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Commuter coffee to go

On especially cold mornings, why not swap your bidon for a freshly made coffee? We have a Commuter Javapress worth £30 to give away. The 15fl oz Commuter Javapress offers freshly pressed coffee in an easily transportable travel mug that fits in a standard water bottle cage. A sliding inner carafe presses the coffee to the bottom of the mug, allowing…

Indoors no sanctuary from air pollution

The air in Britain is now so polluted that many building interiors are unable to offer sanctuary. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has carried out a wide-ranging survey of buildings that shows indoor air can be many times more polluted than external air. This is due to a combination…

Why doesn’t ‘overtaking a cyclist safely’ form part of the driving test?

Close passes by motorists are as much a part of cycling on British roads as potholes, but there can be only two possible explanations for why a motorist overtakes dangerously close to a cyclist – incompetence or malice. So how best to deal with this scourge of the roads? Two years ago, there were changes to the practical element of the driving…

Bag a beautiful bicycle bell

The bicycle bell is a much under-valued accessory. It’s a legal requirement that bicycles start their lives with a bicycle bell fitted, but these are invariably cheap and nasty so the fashion is for them to be quickly removed. However, if you cycle on busy urban streets or tracks and paths shared with others, they are a polite way of…

Sniffer Bikes monitor air pollution levels on the go

The Sniffer Bike is a pedal-powered laboratory – a mobile particulate matter sensor that aims to raise awareness about air pollution. Developed as an open-source project, the Sniffer Bike comprises a small box of handlebar-mounted electronics that measures the air every ten seconds and presents the data on an interactive dashboard, which can then be shared to build a picture…