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 20, 2006


A rather interesting discussion is taking place in the touring forum at bikeforums right now. Initially it started as a way of avoiding sunburn on long tours, but then branched into the area of staying cool on blisteringly hot days. As someone who experiences more than my share of those, I am always interested in suggestions here. One that seemed to be coming up frequently is the suggestion of wearing a long-sleeved jersey while riding.

The idea behind it seems to be that keeping the sun off the body is a way of keeping cool. It seems to be practiced fairly widely, enough that I might consider it myself. What I would be interested in is whether it works as well in overly humid climates where the bulk of the heat does not actually come directly from the sun, but from the humidity of the surrounding air.

On the other hand, in 2004 I was organising/leading a century ride in October on a warm day. Having been sunburned the previous day, I was forced into wearing arm warmers for virtually the duration of the ride, including the midday climb of Mt Tamborine. I remember completing the ride (around 180km in total) and recalling that wearing arm warmers didn't seem to make the heat all that unbearable (even if I wasn't keen to try it again).

Another suggestion argued that cotton business shirts, while having a certain "dork" factor (as if that's a bad thing) were even better. For some reason I have a strange urge to try that one out on a commute. I wonder what my employer would think if I showed up after riding in my work clothes.


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