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Augmented reality for cyclists

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Has the 1m rule made motorists better behaved?

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timothy.clifford replied to Dan's discussion WITHIMB
"Couldn't have gotten there without that second image. Although I've never seen so many Schwins."
Jan 16
Dan replied to Dan's discussion WITHIMB
"Well.done that man - it's CenterParcs in the UK. Woburn Forest, rather than Nottingham, but pretty good.  The deductive powers of my SC brethren never fail b to impress. Oh, and it did snow on our last morning there..."
Jan 16
Bill Parker replied to Dan's discussion WITHIMB
"And ideal bicycling weather too, no wonder we have not heard more from Dan. Tidal surge threat as snow and heavy winds grip UK Nottingham Yellow warning of ice Ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces especially where showers of sleet, snow and…"
Jan 14
IAnW replied to Dan's discussion WITHIMB
"Caught my eye as soon as I saw it.  Haven't been there for years but I think it's centerparcs in the UK.  There are several around but I think Tim's got it with Sherwood Forest. "
Jan 13
Neil Alexander replied to Dan's discussion WITHIMB
"Hang on, Cambridge starts with a C and they ride on the left there and Merry Men aren't too far removed (unless that's a Christmas reference to elves or summat) and cycling is also very popular in Cambridge which is also flattish and would…"
Jan 13
Bill Parker replied to Dan's discussion WITHIMB
"Blur with my old eyes too, Dan using the special WITHIMB low res blurring filter. Neil will have to use his special spy grade image processing software."
Jan 13
Michael S. (Boxhead) replied to Dan's discussion WITHIMB
"Bill, can you make out anything useful from the sign in the bike hire photo. It's all a blur on my old phone. Cheers"
Jan 13
timothy.clifford replied to Dan's discussion WITHIMB
"There wouldn't be a band of Merry Men anywhere nearby?"
Jan 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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Wearing out

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 12:31pm 1 Comment

It’s Terrific Tuesday! Time for our dose of cycling good news and upbeat blogging. And today’s theme is – things wearing out.

‘But how is that good news?’ I hear you cry. Well, because it pleases me. I have had a bunch of things wear out just recently:

  • the front rim on the fixie
  • the rear tyre on the fixie
  • the bottom bracket on the Radish
  • the cleats…

City cycling without ID

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 11:16am 10 Comments

It’s Positive Tuesday again. Eagle-eyed readers will note that I’ve exceeded the initial promise to do six good news stories, but I figured that pushing on can’t be a bad thing. Apart from anything else it improves my mood, even if you are getting sick of the relentless positivity.

And there’s two…


A cycling suburb

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 2:00pm 1 Comment

I recently had to go to Manly for a meeting, so rode my bike into the city to catch the ferry. This is really a great way to start the morning – a ride, followed by a harbour cruise. Taking bikes on the ferry is very easy; access is flat or via ramps, there are wide gates and plenty of room, and bikes are welcome on Sydney ferries. The Manly ferry has dedicated bike storage…


Bicycle fossicking

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 3:16pm 0 Comments

Well, it’s that time of the week again when we switch on our unrelenting positivism and take a look at the joy of cycling. (Something that is, admittedly, a little challenging this week, with stories like …


One Man and his Bike

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 2:04pm 0 Comments

Another uplifting and happy cycling story, as promised. Actually, this one isn’t really about me cycling. But I reckon reading about someone else cycling, and enjoying it, probably counts. And it’s sort of cool that I get to put this post in both the ‘books’ and the ‘bicycles’ category on my…


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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