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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Tuesday, May 23, 2006


One of the things that riding for transportational purposes gives you is an intimate knowledge of local traffic conditions, including really fine details such as exactly when traffic lights are going to change. There is a major intersection that I have to negotiate on my ride to work each day. Here I have to make a right turn (remembering that Australians drive on the left -- so it means crossing four lanes of traffic) in the middle of the increasingly ironically named "rush hour". It is controlled by traffic lights. There is a relatively clear run free of traffic lights before it (i.e. only one set of lights which is usually green for me), but if you cop red at the set of lights at the major intersection, chances are you'll be there for a while.

Consequently, I've perfected the tactic of judging when they're going to change, and starting my sprint for the green quite early -- up to a kilometre before hitting the set of lights (even before they've actually turned green). This was what I did this morning. A quick glance up at the traffic conditions at the intersection in the distance, a quick glance over my shoulder to look for a gap, then I started the sprint. It involved doing it for a kilometre (against the wind, not that there was much of it) while carrying the commute and judging the gap in the traffic. I got to the intersection just as it was turning amber, meaning that I made it with about three seconds to spare.

Often I just do these things without giving them a second thought, as I've ridden that route so many times, day after day. This morning, however, I rode away thinking "you know, that was pretty bloody good, that".

Now, having just made this post, watch it all fall apart on me tomorrow!


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