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Dan commented on PeterT's blog post EBike
"There you go. Finally riding it as nature intended. Now I challenge you to go back..."
1 hour ago
Dan replied to PeterT's discussion SureStop / SlidePad / ABS braking technology
"Oooh yes, A thread on how to use the brakes would be fantastic! I foresee epic ideological battles not seen since the last time we debated hi-viz and peripheral vision!"
2 hours ago
Dan replied to Paul Jackson's discussion Pyrmont Bridge "trial" garden, good or bad?
"Ah, but technically Pyrmont Bridge is not a shared zone, so rule 24 does not apply. Shared zones must be marked with this sign: Rule 21 covers speed limits and the necessity to obey speed limit signs. It says that speed limit signs must be obeyed…"
23 hours ago
Dan commented on PeterT's blog post EBike
"Hard core. That's me? I actually don't find Centennial too bad - there are usually some parked cars at the top which push the traffic into the RH lane. That said, I've also been known to use the footpath, as there are virtually no…"
yesterday
Dan commented on PeterT's blog post EBike
"Great stuff! I'm gobsmacked that you managed the whole trip and didn't once go into 'maximum assist' mode. I would have!!! Amazing self control... "
Monday
Dan commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"Drip drip drip - we are winning the war of attrition. And the war of common sense. Five years ago or so when I was very active in this debate (having kids rather diminished my contribution) I reckoned it was a 10-20 year project to get MHL repealed.…"
Thursday
Jonathon Troy liked Dan's blog post The fixie is back!
Aug 26
Jonathon Troy liked Dan's blog post The fixie is back!
Aug 26

Profile Information

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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