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..

More cycling blogs

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The midnight hour

Sometimes insomnia can be a good thing.

Last night at around midnight it became obvious that sleep wasn't an option for me at that time. My body simply refused to accept it. I simply needed to get up and do something. I decided on a spur-of-the-moment ride to Austinville, and the glow worms. It was a beautiful night, temperatures in the mid-teens celsius, little wind, and a billion stars in the sky. As soon as I hit the Austinville road turn off and heard the rushing of the creek, filled by recent rain, I realised I'd made the right decision.

For the next however long it was I spent riding up the valley and back, I was entranced by the sound of the creek, the night bird calls, the clear rainforest air, and the green illumination of the glow worms lining the side of the road. The only real concern was the council's latest attempt at "roadwork", but with no traffic to deal with, that was negotiated easily enough. Maybe I should have sleepless nights more often.

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In other news, I heard about this story on Triple J this morning. As if we didn't already know, cyclists are apparently saving the Australian government $200 million per annum in health costs alone. It's just a pity they then go and waste a chunk of it on a study like this when there are far more effective means of silencing anti-cyclist bigots. There was another story that quoted the figure at $290 million, but I digress.

Unfortunately, most of the reaction to this seems to be the usual pie-in-the-sky crap about "rego fees" or "facilities" and so on and so on, with a little bit of self-righteous smugness thrown in for good measure. None of this makes a difference of course, as has been show in every jurisdiction in which it's been tried. Surely a better option would be in the training and education of cyclists so that they become more competent cyclists (particularly at school age), and are therefore more likely to stick with it. I'll write more about this later, but it's something to ponder. For the moment, however, I'll just say where's my share of the $200 million?


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