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Gazelle e-bike - repair or replace?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Raj vittal Feb 4. 11 Replies

BN changes helmet policy

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Raj vittal replied to Dan's discussion Gazelle e-bike - repair or replace?
"Thanks @Scientia, No Budget for cars on cards!"
Feb 4
Scientia et Labore replied to Dan's discussion Gazelle e-bike - repair or replace?
"Raj Vittal ??"
Jan 25
Bob Moore replied to Dan's discussion Gazelle e-bike - repair or replace?
"anyone want a Renault Clio, 2004, 50,000 km? "
Jan 25
Scientia et Labore replied to Dan's discussion Gazelle e-bike - repair or replace?
"In some ways a car that is hardly driven is a good car."
Jan 25
Neil Alexander replied to Dan's discussion Gazelle e-bike - repair or replace?
"LOLs. When I helped my (now late) father buy his last car in 2006, we spent almost $30,000 on a Holden Astra. (His idea.)  I was the only driver because Dad had relinquished his licence at age 93 after crashing his old car. The Astra was only…"
Jan 24
Dan replied to Dan's discussion Gazelle e-bike - repair or replace?
"Thanks. I bought the bike for Mrs Dan, but she never really rode. it. I used to ride it sometimes when an e-bike was useful, eg going to meetings in a suit. I do probably 8K a year on my fixie...!"
Jan 22
Bernard replied to Dan's discussion Gazelle e-bike - repair or replace?
"Without knowing your situation maybe you can go a non assisted bike? 1500km in 7 yrs is pretty low. I've done just about 4200km on my ebike and it's coming up to 2 years this April. I have an old front wheel motor and lithium bottle…"
Jan 17
Scientia et Labore replied to Dan's discussion Gazelle e-bike - repair or replace?
"Yes, I have to wonder if wider fit-for-Purpose rules above and beyond Basic warranty might be applied. It is also a bit dodgy that a repair isn't offered. Can you imagine being told you cannot have a car Clutch replaced? It is absurd. It may…"
Jan 17

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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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Fixie at 46

Posted on January 4, 2019 at 11:27am 1 Comment

“I still feel that variable gears are only for people over 45. Isn’t it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft; as for me, give me a fixed gear!” - Henri Desgrange

Yesterday I turned 46. And I still ride a fixie. 

Officially I am therefore still 45. And will remain so for as long as I can turn those pedals..…


Hit by a car...

Posted on July 27, 2018 at 8:52am 9 Comments

Yes, it happened again. Again, when I was stationary. Festooned in hi-viz and flashing lights. A car drove into me – a sort of low-speed crunching as my bicycle was devoured by the front of his gas-guzzling SUV. Thankfully the driver…


A good pass

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

You may remember a little while ago I blogged about a truck driver who gave me plenty of room. Well, I had another very positive experience the other day with a cement truck driver. It was around the same spot, at a point where the bike lane (a painted on one of course, so not proper bike infrastructure) follows the road around to the left, and I wanted to go straight on – meaning I have to go…


Stop line and police lines

Posted on May 19, 2018 at 7:15pm 6 Comments

[ [click for video] Every day, I cycle through Sydney Olympic Park. As do many cyclists; it…


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.…


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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