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Beware plastic bags!
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A low-flying plastic bag got blown into the rear wheel of my Dawes this afternoon.  It got caught in the chain, and the rear dérailleur cage was pulled up into the wheel, causing it to bend and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by CKS Jul 7, 2015.

Forumite Spotting
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Maybe we should have a dedicated thread for this sort of thing... Spotted on Lifford LaneContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Sep 20, 2015.

 

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Kim replied to LS's discussion Small Heath Bridge Closure
"Objection:  The world's longest urinal is outside Sheffield railway station.  :)"
May 17
Kim replied to Robert's discussion Big Bike Ride on Saturday April 22nd
"I (perhaps optimistically) got the impression that - at least on the subject of cycling - Street was the sort of Tory who was inclined to follow the evidence and do what would benefit businesses and yes, drivers.  Which means getting more…"
May 8
Kim replied to Robert's discussion Big Bike Ride on Saturday April 22nd
"I see both sides of this one: I'm unfortunate enough to be a naturally sweaty person.  I can't cycle a mile without working up a sweat, regardless of ambient temperature (cold weather just means the sweat makes me *cold* when I stop).…"
May 2
Kim replied to mark's discussion Where did your bike take you today?
"I was fortunate enough to be indoors for that one, but those flags don't seem very robust.  Mine survived the ride home from Canon Hill Park, only to be ripped in two by snagging on a brake cable as I transferred it from the front pocket…"
Apr 26
Kim replied to Robert's discussion Big Bike Ride on Saturday April 22nd
"Turning the M6 toll into a cycling facility sounds like an excellent idea..."
Apr 26
Kim replied to Robert's discussion Big Bike Ride on Saturday April 22nd
Apr 21
Kim replied to doug salmon's discussion Cycling and Cancer
"Alternatively, in a place where hardly anyone cycles, the cyclists are more likely to be hippies/fitness freaks/sportists than average.  Whereas people who walk to work are just normal people with a short commute or who can't use a car.…"
Apr 20
Kim replied to doug salmon's discussion Prosecution for killing cyclist
"I think it's more akin to asking someone to dive over Bordesley Circus and then ask them about the foliage in the middle.  Indeed, this is an effect I notice when discussing landmarks on familiar driving/cycling routes with people who use…"
Apr 19
Kim replied to Philip Eddington's discussion Ideas for a fly6 camera mount
"If the rear rack has a light mounting point, that would seem like a good place to attach things.  I'd start with a bit of dowel or metal tubing of an appropriate diameter for the bracket, and work out a way to bolt it on.…"
Apr 17
Kim might attend Dave Cox's event
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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 1
Kim replied to ARKrider's discussion Route To Perry Bar Help
"Except that cycling is often less stressful than public transport, especially taxis. The towpath isn't a bad idea for this one (assuming the re-surfacing has happened since I last went that way).  Yes, it's longer and slower, but the…"
Mar 27
Kim replied to Robert's discussion Cyclist Hit by Lorry on the A38 Bristol Road Near the Ring Road
"I think it's a combination of a vehicle design with poor visibility that's particularly suited to crushing people under its wheels, combined with the way they are operated leading to drivers who are in a hurry and/or distracted with phones…"
Mar 23
Kim replied to Ian's discussion Commuter Route
"TBH, I think the problem is with the infrastructure rather than the choice of vehicles.  I've had as many nasty big roundabout incidents when driving as I have when cycling (which is probably skewed by avoiding big roundabouts less when in…"
Mar 21
Kim replied to Ian's discussion Commuter Route
"Fascinating.  You'd have to be a very fit cyclist indeed to be able to do 20mph under all circumstances. I agree that speed differential is what makes vehicular cycling difficult (and Rachel Aldred's near miss research seems to…"
Mar 20
Kim replied to Ian's discussion Commuter Route
"The problem with this is you can't easily generalise; each route has to be considered on its own merits.  An unobstructed towpath with a half-decent surface will generally win over a road route with many traffic lights and junctions in…"
Mar 19
Kim replied to Simon's discussion A34 lights
"Bus lanes work well for a certain type of cyclist.  The sort of cyclist who wants to make progress and isn't afraid of cycling in traffic, but appreciates a lane with minimal cars getting in the way.  I'm usually one of those…"
Mar 18

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What sort of riding do you do?
leisure/utility
Where do you live?
Selly Oak
Tell us about your bike(s)
trekking hybrid, touring recumbent, tandem-shaped object

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At 8:12 on June 3, 2013, Robert said…

Thank you.

That's a useful page of photos.   One of the points I want to make is that trikes like yours make cycling accessible to a wider range of people, and the poor design of the infrastructure being built is discriminatory.   I also have a nice photo of a Sinner Mango on a Dutch cycle path, courtesy of David Hembrow.   Can you imagine trying to get one of those down NCN5?

At 22:12 on June 2, 2013, Kim said…

Oh, absolutely.

You might find some of these useful, too (I've started a collection):

http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=obstructions

While people are often dismissive of recumbent trikes as being fairly niche (and therefore presumably unimportant, even when used by disabled people who don't have the option of an upright bicycle), I like to remind them that anything that's impassable to a trike is likely to be equally problematic for trailers, tag-along children's bikes, tandems, cargo cycles and so on.  Not to mention boring things like pushchairs and mobility scooters.

At 14:31 on June 2, 2013, Robert said…

I'm meeting with BCC Highways Department about cycling infrastructure on Friday.   May I use that photo of your trike falling over on the tow path as an example of what cycles look like and how the current infrastructure is problematic?

 
 
 

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Andrew W replied to LS's discussion Small Heath Bridge Closure
"I find it hard to imagine something that ugly being installed in the city centre"
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Tom H replied to LS's discussion Small Heath Bridge Closure
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Kim replied to LS's discussion Small Heath Bridge Closure
"Objection:  The world's longest urinal is outside Sheffield railway station.  :)"
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LS replied to LS's discussion Small Heath Bridge Closure
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Andrew W replied to Dave Cox's discussion Piloting a tandem - a new Challenge ?
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Piloting a tandem - a new Challenge ?

Beacon member Roger Green is seeking some new sighted pilots to join him on his bespoke Longstaff…See More
May 15
Philip Whiteman replied to Andrew W's discussion Birmingham to host closed roads sportive
"At last, CSM have relented and decided to work constructively and hopefully the event will go ahead…"
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Robert replied to doug salmon's discussion Lapworth Museum
"I second that.   In fact I liked it so much I mentioned in a Push Bikes blog post…"
May 15
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doug salmon replied to steve mcintyre's discussion The Big Vintage Ride, Birmingham
"A very good question."
May 15
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The Big Vintage Ride, Birmingham

Anyone know if this event is taking place this year ?See More
May 15
Shivaji Shiva replied to Shivaji Shiva's discussion Cycling and the Circular Economy: does the Imagine Project open the way to a more sustainable future? -- 11 May 2017
"Thanks anyway John. Can anyone else out there help? Shivaji"
May 14

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