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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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Back to the future?

After last weekend's two day "tour" on The Black Magic, I am considering making my change to my touring set up. Apparently Australian PM Kevin Rudd wants to buy me a new MTB some time around April. I actually think it's a little early for the Rudd government to be engaging in vote-buying, after all, John Howard used to wait until the year of the election to start. It may be because the Rudd government are relatively inexperienced, but I suspect they'll get the hang of it by their second term. Either way, if the walking metaphor wants to buy me a new bike, I'm not going to refuse the offer.

I am considering using the new MTB as my primary tourer in future. While The Black Magic was only brought out this weekend due to The Blue Flame (the hybrid I usually use) still being unavailable, it performed extremely well for a bike that has had the benefit of no maintenance for almost four years, including a slaughter of the last climb of Tomewin on the Sunday. While there is undoubtedly a weight and rolling resistance penalty in using an MTB vs a hybrid or touring bike (another option I could consider in future), it's not really that significant when compared to the weight of a full touring load regardless. Indeed, when I toured on an MTB in Victoria some years ago, I completed two fully-loaded imperial centuries (rides of 100 miles or more) in the high country in four days.

The MTB also offers greater versatility and durability than the other options, and the smaller wheels make it easier to pack for air travel (Yes, it's a minor difference, but having packed both wheel sizes, I can appreciate the difference). Furthermore, the GEAX Evolution tyres I use on The Black Magic are the most robust I've ever owned. I once got 15,773km between flats on one set (which is pretty good considering the amount of debris on Gold Coast roads). I hope to have my new wheels on the road by April so I can test things out over the Easter weekend, somewhere in Northern NSW, and if that works, I might just take it to Western Australia in September of this year.

Alternatively, I could just hold out for a higher price for my vote. Over to you, Kevvie.


Blogger Mark said...

Hiya Chris,
where is that road in the pic on top of your last posting????
It looks like a great ride, have you thought of planning to do any dirt Audax rides in this area??


5:44 pm  
Blogger Chris L said...

Hi Mark,

The pic in the last post is Urliup Road, between Bilambil and Murwillumbah in NSW.

There is certainly a possibility of running some dirt Audax rides in the area, in fact, I have a route in mind, but I'll need to ride it first to figure out what the distance is likely to be.

8:55 pm  

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