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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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

I think this is called a "rant"

Well, after all that it now appears that my Easter Granite Belt bike tour will have to wait for another year. This time around I'll be busy moving house instead. After yet more crap from my landlord, I have finally decided that I have had enough.

This all started back in February before I jetted off to New Zealand for five weeks. I put in a call to the agent to ensure that there was nothing that required my attention before I went away. I was told that everything was fine, and assured that the next "inspection" would be in April some time. That was OK, until about two days after my return, when I received a phone call at work saying "we're doing an inspection today, but we've lost the key". Apart from the glorious admission of their own incompetence, I really appreciated the notice on that one.

Now after the inspection has been done, I've been told that they object to what I keep in my garage (funny, it hasn't been a problem at all in the previous four years I've been there). I've also been told my rent was going up by $30/week because -- wait for it -- apparently the way I keep the apartment is going to cause it to deteriorate. Funny, this wasn't a sufficient problem over the four years I've been there for them to send out a tradesperson to fix anything even once. Consequently, I think I'm going to tell them to f*ck off, and move elsewhere.

The timing on this could have been better. If I'd known I was going to be walking back into this sort of crap, I might have spent my money a little less liberally in New Zealand. While I'm in no immediate financial danger at present, it would have been nice to have had the chance to save a little bit as a "deposit" which might have allowed me to purchase something in the city which officially has the third least affordable housing in the world. Renting seems to be a complete pain in the arse at the best of times, and having a landlord like this only makes it worse.

I suppose I should look at the positives. Firstly, it's a chance to get rid of a lot of the crap that I've accumulated over some indeterminate period of time, since I'll almost certainly be looking for a smaller place anyway. Secondly, there's a lesson in this somewhere. I guess it says that when entering into a transaction of this kind, try to get a feel for the people you're dealing with as well as the actual deal itself. Officially two and a half weeks back in town today, and I've just about had enough of the idiots already.


Blogger Rodney Olsen said...

Sounds like they had an agenda to move you on anyway.

I hope you can find something suitable farily quickly.

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