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Geoff commented on Dan's blog post Not so whitewall tyres
"Don't worry about cleaning off the tyres as they will soon look much dirtier. I have whitewalls on my station bike and they are getting to the point that you can hardly see the white. That bike is filthy. So dirty that there are two dirt…"
Friday
dr bean commented on Dan's blog post One thousand electric kilometres
"Hmm, so I am 700kms from a puncture on my e-bike that's about to tick over to 300kms (probably later today)... Good to know!"
Apr 21
Dan posted a blog post

One thousand electric kilometres

A small thing, but Mrs Dan's electric bike ticked over to a thousand kilometres the other day. I was able to capture the event on video, for your viewing pleasure.This was on the same day that I had to replace the front brake pads – so I can tell you that pads last for exactly 1000km.And it was also the day after I got the first puncture on that bike. So they seem to come at about 1000km intervals.You might be thinking that 1000km is not a very high total for a bike that is …See More
Apr 19
Dan replied to Michael O'Reilly's discussion Mike needs a new bike ...
"I'm curious about this too. A 10 yr old steel frame should have plenty of life left in it, surely? Even when ridden by a leviathan?"
Apr 19
Dan posted a blog post

Not so whitewall tyres

I finally had to put new tyres on the Radish. The old ones were getting extremely worn; to the point they were completely smooth and starting to bulge. Riding it was very peculiar; the tyres were so squishy the bike handling was very odd, especially around corners. They were the ones that came with the bike, so have done a lot of km over the past seven years or so.I have been thinking about new…See More
Apr 18
Dan replied to Dabba's discussion How? Why? 14/4/17
"Agreed. Immediately after the law came in, I noticed an improvement in driver behaviour; no doubt because it got at least some publicity. But a year on, with no enforcement or education, things are, if anything, worse than before IMO."
Apr 17
Dan replied to Dabba's discussion How? Why? 14/4/17
"This is yet another tragedy. My thoughts are with the cyclists' family and friends. I can't help wondering if this will have an effect on police attitudes to these types of crimes. I note in the report that 'Major collision…"
Apr 14
Dabba commented on Dan's blog post Another close pass. Sigh.
"Lazy police work. Way back when Noah was a boy, my law lecturer spoke of police being charged for neglect of duty. Laws may have changed in the intervening period, however, if not, this is the sort of thing that the cycling "peak bodies"…"
Apr 13

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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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One thousand electric kilometres

Posted on April 19, 2017 at 4:27pm 1 Comment

A small thing, but Mrs Dan's electric bike ticked over to a thousand kilometres the other day. I was able to capture the event on video, for your viewing pleasure.

This was on the same day that I had to replace the front brake pads – so I can tell you that pads last for exactly 1000km.

And it was also the day…

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Not so whitewall tyres

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 3:52pm 1 Comment

I finally had to put new tyres on the Radish. The old ones were getting extremely worn; to the point they were completely smooth and starting to bulge. Riding it was very peculiar; the tyres were so squishy the bike handling was very odd, especially around corners. They were the ones that came with the bike, so have done a lot of km over the past seven years or…

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Another close pass. Sigh.

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 6:18pm 1 Comment

You may remember a while ago I took some footage of a car passing very close to the cops. The reaction was surprisingly positive, you may recall. Well, it happened again the other day. So I thought I would take it in as well, and also take the opportunity to find out what had happened to…

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Another one...

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…

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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…

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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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