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Dan replied to Nat Buckley's discussion Bikes without lights - suicidal!
"Why not? motorists already are legally required to give way to pedestrians who may be crossing, if the motorist is turning. And they don't have lights. And in terms of cross-streets; if the cyclist had right of way, the onus is on the driver to…"
21 hours ago
Dan replied to Michael O'Reilly's discussion Mirrors for bikes
"Interesting article. I have been thinking about a mirror since I started my new commute and have been back riding in the traffic I never felt the need before; I subscribe to the wisdom that motorists generally don't mow down things…"
22 hours ago
Dan replied to Nat Buckley's discussion Bikes without lights - suicidal!
"What can we do? He's my suggestion: remove the legal requirement for bicycles to have lights, and make it advisory only introduce liability law similar to Holland that put the onus on drivers to look out for cyclists, even those that have no…"
22 hours ago
Bhanu Loku commented on Dan's blog post Helmet unpleasantness and cycling marvellousness
"Lot of angry people in the world Dan, not only drivers. herzog summed up it up with his first comment i think."
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PeterT commented on Dan's blog post It happened.
"ouch. gald to hear it wasn't any worse and hope that knee is healing up. its a hard thing, this reporting to police business - i would say if you haven't done it yet, it's unlikely that you will. never let down your guard even in…"
Jul 17
Bob Moore commented on Dan's blog post It happened.
"Road Rule 287 3(d)seems to be clear about reporting to police if anyone injured, or bike needs to be carried away in another vehicle: ... (3) The driver must also give the driver’s required particulars, within the required time, to a police…"
Jul 17
Snowy_5 commented on Dan's blog post It happened.
"Not good to hear that, Dan. If you want a wireless programmable wheel msg light as I`ve got some new unused spares left.  It fit wheels from 20in and up. Mine got the msg of "This bike runs on farts."  :)  "
Jul 16
Sir Aaron K deVegan of Dumbleton commented on Dan's blog post Helmet unpleasantness and cycling marvellousness
"Thanks for Sharing Dan. All I have to say is helmetfreedom.org  I have 2  x t shirts and 1 x Bumper sticker promoting this! I am waiting to Chuck on an ACP sticker on my bumper bar ps I was very pissed off this morning when the dickhead…"
Jul 16

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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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It happened.

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:18pm 16 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 14 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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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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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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