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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 LS's discussion Cyclist Injured on Sherlock Street
"There's a difference between 'understandable' and blaming the stationary object.  As I suggested upthread, circumstances such as mechanical failure, sudden overwhelming distraction, or failing to move out due to the actions of…"
Wednesday
Kim replied to LS's discussion Cyclist Injured on Sherlock Street
"Sporty diamond-frame cycles encourage a riding position where you default to looking at the road in front of your wheel, and checking behind you requires significant effort.  It's all too easy to not look where you're going for…"
Tuesday
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
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 accident waiting to happen.  (https://twitter.com/ShivajiShivaLaw/status/896026340624879618) I met Chris Lowe and David Cox on Friday about…"
Aug 13
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 traffic-enraging.See More
Aug 10
Kim replied to Simon's discussion Bloody students ;-)
"You know, I've been living round the corner from the southgate for nearly 8 years now.  Last week was the first time I actually saw someone reversing the polarity of the neutron flow signage."
Aug 9
Kim replied to David's discussion Julie's petition for Hagley Road cycle lanes
"Wasn't there a plan to put high-speed bendy buses down the Hagley Road?"
Jul 31
Kim commented on Robert's photo
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Mystery Cycle Accessory

"Looks like a variation on the Hamax-style mount:"
Jul 30
Kim replied to ARKrider's discussion Broken Traffic Light Hurst Street
"I used that to report that the traffic lights at Tessal Lane weren't detecting northbound cyclists a couple of weeks ago, and got a response within a few days that they'd been out and tweaked the induction loop."
Jul 22
Kim replied to Surrinder Kumar's discussion Grand Union Canal Mugging
"They're hardwearing and good at avoiding punctures.  Grip (especially on non-tarmac surfaces) is very much secondary. And for the benefit of those without mountain biking experience:  If you think the surface is slippery, use the…"
Jul 19
Kim replied to Denis Murphy's discussion Views on bike Contraflows into new narrow one way streets
"As if to provide a counter example, I almost got lemminged by one on the Pershore Road this afternoon.  Who doesn't look both ways before crossing a 4-lane road, FFS?"
Jul 19
Kim replied to Surrinder Kumar's discussion Grand Union Canal Mugging
"Probably true, but it's notoriously hard to get good statistics on this sort of thing.  Road collisions resulting in KSIs tend to get recorded.  Serious robberies and assaults probably likewise, but not necessarily in a way that can…"
Jul 18
Kim replied to Denis Murphy's discussion Views on bike Contraflows into new narrow one way streets
"A friend of mine was seriously injured after being assaulted by a van driver for cycling "the wrong way down a one-way road" (it was a two-way road with "no entry to motor vehicles" at one end). My own experience of cycling…"
Jul 18
Kim replied to Darren Cash's discussion Barriers
"I suspect the logic behind the bollards is something like "to slow cyclists down on approach to the road crossing", rather than preventing access by undesirable vehicles.  I'm never quite sure about that sort of thing.…"
Jul 5

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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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