I've been shouting this to everyone at bikejournal.com, but I suppose it's time to make it official here. Yes, I'm back on the bike after the crash -- well, I have been (sort of) since Friday. I haven't done any noteworthy climbs yet, but I'm sure those will come eventually. Actually, the original plan had been a week to recover from the crash, but with public transport on the Gold Coast being the farce* that it is, it was either that or start walking. One could argue that I had started walking already -- attempting to catch a bus to work on Thursday (a 14km round trip) led to me walking 7km. The back problems seem to be healing rather well, so I guess I'm glad I crashed while I was still young enough to bounce. Hopefully I can learn something from this one so that it won't be a problem in future.
In other news, I see a bike shop has finally decided to use the fuel prices hysteria as a way to go about selling more bikes (save $$$ on fuel). It's Burkes Bikes in Currumbin (no, I don't have a link), but I'm not really a regular customer largely due to the reputation of the mechanical work. Still, it might be interesting to see just how many bikes they sell that way, and whether any of them are still being ridden in three months' time.
Finally, I see from the bike-qld list that the courier mail is having another whine, this time about bike lanes supposedly being too wide. Apparently they figure that painting a white stripe a little to the left is somehow going to save ratepayers' money. I'm not entirely sure how they work that one out, but then I'm only an accountant and consequently my knowledge of finance is never going to match that of a journalistic troll. Oh f*ck it, give them what they want. Narrow the lanes down to 1.5 metres everywhere (or whatever width will make it impossible to park cars in them), and do it to every bike lane in the entire state. Then sit back and watch them whine about the lack of car parking.