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Bill Parker replied to Dan's discussion WITWIMB?
"It's not for the North Sea variety but maybe Dan can use these for this cargo http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-10/how-aboriginal-and-colonial-settlers-cooked-parramatta-eel/8342840"
Mar 10
Dan replied to kate bastians's discussion Footage sought for article
"I'm glad the Wentworth Courier is running positive cycling stories. And I also see some small shifts in NewsCorp editorial policy towards cycling elsewhere. However, across many (most) mastheads, and over many years, NewsCorp has consistently…"
Mar 9
Dan replied to kate bastians's discussion Footage sought for article
"A NewsCorp publication carrying an article calling for more cycle routes? NewsCorp has over many years promulgated aggressive and inflammatory anti-cyclist rhetoric that serves to stifle cycling investment and puts cyclists in danger. Forgive me if…"
Mar 9
Dabba replied to Dan's discussion WITWIMB?
"Ah yes, I remember it from the inside pic, however it's not as magnificent as the  Sagrada Familia on either the inside or outside! "
Mar 7
Ma Dame Vélo replied to Dan's discussion WITWIMB?
"But more importantly you still haven't explained what you are doing with a North Sea smoked eel in your basket?!"
Mar 7
Dan replied to Dan's discussion WITWIMB?
"You are all very good at this. Yes, it's Berlin, Kaiser Williams church - the new one built in the 60s, to replace the one that was nearly destroyed in WW2 bombing raids. Here's the inside of the new one - it's rather spectacular…"
Mar 7
Warren Hudson replied to Dan's discussion WITWIMB?
"baa baa, I'm guessing that the bike is still there? I'd definitely give it a few more days before going back to retrieve it. This smoked North Sea Eel was just sitting beside the cycle path in the suburbs of NW Canberra. Unfortunately it…"
Mar 7
baa baa replied to Dan's discussion WITWIMB?
"I quite like snakes but my approach to take her pic was just wrong. Looked to have just shed a skin so was flat out cranky. My dad always said never put a shadow over a snake as they will know just where you are. The click of my phone camera gave…"
Mar 7

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Whatever
Where in Sydney do you live ?
Inner West
Tell us about your bikes
I've had a lot of bikes over the last five years; at one point I had five bikes in the shed. However, I've now rationalised down to two bikes (although I am itching to get another...)

Salsa Casseroll singlespeed / fixie

This is what I usually ride to work on. It’s set up as a fixed-gear, which means you can’t stop pedalling. Sounds mad, but it’s lots of fun. And it makes going up hills easier (kind of). I love this bike. It makes me smile every time I ride it. And it looks cool.

Xtracycle Radish

My cargo bike. I've carried all sorts of things on this, from my trombone to a table, from a person to a pile of boxes. it really does open up a new world of riding - just so practical. It's also made me re-think the benefits of an upright, slower bike that you can hop on any time without getting changed or putting on funny shoes.

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Posted on February 23, 2017 at 12:50pm 2 Comments

Most days, I ride to and from work along Burns Bay Road. On the upper section through Lane Cove, I probably get at least one motorist a day who comes closer than 1m. It has a 50km/h limit; it's marked with signs for caution due to pedestrian activity, and has a number of pedestrian refuges along its length. It should be a good road for cycling, but the unfortunate 'door-zone' markings make is much more dangerous than it should be.

(As an aside, there's plenty of room for separated…


Freak storm

Posted on February 18, 2017 at 2:45pm 2 Comments

Sydney's Inner West is usually a quiet kind of place. Little happens to disturb the sounds of single-origin lattes being brewed in hipster cafes, and kids being driven to school in urban tractors.

However, yesterday there was a Big Storm. Freak winds hit this otherwise quietly complacent patch of inner-city gentrification, bringing down trees and damaging buildings. Those freak winds probably lasted for no more than fifteen minutes, but it was quite exciting whilst it…


Bike on bike nut job

Posted on February 8, 2017 at 9:00pm 5 Comments

It  sometimes happens that I end up with two bikes at work. Some inequality in rides too and from caused by side trips, lifts, taxis and business trips conspire to create this imbalance. For the most part I just wait it out, and it usually corrects itself, but the situation had been going on for weeks, and didn’t seem to be resolving.

So I went with the rather unwieldy option of…


Tagalongs, kids and cold weather

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 12:59pm 2 Comments

The Dan family recently went on holiday to the UK, which was nice. And also very cold. I didn’t get to do much riding at all, but there was one small highlight when we stayed at CenterParcs for a few days (as a kind of respite from relentless family reunions…!).…


Wearing out

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 12:31pm 1 Comment

It’s Terrific Tuesday! Time for our dose of cycling good news and upbeat blogging. And today’s theme is – things wearing out.

‘But how is that good news?’ I hear you cry. Well, because it pleases me. I have had a bunch of things wear out just recently:

  • the front rim on the fixie
  • the rear tyre on the fixie
  • the bottom bracket on the Radish
  • the cleats…

Comment Wall (18 comments)

At 9:58pm on November 2, 2008, DamianM said…
Hi Dan

Welcome to Sydneycyclist! (a little belatedly I know, I'm usually more on top of this)
How do you like the Casseroll ? I considered that bike just before I bought my Masi
At 9:27pm on March 6, 2009, Neil Alexander said…
Hope you are able to read the map without the aid of the microscope I need these days. Geez they made it tiny! I really enjoyed researching the routes in Balmain -- some of the harbourside routes are superbly scenic but do you reckon they could shoehorn any more cars in there? Talk about wall-to-wall parking... See you again one Tuesday, maybe after DL saving ends and it is actually light in the morning at 5.45 when I need to leave Artarmon to get there.
At 10:11am on June 29, 2009, DamianM said…
Hey Dan

Damn you're quick up that hill!
At 11:06am on June 29, 2009, DamianM said…
It's all good, I need some new cleats I think, having lots of problems with the left foot staying in at the moment, so I got a slow start. I would have overtaken me too!
At 5:15pm on September 21, 2009, DamianM said…
Hey thanks for the comment. Yeah I'm healing up pretty well, my right shoulder is still a little sore, I might go get some remedial massage done now it doesn't hurt too much.
Skin is all healed up too.

My fitness is a bit of a worry, with my last 6 months of work I hadn't been riding much other than commuting, add in two weeks off the bike and I'm horrible shape.
Thankfully I'm working at home for a few weeks so I can turn that around.

Next step is get the bike fixed....thankfully I have more than one :)
At 1:22pm on October 9, 2009, Freewheelin' Franklin said…
Hi Dan,

Can you tell me what crank length you run on your fixie?
I' using some old 175's that I want to replace cause I keep touching when I pedal through corners. Was thinking most likely165's but was interested to hear what someone running a fixed casseroll was using.

PS glad you're likeing the new one - they are pleasant hey!
At 9:37am on October 16, 2009, Neil Alexander said…
Tiny, tiny screwdriver was put in a "safe place where it can be easily found". I will begin searching for it now.
At 9:48pm on October 19, 2009, Freewheelin' Franklin said…
great if you let me know when you get it back that would be tops

Am looking at these particular bits of fluff

I'm pretty sure the bb height is the same for all frame sizes - but will have to go check the salsa website to make sure. Mines a 53 (weird salsa size)
At 12:09pm on November 4, 2009, Freewheelin' Franklin said…
thanks for that. I'll go the 167.5's then should be no probs... of course tyre size probably makes a difference too
At 5:40pm on January 12, 2010, Michael S. (Boxhead) said…
Thanks Dan. It was good to meet you also. See you again some time zooming past on your fixie.

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