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.

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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
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Ms Mittens
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Aussie Writer and Cycletourist
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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.

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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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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Am I getting a little too cynical?

I just returned from a very rewarding and enjoyable four day bike tour. However, before I post a ride report, there is a little something I want to get off my chest (on another note) first. I want to know if living where I do is finally starting to mess with my mind.

I've read numerous comments on various cycling fora from people claiming they have some urge "to look" whenever they ride past the scene of a car crash. I rode past yet another one at Tugun yesterday on my way home from a weekend bike tour, and felt no such urge, or even any emotion at all.

Oh I'd have called an ambulance had there not already been one there (I can only assume the crash had happened a couple of hours previously), but I felt absolutely no emotion about the whole thing. My thought was more along the lines of "here we go again", before clinically picking my way through the resulting traffic mess. Honestly, you'd think Gold Coast drivers would have learned to handle this sort of thing by now -- given that it seems to happen so often.

This after having a number of drivers pass within millimeters of me and not caring. Last year I actually got hit by a car over in Christchurch and just kept riding without even changing my cadence or looking up (a full touring load does act as a useful cushion from time to time). When I got home all the tabloids were apparently screaming about another "horror weekend" on the roads -- I didn't even bother to roll my eyes.

I had always thought the ability to remain calm and clinical in such situations was an advantage -- a useful survival tool. I am, however, a little concerned that I may be becoming a little too desensitised to this sort of thing. Rarely these days does a week go by without this sort of thing happening, and the amount of broken windscreen glass on the roads seems to indicate that it's not just happening when I'm around.

Does anybody else feel like this?


Anonymous DamianM said...

You've been too cynical for a while Chris. A lot of the time when I read your blog I can't help of thinking about a Sheryl Crow lyric, "If it makes you happy, then why are you so sad". Cycling is meant to be good for the spirit.

3:56 pm  
Blogger zen rao said...

hi, call it coincidence or whatever we have the same blogger id on i was thoroughly thrilled to see your blog and liked it immensely. Keep blogging and have fun

4:57 pm  
Blogger Chris L said...

DamianM -- I call things as I see them. To be honest, a lot of the things I see don't surprise me enough to make me sad these days, they're just considered one more obstacle to be negotiated. That was really the point of this post -- once upon a time riding past a car crash would have bothered me. Now I just deal with the fact that it's there, and move on.

7:50 pm  

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