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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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Emotional blackmail won't work

This Saturday there is an election to elect a new councillor for Division 14 of the Gold Coast City Council, to replace the previous incumbent, who apparently passed away back in November (I was away interstate at the time and didn't hear about it). Linda Carmody from Bicycle Gold Coast is standing as a candidate, and decided to approach me to hand out those annoying 'how to vote' cards at a polling booth somewhere. Of course, the first I heard of it was last night, and I declined because I already have plans for this weekend.

It seems my answer didn't go down all that well, as the reply I received was (in these words) "This was a chance to really do something for cycling," (incidentally, I have some very different ideas on what that will require, but that's for another post, and not really relevant to this); "Thank you for being so frank with me that I don't have your support." Of course, the obvious reply would have been "thanks for letting me know in advance that you required my help this weekend, so that I had plenty of time to think of an excuse", but I didn't bother to push the issue as I had more important things to do than start an argument.

This isn't really a rant against Linda as such, even though we have different ideas on what will benefit cycling, she's probably better than the majority of other candidates, many of whom have decidedly anti-cycling agendas (regardless of what they say at Ride to Work Day). It just annoys me when people resort to this sort of "persuasion" rather than simply asking me slightly earlier in the piece so that I didn't go and make plans for the weekend.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris , is this the Linda Carmody with a very toffee English accent ?

9:09 pm  

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