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, June 15, 2007

So who needs a car?

It's amazing how many people whine about how their car is keeping them broke. If it isn't fuel prices (which are still cheap in this country by world standards anyway), then it's the repairs, the rego, the repayments, or even the fact that the thing loses half of it's value as soon as you drive it out of the show room. Of course, not owning a car I don't have any of those problems. However, I'm just about to drop $600 on bicycle repairs, so perhaps I'm not getting off as lightly as some think.

Basically I need new pedals, a new saddle, a new chain & cluster, cables and several other things before I head to Scotland, which is now just two weeks away. Who needs a car when a bicycle is quite capable of keeping me broke?

It seems that just about everyone wants money off me right now -- even my Internet provider tried to overcharge me (they were soon talked out of that). That said, I'm sure when I ride the new components this weekend I'll feel better. I guess the real benefit in having my bike is knowing that the average car's fuel bill will tear up the $600 in no time, while I should now be clear for at least a few months.

Incidentally, I have to ask why there is so much whining going on about oil companies supposedly "overcharging" for fuel. If this was any other commodity in the economy, everyone would be saying that the company has a right to charge whatever people are prepared to pay and make as much money as possible from it, after all, it's just capitalism, right?

Heck, if I started publicly whining about farmers or bakers supposedly "profiteering" by charging too much for bread, I'd quickly be shouted down and branded a "communist", yet it seems people can whine about fuel prices and somehow a company making a profit here is now evil. Isn't it funny how quickly people who call themselves "capitalists" suddenly morph into communists when it suits them?


Blogger Rodney Olsen said...

A $600 service on a car wouldn't go as far as it does on your bike.

Rather than whining about petrol prices we had Pauline's car converted to gas.

With a $2000 rebate from the Federal Government and a $1000 rebate from the State Government we didn't need to pay for the conversion at all.

If only the governments would give me a $3000 rebate for using a fuel efficient vehicle I could throw in a few extra dollars and pick up a very nice new bike.

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