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AdamM commented on Dan's blog post Double Radish
"The original Xtracycle Free Radical has a well established reputation for being a little flexible. The new design (not yet available, and unnamed at this time) looks to be substantially stiffer with much larger section sizes. It's still bolted…"
Mar 20
Dan commented on Dan's blog post Double Radish
"My kids are 3 and 5, and both small for their age - my 5 yr old especially (she's under 15kg...!). This phobia about wobbling things seems very set - I just picked her up from preschool and she howled the whole way home. She's suddenly…"
Mar 20
AdamM commented on Dan's blog post Double Radish
"Ha ha! Yes, I've never had a bike build that has involved a drill and a Dremel more than  this Yuba build... nearly there though, and the v4.3 frame/fork does appear to be of much better finish than the earlier models. My son is 5, so big…"
Mar 20
Mark commented on Dan's blog post Double Radish
"Hey Adam, good luck with the Yuba build! Buy a dremel tool. https://keller74.wordpress.com/ I'm not sure I like those monkey bars, they look like they could be more harmful than helpful in an accident. I've accidentally dropped my…"
Mar 20
Dan replied to Bill Parker's discussion Well done Victoria, should bring the tourists flocking?
"Ride around Sydney CBD for a while with no helmet, you'll soon be pulled over. And the Brisbane police are also pretty keen on ticketing people. The Victorians might be the most draconian, but it's certainly not unique..."
Mar 18
AdamM commented on Dan's blog post Double Radish
"I'm in the process of building up my Yuba (the most challenging bike assembly I've ever done, due to the quality of the frame construction...), having sold my Zeitbike. Really looking forward to the getting out with the kids. I'm…"
Mar 17
Mark commented on Dan's blog post Double Radish
"How old are your kids Dan? I feel like a bad parent, I've just stuck mine on the back of the Yuba from the age of 3 1/2 and encouraged them to hang on! They have stoker bars and nice foot rests though."
Mar 16
Colin commented on Dan's blog post Double Radish
"Love these tales. My 5-year-old is pretty gung-ho, but when short of food/energy gets nervous about every little thing. At other times it's "Bring it On - Faster!". Using a Burley Piccolo at the moment - a very good transport solution…"
Mar 14

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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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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,…


Broke Spoke

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 2:13pm 3 Comments

I’ve been riding bicycles for a long time – since I was about four, I suppose, although there was a fairly long hiatus when I was in my twenties and early thirties. And, remarkably, in all that time, I’d never broken a spoke.

Others I know seem to face this as a perennial problem. They break spokes if not daily,…


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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