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..

More cycling blogs

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Over it!

Do you ever get the feeling that it's all a waste of time? That everything you do is pissing into the wind? Right at the moment I have that feeling in regard to riding my bike on the Gold Coast. Yesterday was bad enough with it's horn-honking, fist-shaking, kerb-squeezing morons. One tosspot had a really good go in Sufferer's Parasite. It's just as well I was riding well away from it and therefore gave myself a little space to play with -- I mightn't be here to type this otherwise. It may or may not have been deliberate on his part, that's probably a 50/50 call, he may have just been totally incompetent. Either way, I've since given some more thought to moving my commute permanently to use Bundall Road. Personally I prefer riding by the sea, but that may not be an option later in the day when the morons come out to play.

Then today I rode past another cyclist who had crashed. Another "incident" with a driver -- although I don't know much about what really happened here. All I really got to see of it was a driver full of excuses trying to blame everyone and everything else they could think of. Granted, they stayed to offer assistance, but I can't help thinking that's because leaving the scene of an "accident" is a prosecutable offence.

It's probably just as well that I'm able to enjoy riding in spite of all this. All in all I enjoy my lifestyle, but I'm left wondering whether the Gold Coast is really the place to pursue it anymore. A friend of mine in Hobart just had a wonderful ride around Tasmania -- and I know from my own tour down there that I could handle that. I guess it's just a matter of plucking up the guts to leave my job and situation here and just go for it. I also feel a little guilty about bringing the benefits of cycling, namely cleaner air and enhanced traffic flow (it wasn't cyclists causing that gridlock on the Sundale Bridge today) to people that simply don't deserve them. I've half a mind just to dismiss the whole city contemptuously and leave them to it -- after all, what difference am I really making here, in the tide of ignorance and resentment that cyclists have to deal with everyday?

On the other hand, I'm set to meet Martin for an Austinville ride tomorrow night, and I know that after heading for the rainforests for an evening -- or even only an hour, I will suddenly feel much happier about my lot. Of course, how long that happiness lasts is open to question, but would life really be perfect anywhere else?


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