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Birmingham to Wolverhampton
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Hi,I need to get from Birmingham University to Wolverhampton next week.  From the map, it looks like I could take the Birmingham Canal most of the way, i.e. through Smethwick, Tipton and Cosely.  But…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Phil Weber Nov 14, 2017.

Red Lights
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Beautiful morning for a ride into Birmingham.  Next one will be slightly more dangerous due to the red light jumping cyclist in front (Clapgate Lane / Jiggins Lane in Frankley (ish)).  Ironically, so…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Burgoyne Nov 10, 2014.

Research Study into "Near Misses"
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Some might want to contribute to this research study into cycling "near misses" http://nearmiss.bike/ in the vein of CTC's "Stop SMIDSY" (…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Lee Dec 12, 2014.

Question over Traffic Lanes
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Hi, I have a question on cycling on a road with multiple traffic lanes.  Specifically, if there are two lanes (e.g. on a one way system), the right-hand one of which is turning right while the…Continue

Tags: commuting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Sep 8, 2012.

 

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Phil Weber replied to Karen Leach's discussion How to thief-proof your bike
"Just an additional 2p'th: I have been slightly paranoid about "very good locks" ever since I had to buy a very good hacksaw blade and cut through my own D-lock on my last day at one workplace, when the lock broke.  I still use…"
May 17
Phil Weber replied to Shivaji Shiva's discussion Trains and Bikes -- Severn Valley Railway
"You should be fine with bikes from Moor Street to Kidderminster outside of rush hour (allowed in rush hour on most trains but can get rather busy).  There should be plenty of space in the carriage(s) marked for bikes and disabled access. …"
Apr 9
Phil Weber replied to Shivaji Shiva's discussion Towpath Etiquette ...
"I agree.  Also what seems slow enough to the experienced cyclist probably does not feel slow enough to the less experienced, or pedestrian. Also, super-bright front lights are unnecessary on the canal and mean that oncoming cyclists can see…"
Nov 29, 2017
Phil Weber replied to Phil Weber's discussion Birmingham to Wolverhampton
"Well maybe one day we'll see a quality cycle corridor that way.  Anyway, for now I swung a working-at-home day and cycled from Kidderminster, which is a nice ride (at least until you hit the hills and traffic in Wolverhampton). …"
Nov 14, 2017
Kim replied to Phil Weber's discussion Birmingham to Wolverhampton
"I did this one many years ago (In October or so, I think) to see what the route was like.  By the time I arrived at my destination in Wolverhampton, I was splattered with mud from the waist down (ona bike with full mudguards), a couple of hours…"
Nov 13, 2017
Stuart Thompson replied to Phil Weber's discussion Birmingham to Wolverhampton
"I rode to Sandwell Valley last weekend along the canals, from the city centre to the Galton Tunnel near West Brom it's been tarred and gritted so the surface is pretty good, I rode it on my single speed commuter with 28x700c Marathon…"
Nov 13, 2017
Phil Weber replied to Phil Weber's discussion Birmingham to Wolverhampton
"Thanks folks - looks like one for an adventurous sunny afternoon!  Maybe the train will be the better part of valour this time. Phil"
Nov 10, 2017
Simon replied to Phil Weber's discussion Birmingham to Wolverhampton
"Last time I used the canal, back when it was in better condition, it took loads longer than I thought it would, and I got nice and mucky!  If you have time and like a bit of gentle off road / gravel* type riding then it can be fun.  But if…"
Nov 10, 2017
Robert replied to Phil Weber's discussion Birmingham to Wolverhampton
"The tow paths are mostly socially safe.   However, the tow path out to Wolverhampton has been neglected, and it slowly deteriorates beyond the Birmingham City limit (photo below).   Long before the Netherton tunnel you will find…"
Nov 10, 2017
James Russell replied to Phil Weber's discussion Birmingham to Wolverhampton
"Not a good idea after dark. I wouldn't say it is unsafe from an attack point of view, just not sufficiently illuminated to be confident where you are going and to miss people.  It can be very rutted in places, and treacherous when…"
Nov 10, 2017
Phil Weber posted a discussion

Birmingham to Wolverhampton

Hi,I need to get from Birmingham University to Wolverhampton next week.  From the map, it looks like I could take the Birmingham Canal most of the way, i.e. through Smethwick, Tipton and Cosely.  But what is it like?  Is it rideable, would I need to allow a lot of extra time due to the surface and/or locks, and is it regarded as safe (it will be dark).Can anybody with local knowledge advise?  Otherwise I will thread my way through the back streets, but that always takes a while - or just take…See More
Nov 10, 2017
Phil Weber replied to Dick Jones's discussion Cycle racks removed in Ethel Street, off New Street near the Blood Donor Centre.
"I was advised that they had been "moved" to the set outside New Street station on the route through to Moor Street.  Bit this was only by a fellow in Cotswold.  This seems like a masterpiece of inconvenience.  On the plus…"
Aug 30, 2017
Phil Weber replied to Andrew W's discussion Towpath to Worcester
"I rode it a few years ago because I was enticed by the idea of all those downhill locks.  Eventually (somewhere between Bromsgrove and Droitwich I think) I got fed up with the mud (I was on a road bike) and took to the roads.  It has been…"
Jul 12, 2017
Phil Weber replied to John K's discussion Commuting Distance - anyone over 14 miles ?
"15+ miles from Kidderminster but only once or twice a week and only one way!  (For reasons of time and energy.)  Mix up with a few miles from Edgbaston to city centre train stations the rest of the time.  Sometimes in the summer I…"
Apr 24, 2017
Phil Weber replied to Andrew's discussion Survey on canal towpath usage from CRT
"I learned it from "Narrow Dog to Carcassonne" (http://www.narrowdog.com/), which I recommend.  In fact I didn't realise it was also a "real" word."
Jan 13, 2017
Phil Weber replied to Hanah's discussion Timing at traffic light
"I usually take the pedestrian phase or gap in the traffic, having assumed a long time ago that the cyclist phase was broken or didn't pick up cyclists (!).  I can think of numerous other places where either the lights don't recognise…"
Dec 6, 2016

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What sort of riding do you do?
Commute, MTB, social, touring
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Kidderminster
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In various states of disrepair/maintenance

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Incident on Grand Union canal - anyone have video footage of youths this afternoon/evening?

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