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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 Jones's discussion Bikes in Supermarkets
"I've only ever done it with my Brompton, which does a passable impression of a shopping basket when partially folded.  I've also done the folded-bike-in-a-trolley thing a few times. I've generally had positive reactions when…"
11 hours ago
Kim replied to Robert Jones's discussion Scooters / Mopeds / Motorbikes in Bicycle Lanes
"In many ways, this is a symptom of cycle infrastructure that's actually worth using.  The top of Hurst Street isn't without its faults, but it's a useful piece of permeability. Personally I don't mind sharing a lane/path…"
11 hours ago
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

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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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Kim replied to Robert Jones's discussion Bikes in Supermarkets
"I've only ever done it with my Brompton, which does a passable impression of a shopping basket…"
11 hours ago
Steve replied to Robert Jones's discussion Scooters / Mopeds / Motorbikes in Bicycle Lanes
"If there's a no motor vehicles sign, which it appear there is, they have no business being…"
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Kim replied to Robert Jones's discussion Scooters / Mopeds / Motorbikes in Bicycle Lanes
"In many ways, this is a symptom of cycle infrastructure that's actually worth using.  The…"
11 hours ago
Simon commented on LS's event 'BikeFest 2017'
"As a temporary marshal...that was the best bit ;-) Wish I could go but otherwise engaged on the…"
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Dave Cox is attending LS's event
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BikeFest 2017 at TBC

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Keith Dodds replied to Robert Jones's discussion Scooters / Mopeds / Motorbikes in Bicycle Lanes
"If a car goes into the ASL it means the lights will magically go green for them doesn't it?…"
15 hours ago
Keith Dodds replied to Robert Jones's discussion Bikes in Supermarkets
"I take mine and the lads trike into Sainsbury's Kings Heath at least one evening a week never…"
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Ryan Stait replied to Robert Jones's discussion Bikes in Supermarkets
"I take my bike into Sainsburys Selly Oak if I haven't got my lock with me. Never had any…"
16 hours ago
LS replied to Robert Jones's discussion Bikes in Supermarkets
"I often take my bike into supermarkets, usually if I don't have a lock or key with me. If…"
17 hours ago
Tom H replied to Robert Jones's discussion Scooters / Mopeds / Motorbikes in Bicycle Lanes
"rules 140 and 178 of the highway code. Rule 178 about ASLs is explicit that motorcyclists…"
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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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