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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Friday, October 21, 2005

Cycling and osteoporosis

There have been some recent threads over at dealing with the above (although unusually, no links provided). On the surface it appears an unusual combination, after all, exercise is supposed to prevent osteoporosis in later life. However, this apparently is not necessarily the case. While everything that comes from the press should be take in with a grain of salt in this day and age, it's worth learning some lessons from it if only for general health reasons. Evidently road cycling isn't considered a "weight-bearing" exercise because it doesn't put any strain on the joints (they should come and ride some Queensland "roads"). It also follows that mountain biking is considered to be a load-bearing activity.

I've always considered my love of milk and cheese (among other things) to give me an advantage in this area, but apparently ingesting calcium, in itself, isn't enough. Evidently a person also needs Vitamin D to fully draw the benefits from calcium, much like iron is needed to gain the maximum advantage from things like protein and carbohydrates. Now this shouldn't be a problem, after all, the strongest source of Vitamin D is direct sunlight. This is something most cyclists (and especially long distance cyclists) should get plenty of.

On the other hand, there are some who suggest that all of the sunscreen that people wear here could be an issue, so there seems to be a balancing act: getting enough sunshine to draw a substantial amount of Vitamin D, but not so much that we all die of skin cancer. The recent tactic I've adopted is that the sunscreen goes on at 9am, but prior to this (and indeed late in the afternoon), I get my sun exposure. I see this as the solution to the balancing act, I want to be doing this for long enough to ride a million kilometres.


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