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Dan replied to JZ's discussion Greetings from a Sydney bound American
"As in lock it up when I'm out and about? I just lock the frame to a suitable post with a regular D-lock, the same as any bike. I don't usually bother locking the back specifically, although if I;m leaving the bike somewhere for a while in…"
Oct 2
Dan replied to JZ's discussion Greetings from a Sydney bound American
"Xtracycle + kid seat is awesome. What kind of seat were you thinking, as fitting a seat to the back requires some specific hardware: http://www.sydneycyclist.com/profiles/blogs/double-trouble The seat etc will be much cheaper to buy in the US, so my…"
Oct 1
Dan commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"My advice would be not to tell them anything about your medical condition in future - just calmly say you can't say due to medical confidentiality. If you know who the cops were, you might get back in touch with them and ask them to check with…"
Sep 18
Dan replied to Mark Green's discussion rider comprehensive insurance
"Damage to bikes is not covered if I am using them. So if I fall off, damage is not covered. If they are damaged whilst not in use, eg someone hits them with a car whilst they are chained to a post, it would be covered. Of course, if they are damaged…"
Sep 18
Dan replied to Mark Green's discussion rider comprehensive insurance
"You may already have at least some cover as part of your house contents - this is certainly the case for me, insured with AAMI. My home contents policy gives me 3rd party liability insurance when cycling anywhere in Australia (covering any damage or…"
Sep 18
Dan replied to PeterT's discussion Lane Cove, Burns Bay Road descent - to take the lane or ride in the gutter?
"Take the lane of course. That's said, I think it's a bit harsh to 'blame' the cyclist for what happened; the driver has a responsibility to give the cyclist room and anticipate having to change lanes irrespective of the cyclist…"
Sep 17
Dan replied to Snowy_5's discussion 2014- Damn,those kamikaze stuka magpies
"I got swooped a couple of times list week. Obviously more magpies heading west, as I rarely was bothered by them heading into the city. One was on Victoria Place, near Gladesville Bridge. Nothing major, just a friendly tap on the head... "
Sep 13
Dan replied to Beck's discussion King St turn into Kent St
"those traffic lights are totally dysfunctional, and I have come to the conclusion they are not traffic signals at all, merely illuminated bicycle pictures that change colour in order to brighten up the streetscape. With that in mind, provided…"
Sep 8

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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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The fixie is back!

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 10:52pm 0 Comments

Do you remember this? Several months ago, the front forks on my fixie started buckling in a most alarming fashion. Veteran SydneyCyclists may also remember…


It happened.

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:18pm 17 Comments

Life flashes before your eyes? Everything goes in slow motion? Those are the clichés, but in reality it all happened horribly quickly, with no time to think. The sudden realisation that the car was heading straight towards me. That it was not going to stop. The mad scramble to get out of the way. The crunch as it…


Helmet unpleasantness and cycling marvellousness

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 12:32am 17 Comments

I got called a d*ckhead by a fellow cyclist tonight. It’s only the second time this has ever happened (the first time was some years ago, so it’s hardly a common occurrence), and as always with these things I start reflecting on how it came about, and whether I should care.

The incident that triggered it tonight came about as I rode through…


Creak creak - catastophe averted...

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 10:00pm 18 Comments

There is a golden rule in cycling. If you hear something on your bike creaking, stop riding and check it out. Creaking is bad news. Very bad news.

So what happened to me on the way to work this morning? Yes, the bike started creaking. Well, not creaking exactly, but sort of pinging. Certainly not a…


Shiny new shoes

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 10:52pm 9 Comments


It’s been a bit over three years since I bought my last pair of shoes. How long are cycling shoes supposed to last, I wonder? The old ones were getting really tatty and starting to stink. And, most ominous of all, the little clip things that do up the ratchet fastener…


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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