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Dan replied to Andrew K's discussion Too much hipster = fail
"You are just jealous because you've never mastered the art and pleasure of riding one.. In terms of carrying things on a bicycle, I have managed: trombone bubble machine a lot of gas a table another bike although having a cargo bike…"
May 6
Dan replied to PeterT's discussion New cycling no-go zones
"According to my friends who live there, there have been crackdowns in Manly, often on quiet back streets leading to the beaches. One of my friends was so annoyed by it, she sent a letter to Mike Baird complaining about it. I helped write the letter…"
Mar 25
Dan replied to PeterT's discussion Senate Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impacts in the group Helmetless riders
"If the early election goes ahead, it will mean that Parliament will be dissolved prior to the original date the findings of the inquiry were to be released. The dissolution essentially renders the inquiry void, if no findings have been released. I…"
Mar 23
Dan replied to PeterT's discussion New cycling no-go zones
"I've ridden through the city a few times since the new regime, including several hot spots - Kent St, Pyrmont Br etc. All in my own choice of headwear. So far I've been lucky, although I don't go into the city much these days. It…"
Mar 23
Dan replied to Snowy_5's discussion Is Riot Squad an overkill to riders
"These types of cars are rarely actually used for patrol duties. In many cases they are not fitted out with the full compliment of equipment, just the basic radio gear. Rather they are used at events, street fairs, community consultations etc, as a…"
Mar 17
Dan replied to Sir Trevor the Lesser's discussion Parliament challenge to Dunc's law fails
"I'm less pessimistic about the direction of culture change. it is happening, and will continue to happen. Here's an example of how recent events have made a potentially huge impact. Labor have traditionally been somewhat ambivalent on…"
Mar 16
Dan replied to Sir Trevor the Lesser's discussion Parliament challenge to Dunc's law fails
"Nicely put, Rob, and I salute all your efforts. We will not win every battle. Right now, it may seem like we win very few battles.  But bit by bit, we are winning the war. History, and good policy, are on our side. Don't get disheartened.…"
Mar 16
Dan replied to BIKESydney's discussion First look at New Bike Laws legislation - NO RIDER ID
"Fines stay. Cross-bench voted with government, as expected. They are of the 'cyclist are villains' mentality. 19-22. However, the fact that this debate happened, that such strong objections were raised, and that it had to be debated at all…"
Mar 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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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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I will never run again. Ever.

Posted on September 18, 2015 at 12:42am 12 Comments

It was sports carnival day at daughter #2's preschool yesterday, so I took the morning off work to go along.

I rode down there with daughter #1 on the bike, and we watched all the fun of the running and obstacle races.

Then it was time for the big event - the Mums and Dads race. I took my place in the line, heart beating nervously. The stakes were high. This was for prestige and bragging rights. I wanted my daughter to be able to say 'my dad's faster than your dad' to the other…

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College St Cycleway – RIP

Posted on July 26, 2015 at 11:51am 1 Comment

I don’t normally have reason to ride through the eastern part of the CBD, but the other day I did need to, to get out to an exhibition in Moore Park. I sort of followed my nose, and by happy chance found myself on the College Street Cycleway.

I bowled along merrily, enjoying the respite from the city traffic. My otherwise happy mood was somewhat darkened by my…

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Camera! Action! Police!

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 12:34am 13 Comments

Almost a year to the day since this incident, I today experienced another rather unpleasant situation on the roads. I wasn’t hit, but was somewhat spooked. I was riding up Burns Bay Road this morning – traffic was moderate, although had bunched up a bit around me because of a red traffic light half-way up the hill.…

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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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