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Dan's Discussions

Victim blaming from Amy Gillett

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wir sind Profi Jul 22. 27 Replies

'Unsafe Cycle Lane' signs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Hoskins Jun 19. 13 Replies

Hacking through the trees...

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Dan replied to Bob Moore's discussion Why is the number of cyclist fatalities falling?
""Actually the advent of the motor vehicle had a drastic DECREASE in road death toll. Horses are really dangerous." I'm pretty confident that is not correct. The advent of the motor vehicle brought about a huge increase in road…"
21 hours ago
Average Joe Cyclist commented on Dan's blog post Melbourne Bike Share
"I wrote about our tourist experience of Melbourne Bike Share here - https://averagejoecyclist.com/melbourne-bike-share-failing/ - We came all the way from Canada to try Melbourne and Brisbane Bike Share (and do a few other things too) - we were not…"
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Dan commented on Ian's blog post On the art of building a bike from bits and pieces found in the chuck outs
"Nicely written article. I do wish, though, that people would cross-post the whole article to this site, rather than just linking to some other blog. Yes, I know it gets your wordpress stats up, but it's a bit rude, don't you think? And…"
Aug 13
Dan replied to Chris's discussion Road bike 23, 25, 28 or 30 mm tyres
"What Rob said. Often wider tyres have too much tread. Smooth tyres are better, unless you are riding on loose surfaces. Personally I like Conti SportContact. Smooth, grippy and with a round profile that corners well. Some people have had bad…"
Aug 11
Dan replied to Chris's discussion Road bike 23, 25, 28 or 30 mm tyres
"Wider tyres are better. Less rolling resistance, much more comfortable, fewer punctures, better traction, work on uneven surfaces, better braking etc etc etc I run 32mm, and I'd never now use anything narrower. For years I ran 25mm, because…"
Aug 11
Dan replied to Snowy_5's discussion What`s new gadgets for bikes
"Agree. Terrible website. Might be a good product, but it's hard to say. Things I would also like to know:  - is it properly waterproof, as in with a IP67 or similar certification?  - Does it record in blocks, or as one long…"
Aug 6
John Knight commented on Dan's blog post Camera! Action! Police!
"Good work Dan! Good advice. I often ride up Burns Bay hill on weekend mornings and never had a problem there until about 6 weeks ago when I was tailgated for no reason - I might need one of those cameras too!"
Aug 4

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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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College St Cycleway – RIP

Posted on July 26, 2015 at 11:51am 1 Comment

I don’t normally have reason to ride through the eastern part of the CBD, but the other day I did need to, to get out to an exhibition in Moore Park. I sort of followed my nose, and by happy chance found myself on the College Street Cycleway.

I bowled along merrily, enjoying the respite from the city traffic. My otherwise happy mood was somewhat darkened by my…

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Camera! Action! Police!

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 12:34am 13 Comments

Almost a year to the day since this incident, I today experienced another rather unpleasant situation on the roads. I wasn’t hit, but was somewhat spooked. I was riding up Burns Bay Road this morning – traffic was moderate, although had bunched up a bit around me because of a red traffic light half-way up the hill.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Comment Wall (19 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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