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BCR Bike for sale!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by James Lee Jan 11, 2016.

London Midland trains & bike carriage
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Kim Oct 8, 2015.

BCR Orange bikes
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom H Jan 11, 2016.

 

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Richard Smith replied to Andrew W's discussion Birmingham to host closed roads sportive
"I'll be there on my trusty Apollo XC26. Looking forward to it."
Sep 28, 2016
Richard Smith replied to john bennett's discussion birmingham bikefest
"I went to an event like this in Sutton Park a couple of years ago. Some brain box thought it was a good idea to put the Bike passport scheme next to stupidly loud, unwanted and unappreciated music. So the wallah asking for people's details had…"
Aug 28, 2016
Richard Smith replied to Cazza's discussion verbal abuse - on the increase?
"Well I really don't have much to do with motorists day to day as I use the numerous off road cycle paths."
Jun 16, 2016
Richard Smith replied to Cazza's discussion verbal abuse - on the increase?
"You don't need to move to another country necessarily....just somewhere more civilized. I've been in Lichfield 6 months and been pleasantly surprised by the numbers of non-lycra people who use bikes routinely for shopping etc. Middle-aged…"
Jun 15, 2016
Richard Smith replied to Robert's discussion Wanted for Assault (NCN5, City Centre)
"They can happen anywhere, but Birmingham seems to have more than it's fair share of deadbeats and violent people. Barely a day goes by without news of unprovoked attacks, and/or assaults over trivial matters. I travel quite a lot around the UK…"
Jun 10, 2016
Richard Smith replied to Darren Cash's discussion Build it and they will come - and so it happened. (Warning - not Birmingham)
"For what it's worth, I'm in London as I type this and have used some segregated routes today. They are great but there really are some berks on bikes here! I was undertaken twice by all-the-kit cyclists, and cut up in the haste to get…"
May 6, 2016
Richard Smith replied to Darren Cash's discussion Build it and they will come - and so it happened. (Warning - not Birmingham)
"I went across London on one of these lanes recently...very impressive and feel very safe. Put simply, Brum ain't got the balls to do this kind of thing, they're in thrall to the motor car."
May 5, 2016
Richard Smith replied to Idlan's discussion Cycling in and around Pershore Road / Bristol Road
"I was never once stopped when riding on the pavement, so although it's "illegal" I think you're highly unlikely to come a cropper!  "
May 3, 2016
Richard Smith replied to ochib's discussion No Sky ride for Birmingham this year
"I encountered 3 people cycling on the pavement on Broad Street in the space of 5 minutes today (one on a free orange bike). One has to assume they don't feel safe to ride on the roads..and who can blame them. London has managed to put separate…"
Apr 28, 2016
Richard Smith replied to Jenna's discussion Cycle group
"Jenna Good luck with this. I started my own in Lichfield and made it clear I didn't want to see any Lycra or pretentious shades. I also stipulated anyone caught breaking sweat would be expelled! Eight people joined me for a leisurely roll…"
Apr 7, 2016
Richard Smith replied to Ian's discussion Bike Fit
"£150 would get me a bike, some  lights, a tripometer and all the other gubbins with change to spare! Do people really pay that sort of money for that service?"
Mar 10, 2016
Richard Smith commented on Carfree's group Critical Mass
"Well I'd say bringing that many people along to the ride and organizing storage for the sound system was more involvement than most. I'm not fazed by disagreements but those are my reasons for not bothering any more."
Feb 24, 2016
Richard Smith commented on Carfree's group Critical Mass
"It's a great pity, but it looks like it peaked attendance-wise about 4 years ago and is unlikely to hit those heights again. The ride has at times attracted aggression from other road users, and sadly cycling aggressors who take pleasure in…"
Feb 24, 2016
Richard Smith replied to Robert's discussion Wanted for Assault (NCN5, City Centre)
"I find this hard to believe. He looks such a well-balanced and reasonable person. Every time I come back into Birmingham i'm glad I left. The place seems to be choc-full of aggression. I've not moved far out, but far out enough to…"
Feb 13, 2016
Tom H replied to Richard Smith's discussion BCR Orange bikes
"Applications for new draw is now open, and no postcode requirements, just that you live in Birmingham city council area (and have a leisure card, and are over 16years…"
Jan 11, 2016
James Lee replied to Richard Smith's discussion BCR Bike for sale!
"That's Boris in Kensington Gardens."
Jan 11, 2016

Profile Information

What sort of riding do you do?
work-related, leisure
Where do you live?
Erdington
Tell us about your bike(s)
Giant Expression Hybrid
About me
Self-employed, I work from home but use my bike to visit customers.

Really enjoy riding the canal networks and in particular the Birmingham to Wolverhampton route.

Would like to join up for sociable rides, I've never yet done more than 25 miles in a day so not ready for anything too professional!

My main dislikes about cycling are inconsiderate drivers, drivers using mobiles (and of course giving you a mouthful if you dare challenge them) and the fear of dogs going for me on my bike!

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At 20:12 on April 5, 2013, Philip Eddington said…

Hi Richard

Sorry for the delay in replying. Been in the garden trying to sort some bikes out for a weekend ride

Here is my mobile number 07779693786 I'll be around and about during the day so not sure what time I'd get to the Six Ways area. Text me tomorrow and we'll be able to fix something up I reckon. thanks Phil

At 20:29 on February 24, 2013, Si said…

Hi there, if you are interested in social and leisure rides join the CycleBirmingham group here on the Birmingham Cyclist website: www.birminghamcyclist.com/group/cyclebirmingham. We do a weekly Wednesday evening ride and a monthly Sunday ride - Simon ride leader CycleBirmingham :)

At 10:52 on February 19, 2011, Sarah-Jane said…
Thanks for the invite - keep me posted but can't promise anything due to allotment commitments. Sarah-Jane
At 11:23 on October 8, 2010, Beccy Marston said…
Thank you richard, I will get the guys health worker to give you a call if thats okay cut out the middle man. Let me know how it goes he he comes on your rides!
At 12:39 on April 4, 2010, James Martin said…
Hi Richard,
Unfortunately I can not find time at the moment, with other commitments.
Many thanks James
At 10:49 on October 15, 2009, Glen Prentice said…
Hi Richard,

A few of us from my work are meeting this Sunday at 8.30am!, we are just begining to ride regularly so we're not that fit, we'll be doing about 50 miles or so holding 18ish mph.

One of the lads is from Erdington, Holly Dale or something.

I'm riding it fixed (about a70" gear), the rest are on road bikes.

We're meeting in Wellington Cersent in Fradley Park just outside lichfield which is where our office, you follow the road right around and you'll see Lorien Engineering Solutions on the left.

Wont worry if it all sounds a bit much, I just thought I'd offer as we were going out.

Glen
At 7:05 on October 15, 2009, peter lowe said…
i would be game for some thing like that dont do many long rides but i do cycle about 6 miles a day, i am also new to this site just keep me informed how you get on
At 22:10 on October 14, 2009, Richard Jonathan Smith said…
I'm up for riding bikes whenever you are! I'm free Mondays, weekends, and Fridays after 11am. (Useless student).
I've only got my fixie with me, so massive hills and off-road riding are basically out of the question, but anything else is cool!
Richard Smith
(I like your name by the way...)
 
 
 

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