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10 weird and wonderful derailleurs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Common Old Garrwain Jun 14. 5 Replies

victim blaming

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Cyclists as an out-group

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Dan replied to PeterT's discussion So many similarities?
"I think it is the case that when riding a bicycle you can get at least a glimpse of the kind of aggression and bigotry that is faced by many minority groups. As a white, anglo, hetero, able-bodied, middle class male I am pretty much as privileged as…"
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Common Old Garrwain replied to Dan's discussion 10 weird and wonderful derailleurs
"John, this book is remarkable, you might be interested: https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-dancing-chain-frank-j-berto/prod9781892495778.html - it is very long, and details the history of the development of the derailleur. It is slow but very…"
Jun 14
Dan replied to Dan's discussion ReddyGo vs oBike - battle of the dockless share bikes!
"Yup. I ride up there every morning.And get close passed every morning."
Jun 14
mikesbytes replied to Dan's discussion ReddyGo vs oBike - battle of the dockless share bikes!
"Yip, its OK to  do what you want with a car but not a bicycle.   BTW is that Queens  rd?"
Jun 14
Dan replied to Dan's discussion ReddyGo vs oBike - battle of the dockless share bikes!
"Here's something I saw today:   Are Canada Bay starting to impound share bikes? Wish they would spend more time policing this kind of thing - same road, further along:"
Jun 14
Dan replied to Dan's discussion ReddyGo vs oBike - battle of the dockless share bikes!
"'Under the new regulations, bicycles creating hazards need to be moved within two hours, and those cluttering streets in excessive numbers must be gone within 24 hours. The company also has 24 hours to removed damaged or vandalised bikes, 48…"
Jun 13
PeterT replied to Dan's discussion ReddyGo vs oBike - battle of the dockless share bikes!
"obike allows you to refund the deposit, twice without penalties if I recall It's those that have bought the 180/360 day plans that might be out of pocket "
Jun 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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A good pass

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

You may remember a little while ago I blogged about a truck driver who gave me plenty of room. Well, I had another very positive experience the other day with a cement truck driver. It was around the same spot, at a point where the bike lane (a painted on one of course, so not proper bike infrastructure) follows the road around to the left, and I wanted to go straight on – meaning I have to go…

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Stop line and police lines

Posted on May 19, 2018 at 7:15pm 6 Comments

[ [click for video] Every day, I cycle through Sydney Olympic Park. As do many cyclists; it…

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More bikeshare – Ofo vs Mobike vs Earthbike

Posted on January 1, 2018 at 6:54pm 2 Comments

Hot on the heels of ReddyGo and Obike (click here for my in-depth review of those two schemes) three more bikeshare companies have arrived in Sydney. And, of course, your intrepid correspondent has tried out all of them for your enjoyment and education.…

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New Commute

Posted on December 10, 2017 at 7:25pm 1 Comment



So I got a new job. Instead of riding to the wonders of Chatswood every day, I now get to ride to the delights of Silverwater…

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Tin trail

Posted on December 10, 2017 at 7:23pm 2 Comments

My new journey to work is full of excitement. Some of it of the unpleasant kind – there’s more to come on this topic shortly. But, as always, travelling by bike offers all kinds of opportunities to experience things that you would just pass by in a motor car.

The other day, as I rode to work, I noticed a tin in the road. A biscuit tin, to be precise – of the kind that…

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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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