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Coronavirus and a new golden age of cycling

The Coronavirus curfew has drastically reduced traffic volumes and thereby unintentionally created a cycling paradise on many roads. Gone are the queues of idling traffic, aggression of impatient commuters.  The accompanying noise, pollution and danger have been replaced by something approaching tranquillity. What better conditions for novice cyclists who would normally shay away from our car-centric streets? The latest instructions…

Cycle camera footage – a different kind of insurance

Running a cycle camera on your handlebars or helmet doesn’t make the roads feel any safer, but you do almost immediately feel less helpless. In the event of a road traffic incident, video footage goes a long way towards guaranteeing legal redress – it’s a cycle insurance of sorts. One of the great frustrations about cycling on British roads is…

E-scooters, electric bicycles, speed pedelecs and the law

The government has acknowledged that emerging technologies such as e-scooters are ‘ripping up the rule book’ and will consult on the rules required to allow the new technology to operate safely. Under plans announced by the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, e-scooters will initially be allowed in a series of ‘future transport zones’: Portsmouth and Southampton; the West of England Combined Authority…

Coronavirus chaos? Get on your bike

It’s easy to become confused at the conflicting, and occasionally chaotic, advice surrounding the Coronovirus virus, but on one thing everyone agrees: a fit and healthy body is far better prepared to deal with illness of any kind. Couple that with quieter-than-usual roads and the need to avoid close contact with others and cycling starts to look even more attractive…

Tyre Mate up for grabs

Used by mechanics in bicycle workshops, the American-made Tyre Mate promises to pull the tightest of tyre beads over a rim without causing any damage to the tube, tyre or rim. It’s lightweight and small enough to carry with you. According to the guys at the London Bike Kitchen, who sell the Tyre Mate for £17, “Just position the tool’s…