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Bike parts stolen from van.

3 Black Tote Boxes (Halfords and TKmax branding) containing a range of cycle parts, tubes, bottom brackets, cranksets, cassettes, chains, pedals, and about 8 new marathon plus tyres were stolen from my van in Kings Heath On Tuesday night. It's a very long shot but If anyone sees them please give me a call. thanks. Bike Man Dan, 07817925929.

Added by Bike Man Dan on May 4, 2017 at 8:01 — 1 Comment

Bilston bicycle exhibition

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…


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…


Added by Stephen Hunt on January 14, 2016 at 16:55 — 5 Comments

Birdy White stolen 28th October

Birdy White folding bike stolen from my garage October 28th. It's the old type and has some unique features. £100 reward. Roger 07587057863.

Added by roger miller on December 8, 2015 at 7:40 — No Comments


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

Added by Richard D on July 7, 2015 at 21:24 — 11 Comments

Pride Parade & Birmingham Council don't care about cyclists??

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,…


Added by ARKrider on May 23, 2015 at 13:00 — 9 Comments

Birmingham Cycling Discouragement

More Birmingham Cycling discouragement, by placing signs to tell cyclists they can't use a bicycle lane that cleary DOES NOT…


Added by ARKrider on May 1, 2015 at 11:21 — 4 Comments

SACA Charity Bike Ride- Helping Children with Cancer

July 18th-19th

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 - 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-…


Added by Arnie on March 31, 2015 at 20:19 — No Comments

Fort PRKW Cycling Hell,+West+Midlands/@52.5060489,-1.8296726,478m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x4870942d1b417173:0xca81fef0aeee7998

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…


Added by ARKrider on March 31, 2015 at 19:02 — 1 Comment

Coke Bike

Seen this at the Birmingham City Library on the 15th March.

Added by ARKrider on March 31, 2015 at 18:53 — 2 Comments

Week 5 - Racing to race day

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…


Added by Lucas on March 10, 2015 at 0:00 — No Comments

Training Week 4 - 19 Days until Spring / 5 Weeks until Race Day

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.




Added by Lucas on March 1, 2015 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

Training Week 3 – Rolling back to 2013

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.


Lying Down

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…


Added by Lucas on February 22, 2015 at 20:49 — 3 Comments

Training Week 2 - The legs work!

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…


Added by Lucas on February 15, 2015 at 22:36 — 3 Comments

Málaga Bici y rutas Andaluz

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…


Added by Sarah-Jane on February 11, 2015 at 18:30 — 3 Comments

Back on the Bike - Training week 1

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…


Added by Lucas on February 8, 2015 at 12:08 — 8 Comments

Almost Back in the Saddle

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…


Added by Lucas on January 25, 2015 at 13:00 — 3 Comments

Who is using 'Birmingham Cycle Rewards' app and website?

Is anyone out there using the Birmingham Cycle Rewards App and website?
Part of 'please cycle' and Birmingham Cycle Revolution.
If so, what do you think?

Added by Jess Boulton on September 7, 2014 at 0:03 — 12 Comments

Options for High Streets on Arterial Routes

The best way to make high streets more pleasant for cyclists and pedestrians is to divert motorised traffic away from the high street.   People in cars provide relatively little footfall for local businesses, so the not only does removing motorised traffic make the town centre more attractive, but also it increases trade, as happened in New Street in Birmingham city centre when that was pedestrianised.   Unfortunately it is not always possible to divert traffic without simply moving the…


Added by Robert on July 8, 2014 at 12:30 — 7 Comments

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