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Dan replied to Nat Buckley's discussion Five Dock cycleway funded.
"Hurrah. I ride that route every day, and it's nasty. Lots of close passes."
Apr 18
Bob Moore replied to Dan's discussion ReddyGo vs oBike - battle of the dockless share bikes!
"If anyone complains about "abandoned" dockless bikes  or beiing a waste of resources  https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/mar/29/parking-problem-volkswagen-storing-300000-diesels-across-us"
Mar 31
Bob Moore replied to Dan's discussion ReddyGo vs oBike - battle of the dockless share bikes!
"Sounds impressive. Not that hard to believe if you break it down to daily use of about 6500, which gives a peak use of about 650 per hour by a rule of thumb someone told me (divide daily use by 10), and then divide by number of streets in the area-…"
Mar 31
Bill Parker replied to Dan's discussion ReddyGo vs oBike - battle of the dockless share bikes!
"In Clover's latest newsletter she observes that "....Sydneysiders and visitors have embraced this new service in record numbers – more than 390,000 trips were made in January and February, especially around Central Station, Green…"
Mar 29
Dan replied to KimR's discussion 5% tariff on e-bikes!! What next?
"Kinda frustrating that a local manufacturer of non-street-legal electric motorbikes can make legal and useful commuting technology less accessible to those who want it..."
Mar 29
Dan replied to PeterT's discussion The hazard of share bikes to the blind
"I have no doubt the navigating our urban environments is challenging for those with limited sight. In general we suffer poorly maintained footpaths, often narrow, littered with poles and street furniture, motorists who never respect the 'give…"
Mar 17
PeterT replied to Dan's discussion ReddyGo vs oBike - battle of the dockless share bikes!
"https://www.scoopon.com.au/deals/75876/discover-obikes-bike-sharing-service-save-up-to-87-#/ $6 for 90 days  or $9 for 120 days For the duration of your Scoopon, you’ll be able to pick up, ride for up to 60 minutes and drop off bikes up…"
Mar 14
Jim Frech replied to Dan's discussion ReddyGo vs oBike - battle of the dockless share bikes!
"https://www.smh.com.au/national/sinister-and-secretive-data-harvesters-taking-sydney-for-a-ride-20180308-p4z3i8.html So Melbourne has the honour of a failed docked bike share scheme. Will Sydney have the honour of a failed dockless bike share…"
Mar 10

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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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More bikeshare – Ofo vs Mobike vs Earthbike

Posted on January 1, 2018 at 6:54pm 2 Comments

Hot on the heels of ReddyGo and Obike (click here for my in-depth review of those two schemes) three more bikeshare companies have arrived in Sydney. And, of course, your intrepid correspondent has tried out all of them for your enjoyment and education.…

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New Commute

Posted on December 10, 2017 at 7:25pm 1 Comment



So I got a new job. Instead of riding to the wonders of Chatswood every day, I now get to ride to the delights of Silverwater…

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Tin trail

Posted on December 10, 2017 at 7:23pm 2 Comments

My new journey to work is full of excitement. Some of it of the unpleasant kind – there’s more to come on this topic shortly. But, as always, travelling by bike offers all kinds of opportunities to experience things that you would just pass by in a motor car.

The other day, as I rode to work, I noticed a tin in the road. A biscuit tin, to be precise – of the kind that…

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Bicycles as art

Posted on October 15, 2017 at 6:26pm 3 Comments

Mrs Chillikebab and I recently went on a cultural outing to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Much fun to be had peering at the various avant-garde artworks – the usual combination of quite a lot of ‘meh’, a bit of ‘ooh’, occasional ‘aah’, and even the odd ‘WTF?’.

Amidst the piles of broken concrete fragments, lines drawn on walls, bags of coloured water and…

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More airport riding

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 10:57am 1 Comment

So I had to go to the airport again. But this time to the domestic terminal, rather than international. My assumption would be that it would be equally easy, and I set off with alacrity.

However, it isn’t as easy. Or at least, if it is I haven’t found the easy way to do it. It’s a bit further, but the only route I could find basically involved riding into the airport via the main…

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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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