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BN changes helmet policy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edward Re Nov 6, 2018. 12 Replies

RIP dockless bike share

Started this discussion. Last reply by mikesbytes Jul 23, 2018. 13 Replies

The bicycle of springs

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Dan replied to Bob Moore's discussion Westconnex revised plans for The Crescent and Victoria Rd
"What a cluster. Huge amounts of new road space simply to queue cars that are going to be virtually stationary at peak times, whilst making pedestrians and cyclists wait a likely 4-6 minutes just to cross the road."
Friday
Dan replied to Bob Moore's discussion Victoria Rd shared path through Rozelle
"Thanks for the info, Bob. Sheesh, this whole thing is a cluster. Cars cars cars cars cars cars cars cars cars cars cars cars cars cars cars cars cars cars cars ......"
Thursday
Dan replied to Hector Lupuche-Oviedo's discussion Riding on the bus lane in /
"Bus only lanes are marked as such. But I reckon you are pretty safe in a 'bus only' lane, especially a short one painted on the road. The police I doubt even know the difference, or how it applies to bicycles."
Thursday
Dan replied to Bob Moore's discussion On the radar
"My ride to work was one of my most miserable for a long time. Very cold, very wet, rather windy. Yuk."
Jun 4
Dan replied to Sir Mark's discussion Yet another Cyclist Killed - Vale
"I didn't want to go there either  - there is a racist overtone to making the connection, given it is entirely speculative. And for that I apologise. But when I saw that link on social media, it did bring me up short - as the part of this I…"
May 14
Dan replied to Sir Mark's discussion Yet another Cyclist Killed - Vale
May 14
Dan replied to Sir Mark's discussion Yet another Cyclist Killed - Vale
"Horrible. I work near there, and ride nearby streets regularly. Being hit from behind is now the thing I fear the most. 10 years ago, I feared it the least - for all the lack of attention drivers pay to their environment, it used to be a reasonable…"
May 9
Dan replied to Bob Moore's discussion Research on passing distances in Melbourne
"Very interesting; from my own experience it is true that if there is a 'bicycle lane', however inadequate, drivers do not move over to pass you. If 'their' lane is clear, they will barrel through. Drivers are notoriously myopic…"
Apr 15

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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..…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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