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, December 31, 2009

Restoring the balance

Does anybody in South East Queensland want to know the real reason it has started raining again, after five complete months without it? Some have claimed that it's just that the wet season has started, others have held that a tropical cyclone from Western Australia decided to cross the country instead of just going out to see like they normally do, and consequently gave everyone a good soaking. Other theories have ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous, but how many of you would like to know the REAL reason?

I can reveal that the real reason for the return of the rain is down to me, and only me. Those who have been reading this blog for a while will remember that I had a nasty crash when descending a wet mountain road in July (I can't be bothered to dig up the link, you can search the archives if you want to read about it). Of course, that was the last time it rained here, even if I did get a drenching on the other side of the country in September. So what did I do to make it rain again? I crashed again, of course.

It was while climbing Springbrook, the highest peak in the Gold Coast Hinterland that it happened. I committed the cardinal sin of trying to change gear while pushing up a 15% gradient (instead of just getting into the gear before I hit the hill), causing the chain to slip off, and for some reason, at that moment, I couldn't manage to unclip from the pedals. Of course, the gradient caused the bike to stop and topple over quite quickly, leaving me on the ground. Fortunately this time I wasn't hurt (although I did spill a bit of blood), and was able to get up and slaughter the remainder of the mountain.

It has barely stopped raining since. In fact, some local flood warnings were issued earlier this week. The farmers can send their cheques to me.


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