearer intends. Yet this is the bit that seems to cause the most consternation to the wearer. A strap that's twisted can get very uncomfortable after a while, and often requires a good 30 minutes or so (if it's really twisted, as mine currently is) to straighen it out. Of course, it twists itself in such an incidious way that the wearer doesn't notice until it gets really uncomfortable -- particularly if they spend as much time wearing it as I do.

Now I don't claim to be an expert here, but to me it seems that a twist-resistant strap should be one of the easier things to get right. Certainly, it shouldn't require the same brainpower as coming up with a design so aerodynamic that even the UCI could ban it from the TdF. Guess we'll have to wait for siii-iiiimon or raa-aalph in marketing to take a strap to the engineers -- so to speak.


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