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Fixie at 46

“I still feel that variable gears are only for people over 45. Isn’t it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft; as for me, give me a fixed gear!” - Henri Desgrange

Yesterday I turned 46. And I still ride a fixie. 

Officially I am therefore still 45. And will remain so for as long as I can turn those pedals..…

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Added by Dan on January 4, 2019 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

Hit by a car...

Yes, it happened again. Again, when I was stationary. Festooned in hi-viz and flashing lights. A car drove into me – a sort of low-speed crunching as my bicycle was devoured by the front of his gas-guzzling SUV. Thankfully the driver…

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Added by Dan on July 27, 2018 at 8:52am — 9 Comments

A good pass

You may remember a little while ago I blogged about a truck driver who gave me plenty of room. Well, I had another very positive experience the other day with a cement truck driver. It was around the same spot, at a point where the bike lane (a painted on one of course, so not proper bike infrastructure) follows the road around to the left, and I wanted to go straight on – meaning I have to go…

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Added by Dan on June 1, 2018 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Stop line and police lines

[ [click for video] Every day, I cycle through Sydney Olympic Park. As do many cyclists; it…

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Added by Dan on May 19, 2018 at 7:15pm — 6 Comments

More bikeshare – Ofo vs Mobike vs Earthbike

Hot on the heels of ReddyGo and Obike (click here for my in-depth review of those two schemes) three more bikeshare companies have arrived in Sydney. And, of course, your intrepid correspondent has tried out all of them for your enjoyment and education.…

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Added by Dan on January 1, 2018 at 6:54pm — 2 Comments

New Commute



So I got a new job. Instead of riding to the wonders of Chatswood every day, I now get to ride to the delights of Silverwater…

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Added by Dan on December 10, 2017 at 7:25pm — 1 Comment

Tin trail

My new journey to work is full of excitement. Some of it of the unpleasant kind – there’s more to come on this topic shortly. But, as always, travelling by bike offers all kinds of opportunities to experience things that you would just pass by in a motor car.

The other day, as I rode to work, I noticed a tin in the road. A biscuit tin, to be precise – of the kind that…

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Added by Dan on December 10, 2017 at 7:23pm — 2 Comments

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

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

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

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

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