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Bicycles as art

Mrs Chillikebab and I recently went on a cultural outing to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Much fun to be had peering at the various avant-garde artworks – the usual combination of quite a lot of ‘meh’, a bit of ‘ooh’, occasional ‘aah’, and even the odd ‘WTF?’.

Amidst the piles of broken concrete fragments, lines drawn on walls, bags of coloured water and…

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Added by Dan on October 15, 2017 at 6:26pm — 3 Comments

More airport riding

So I had to go to the airport again. But this time to the domestic terminal, rather than international. My assumption would be that it would be equally easy, and I set off with alacrity.

However, it isn’t as easy. Or at least, if it is I haven’t found the easy way to do it. It’s a bit further, but the only route I could find basically involved riding into the airport via the main…

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Added by Dan on October 3, 2017 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

Dockless bike share – oBike vs ReddyGo

Dockless bike share has come to Sydney, with two rival companies setting up within a few weeks of each other. Red and yellow bikes are becoming a common sight scattered around Sydney; indeed already a controversial sight as tempers flare about ‘blocked footpaths’. The authority that maintains the foreshore areas…

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Added by Dan on September 21, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Running Board Scars



The new look Radish is working out well. The girls love going on it, it’s easy to ride and the running boards are not just nice for little feet to rest on – they are also useful for supporting luggage and trombones.

However, there is one problem. it is extremely easy, when pulling away or manoeuvring the…

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Added by Dan on September 20, 2017 at 2:33pm — 6 Comments

Artarmon Bowling Club-house - what next?

I'm on a Citizens Panel to make recommendations on the future of the clubhouse of the former Artarmon Bowling Club, next to the bike path through Artarmon Reserve. The Club sold the site cheaply to council to be a dedicated recreation area. The grounds are proposed to be re-landscaped with community gardens, play and picnic spaces etc with access from the bike path. The panel has already decided that uses of the site should be low impact, compatible with multiple uses by different…

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Added by Truewheels on September 16, 2017 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Bike storage solution on Sydney Trains

Hello, 

My name is Isaac and I am an engineering student at The University Of New South Wales. I have chosen to design a device to store bikes on trains. I believe there is a big issue in Sydney with commuting on trains, particularly with a bicycle and plan to do something about it. The first plan of action is to discover more about you guys, the ones who are effected by this. In response, I would really appreciate it if you spent 2 minutes of your time completing this short survey.…

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Added by Isaac brewin on August 9, 2017 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Decathlon is recruiting bikers

Hi all

We have just begun our journey in Australia, and our first step will be the opening of our first sport warehouse in Tempe Sydney which covers 3500sqm and 70+ sports under one roof!

 Across the world, we are very active and involved with the local communities around our stores. This is what we love to do as we want people to enjoy sport, something that is common to both you and us.

That's…

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Added by Jaime on June 27, 2017 at 11:34am — No Comments

Ride and Fly



You may remember some time ago I impulse purchased a luggage trailer. My initial review was not 100% favourable, and to be honest since then it’s pretty much stayed in the garage unused.

However, the other day I had to go…

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Added by Dan on June 23, 2017 at 6:18pm — 4 Comments

Bike share in Shanghai

I had to visit Shanghai recently, and was amazed by the number of bike share bikes there were everywhere. And I mean everywhere. The system there does not rely on the docking stations more common elsewhere, but rather the bikes can be picked up and left anywhere, meaning there are bikes scattered all over the place. You literally can’t walk more than a few metres without…

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Added by Dan on June 19, 2017 at 11:11am — 1 Comment

Tag-a-long-a-Radish

As you may remember, over the New Year period we went to the UK, and had a very successful experience with a …

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Added by Dan on May 23, 2017 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Teaching kids how bikes work...

With the junior Dans now at school, we have the joy of school readers. Books they bring home to read to us – full of the joy of them learning to read, and the crushing monotony of the repetitive sentences.

The other day, one of the juniors brought home this one – ‘How does my bike work?’. This book I of course approved of. Nothing like some good early education…

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Added by Dan on May 10, 2017 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

I can ride!

My youngest daughter has, for many years, been an absolute natural on a balance bike. Since she was two years old she’s been scooting along, balancing with ease and maneuvering like a pro. However, the transition to a bike with pedals has taken longer than expected. Despite the fact that she can scoot along on a tiny balance bike (long outgrown), lift up her feet and pretend to pedal, for…

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Added by Dan on May 2, 2017 at 1:37pm — 4 Comments

Adventures on the Old Great North Road

Wyong to Windsor via the Old Great North Rd

11-12 April 2017

I planned a simple overnight ride through some of my favourite riding country west of Wyong. The plan was to catch a morning train to Wyong and ride west through the Yarramalong Valley, enjoy an early…

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Added by Michael S. (Boxhead) on April 19, 2017 at 10:22pm — 20 Comments

One thousand electric kilometres

A small thing, but Mrs Dan's electric bike ticked over to a thousand kilometres the other day. I was able to capture the event on video, for your viewing pleasure.

This was on the same day that I had to replace the front brake pads – so I can tell you that pads last for exactly 1000km.

And it was also the day…

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Added by Dan on April 19, 2017 at 4:27pm — 1 Comment

Not so whitewall tyres

I finally had to put new tyres on the Radish. The old ones were getting extremely worn; to the point they were completely smooth and starting to bulge. Riding it was very peculiar; the tyres were so squishy the bike handling was very odd, especially around corners. They were the ones that came with the bike, so have done a lot of km over the past seven years or…

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Added by Dan on April 18, 2017 at 3:52pm — 1 Comment

Another close pass. Sigh.

You may remember a while ago I took some footage of a car passing very close to the cops. The reaction was surprisingly positive, you may recall. Well, it happened again the other day. So I thought I would take it in as well, and also take the opportunity to find out what had happened to…

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Added by Dan on April 13, 2017 at 6:18pm — 1 Comment

WITWIMB

Added by Michael S. (Boxhead) on April 13, 2017 at 1:20pm — 10 Comments

Another one...

Most days, I ride to and from work along Burns Bay Road. On the upper section through Lane Cove, I probably get at least one motorist a day who comes closer than 1m. It has a 50km/h limit; it's marked with signs for caution due to pedestrian activity, and has a number of pedestrian refuges along its length. It should be a good road for cycling, but the unfortunate 'door-zone' markings make is much more dangerous than it should be.

(As an aside, there's plenty of room for separated…

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Added by Dan on February 23, 2017 at 12:50pm — 2 Comments

Freak storm

Sydney's Inner West is usually a quiet kind of place. Little happens to disturb the sounds of single-origin lattes being brewed in hipster cafes, and kids being driven to school in urban tractors.

However, yesterday there was a Big Storm. Freak winds hit this otherwise quietly complacent patch of inner-city gentrification, bringing down trees and damaging buildings. Those freak winds probably lasted for no more than fifteen minutes, but it was quite exciting whilst it…

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Added by Dan on February 18, 2017 at 2:45pm — 2 Comments

Bike on bike nut job

It  sometimes happens that I end up with two bikes at work. Some inequality in rides too and from caused by side trips, lifts, taxis and business trips conspire to create this imbalance. For the most part I just wait it out, and it usually corrects itself, but the situation had been going on for weeks, and didn’t seem to be resolving.

So I went with the rather unwieldy option of…

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Added by Dan on February 8, 2017 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

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