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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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Do I laugh or do I cry?

It seems rigging up another pannier rack with a light mount is more difficult that I had thought. After smashing the previous mount at Springbrook yesterday, and with the lighting regulations of next weekend's 600km ride in mind, I really needed to act today. The first part was easy, I scoured my garage for all of five minutes* to find some spare parts, and combined them with what I salvaged yesterday to re-build the smashed tail light.

There were two problems. Firstly, the rack from my MTB was proving rather difficult to transfer to my hybrid because of a slightly different positioning of rear brakes (there were only a few millimetres in it). The other was that I couldn't get the reconstituted light to mount on the rack securely (or at least not as securely as I'd like). After spending two hours (that's right, two hours) swearing at it and trying a number of unorthodox things, I finally gave up on the idea.

Then while fumbling around some other things lying around in my garage, I came upon another idea. Perhaps I could design my own tail light mount on the rack that had already been on the hybrid. It took about five minutes to put it together, with another five minutes making slight adjustments. It was that simple (although I might stop at a bikeshop on the way home from work tomorrow for one more part to complete the design). I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. On the one hand, knowing how easy it is to construct something like this, and knowing what I need to construct it should give me the confidence of having just one more "emergency" that I can cope with next time around. But did I really need to spend two hours on it? If I'd thought about that idea sooner, the whole thing would have been much easier.

* Incidentally, "the garage floor" is a legitimate storage option. It's called "filing it under 'B' ". I have five minutes worth of proof!

A final note: The 2.3 regular viewers of this page would have noticed I've made some changes to the template. This will be an ongoing project for however long it takes me to do it. I wanted to give the page a more balanced look and create space for more links.


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