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Dan replied to Neil Alexander's discussion College St Cycleway -- Block the bulldozers*
"I think #2 and #3 are essentially linked; they are saying there should be a 6 month trial with loading zones in the cycleway, then 6 months with it in the adjacent lane, so the two solutions can be compared properly, rather than just going with the…"
Dec 12
Dan replied to Henning's discussion Motorists v cyclists
"Even by the standards of the genre, this is a very silly article. What's that meme that says as ideology gets more and more baked, it approaches self-satire, until you actually can't tell if an article is satire or for real? I'd say…"
Dec 12
Dan replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion NSW police crack down on helmet cameras (on motorcyclists) could it affect cyclists.
"It's not about the HWP officer getting a ticket; rather it's useful evidence if you are defending yourself. If a magistrate can see that this is an area of the standard / law that is open to interpretation, and also see that for their own…"
Dec 10
Dan replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion NSW police crack down on helmet cameras (on motorcyclists) could it affect cyclists.
"Presumably they wear helmets that have an integrated mounting point, and the camera is an 'approved accessory'. Pic of one here. Either that or they are hypocrites."
Dec 10
Dan replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion NSW police crack down on helmet cameras (on motorcyclists) could it affect cyclists.
"That's the one! Well, I sort of remembered some of it correctly...!!!"
Dec 9
Dan replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion NSW police crack down on helmet cameras (on motorcyclists) could it affect cyclists.
"I remember someone asked this question of the Victorian roads minister some time ago, in the context of MHL - essentially pointing out that a helmet worn over a cap, or with lights / camera attached, could technically be in breach of the law, as…"
Dec 8
Dan replied to Neil Alexander's discussion College St Cycleway -- Block the bulldozers
"Practically speaking, the romantic notion of Neil riding his bike up the bike lane whilst a crazed 'dozer drive pursues him, ripping up the tarmac with his shovel as he goes isn't likely to happen. First they will probably put up safety…"
Dec 5
Andrew K replied to Dan's discussion Riding through the storm
"I am reliably informed now it is 88mph. Gonna need a bigger (and unrestricted) motor for that..."
Dec 4

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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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