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 Post subject: Re: Falling off
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:03 pm 
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greenstiles wrote:
i hate riding on tow paths



it is a concern, especailly with clipless pedals and a worry in case you cannot unclip when in the water :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Falling off
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:07 pm 
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02gf74 wrote:
it is a concern, especailly with clipless pedals and a worry in case you cannot unclip when in the water :shock:

If this is the case then! You will become the first ''Pedal Steamer'' :lol:

I'll get my coat.................


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 Post subject: Re: Falling off
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:38 am 
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Raging_Bulls wrote:
Here's the solution. And it's a proper retro set as well.


Are they tub or clincher? ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Falling off
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:16 pm 
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Guitar106Music wrote:
Cheers widowmaker, bike seems OK, gear changes are a bit iffy, I might strip the rear mech tonight and have a play.
Tow paths are better than the pyscho road users on my commute into Birmingham, although 3 punctures and 1 crash in 10 days is a bit annoying.

Glad you didnt end up in the drink :wink: ive been doing a few miles on the tow paths around Brum over the least few weeks and im realy amazed at the s***e condition of some sections, even the odd section close to the city centre :roll:
Seems a real missed opportunity to give bikes a safe passage into the city centre :?: and then theres the odd 1/4 out in the middle of no where thats a good stone surface thats in better condition than most roads :lol:
Mick :D


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 Post subject: Re: Falling off
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:56 pm 
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Mick, tell me about it!

Their are some sections that are terrible. I wrote an email to the Canal Trust about it, and they were really prompt in getting back to me. The problem they have is funding, they are trying to get a grant from the local authority and sustrans, but I won't be holding my breath!

The ironic thing is that the section that I came a cropper on is one of the best bits of my ride in.

Which canal do you take, I ride the Grand Union into Brum from Solihull.

Stu


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 Post subject: Re: Falling off
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:10 pm 
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I'm glad your ok too but my first thoughts are how fast were you going to land 15-20ft away? I'll always crawl at near walking pace past pedestrians just because they are unpredictable!


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 Post subject: Re: Falling off
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:27 pm 
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To be honest probably a bit too fast, maybe about 12mph or so, I see the guy most mornings and he does get out of the way, so I was probably going a bit quicker than I would normally. I think it was the theatrical wipe out that sent me further up the tow path, it wasn't a straight falling off, more a right, left, sh*t I'm not going to hold this type of scenario.

Strange thing is, I went past the same guy this morning, and he didn't even give me the nod, almost as if it had never happened. I said a cheery morning as I passed.


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 Post subject: Re: Falling off
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:16 am 
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many years ago i was riding along a canal toe path.
and there were anglers dotted along the stretch i was riding along.
amazingly one of the anglers managed to hook my glasses while casting off.
and they even managed to get them in the canal.
don't have this problem since my laser eye surgery.


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 Post subject: Re: Falling off
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:01 am 
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Guitar106Music wrote:
Mick, tell me about it!

Their are some sections that are terrible. I wrote an email to the Canal Trust about it, and they were really prompt in getting back to me. The problem they have is funding, they are trying to get a grant from the local authority and sustrans, but I won't be holding my breath!

The ironic thing is that the section that I came a cropper on is one of the best bits of my ride in.

Which canal do you take, I ride the Grand Union into Brum from Solihull.

Stu

Same section solihull into the city, although im just doing it for the run out :wink: have been the other direction a few times, nice to get out into the country side away from the traffic etc had a good run down to Lemington Spa the other week with a stop for cake at Hatton locks on the way back :D
yes it would be great if they could get some more cash to upgrade the realy rough sections .....one day ...maybe !!

Mick :D


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 Post subject: Re: Falling off
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:28 pm 
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The locks at Hatton are really nice, didn't realise there was a cake shop there :(

I've done the full loop into Birmingham, and then back out through Edgbaston, Maypole, Dickens Heath, Hatton, and back through Knowle.

There are some pretty muddy paths along the way, but it is a good ride, probably 30+ miles.

Some of the best bits are on the way out towards Bourville, really good surface and fast. I sometimes take this route back and join the roads at Maypole Lane.
Stu


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