Cycling in and around Birmingham England
apologies if its been posted before:
Bilston Craft Gallery
finishes 23 July.
"Wolverhampton was once a major centre for bicycle manufacture among the most well-known companies were Sunbeam, Vikings Cycles Ltd, Star, Wearwell and Villers.
Sunbeam eventually made the transition from bicycles to motorcar…Continue
Added by RHPB on July 18, 2016 at 12:54 — No Comments
In November I was knocked off my bicycle by a car which failed to stop at a roundabout. The force of the impact was sufficient to buckle both wheels and cause cuts to my leg.
The driver of the car stopped and he admitted liability, he even offered me £20.00 to have my bicycle repaired, but he refused to provide me with his name and address when I requested it.
I made an audio recording of most of the conversation I had with the driver and the driver’s wife, and I provided the…Continue
Birdy White folding bike stolen from my garage October 28th. It's the old type and has some unique features. £100 reward. Roger 07587057863.
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Added by ARKrider on May 23, 2015 at 13:12 — No Comments
So coming home last night cycling down Hurst Street, which is the safest bike route in Birmingham, normally takes me 15 minutes to get home. Come down to find out this dumb parade set up & Birmingham Council thought it was completely fine to block the bike lane, and let cyclist find alternative routes that are very dangerous, and long! No signs to alert cyclist route was closed, and many people cycling were very confused on which way to go.
This is very wrong of both this Parade,…Continue
Birmingham to London Bike Ride!
130 miles (Day 1- 90 miles, Day2- 40 miles)
The 2015 ride is officially open & you can enter the event online via our website www.charitybikeride.com - As usual, to take advantage of our early bird application discount you need to apply before 1st June. (£45 now, £60 thereafter). Minimum sponsorship to raise-…Continue
Added by Arnie on March 31, 2015 at 20:19 — No Comments
This sign states cyclist can no longer use the walkway which is the size of a whole lane with no one walking on it, and suggests cyclist to go onto a busy 50MPG + dual carrage way near the M6 full of trucks, rushy drivers, and…Continue
Added by ARKrider on March 31, 2015 at 18:51 — No Comments
I’m still undecided about whether or not I will compete in triathlons this year, I’m still training for it just in case I do decide to give it a go. I completed my 2km swim last week in the usual sort of time, it’s difficult to improve the pace when the pool is busy as you often have to overtake people (or get overtaken). Consequently, getting a clear 80 lengths can be a challenge and is reflected in the time taken. You don’t usually suffer from this problem when swimming outdoors and is…Continue
Added by Lucas on March 10, 2015 at 0:00 — No Comments
As expected, this week has been a bit lighter with respect to training. I went to Wales for a Spa break, which by its very nature isn’t intended to be filled with strenuous exercise. There have been a couple of rough days too, those were not in the plan. I have missed a target, but whilst there is progress I’ll not complain too much. I’ve got a new camera which I intend to use primarily on the bike, it has some pretty cool features. We’ll get to thase in a bit.
Training week 3 complete, it’s been productive again. Still undecided about competing in Triathlons this year, I’ve been training for them just in case I decide to do some. In any case, the training only helps to build general fitness which certainly isn’t a bad thing for racing on the bike.
I had a target of swimming 8 km this month, this week I surpassed it. In 6 sessions I’ve covered 10 km in the pool, slowly increasing my speed with the…Continue
Second week of training, there is progress.
Thanks to improvements in the weather I have been able to stay dry when out on the bike, I wouldn’t have missed out on the training if it was raining but it is nice to at least be dry. I have been doing a mixture of rides, incorporating some hills (although nothing major since we don’t have massive climbs in Birmingham) and a 10 mile TT training effort. The highlight of the week for me though was a training session at the…Continue
I've been off on my travels again, this time to Andalucía in southern Spain. I've written a couple of posts here before about how cycling is really taking off in Spain and shortly before I went, the Guardian ran an article on how Seville has become an unlikely urban cyclists' paradise. I wasn't in Seville but I did spend a couple of days in Málaga, another city…Continue
First week back on the bike, it’s been great.
I knew that I missed my bikes, I just didn’t realise how much. I have set up the training bike, it’s a B-Twin Triban 5 from Decathlon. I used it for a bit of touring in Wales in 2013 and I’ve been nothing but impressed with it. It’s a comfortable ride and it’s versatile, in my opinion it’s good value for money. It’s not the lightest bike, the most rigid or responsive but I wouldn’t expect it to be either. It costs less than £500…Continue
Finally, having pretty much finished the decade of studying, it looks like I’m going to be able to get back to real life. Last year was tough, having to sacrifice any hopes of racing, triathlons or even sportives, to focus on getting the work done. This year I intend to change all that.
I’ve been in southern France for the last 4 months, and whilst to many that would seem like the ideal training ground, I’ve actually been writing my thesis. I have access to a bike here, for…Continue
LEJOG (Lands End To John O Groats)
If you get the cycling bug, sooner or later Coast to Coast and Lejog begin nagging away at the back of your mind.
Coast to Coast is not a major undertaking, in fact many years ago my wife and I completed the Coast to Coast ride over 3 days back in 2006. It was our first long distance ride and was very enjoyable. That was probably the start of the little voice in the back of my head saying…Continue