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Hope he's actually OK
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Fingers crossed it's no-one on here, but at least it sounds like he's OK.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Lee Aug 11, 2015.

Attitudes? I despair; halfway around the world and I still encounter Daily Mail Man
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I've just had a very long exchange (that could be described as ranting - on both sides) with a friend on Facebook who now lives in Oz. As an aside, however tough we think we have it on the roads in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John K Aug 3, 2015.

Fantastic documentary from the late 80s/early 90s
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But depressing that the lessons contained in the film weren't heeded, and how - in the absence of really strong political will (in places like the Netherlands or Denmark) - the situation is no…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Cox Apr 5, 2015.

Good idea from Birmingham City Council
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It's not often that our city's political leaders get praise hereabouts, but credit where it's due - I LOVE their special driver ability labelling scheme.They take as many of the sub-standard drivers…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by On Your Bike Feb 26, 2014.

 

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Richard D replied to Philip Eddington's discussion Ideas for a fly6 camera mount
"My bodge job mounting it on the pannier rack is so insecure, the footage is unusable :( I'll do something with a bit of dowel at the weekend, I think."
Oct 6
Richard D commented on Steve Cooper's video
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Close pass x2 (Sorry I swear a lot on this video)

"I hate cycling along dual carriageways.  Take the lane and you get run over.  Don't take the lane and you get close passes.  More than anywhere else, fast dual carriageways like the A45 need either a dedicated cycle lane or an…"
Oct 6
Richard D replied to Philip Eddington's discussion Ideas for a fly6 camera mount
"I have a very similar query - for the Aldi clone (£40, last week).  Standard Go Pro mounts don't work, and a saddlebag prevents me from using the seatpost.  Plus I use a lightweight Tubus rack that doesn't have the usual…"
Oct 6
Richard D replied to Andrew W's discussion Velo Birmingham
"20+ here.  Not all brilliant, but not all terrible either.  Although they do make me look rather fat.  I blame the photographer."
Oct 1
Richard D replied to Andrew W's discussion Velo Birmingham
"People not being able to fix their own punctures is a bit of a bugbear of mine, too (having lost 90 minutes on the first sportive I rode, waiting for the mobile mechanic to fix my gnarled rear lockring, while he was elsewhere on the course fixing…"
Sep 28
Richard D replied to Andrew W's discussion Birmingham to host closed roads sportive
"I wouldn't have stopped twice, but the 40-minute delay meant that the first pit stop was welcome, and I needed another stop before the end. Because I don't like taking "natural breaks" in fields."
Sep 25
Richard D replied to Andrew W's discussion Birmingham to host closed roads sportive
"Bewdkey was indeed ace. And some of the riding (up and down the hills) was indeed sketchy. I'm no great bike handler myself, but at least I know to keep to the left unless you're passing someone, and not to deviate from your line without…"
Sep 25
Richard D replied to Andrew W's discussion Birmingham to host closed roads sportive
"I've got free parking organised in the city centre anyway. And if I wanted to have empty roads, I'd just ride the route a couple of hours earlier!"
Sep 22
Richard D replied to Andrew W's discussion Birmingham to host closed roads sportive
"0750 start for me. Though having to trek into Brum on Saturday to sign in is a PITA. You don't get that nonsense on an audax. Apparently they would have posted everything out to me if I'd bunged them ANOTHER £50."
Sep 21

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What sort of riding do you do?
Some fitness, some commuting, a few audaxes
Where do you live?
Sutton Coldfield
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Giant TCR Alliance, and Giant hybrid

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Ouch

You know how cycling feels risky but is statistically safe?



You know how people tell you that it's too dangerous to ride on the roads, yet it is statistically safe?



Yeah, well, sometimes we don't beat the odds.



My surgeon won't let me NEAR a bike for six months. He won't let me STAND for six weeks.



In the one week I've spent in Intensive Care, my big thighs and bulging knees have melted away to pallid, weedy things. Actually, that's not quite right.… Continue

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 21:24 — 11 Comments

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At 20:44 on October 2, 2012, BrownhillsBob said…

Wake it up. What happened is it wakes up every 6 hours for 5 minutes, then goes back to sleep. If it's armed, it wakes up on vibration, and further vibration keeps it away.

If you text it in a sleep period, it won't reply until it wakes automatically and finds the text request waiting.

In all cases, it sleeps again after five minutes of inactivity.

It seems to work for me. It told me when other people were taking their bikes out of the shed two days running.

It's not perfect, but works way better than I expected. 

Cheers

Bob

 
 
 

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