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Tour of Britain - Stage 4 - Worcester to Bristol
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Anyone on here planning to go and watch?I did hope that it was going up Fish Hill out of Broadway (up the Scarp slope of the Cotswolds Escarpment) which I know well but have never cycled, but they…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Perrin Aug 12, 2014.

50 miles into the wind - Long Ride Home
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Apologies for those that have seen my post on another forum:So, my regular ride of 6 miles to work and then same back home again has been put on hold as I have been sent away on a placement. The…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Russell Mar 11, 2014.

I Was Counted This Morning
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Two people in bright yellow Hi-Vis at the Edgbaston Road (Cricket Ground) entrance to Canon Hill Park. Gave them a cheery wave and hello. They simultaneously responded and then picked up their…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Darren Cash Oct 29, 2012.

Computer Repairs
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Does anyone use a computer repair person/company in Birmingham that they can recommend? Preferably someone with a good attitude that is mobile - i.e. goes out to customers rather than running a shop?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Beryl Lewis Feb 17, 2014.


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James Russell replied to Simon's discussion Bloody students ;-)
"He's only stopped there to change the sign.  Double yellows all round there, so nowhere else to stop, and also he is effectively unloading - only stopped to complete the task. Its a quiet private road, with a barrier just down the hill.…"
Aug 7
James Russell replied to Simon's discussion Bloody students ;-)
"Not really. There is no one in the car, and the driver is changing the direction of traffic flow - goes up hill in the morning and downhill in the evening.  You can see him appearing to be hiding behind the "Stop" sign."
Aug 4
James Russell replied to ARKrider's discussion 3 Careless Muppets (2X drivers, 1X cyclist)
"Fine to at least Kings Norton."
Jul 28
James Russell replied to Robert Jones's discussion Rea Valley Route Stirchley Fordhouse Lane
"Old Arvin Meritor site."
Jul 13
James Russell replied to Andy White's discussion best bike parking near St Philips ?
"Top of Temple Street? That's where I leave mine when I'm in town."
Jun 15
James Russell replied to James Connolly's discussion Vacancy at Gorilla Coffee in Kings Heath
"You can get your son to watch the Giro? Mine runs away anytime he sees a bicycle on TV!"
Jun 9
James Russell replied to Pete Woodcock's discussion cycling to NEC
"Presumably poor output lights that aren't much use, other than to confirm that the bike is fitted with lights."
Jun 8
James Russell replied to Robert's discussion Big Bike Ride on Saturday April 22nd
"Me too.  I have a friend who won't vote as he can't bear to vote for the party of the best candidate! Sion Simon was also fixated on second runway for Birmingham Airport."
Apr 26
James Russell replied to John K's discussion Commuting Distance - anyone over 14 miles ?
"I did a 32 mile commute once, and only the once, Birmingham to Rugby. I also did a 50 mile commute for a while (Derby to Birmingham), but only one way (home), and only every other week."
Apr 24
James Russell might attend LS's event

BikeFest 2017 at TBC

June 11, 2017 from 9am to 4pm
What used to be called SkyRide / BikeFest See More
Apr 6
James Russell might attend Dave Cox's event

Big Bike Picnic and Meet the WM Mayoral Candidates at Cannon Hill Park

April 22, 2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
This is the West Midlands Vote Bike Event for the Metro Mayor Elections. Main event is a bring your own picnic in Cannon Hill Park.  Just ride in on NCR5 and look for the red Space for Cycling flags. We want to celebrate cycling, listen to and ask questions of the Mayoral Candidates about supporting cycling, active travel, living streets and physical activity in general.A Push Bikes group with some of the candidates will meet at Victoria Square at 12.30 and ride down. Other groups and clubs are…See More
Apr 3
James Russell replied to ARKrider's discussion NCN5 Closed Between Moor Green Lane and Cartland Road
"Caught someone ducking under the gate, and told them how much room they had.  We both laughed about it. Very difficult not to duck, even when you know it'll be OK."
Mar 7
James Russell replied to Matt's discussion Anyone out and about in the wind yesterday?
"Fortuitously took the day off yesterday.  Even better, planned to go out on the train, but shelved that plan due to a construction hang-over from the day before. So stayed inside for the morning, and ventured up the road in a car in the…"
Feb 24
James Russell replied to GasPipeWarrior's discussion Erdington/North Brum CTC Cycle Jumble 2017?
"Sorry, would love to come, but I will be out of the country that day.  Will tell my cycling friends about it, though."
Feb 6
James Russell replied to Ian's discussion Commuter Route
"I rode it once a week for a couple of years, and am still alive. I admit that it takes a cetain amount of chutzpah, you need to take the lane, have a pyschic connection with all the other driver's on the roundabout, and have eyes in the back of…"
Feb 3
James Russell replied to juliewall's discussion Cyclist knocked off bike
"In my experience, the Police tend to be quite good in informing interested parties on the result of accidents."
Jan 27

Profile Information

What sort of riding do you do?
Commuting and getting fit for ski-ing
Where do you live?
Selly Oak
Tell us about your bike(s)
Specialized Allez 16 Road Bike
About me
Christian, Mechanical Engineer, Rugby fan.

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At 19:12 on May 27, 2016, Dave Holladay said…

Christmas worked (almost) just over 4 hours riding (including taking wrong turn near Marston Green and going in along A38) Great ride - missed the rain (just) and moonlit conditions made it glorious, although of the wind had been slightly less strong I'd have made better time.

At 15:48 on August 18, 2014, colin hall said…
Hi Jim my contacts are colin@
At 13:14 on March 19, 2014, Keith Dodds said…

Yeah see you Saturday quite looking forward to it, will be nice to meet someone from here face to face

At 22:20 on December 8, 2009, James Russell said…
Ah, yes - sorry.
Generally known as Jim. But this forum thingy got me all formal, so I used the name that my Mum knows me by.
At 8:59 on December 5, 2009, Mister Paul said…
You confused me with the 'James' then. I was trying to work out who you are!

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ARKrider posted discussions
ARKrider replied to David's discussion Julie's petition for Hagley Road cycle lanes
"Hagley road is like 6 lanes wide for a good odd mile at least. Then it narrows to 2 each way.…"
ARKrider replied to David's discussion Julie's petition for Hagley Road cycle lanes
"Signed and shared. I don't even live/go that way, but if it means supporting safer cycling in…"
ARKrider replied to Simon's discussion Bloody students ;-)
"I bet you he likely did not even stop for the Stop Sign there either. "
Kim replied to Kim's discussion New pinch-points on Linden Road
"I rode past them again today.  Temporary traffic lights at the top of the hill meant no…"
LS replied to LS's discussion Consultation - Longbridge Connectivity Local Growth Fund
"I'm not familiar with cycling to Longbridge but it looks like work has started on this…"
Dave Cox replied to Kim's discussion New pinch-points on Linden Road
"This is the response I had via Twitter  I think Shivaji is following up on…"
LS replied to LS's discussion BCC Consultations with a cycling element
"Proposed Improvements to Grand Union Canal access point at Lincoln Road, Acocks…"
Robert replied to Kim's discussion New pinch-points on Linden Road
"I saw the Linden Road pinch points yesterday, thankfully whilst going down hill.   In the…"
Tom H posted a discussion

Experienced cycle mechanic job available at BikeRight!

BikeRight! are looking for an experienced cycle mechanic, as Tom is moving on to manage the…See More
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Shivaji Shiva replied to Kim's discussion New pinch-points on Linden Road
"Agreed!   I am glad I am not alone on being concerned about this.  In my view it is an…"
Robert Jones replied to LS's discussion The backlash begins
"To be fair it was allegedly one of the most heavily contaminated sites in Birmingham, it's…"
Aug 11
Robert replied to LS's discussion The backlash begins
"Funny you should mention the Battery site.   I've had a good view of it from the…"
Aug 10
Kim posted a discussion

New pinch-points on Linden Road

Who thought that was a good idea?It's a substantial gradient, the last thing cyclists need is more…See More
Aug 10
Andrew George replied to LS's discussion The backlash begins
"I'm afraid I very much doubt that any part of the A38 route will be ready by next spring, even…"
Aug 10

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