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Terrific driver...

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Sir robflyte commented on Dan's blog post Shiny new shoes
" Light weight spare shoes I take on wet days, drying on the way home. "
21 hours ago
John Knight commented on Dan's blog post Shiny new shoes
"That's a unique concept! I have to wear work clothes at work - can't be avoided. Do you keep spare shoes at work if you get rained on? Wet shoes all day would be a bummer!"
yesterday
Sir robflyte commented on Dan's blog post Shiny new shoes
"been doing my Audax rides in them as well John"
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Sir robflyte commented on Dan's blog post Shiny new shoes
"that's right John. Now it is getting cooler I don't need to change from shorts to pants either. Ride in, lock bike, work."
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John Knight commented on Dan's blog post Shiny new shoes
"@ Rob - You mean you don't have to change shoes when you get to work? "
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Bob Moore commented on Dan's blog post Shiny new shoes
"Have had a pair of Shimano SPD shoes with recessed cleats for years, maybe 7, seem indestructible except for padding at the heel cup, which I replaced with a bit of leather. I do wear another similar pair without cleats around the shops etc and…"
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John Knight commented on Dan's blog post Shiny new shoes
"Comment I hope you like them. You will notice performance improvements over your old Scotts - the Shininess Effect is real! My Bontrager shoes are edging closer to replacement. Only 8,000km, but the ratchet straps are looking pretty chopped up…"
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Sir robflyte commented on Dan's blog post Shiny new shoes
"I wear these all day. http://www.ssbd.com.au/"
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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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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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New commute

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 7:45pm 12 Comments

I have a new job. And with the new job comes a new location – I am now riding in pretty much diametrically the opposite direction, heading west to Chatswood, instead of into the city.

Although not especially different in terms of distance (just a few kms more), it couldn’t be more different in terms of route.…

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Those scofflaw cops...

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 12:59pm 15 Comments

 

I came out of work at lunchtime the other day to see two bicycle police officers riding on the pavement outside our building. The ground slopes away a little bit, and one of them instead of being on the pavement proper rode up on the paved area outside the office block. When he got to the end he realised that the pavement had dropped away, and there were a few…

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Poles, signs and Pyrmont Bridge

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 9:55pm 7 Comments

Various blog-worthy things have occurred to me over recent weeks, but I’ve been too lazy / busy to write them up into proper articles. So here’s a few vignettes for blogs that could have been..

Firstly, what’s the difference between these two photos?

sign car_servo_poles

The one on the…

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Convenience and inconvenience

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 7:05pm 2 Comments

A big part of why I ride my bike is because it’s so convenient. It’s often the quickest way to get around, it’s easier than driving or catching a bus, and I can pretty much guarantee parking right outside my destination.

I’ve written several times about my cargo bike, and how it opens up a range of new possibilities for bicycle usage. It was brought home to me again the other day, when…

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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, Sir Neil d'Ardthelmon 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, Sir Neil d'Ardthelmon 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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