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, December 13, 2006

Is Daylight worth saving?

Once again the old Daylight Saving debate is on in Queensland. My information is that the government have scaled down their expectations this time around. Figuring they have no chance of getting any support for it at all in the deep north, the lastest plan seems to include only the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

I did, of course, grow up with the concept in New South Wales, and like everyone else in the state at the time, I hated it with a passion. It might come as a surprise to some, then, that my opinion on the matter is starting to soften a little. The main issue for me right now is having sunlight streaming in my window at 4.30am. I have to admit, this wasn't something I bargained for when I chose this apartment some months ago (when the days were shorter), so for now it's just something I have to live with.

What it means, is that essentially I'm up at 4.30am everyday, simply because it's too hot to sleep in the Queensland sun. That, in itself, isn't such a bad thing, but it does mean that I have to go to bed ridiculously early if I want a decent night's sleep (which is rare enough in the hot nights). This, of course, means I have to curb my passion for cycling at night, and ride before work instead.

On the other hand, if daylight saving were to be introduced, the post-work rides would be mostly completed in daylight, which might make getting a decent night ride somewhat less practical through the week. It would also mean that I'd be less likely to have the areas I ride through to myself at that time. Consequently, I'm still somewhat ambivalent on the subject.

Personally I'm just hanging out for March 31, which will mean that all this "summer" rubbish is well and truly over.


Blogger Adrian Fitch said...

We're having the opposite problem in London at the moment. Sunrise was at 07:56 this morning and sunset will be at 15:51. Evening rides are a lot less fun when its dark and cold.

Hopefully Qld will figure out the benefits of daylight saving soon and get over their curtains fading and the cows not knowing when to get up.

10:54 pm  
Blogger Chris L said...

Hmmm, dark and cold... an interesting combination. Most of the time our nights are dark and warm -- even at 2am in the middle of "winter".

The argument about the cows is particularly amusing. It's funny how there never seem to be any cows in Brisbane until someone mentions daylight saving. ;^)

1:52 pm  

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