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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Monday, June 04, 2007


I figured this was going to happen sooner or later, has been sold. It's perhaps a surprise that I should even write about this at all, given that I've rarely ventured there over the last two and a half years. Nevertheless, as one of the earlier ones to join that site, it was interesting to watch it's development since early 2000, and to observe just how accurately on-line communities reflect the same issues as other communities.

According to the messages on the site at the time, that forum was originally started because many of the on-line fora around in those days were full of semi-adolescent trolls with little more to do than get involved in flame wars, spam, or just generally disrupt the flow of the board for the other users. Joe figured he could build a better forum, and he did. While I might look at the forum now and wonder why I spent so much time there between 2000 and 2004, the fact is that it was an extremely entertaining and informative place. I was even happy to accept the role of moderator when asked in December 2002.

Toward the end of 2004, however, I could see things changing, and not always for the better. The traffic was increasing to the point where moderators would have had to spend more time online than they probably would have liked to keep the place in order, the sort of flamers and trolls* the forum had been set up to avoid were arriving among the exponentially increasing traffic. I was also starting to feel as though just about every topic had already been argued back and forth enough times to lose my interest, and at the end of 2004 I advised Joe to find another moderator because I wasn't going to be around much anymore.

Even by then I got the impression that he was starting to lose enthusiasm for the whole project, and I couldn't really blame him. I have no idea what price he got for the forum, but I hope it was a good one. While I think the place has gone downhill in recent years (probably a direct function of it's popularity, which ruins most things), at it's peak it provided a lot of enjoyment and knowledge for the many who used it, and the fact is that nothing has really replaced it. That said, I doubt if I'll ever get involved in a lot of those discussions again regardless, these days I really don't see the point.


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