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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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Bang goes that one!

I had been realistically thinking I could get through 2006 without any kind of crash. Given the number of crashes I normally have, it was probably a silly idea, but after being hit by a car in Christchurch and simply riding on without even a twitch earlier this year, I figured I had a chance. Until I took leave of my senses this morning.

This morning I took my MTB out to some recently discovered singletrack which has some gradients that are, shall we say, physically impossible to ride up (at least on that surface). Of course, the fact that they are physically impossible to ride up wasn't going to stop me, was it? I was going to do it anyway!

That thought lasted until about half way up one particular hill, when I realised that it just wasn't going to happen because of the way my back wheel was sliding around. Of course, instead of giving up at that point, I simply put all my weight on the back, and tried to pedal on regardless. It stopped the sliding, but it also took away my momentum. Here is what to do if you find yourself trying to trackstand and pedal up a hill simultaneously -- forget it.

Without momentum, my bike (with me still clipped into the pedals) just tipped over. The good thing about crashing at this speed is that it doesn't hurt -- even if I rolled a surprisingly long way. The funny thing about crashing is that it tends to lift the heart rate, even when it doesn't hurt. And with that goes my non-crash record for this year. Guess I'll just have to try again in 2007.


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