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content of saddle bag - multitool etc - lost yesterday on Grand Union canal route
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Apologies for asking a small matter - my saddle bag came undone yesterday - Friday morning - on the way into work. I had to be there early so could not go back to pick up. The cyclist behind me said…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by LS Dec 15, 2016.

Lost black hat and contents on Grand Union canal last week
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Way ahead of me there was a person doing something to their bike earlier this week around Hay Mills, and there was a black hat with things inside on the path when they cycled off.I tried to catch up…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by LS Aug 28, 2016.

Tyre choice
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I have used the original Mr Tuffy-style  tyre liners to prevent punctures. About once a year one of my bikes will get a puncture due to the leading edge of the liner eroding the inner tube despite…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by RobG Aug 13, 2016.

Aldi smartphone holder

It would be great to have the smartphone visible during cycling, mainly for GPS.Has anyone tried one of these? There aren't many cheaper options out there, especially with the current free postage…Continue

Started Apr 23, 2016

 

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JRA replied to Pete Woodcock's discussion cycling to NEC
"I ahve just had an email from Virgin. Sounds like it is now possible to get a key fob at Birmingham International Rail Station for the cycle hub there."
Jul 18
JRA replied to Hanah's discussion Cycling in the Media
"If only a Jeremy Clarkson and a Sun newspaper were around in the Jurrasic to wage war against asteroids, then it would be dinosaurs driving Range Rovers around Chipping Norton these days, instead of their human equivalent."
Jul 16
JRA replied to Surrinder Kumar's discussion Grand Union Canal Mugging
"Just a partly informed opinion but : I may be misunderstanding the numbers I have seen but statistically speaking there are many more bike accidents per year on each of the main A roads than these events - ratio seems way greater than 10 to 1 and…"
Jul 14
JRA replied to Pete Woodcock's discussion cycling to NEC
"Still no reply from Virgon Rail or the station as to whether the machine that creates the key fobs at the station is working. Does anyone have information? I will email customer enquiries, but it takes a while for them to respond, and last tme they…"
Jul 13
JRA replied to Pete Woodcock's discussion cycling to NEC
"I have tried phoning, emailing and 3 trips to Birmingham International station to get a key fob. Only people who knew anything are the virgin staff at the station during normal working hours. I finally managed to meet them today, and after much…"
Jul 6
JRA replied to Surrinder Kumar's discussion Grand Union Canal Mugging
"Big rise in the number of youths along a limited stretch including that area in last week or two. Something to do with schools, weather? Makes me look forward to the completely deserted towpaths of winter. If anyone has video of groups they passed…"
Jul 6
JRA replied to Pete Woodcock's discussion cycling to NEC
"Is there a charge for the key fob for the bike shelter, and can you just turn up and get one quickly, during a morning commute? I know it is in the middle of nowhere, but so many fast travel links from around Birmingham International that safe bike…"
Jun 18
JRA replied to doug salmon's discussion Cycling and Cancer
""The team in Glasgow said cycling took no willpower once it became part of the work routine - unlike going to the gym." It takes huge determiantion to cycle every day in Glasgow as it rains 95% of the time and winter lasts 11 months of the…"
Apr 29
JRA replied to Steve Cooper's discussion Injury Questions
"It may be possible to clarify the legal position as to exactly who is at fault in this specific instance.  The law is not always predictable by common sense reasoning. Normally the 2 insurance companies do a deal between them, and I would be…"
Apr 9
LS replied to JRA's discussion content of saddle bag - multitool etc - lost yesterday on Grand Union canal route
"If anyone finds one of these pannier clips  between South and East Birmingham please let me know. It fell of on Monday. It's 3 separate parts so the chances are very slim but worth a try. Thanks."
Dec 15, 2016
LS replied to JRA's discussion content of saddle bag - multitool etc - lost yesterday on Grand Union canal route
"Was it caused by the bumpy bridge?  I thought there were plans to smooth them but haven't seen it mentioned recently. I will try and find out at the forum on Wednesday."
Dec 12, 2016
Kim replied to JRA's discussion content of saddle bag - multitool etc - lost yesterday on Grand Union canal route
"Not a route I use, but if you do find yourself in the market for some new tyre levers, I can vouch for these as cheap and Marathon-Plus-proof: https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/tools/sjsc-steel-core-tyre-lever-set-of-3/ (Also…"
Dec 11, 2016
LS replied to JRA's discussion content of saddle bag - multitool etc - lost yesterday on Grand Union canal route
"I didn't see anything at 9am. Will keep any eye out on Monday."
Dec 10, 2016
JRA posted a discussion

content of saddle bag - multitool etc - lost yesterday on Grand Union canal route

Apologies for asking a small matter - my saddle bag came undone yesterday - Friday morning - on the way into work. I had to be there early so could not go back to pick up. The cyclist behind me said they were lying on one of the bumpy bridges near the Ackers and he had put on the parapet.If anyone came across then I would be grateful if you let me know. they are the only bits of kit strong enough to get the Marathon tyres off my rims when I get a puncture (yes, it happened about 3 weeks ago…See More
Dec 10, 2016
JRA replied to LS's discussion Changes to Birmingham Cycle Revolution Main Routes
"The Grand Union canal route is not well used currently. The useage dropped off hugely when it went dark at evening commute. I am using it most weekday mornings and evenings, for the full length, and I have not seen any questionable individuals or…"
Dec 6, 2016
JRA replied to Highwayman's discussion Cycle security at QE hospital
"Have we clarified yet about CCTV? Car crime, even mugging, is a common event in hospital grunds that do not use such extra security measures. Is there a place where we feel security is best? I am going to be travelling to work at the Women's…"
Oct 30, 2016

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