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Hacking through the trees...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Apr 24. 11 Replies

New pedals - at last!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Neil Alexander Apr 17. 2 Replies

various bits looking for good homes...

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Dan replied to John of Willoughby's discussion A helmet protected my brain in the group Helmetless riders
"I actually agree with pretty much everything you have written above. My comment above was not intended as condescending nor gratuitous; apologies if it came across that way, Rather it was just well-meaning advice; many people quote from BHSI…"
21 hours ago
Dan replied to John of Willoughby's discussion A helmet protected my brain in the group Helmetless riders
"Do you know who the BHSI are? It sounds terribly impressive, doesn't it? Actually, it's a guy called Randy Swart, who has no qualifications or knowledge in any areas related to helmet performance (medical, materials science, risk analysis…"
Dan replied to Michael Fagan's discussion Duncan Gay on 2GB hints at a licensing scheme (approx 10:45'ish this morning)
"I have a suspicion the Libs wheel Gay out to make these kind of statements when the government has something they'd like to bury in the news agenda. Create some noise and smoke, kind of thing. Something like, say, pressuring a bank to change a…"
Dan replied to Edward Re's discussion Laws allowing cyclists onto footpaths in WA
"Yes, I thought the 'freak chain of events' thing was a strange headline. Actually, it's a disturbingly common chain of events:  - driver operating vehicle in urban area is not paying proper attention  - vehicle impinges on…"
May 7
Dan replied to Edward Re's discussion Laws allowing cyclists onto footpaths in WA
"One of the least known road rules, it seems, is rule 72/3/b: If the driver is turning left (except if the driver is using a slip lane), the driver must give way to any pedestrian at or near the intersection who is crossing the road the driver is…"
May 6
Dan replied to Edward Re's discussion Laws allowing cyclists onto footpaths in WA
"The law was changed not that long ago to clarify that it also applies to people riding with kids in seats. One of the very few positive things this government has done for cycling. There is still a grey area if you go out as a family, and only one…"
May 6
Dan replied to Edward Re's discussion Laws allowing cyclists onto footpaths in WA
"I refer the honourable gentleman to the answer I gave some years ago... https://chillikebab.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/precious-cargo-pavements-and-cycling-advocacy/ I'm not sure the link between footpath riding and increased fatailities is an…"
May 5
Dan replied to Jon's discussion still doing the impossible
"I don't buy that cone argument, which was made before on this site. If I have a tyre with a perfectly circular tyre profile (which many tyres are close to), leaning the wheel will do nothing to change the way the tyre / tread patch / rubber…"
May 5

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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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This tyre is too hard...

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 4:12pm 6 Comments

I finally got around to buying a new set of tyres for my fixie; you may recall the one on the back was rather the worse for wear, and I had to rather hurriedly replace it with whatever I could get at the time.

Well, the new tyres arrived, and sat in the shed for a few more weeks until at last I decided to put…


Double Radish

Posted on March 14, 2015 at 4:03pm 7 Comments

Well, my youngest finally outgrew the little BoBike seat. Her knees were practically jammed up against the handlebars, so it was time for an upgrade to a 'big girl seat'.

I showed her the colours available, and (somewhat unexpectedly) she chose black. So I ordered one from the internets, and a week or so…


Riding in Hannover

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 4:50am 9 Comments

I had reason to go to Germany on business recently, which entailed staying in a hotel, and then going into the Hannover offices of the company I work for every day for a week or two.

But how to get to the office? Well, the vast majority of my colleagues in the same situation would jump into a taxi, but I prefer to ride. It’s my daily commute that keeps me sane. Well, sort of. So I…


New tyre

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 9:25am 11 Comments

Well, the rear tyre on my fixie finally needed replacement. As you can see, it really was down to the last fragments or rubber covering the casing. I was actually rather pleased it got to this point, as this is the same tyre that was on the bike when I had…



Posted on January 17, 2015 at 8:49am 8 Comments

So I took my wheel to the bike shop to get the spoke fixed yesterday. I didn't ride the fixie; I just took the wheel on the cargo bike, and dropped it off on the way to work. After work, I duly popped into the bike shop and picked it up, all fixed and ready to go.

As I strapped it back on to the cargo bike,…


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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