News Archives - Cycling

Camelbak – stay hydrated this summer

Whatever the weather, it pays to stay hydrated. Whether you’re running, cycling or out for a long walk, this Camelbak 1.5 litre hydration pack features a narrow profile that shouldn’t restrict your range of movement. The Camelbak has some neat touches including a zipped pocket, bungee overflow and a loop to clip a light. Win a Camelbak If you’d like…

Critical mass reboot for a new generation

Riding a bike in amongst a group of cyclists so large that it dominates the road space around you is an experience you never forget – it’s a phenomenon known as critical mass and it’s been used as a form of protest against car-centric town planning for over half a century. The 1992 documentary about bike culture, Return of the…

Use less car: Try a pedal-powered bug

Eric Schmidt runs a car like millions of his fellow Californians, but his 1971 VW beetle is cleaner than most because he himself is the engine. No fossil fuel, no electricity, just human power. The pedal-powered bug weighs about 360 kg empty so, as you can imagine, it moves slowly. But that’s not the point. On his website, Schmidt writes:…

Plug-in grant for electric cars scrapped – Now let’s subsidise electric bikes

The plug-in car grant scheme, which first started in 2011 and has subsidised the purchase of nearly 500,000 electric cars over the last decade, has been scrapped. The scheme originally offered £5,000 off the price of an electric car, but that amount was halved before being reduced from £2,500 to £1,500 in December. The government has said it wants to…

We live on a bicycle planet

According to Jody Rosen, a writer for The New York Times, we live on a bicycle planet. Across the world, more people use bicycles — for transportation, recreation, and their livelihood — than any other vehicle. In his new book, Two Wheel Goods: The History and Mystery of the Bicycle, Rosen attempts to ‘de-quaintify’ the bike, from its invention in…