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The Literary Cyclist
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I had a lovely cycle into Brum today along the canal fro Acocks Green. It's something that I do regularly. I take a book and spend an obscene amount of time over a coffee and cake.I'm reading ,"The…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Nickless Jul 27, 2016.

Clean Bikes
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Just spent some time cleaning my bikes thoroughly.(photo attached!) I'm feeling very righteous. What do people use other than soap and water? Any tips?

Tags: bikes, Cleaning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Nickless Jul 12, 2016.

Have bells gone out of fashion?
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I had a lovely ride today along the Grand Union into Birmingham apart from the two ne ar heart attacks as quicker cyclists (it's not difficult) than me came up behind and passed me without warning.…Continue

Tags: canal, courtesy, Bells

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edward Phelan Aug 18, 2016.

Doggy Bags
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Not sure if this is the right place to air this but....here goes.Dog owners. They take their dog for a walk along the canal and their dog does what comes naturally...naturally! The owner gets out the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kim Jun 15, 2016.

 

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Steve Nickless replied to Karen Cabot's discussion Canal Riding
"Hello Karen, I use the canal from Yardley through to Birmingham city centre regularly and have had no problems other than bits of tree on the towpath, angry geese and the odd puncture. They are generally quiet but people are mostly friendly and will…"
Mar 19
Edward Phelan replied to Steve Nickless's discussion Have bells gone out of fashion?
"I spent 6 months of my time at university in Amsterdam, so got more than used to the polite sound of bells being rung. It was a bit of a shock coming back to the UK and having to suddenly swerve out of the way of others...a couple of months ago…"
Aug 18, 2016
Steve Nickless replied to Shivaji Shiva's discussion Blackburn Rack 'Connector Bits' - Help Please
"If you pop up to the shed in Kings Heath park they would probably help you to make some brackets if you can't buy them. They are very helpful and knowledgeable. Open Thursday's about 12.00"
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Steve Nickless replied to John K's discussion UK Bike Racing this evening - Thursday 28th July 6pm to 9pm Broad Street,Bridge Street circuit
"Nice photos John. After getting lots of colourful blurs, I gave up and just watched the race. Is there a cycling equivalent of tennis neck?"
Jul 29, 2016
Steve Nickless replied to John K's discussion UK Bike Racing this evening - Thursday 28th July 6pm to 9pm Broad Street,Bridge Street circuit
"Went to see this. Great spectacle but feeling totally inadequate now. They go faster uphill than I do down and what is that noise their wheels make? I'd like to say that I was that fast when I was younger but........"
Jul 28, 2016
Steve Nickless replied to Steve Nickless's discussion The Literary Cyclist
"Master and Margarita is great but has its limitations. For instance it doen't tell you how you readjust the gears on your Peugeot Etoile when they decide to be uncooperative for no reason on the way home. Ho hum."
Jul 27, 2016
doug salmon replied to Steve Nickless's discussion The Literary Cyclist
""Master and Margerita" is great.  Can re-read and find something new each time. "Heart of a dog" different, both hilarious and terrifying."
Jul 27, 2016
Steve Nickless replied to Steve Nickless's discussion The Literary Cyclist
"James Joyce is an excellent choice- I must try Samuel Becket. I'm beginning to feel a bit of a loafer now. It seems that I may be spending too much time off the bike and reading and drinking coffee, and eating cake!"
Jul 26, 2016
John K replied to Steve Nickless's discussion The Literary Cyclist
"I am a Samuel Beckett and James Joyce fan and bicycles occur often in both. No time to read either on my daily commute - just trying to read the intentions of other road users !"
Jul 26, 2016
Steve Nickless replied to Steve Nickless's discussion The Literary Cyclist
"I haven't Ben to Orange Mabel but the others are all lovely places. Not sure I could do without reading though."
Jul 20, 2016
James Lee replied to Steve Nickless's discussion The Literary Cyclist
"I ride from Solihull to Evesham to spend time over a coffee and cake. The 'half way stops' are either Orange Mabel in Alcester; Hillers Farm Shop in Dunnington; Coughton Court National Trust or Karen's Kitchen, Studley. In Evesham,…"
Jul 20, 2016
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The Literary Cyclist

I had a lovely cycle into Brum today along the canal fro Acocks Green. It's something that I do regularly. I take a book and spend an obscene amount of time over a coffee and cake.I'm reading ,"The Master and Margarita" at present.Do others do this and what are you reading?See More
Jul 19, 2016
John Pitcock replied to Steve Nickless's discussion Have bells gone out of fashion?
"I have put much thought into whether to ring my bell when approaching pedestrians on shared paths. If there is plenty of room (ie a single pedestrian walking in a steady straight line) I usually pass without ringing my bell. If I do ring: it is…"
Jul 14, 2016
Steve Nickless replied to Steve Nickless's discussion Have bells gone out of fashion?
"Is that a strategy or do you have an allergy to pedestrians?"
Jul 14, 2016
James Lee replied to Steve Nickless's discussion Have bells gone out of fashion?
"When I appraoch peds, I start coughing like an eighty a day man. As I ride past, I gasp out with a croak "Thank you." Most of the time they look at me as if the are thinking "So cycling is good for your healthy, is it?""
Jul 14, 2016
Kim replied to Steve Nickless's discussion Have bells gone out of fashion?
"Ah, finally a sensible use for an AirZound!"
Jul 13, 2016

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What sort of riding do you do?
Mostly pleasure
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Yardley
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Old Peugeot racer and a Kona MTB

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