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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, 2017.

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 Philip Whiteman's discussion Velo Midland 2018
"They did last time.  No idea what's happening next year."
Monday
Kim replied to Philip Whiteman's discussion Velo Midland 2018
"Or at least those whose bikes aren't arbitrarily banned..."
Saturday
Kim replied to LS's discussion Edgbaston Tunnel Tow Path Widening
"This one's a complete mess.  It's not helped by historical British Waterways advice that cyclists should pass pedestrians on the water side (which makes sense in isolation, because pedestrians can generally get closer to the…"
Jun 13
Kim replied to Robert's discussion Global Best Practice in Cycle Path Construction
"This can't be what they're doing on the A38, can it?"
Jun 12
Kim replied to Robert's discussion Carrera GTi
"I'd swear I saw that on Critical Mass a few years ago, but it seems unlikely to have lasted that long.  Maybe it's been carefully mothballed to avoid the police?"
Jun 12
Shakey commented on Kim's photo
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Woodgate Valley tarmac

"Gritted is an understatement. Even after the recent torrential rain, it has a substantial covering of loose grit which whilst probably not too bad on a MTB, is not much fun on a 23c roadie."
Jun 7
LS commented on Kim's photo
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Woodgate Valley tarmac

"I've just cycled from Quinton. It's been gritted now so I didn't bother exploring in the other direction."
Jun 6
Kim replied to LS's discussion Edgbaston Tunnel Tow Path Widening
"Any cycle infrastructure that isn't reasonably rideable at 25kph (which is the speed that road-legal electric assist cycles are limited to) is of a shortsighted design at best.  Brits are finally beginning to discover e-bikes, and if the…"
Jun 6
Kim replied to LS's discussion Edgbaston Tunnel Tow Path Widening
"Assuming it's done competently, and swept of the loose stuff when they've finished, I've no objection to the use of gravel in this context.  It provides a grippy surface, and a sheet metal bridge is at much greater risk of ice…"
May 29
Kim replied to LS's discussion Edgbaston Tunnel Tow Path Widening
"I checked it out.  The path is now lovely and wide - enough space for two cyclists to pass.  Contractors were still doing some work involving metal poles and an angle grinder at one end. Concerns about the slipperiness of the metal plating…"
May 29
Kim replied to tom's discussion What's the weirdest thing you've carried on your bike?
"As someone who started out in my teens buying from Maplin, I reckon the rot set in soon afterwards.  By the end of the 1990s, the old beardy guy at the component counter who could have an intelligent conversation about your project and suggest…"
May 29
Kim replied to LS's discussion Edgbaston Tunnel Tow Path Widening
"Yeah, but this is for cyclists.  Everything cycling related has to be invented from scratch.  It's not allowed to look at solutions that work properly elsewhere and copy them..."
May 27
Kim replied to john butler's discussion A38 cycle route
"This is a problem with shared paths generally.  The signs and markings are generally sufficient to inform cyclists that they're allowed to use them, but to a pedestrian (who only sees it as a pavement, so isn't paying attention to…"
May 23
Robert commented on Kim's photo
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Woodgate Valley tarmac

"So I've been told, but do they sweep or grit the lengthy asphalt sections of the Rea Valley path?"
May 21
Kim commented on Kim's photo
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Woodgate Valley tarmac

"Yeahbut magic gravel means the path doesn't need to be swept or gritted, apparently."
May 20
Robert commented on Kim's photo
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Woodgate Valley tarmac

"The chippings that make the path unusable on a bike until the path is swept, fall off over a period of a very few years.   Those on the Worcester and Birmingham canal have fallen off to the point where the tar is exposed.   That…"
May 18

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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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ian robathan replied to Philip Whiteman's discussion Velo Midland 2018
"I guess the thing is the beauty of closed roads is that it attracts all abilities, I did not think…"
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Laura replied to Philip Whiteman's discussion Velo Midland 2018
"From what I heard from people in the support vans there were a large number of people who…"
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Shakey replied to Philip Whiteman's discussion Velo Midland 2018
"Route does not look great and not particularly taxing. I thought last year's velo was perfect…"
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ian robathan replied to ian robathan's discussion Audax
"ah yeah I saw that one and planning a 600km next year so that is one I am looking at "
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ian robathan replied to Philip Whiteman's discussion Velo Midland 2018
"shame really as all events I have taken part in no issues "
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Andy White replied to ian robathan's discussion Audax
"BCM = Bryan Chapman Memorial (600k and stupid climb) btw ;-)"
Tuesday
Andy White replied to ian robathan's discussion Audax
"BCM is beyond me now Ian ! I joined Audax 35 years ago and never got past a 600k. PBP 87 was…"
Tuesday
Kim replied to Philip Whiteman's discussion Velo Midland 2018
"They did last time.  No idea what's happening next year."
Monday
ian robathan replied to ian robathan's discussion Audax
"The ones I will keep Phil are the early season ones, for example done one from Garden every year…"
Monday
Philip Whiteman replied to ian robathan's discussion Audax
"Welcome to the dark side. Years ago I too made that transition.  I recall those heady days of…"
Monday
Andy White replied to ian robathan's discussion Audax
"Welcome to the 'family' and even more TLAs ... BCM, PBP, LEL ... ;-)"
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James Russell replied to ian robathan's discussion Audax
"I've done the Kidderminster Killer myself.  A lovely day out if you don't mind a bit…"
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I will admit until this year I was sniffy about Audaxing, always thought Sportives were better and…See More
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ian robathan replied to Philip Whiteman's discussion Velo Midland 2018
"apart from TT ones, do they ban say tandems or recumbents then ? "
Saturday
Shakey replied to john butler's discussion Bourne brook pathway
"Fully open again last night although care needed in places as there  is a lot of loose gravel…"
Saturday
Kim replied to Philip Whiteman's discussion Velo Midland 2018
"Or at least those whose bikes aren't arbitrarily banned..."
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