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New pinch-points on Linden Road
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Who thought that was a good idea?It's a substantial gradient, the last thing cyclists need is more traffic-enraging.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shivaji Shiva Sep 1.

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 Andrew W's discussion Front light recommendations
"Some of B&M's newer dynamo lights have greatly improved the width of the beam.  You can go round corners on a recumbent (where lights are typically fixed to the frame axis, rather than the steering axis) without riding into darkness…"
yesterday
Kim replied to Andrew W's discussion Front light recommendations
"It's about time someone came out with something like this.  I'm a big fan of the StVZO-approved light for normal use with a second, conical, light for a 'main beam'."
yesterday
Kim replied to Phil Weber's discussion Birmingham to Wolverhampton
"I did this one many years ago (In October or so, I think) to see what the route was like.  By the time I arrived at my destination in Wolverhampton, I was splattered with mud from the waist down (ona bike with full mudguards), a couple of hours…"
Monday
Kim replied to Diesel Domestique's discussion Safety of buses at night
"I haven't had this problem with buses, but I'm protanopic and don't perceive red light as brightly as most people.  (I often see people moaning about being dazzled by vehicle brake lights as drivers of automatics sit with their…"
Nov 3
Kim replied to Hanah's discussion Metro construction around Victoria Square
"Just seen tweets from @SustransWMids warning that they're closing the Broad Street canal towpath (presumably that's just the bit inside the bridge/tunnel) to carry out structural surveys on the 14th and 15th of November.  They're…"
Nov 2
Kim commented on LS's photo
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Lidl Kings Heath

"Excellent news!"
Oct 31
Kim replied to LS's discussion BCC Consultations with a cycling element
"Bikes that could phase through solid matter would solve all sorts of parking problems..."
Oct 28
Kim replied to Maya CycleHack's discussion London Midland CycleHack Challenge | Monday 30th October 2017
"While I can rant endlessly about the new New Street station, the lifts are the main thing that's vastly improved.  We now have two lifts direct to each platform, one of which will reasonably take a loaded cycle along with other lift…"
Oct 19
Kim replied to Maya CycleHack's discussion London Midland CycleHack Challenge | Monday 30th October 2017
"I'm on the list!"
Oct 19
Kim is attending Imran Anwar's event

London Midland CycleHack at Icentrun Labs by London Midland

October 30, 2017 from 9:30am to 5pm
Want to improve the experience of travelling by train with bicycles, for both cyclists and non-cyclists?Book your spaceLondon Midland and CycleHack HQ invite you to a creative day to explore travelling by train with a bicycle. Working together, we want to make travelling with bikes more…See More
Oct 19
Kim replied to Laura's discussion Cycle/cyclist friendly venues
"Yeah, I've lead rides from there in the past that have been delayed by the speed of hot food, though I attributed it to the proliferation of Parkrun types."
Oct 18
Kim replied to LS's discussion Bike Hire scheme
"Hopefully a decent chunk of that will be people transferring between trains at New Street and Snow Hill (the walk from New Street to Moor Street is significant if you're bad at navigation, mobility impaired or carrying significant…"
Oct 18
Kim replied to LS's discussion Bike Hire scheme
"This is a valid point.  Boris Bikes are an excellent way to get around central London.  But central Birmingham is much smaller - you can make most journeys within the inner ring road on foot in a reasonable time period - as well as…"
Oct 16
Kim replied to Andy White's discussion Fat bike advice
"My general experience is that bigger tyres make for an easier time levers-wise, though there are always exceptions, and I've never dealt with anything wider than 2.25"  Have you tried your normal tyre levers? Big low-pressure tyres…"
Sep 7
Kim replied to Shivaji Shiva's discussion Event: City Centre - 26 Sept - Defending Client Earth: Air Quality, Cycling and Strategic Litigation
"Do 99% of people really have house insurance?  Seems unlikely."
Sep 3
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 opposite direction a a bus was having to follow behind a cyclist struggling to climb the hill, as the pinch points prevented an overtake. BCC have…"
Aug 14

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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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Hello cyclists of Birmingham Just a safety post here for anyone who cycles Northbound along Hurst…See More
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Andrew George replied to Andrew W's discussion Front light recommendations
"I agree, Robert. I wish more people would get dipped/dip-able lights. My most recent trip down the…"
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Andrew George replied to Diesel Domestique's discussion Problem driver Harborne area V066WOX or VU67JSV
"Not sure about that precise driver/vehicle, but I got abuse shouted at me by a driver who…"
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Diesel Domestique replied to Diesel Domestique's discussion Problem driver Harborne area V066WOX or VU67JSV
"26th Sept last year, about 7 incidents since so he is local despite CKS' suggestion. Got good…"
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ian robathan commented on Steve Cooper's video
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"Generally it is not too bad really but you get the odd one like this."
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Joanna Klaces replied to Andrew W's discussion Russell Road Again
"I am very sorry to hear this and so glad she is OK . I hope something will be done to make cycling…"
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Robert Jones replied to Robert Jones's discussion Rea Valley Route Stirchley Fordhouse Lane
"This housing development is going ahead. They’ve started work on clearing the site. Planning…"
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Matt Andrews replied to Andrew W's discussion Front light recommendations
"I'm a big fan of the See.Sense range: https://seesense.cc/ not the cheapest but fit your…"
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Kim replied to Andrew W's discussion Front light recommendations
"Some of B&M's newer dynamo lights have greatly improved the width of the beam.  You…"
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Steve Cooper commented on Steve Cooper's video
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15 minutes - a commuting tale (I swear again)

"Chad - I think your right about the dark evening, although I'm happier to stick to the…"
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Robert replied to Andrew W's discussion Front light recommendations
"60 lux should be sufficient for high speed cycling on unlit roads.   Mine is 35 lux, and…"
yesterday
Kim replied to Andrew W's discussion Front light recommendations
"It's about time someone came out with something like this.  I'm a big fan of the…"
yesterday
Andrew W replied to Andrew W's discussion Front light recommendations
"Thanks for that.  Can't find a UK stockist but I can get one shipped from Holland. …"
yesterday
LS replied to Diesel Domestique's discussion Problem driver Harborne area V066WOX or VU67JSV
"So he's a parasite"
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CKS replied to Diesel Domestique's discussion Problem driver Harborne area V066WOX or VU67JSV
"Those are 'Worcestershire' registrations, it seems like he's commuting from there."
Wednesday
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"More events during The Liveable City:Masterplanning and Housing – Putting People…"
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