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Keep a lookout for some idiot on a black scooter driving dangerously around the Brighton Rd/Ladypool Rd area.He'll be wearing a black balaclava and no helmet so you should spot him soon enough to…Continue

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Started Mar 15

The paved area outside the Hippodrome
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Is cycling prohibited on the paved area outside the Hippodrome?This morning a man asked if he could have a word with me.  I thought he was a chugger or rent boy so I said 'no' and cycled on.  When I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by ARKrider Oct 18, 2016.

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They're cut through.https://twitter.com/sezking78/status/702988239355953152…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Feb 26, 2016.

 

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Jihadi John

Keep a lookout for some idiot on a black scooter driving dangerously around the Brighton Rd/Ladypool Rd area.He'll be wearing a black balaclava and no helmet so you should spot him soon enough to take avoiding action.He's sometimes accompanied by another idiot on a yellow scrambler wearing a skull mask.The scooter's registration is something like LF14???, the scrambler is unregistered.See More
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LS commented on CKS's video
Jun 7
CKS replied to Robert Jones's discussion Scooters / Mopeds / Motorbikes in Bicycle Lanes
"They regularly use the one on Hurst Street to get on to Smallbrook Queensway."
May 31
CKS updated their profile
May 4
CKS commented on CKS's video
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Cardboard bike

"Looks like this has resurfaced in Mexico.  With 33 days to raise MX$ 1,600,000 I don't give much for their chances. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/albertogg7/urbangc1-the-most-ecological-and-coolestbike-in-th"
Dec 17, 2016
CKS replied to Robert's discussion Cyclist Hit by Lorry on the A38 Bristol Road Near the Ring Road
"Judging by the photo in the OP the collision occurred on a stretch of Bristol Road where the pavement is shared usage.  It's very bumpy though, I'm not surprised most cyclists use the road."
Dec 3, 2016
CKS replied to Matt's discussion Gooch Street
"It's a slaughterhouse.  I feel sorry for the people who live there."
Nov 24, 2016
CKS replied to ARKrider's discussion Abandoned Bicycle? Stolen Bicycle Abandoned??
"We've had this sort of thing before: http://www.birminghamcyclist.com/photo/3004025:Photo:51517?commentId=3004025%3AComment%3A51686 Removing an 'abandoned' bike is always a bit dodgy.  Under English law you can't commit a…"
Oct 27, 2016
ARKrider replied to CKS's discussion The paved area outside the Hippodrome
"Yes that is true, but a police officer must have a valid reason if your cycling legally. You can't stop someone and not tell them why they stopped you. That would be both unnecessary action, and could be considered as bullying. If a police…"
Oct 18, 2016
ARKrider replied to CKS's discussion The paved area outside the Hippodrome
"The paved area near the Hippodrome linking the top end of Hurst and bottom section of Hurst Street is allowed for cycling. There is no other way to cross the area without cycling through it to join the cycle lanes/routes on either side. There are…"
Oct 18, 2016
CKS replied to CKS's discussion The paved area outside the Hippodrome
"Thanks - I'll keep a look out for it next time."
Oct 17, 2016
Robert replied to CKS's discussion The paved area outside the Hippodrome
"I somehow doubt the WMP are getting plain-clothed detectives to stop people from cycling outside the Hippodrome.   However, this should answer your second question."
Oct 17, 2016
James Russell replied to CKS's discussion The paved area outside the Hippodrome
"A Policeman always has the right to stop you, and to instruct you to get off your bike. Doesn't mean that he/she is wrong about not being legal to cycle, though."
Oct 17, 2016
CKS replied to CKS's discussion The paved area outside the Hippodrome
"In that case he had no right to stop me.  Is there any way that I can prove that cycling is permitted here if this sort of thing happens again?"
Oct 17, 2016
LS replied to CKS's discussion The paved area outside the Hippodrome
"Yes it's allowed but most people visiting the theatre probably don't realise hence the dirty looks you get. "
Oct 15, 2016
CKS posted a discussion

The paved area outside the Hippodrome

Is cycling prohibited on the paved area outside the Hippodrome?This morning a man asked if he could have a word with me.  I thought he was a chugger or rent boy so I said 'no' and cycled on.  When I got to the lights on Hurst Street I realized that he might have had a police warrant card in his hand.See More
Oct 15, 2016
CKS replied to Simeon Banner's discussion Powder Coating a Bike Frame
"PS I use 'neutral' shoe polish but any wax polish (furniture, car, etc) will do."
Sep 1, 2016
CKS replied to Simeon Banner's discussion Powder Coating a Bike Frame
"Patina is the in-thing.  Remove any excess rust with crumpled-up aluminium foil and diet coke (weak phosphoric acid) then polish the frame with a wax polish to protect it and bring back the shine. NB Your bike has metallic paint so be careful…"
Sep 1, 2016
CKS replied to Andrew W's discussion D Locks and Lost Keys
"How about drilling out the lock barrel?"
Aug 22, 2016
CKS replied to Nick's discussion Inside the Factory on BBC2
"I got bored.  Probably the most interesting thing was the frames making a 300 mile round-trip to Wales to be powder coated.  You'd have thought they could have found somewhere nearer."
Aug 17, 2016

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What sort of riding do you do?
leisure, shopping
Where do you live?
Balsall Heath
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Raleigh Chiltern
About me
Born 1965, rode a bike for the first time in years in 2010. Work as a C++ programmer.

I used to be 'Chris S' but I changed my user name to avoid confusion.

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At 14:32 on May 25, 2013, Fran said…

Thanks, but I am ok in my non-cycling state. I'm just one of those that can't, and not through lack of trying! It may seem odd that a non-cyclist has joined a cycling forum but I joined because I'm trying (on behalf of others) to pass on unwanted cycling newsletters and magazines to others who might have an interest and this forum was suggested to me.

At 14:35 on January 8, 2013, Mary said…

Ace. Thanks again.

At 13:34 on January 8, 2013, Mary said…

Hi CKS. Thanks for the link. I'll get on to it. 
Are you an administrator for this site? I'm looking for a spokesperson for a Birmingham cycling group/forum to speak about bicycle thefts. If you could point me in the right direction that'd be great. Cheers.

mary.griffin (at) trinitymirror.com

At 8:44 on January 5, 2013, PC 2858 Dominic MCGRATH said…

Hello CKS,

 All of City Centre officers details are already on the West Midlands Police web site including a photo. I do not fear / worry about my health and safety If I did I wouldn't be a police officer. I have worked in our Great City for 7 years and never had a problem. We have the skills / ability to deal with most circumstances.

 
 
 

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