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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 Big Bike Ride on Saturday April 22nd
Friday
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.…"
Thursday
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…"
Wednesday
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 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

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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 Robert's discussion Big Bike Ride on Saturday April 22nd
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Dave Cox replied to Robert's discussion Big Bike Ride on Saturday April 22nd
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LS replied to John K's discussion Commuting Distance - anyone over 14 miles ?
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Water Gunned by Blue Astra

Just been out for a ride and was squirted with water by two kids in a passing dark blue Astra. I…See More
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Commuting Distance - anyone over 14 miles ?

Since 2007 my commute has increased from 4 to 7 to 10 and now to 14 miles which is taking me 50 to…See More
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Rich22222 replied to Robert's discussion Big Bike Ride on Saturday April 22nd
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Mortus Diablo replied to Robert's discussion Big Bike Ride on Saturday April 22nd
"OK thanks. However it's not entirely clear whether this is an actual ride through the city…"
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