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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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Junk "science"

I wasn't going to dignify this with a post, but this story just won't go away. Apparently some guy in the UK has done some "research" and based on a sample size of 2,500 cars (fewer than I interact with riding to and from work every day) has concluded that you're more likely to get hit by a car if you wear a helmet than if you don't. Further articles have indicated that the guy carrying out the study was hit twice by passing cars while not wearing the helmet. On that ratio I should be getting hit twice a day (probably more as I deal with less skilled drivers), I suggest that if his skill on a bicycle is that bad, he should probably find some other way to get around.

Of course, conscientous readers will
smell a rat right away. Somewhere in that particular hotlink one is able to note that this "study" comes out just as "There is a strong lobby in the UK attempting to bring in a compulsory helmet law." Granted, helmet laws are imperfect, and indeed helmets themselves have limitations, and this is a point that should not be forgotten. Personally, I agree that it should be a matter of choice, although that changes nothing for me as my choice is to wear one.
However, what I find astonishing is that people continue to trot out the old "helmets are dangerous" line as a way of justifying their argument. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together can see that this research is full of holes, and can see that it is a political statement rather than an example of hard science. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't have two brain cells to rub together when it comes to cycling, and thus are likely to be fooled by the "message" this piece is trying to convey -- "if I wear a helmet I'll get hit by cars".

The facts about helmets are these: Helmets offer protection to the head from certain types of crashes. This protection is not perfect, but is better than none (which is what one has without a helmet). If you're cycling dangerously and unpredictably, or if you're dealing with dangerous and unpredictable drivers, your chances of being hit by a car will increase whether or not you're wearing a helmet (although most cyclist crashes have
no involvement from cars whatsoever -- and most of those that do are avoidable). However, a helmet that is not worn properly is basically useless, and even one that is used properly is still no substitute for using skill and common sense to avoid crashing in the first place.


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