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future transport survey

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Childhood injury study

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Dan replied to Peter H's discussion And they begin to retaliate
"'Why aren't people at the same level of rage when thinking about all the cars that are left on public roads and in other public spaces' BECAUSE ROADS WERE BUILT FOR CARS AND I PAY REGO AND ROAD TAX TO BE ABLE TO PARK ON THE ROAD GET…"
Aug 11
Dan replied to Neil Alexander's discussion Influencing the policies of political parties*
"Yes, I agree with that - some of the policy positions held by BV / BNSW are, by international standards, bizarre. Supporting helmet legislation and campaigning for higher fines for cyclists (we will get respect!) spring to mind. I wonder how much it…"
Aug 10
Dan replied to Neil Alexander's discussion Influencing the policies of political parties*
"Sorry Dr, I wasn't criticising your approach or successes. I understand the need to engage with the political process, and am glad you have successes.. Rather I was pointing out that the approach taken by BV and BNSW has not yielded a single…"
Aug 10
Dan replied to Neil Alexander's discussion Influencing the policies of political parties*
"This is the approach that has been undertaken by BNSW and BV since the dawn of time. A few years ago I had the opportunity to present to the BNSW board, and some of the members were scathing about the advocacy work done by the BUGs - they felt it…"
Aug 9
Dan replied to Neil Alexander's discussion Influencing the policies of political parties*
"Pretty much the only thing that drives the NSW political agenda is the notion of what is required to win votes 'out west'. I'm not even sure what 'out west' really means, or even if these voters are important, but generally…"
Aug 8
Nat Buckley replied to Dan's discussion future transport survey
"I spent many minutes answering the questions, then seemed to get lost.  I still dont know whether my input was accepted.  i got no "thanks for your answers". Not a user-friendly survey form."
Aug 7
Edward Re liked Dan's blog post Bike share in Shanghai
Jul 28
Dan replied to Scientia et Labore's discussion Manchester's dockless bike share
"Ha, yes comments very funny. And in the midst of all the Thatcher-blaming class warfare, someone has to do it:"
Jul 21

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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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Ride and Fly

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 6:18pm 4 Comments

You may remember some time ago I impulse purchased a luggage trailer. My initial review was not 100% favourable, and to be honest since then it’s pretty much stayed in the garage unused.

However, the other day I had to go…


Bike share in Shanghai

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 11:11am 1 Comment

I had to visit Shanghai recently, and was amazed by the number of bike share bikes there were everywhere. And I mean everywhere. The system there does not rely on the docking stations more common elsewhere, but rather the bikes can be picked up and left anywhere, meaning there are bikes scattered all over the place. You literally can’t walk more than a few metres without…



Posted on May 23, 2017 at 10:30pm 5 Comments

As you may remember, over the New Year period we went to the UK, and had a very successful experience with a …


Teaching kids how bikes work...

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 12:05pm 1 Comment

With the junior Dans now at school, we have the joy of school readers. Books they bring home to read to us – full of the joy of them learning to read, and the crushing monotony of the repetitive sentences.

The other day, one of the juniors brought home this one – ‘How does my bike work?’. This book I of course approved of. Nothing like some good early education…


I can ride!

Posted on May 2, 2017 at 1:37pm 4 Comments

My youngest daughter has, for many years, been an absolute natural on a balance bike. Since she was two years old she’s been scooting along, balancing with ease and maneuvering like a pro. However, the transition to a bike with pedals has taken longer than expected. Despite the fact that she can scoot along on a tiny balance bike (long outgrown), lift up her feet and pretend to pedal, for…


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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