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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Thursday, July 13, 2006

The holiday that pays for itself?

Anyone who has ever been on a self-supported bicycle tour with an open mind is well aware of the conventional reasons for doing so. The chance to see and truly experience a place at your own pace, interaction with the locals, the freedom to go literally wherever you like (whenever you like) without having to follow the itinerary of some tour guide. The chance to be self-sufficient also teaches you a lot about yourself, and sometimes provides the opportunity to develop new skills.

This is where it begins paying for itself. From the time I arrived in New Zealand (about five months ago), I have been finding new things to break on my bike on a regular basis. After spending a heap of money on Glacier walks, Fiord cruises and all manner of other things, my bank balance took a hiding. Shortly after my return, things happened which mean that I had to move apartments, giving me not only the expense of moving (which is substantial), but also a higher weekly rent bill. Two years ago, the combination of these events, and the cost of replacing things on my bike would have left me with a financial crisis.

As things stand, I don't really have a problem. I started learning new repair skills in New Zealand (simply because without them I would never have made it out of Christchurch airport). With those skills has come a confidence to tackle more repair jobs myself, and I've started to find that a lot of them aren't nearly as daunting as I feared they might be. This is actually saving me substantial amounts of money, which means that as far as next year's trip to Scotland and/or Wales is concerned, I might just be able to afford it, even after having some substantial dental work done later in the year.

I honestly never expected a holiday to pay for itself.


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