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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 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…"
yesterday
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…"
Tuesday
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…"
Monday
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…"
Sunday
Kim replied to Darren Cash's discussion Barriers
"Took a photo: Rough measurements in shoe-lengths give a ~870mm gap to the edge of the tarmac on the left, and a ~725mm gap between the bollards and to the edge of the tarmac on the right.  Trailers etc will have to dip a wheel in the…"
Mar 18
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
Kim replied to Darren Cash's discussion Barriers
"I might be late to the party with this one, but I've just noticed the anti-tricycle bollards at King's Norton Park (where NCN5 crosses Pershore Road South) have been upgraded with big rounded plastic ones.  Why a single bollard…"
Mar 15
Kim commented on David's photo
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After my own heart

"I'm guessing the streamers and ?light stick are on an extendable rod, to give the overtaking motorists something to aim at.  The spiral keychain looks like it extends outwards as part of that, perhaps for the hi-vis properties, perhaps to…"
Mar 8
Kim replied to Andrew W's discussion Birmingham to host closed roads sportive
"Good analogy.  I used to own a car and live round the corner form Bramall Lane.  In spite of a negative interest in football, we made a point to note the times of Sheffield United's fixtures, as returning home by car within a couple…"
Mar 8
Kim commented on David's photo
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After my own heart

"Is that an emergency backup saddle on the rear rack?"
Mar 8
Kim commented on Robert's video
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"Father And Daughter" by Michaël Dudok de Wit

"Some classic Dutch wind there, too!"
Mar 3
Kim replied to Matt's discussion Anyone out and about in the wind yesterday?
"I foolishly went for a hilly pootle in the Peak District in some serious gusting headwind yesterday.  On my Brompton.  Loads of encouragement from all the passing roadies (of which there were many)."
Feb 27
Kim replied to Simon's discussion A34 lights
"AIUI it's legal to pass a faulty traffic light at red."
Feb 27
Kim replied to Andrew's discussion Survey on canal towpath usage from CRT
"Pedestrians could mostly step over poles, though, couldn't they?  I've never had an angler be anything but polite about poles or other kit blocking the towpath.  Worst I've had was "Can you hang on a second?" from…"
Jan 15
Kim replied to Robert's discussion University Station Cycle Parking
"I've infrequently seen bikes locked to the railings opposite the station.  But I assume overflow parking gets done on the racks outside one of the nearby university buildings (eg. Public Health, Computer Science or whatever that other one…"
Jan 15
Kim replied to Andrew's discussion Survey on canal towpath usage from CRT
"What would actually help would be consistent advice on how to avoid conflict.  The old British Waterways guidance of "cyclists should pass pedestrians on the water side" made good sense (pedestrians having more scope for moving…"
Jan 13

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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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LS replied to LS's discussion BCR at Council Meetings
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John K replied to LS's discussion BCR at Council Meetings
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Simon replied to Ian's discussion Commuter Route
"I would suggest that that title is somewhat misleading - the routes were meant to be calmed and…"
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Robert replied to Ian's discussion Commuter Route
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