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, April 06, 2006

The difference is 18 degrees

18 Degrees was what it took to recapture my love of riding in the rain yesterday. Regular readers of this page (both of you) will be aware of my love of riding in the rain. It has actually reached the point where I hope for rain everytime I get on the bike, considering it preferable to when it's not raining. Incredibly, for all the wonderful rain rides I've had, it only took a few rides in freezing rain to give me some trepidation about it.

That love relationship was sorely tested in
New Zealand* , or more specifically, Invercargill. So leaving aside the 90km/h winds that accompanied the rain in the city that claims to be the southern-most in the world (but isn't), what's the difference? 18 degrees. By a staggering coincidence (or an evil conspiracy if you're that way inclined), the temperature difference between Gold Coast rain yesterday and Invercargill rain on March 1 was 18 degrees Celcius (24 C here and 6 C over there). The difference between the latitudes of those respective cities is also 18 degrees (Invercargill being 46 degrees South, the Gold Coast being 28).

Yes, these are some of the crazy things I think of when I ride. Most of them I forget immediately, but occasionally something completely pointless will stick in my mind for a while. About the only other thing I remember about yesterday afternoon's downpour on the way home from work is that it was wonderful. Now I can look forward to it raining again.

* Note: I haven't added a link to my NZ tour to the sidebar yet because I'm still uploading pictures to it. There are currently 268 pictures uploaded from the first three weeks or so. The rest will follow when I find some time.


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