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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Monday, April 17, 2006

Repetitive content

The lack of updates recently is primarily brought about by my need to spend time sorting through the clutter in my apartment in preparation for my move. As expected, there has been a lot of unnecessary clutter (probably more than I would have liked). Among the things I've found have been a variety of old cycling magazines from various points in my cycling life. There were a number of copies of Bicycling Australia, a huge number of Australian Cyclist magazines, and a few others. The one thing they all had in common was the sheer number of articles that seem to be "repeated" periodically.

Some of them were "training" articles, some of them were "advocacy" articles, some of them were "race previews", and a slightly eclectic collection of "editorials". However, as I was sorting through them, I often had to check the date on the front cover of the magazine to make sure I wasn't actually reading the same magazine I'd just finished looking at. Such was the similarity of many of the "stories". I suppose the editors of the respective magazines will justify their repetitive stories by pointing out that there is generally a subscriber "life cycle" to these magazines, and that the average subscriber will probably rescind their subscription after two years and move on to something else, having already acquired their "how to" knowledge from experience.

That being the case, one wonders why these people don't just put their information on a webpage somewhere and save the trees (not to mention the printing costs). After all, they could still run their advertising on the website (which would seem to be their main source of revenue, given the sheer number of ads in the magazines). So why do we have these articles being "recycled" every so often, on to paper which costs the publisher money to print on, and which the reader is probably only going to throw out eventually? The answer would seem to be that people tend to pay more credence to information if they have to pay $7.95 for it, than if it was free -- even if it is the same information they paid $7.95 for six months ago. Throw in a subscription, and the information now costs $3.95 per issue, which suddenly seems like a "great deal", but is, in fact, still considerably more expensive than simply looking up the information on a website.

Then of course, in two years' time, there are a whole new "generation" of subscribers to take up the "great offer", and the process begins all over again.


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