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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 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."
19 minutes ago
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…"
Wednesday
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?"
Wednesday
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…"
Tuesday
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…"
Tuesday
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
Kim replied to Darren Cash's discussion Barriers
"Quad bikes, maybe?  I suppose those can be over a metre wide."
Jul 3
Kim replied to Darren Cash's discussion Barriers
"Meanwhile, someone's re-spaced the ones on the other side of the park (down by the back of the station car park): They've widened the central gap to a sensible ~1.35m.  Much less of a squeeze for trikes and trailers. Joined-up…"
Jul 2
Kim replied to Andrew W's discussion Birmingham to host closed roads sportive
"Unlike cyclists, I don't think NIMBYs actually have a hive mind.  :)"
Jul 2
Kim commented on LS's photo
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Bakfiets

"Those tagalong things are rather good.  (As are cargo bikes, obviously.)"
Jun 28
Kim replied to LS's discussion The backlash begins
"I saw some engineering types wandering around in hi-vis looking at plans a couple of weeks ago."
Jun 28
Kim replied to LS's discussion The backlash begins
"If they put a decent surface on it then cyclists and disabled people might use it, and OMG a bike!"
Jun 20
Kim replied to Robert's discussion Meanwhile in Brussels
"The restricting parking approach seems to have been effective at reducing congestion and (though funding major improvements) increasing public transport use in…"
Jun 17
Kim replied to Robert's discussion Meanwhile in Brussels
"In a recent discussion elsewhere about the hazard that tram tracks pose to cyclists, I wrote about spending a couple of days getting lost with a bike in Ghent.  Ghent has tram tracks, which are pretty much the same as British tram tracks.…"
Jun 15
Kim commented on LS's event 'HSBC City Ride 2017'
"I thought that went quite well.  A city centre route that unlike previous attempts was long (and more importantly, wide and flat) enough to be a decent length ride without too much congestion at bottlenecks.  Plenty of stuff going on in…"
Jun 11
Kim is attending LS's event
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HSBC City Ride 2017 at Broad Street - Hagley Road

June 11, 2017 from 9am to 4pm
What used to be called SkyRide / BikeFest See More
Jun 11

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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 ARKrider's discussion Broken Traffic Light Hurst Street
"I used that to report that the traffic lights at Tessal Lane weren't detecting northbound…"
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GasPipeWarrior replied to ARKrider's discussion Broken Traffic Light Hurst Street
"Use the following link to report defective traffic…"
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ARKrider posted discussions
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ARKrider replied to Denis Murphy's discussion Views on bike Contraflows into new narrow one way streets
"I like cycle contra-flow but if its not properly marked or signed its good as useless. The amount…"
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Kim replied to Surrinder Kumar's discussion Grand Union Canal Mugging
"They're hardwearing and good at avoiding punctures.  Grip (especially on non-tarmac…"
Wednesday
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…"
Wednesday
Robert Jones replied to Denis Murphy's discussion Views on bike Contraflows into new narrow one way streets
"Kim's point about pesdestrians is a very good one. They just don't look both ways, they…"
Wednesday
Jon the mechanic replied to Surrinder Kumar's discussion Grand Union Canal Mugging
"Marathon tyres are generally just a bit crap."
Wednesday
Steve Cooper commented on Steve Cooper's video
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Views from the Go Pro

"Thanks for the info, I'll check the date on the video when I'm back home."
Wednesday
Steve Cooper commented on Steve Cooper's video
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S-Max EO06 HCZ - Swan Roundabout, Birmingham

"Thanks guys, wasn't too sure if theres a formal process.  To be fair to the one above…"
Wednesday
Stuart Thompson replied to Surrinder Kumar's discussion Grand Union Canal Mugging
"Marathon tyres and wet canal brickwork are not a good combination when trying to brake on the front…"
Wednesday
JRA replied to Pete Woodcock's discussion cycling to NEC
"I ahve just had an email from Virgin. Sounds like it is now possible to get a key fob at Birmingham…"
Tuesday
Ryan Stait commented on Steve Cooper's video
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S-Max EO06 HCZ - Swan Roundabout, Birmingham

"WMP would definitely prosecute that if you hand in a form with footage"
Tuesday
LS replied to LS's discussion BCC Consultations with a cycling element
"I've just received an update on this as the expected date was "by…"
Tuesday
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.…"
Tuesday

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