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Dan replied to Jim Frech's discussion MHL Worldwide Study?
"Grzebieta comes from the same school as the originators of all this nonsense - Thompson, Thompson and Riveira.  He sets up a 'meta study' with carefully constructed inclusion criteria that allows him to ignore…"
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Dan commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"That would be interesting, yes. How did you do it? Did they let you cycle the whole route? I would have thought that the bits on closed roads (eg SHB) would not be possible unless you were an official participant?"
Sep 2
Dan commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"Yes, you are correct, although the fact that a magistrate said certificates are allowed gives at least a reasonable defence if you did challenge a fine in court - although whether another magistrate would feel bound by that previous commentary is…"
Sep 1
Dan replied to Leighton Edwards-Burns's discussion Shoes etc.
"God advice. Flat pedals should be considered, and are a good option for most people for most riding. Don't assume you need clip-in pedals, or get them because someone else told you you need them. If you try them, and like them, good for you. If…"
Sep 1
Dan replied to Leighton Edwards-Burns's discussion Shoes etc.
"I use SPD-SLs as I like them better than SPDs. They are more comfortable to pedal with - at least in my experience (I have had basic models of both), and easier to align. Your mileage may vary. Single sided isn't an issue, as SPD-SL pedals are…"
Aug 31
Dan commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"No, the road rules don't reference that you can use a medical certificate for helmets. However, a magistrate has said that you can. What the magistrate didn't say was was what constituted a valid medical certificate. However, that fact…"
Aug 31
Dan commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"Sorry to hear about your experience, Collin. The moto / HWP cops I have dealt with have generally been very aggressive, so I'd say you got a rare good apple first time. That said, if you feel it necessary there are four pieces of information…"
Aug 31
Dan replied to James Mahon's discussion Transport Costs - News Online SMH 22 August 2016
"Yes. Driving is crazy expensive, and very slow, but for many people it is the only choice. Decades of under-investment in public transport and a complete failure to provide safe and pleasant cycling / walking options have made it so. This is the…"
Aug 23

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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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Kids, helmets and changing play

Posted on August 8, 2016 at 2:50pm 4 Comments

Here’s the Chillikebab kids, ready for an outing to the park for a picnic. See the excited faces! And check out how different they look form a few years ago

There’s also another difference you may have spotted, too. Yes, they are wearing bike helmets. Not because I made them or even asked them to,…

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T1 bike trailer - towable luggage...

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 12:00pm 6 Comments

Pushy's had a mid-season sale recently, and there were some bargains to be had. And given that the objective of buying things ins a sale is not to buy things you actually need, but rather save as much money as possible by buying things you probably don't need but which are heavily discounted, I found myself purchasing…

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From 'd!ckhead' to 'Sir' in the flash of a camera...

Posted on June 4, 2016 at 4:52pm 6 Comments

The other evening I was riding home from work when I happened to ride past a Highway Patrol car. Usually they just ignore me, but on this occasion, the officer evidently felt the need to share his opinion of me. Leaning out of the window, bogan-style, he yelled across to me.

'Where's your helmet,…

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Ouch

Posted on December 31, 2015 at 1:23pm 2 Comments

I like riding in wet weather. It’s fun, like being a kid again. Of course, you do have to take a bit more care. Wet roads can be slippery. Especially when cornering. Especially when cornering over a whole load of white paint and metal manhole covers. Wet metal is very very…

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Flat Tyres and Flat Caps

Posted on November 7, 2015 at 10:01pm 5 Comments

Flat tyre

I got my bike out of the shed the other day, and the tyre was flat. Flat as a proverbial pancake. This was a great shock, as I never get punctures. People always look at me incredulously when I say that, but it’s true. Punctures are such unusual events that I write about them on this blog every time I get one, and a quick search reveals the last one was in…

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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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