The Graceful Cyclists

Cycle touring and other adventures

Incidental Cycle Touring

in·ci·den·tal/ˌinsiˈdentl/ Accompanying but not a major part of something: “incidental expenses”. Yesterday we decided that we wanted to see the Glasshouse Mountains, which are located in the hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast. Getting there from Brisbane is amazingly easy, it simply requires catching a train from central Brisbane and you are there in about an hour. Plus you can use your goCard so you don’t even have to buy a […]

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Planning the Border Loop (QLD/NSW)

So now that things have settled down a bit and I am getting accustomed to Queensland it seems like a good time to go back to NSW. Lonely Planet’s book Cycling Australia describes a 5 day trip around the border region of QLD and NSW that I think I am going to try to do in the coming weeks. It is described as a demanding 5 day, 330km loop starting […]

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Crash Hazard Ahead

“Remember to keep the road under you and the sky above you and everything will be fine” – Tim Sindle It has been brought to our attention that Christian and I do not have a working definition of what exactly a ‘crash’ is. I swear he stacked it the other day, but he maintains he just ‘came off’. Pfft. So we’ve had to clarify the meaning of ‘stacked’ and ‘came…

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Brisbane Adventures #2

So I’ve now been in Brissie for a week and having been thoroughly impressed by what I’ve seen so far I thought I would share some of my favourite discoveries. 1) Brisbane Cycle Ways – The Brissie cycle way network is simply just amazing. Of the 40 kilometres I rode  yesterday 30 would have been on cycleways and 1o on dedicated cycleways. I will take a picture when it isn’t […]

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Brissie Ride 1

Day four in Brissie and we went for our first ride today. We hadn’t planned all that much except that we had to be back by 10:30am and wanted to go across some bridges. Setting out early I was amazed to find that we were able to ride everywhere on bike paths, they seem to cover the vast majority of the city, including what I would call the outer suburbs. […]

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Tasmanian National Parks

So, cleaning out my room before I move to Brissie I came across our National Park Passport from the tassie trip. I am fairly certain the the passport is designed for kids but we got into collecting stamps in a fairly serious way. We knew we were never going to get every stamp, but I would say we did a fairly good job!     We made it to: Mt […]

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Frailty of Cyclist

Yesterday I had an absurd experience which reminded me just how frail a cyclist is, and that we are at the peril of drivers more often then we think. I wasn’t hurt, nor was my bike, but the situation was more then enough to shake me. Normally when I think about accidents involving bikes it will include merging traffic, cars screaming through intersections or just not staying on their own […]

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