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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Friday, November 10, 2006

Cynical exploitation

The three-day weekend is a great Australian Tradition. It's a well known fact that attendance at many workplaces is significantly diminished on Fridays and Mondays. For a cycle commuter such as myself, the practical upshot of this is that on these days, roads are less likely to be gridlocked, unless there is some "assistance".

On this particular Friday, I was approaching a multi-lane roundabout (traffic circle for those on the other side of the Pacific), expecting a wait because the lack of gridlock meant that the traffic on Ashmore road would probably be passing through in a consistent stream. All of a sudden one idiot about two cars in front of me decides to charge out into the roundabout anyway, then suddenly realise how stupid he just was, and look for a way to beat even that outburst of stupidity. Inevitably, this meant that his next move was to actually stop in the middle of the roundabout.

When I was younger and perhaps a little more idealistic, I would have immediately thought "what an idiot, why didn't he just go and have done with it?". However, after the best part of 12 years cycling on the Gold Coast, my idealism has given way to pragmatism (some would say cynicism), meaning that this incident didn't particularly surprise me.

In fact, my only reaction was to look for an opportunity. Seeing one, and knowing it would be there for long enough because this guy was so bloody stupid, I accelerated, passed the idiot, picked my way through the clogged roundabout, noting that this guy had singlehandedly clogged three of the four exits (probably would have clogged the fourth had it carried any traffic), and forget all about it, I was gone! All up, that idiot probably managed to knock 5-10 minutes off my commute time.

Just another day in paradise.


Blogger Allez said...

You don't ever take pictures of the traffic you're in! How come?

8:44 am  
Blogger Chris L said...

In that traffic, you don't want to be stopping to take pictures, trust me on that one.

And anyway, traffic looks pretty much the same in any developed country.

1:42 pm  
Blogger Woodog said...

developed country sounds like such an oxymoron when you write it.

8:45 am  
Blogger Chris L said...

I often wonder whether it *is* an oxymoron.

1:39 pm  

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