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BMW’s new electric HGV

It’s not nearly as luxurious as the other vehicles in its line-up, but BMW’s new electric HGV promises to be one of the cleanest car delivery trucks in the world when it takes to the roads this summer. Breakdown Recovery from less than £30 Get your quote Your car’s in safe hands: 5,000+ qualified mechanics nationwide on call 24/7, 365 days…

Mazda: we can get 30% more from petrol engines

Mazda believes it can make its naturally-aspirated car engines 30 per cent more efficient. Breakdown Recovery from less than £30 Get your quote Your car’s in safe hands: 5,000+ qualified mechanics nationwide on call 24/7, 365 days a year In an interview with the Irish Independent newspaper, Mazda’s Michio Tomiyama said the company had no compelling plan to go down the…

Bicycle brake lights

The Nano Duo is a bicycle brake light suitable for any cable brake system. Bicycle brake lights The Duo is small warning system that combines brake light and rear light functions. The light function can be installed on any cable brake system and weighs only 12g. In most riding situations, cyclists have little use for a brake light but the Duo might…

The go-anywhere glamping hot tub

The Nomad is a wood-fired hot tub for glamping expeditions that promises an end to the damp floors of the communal shower block. Glamping hot tub The Nomad heater coil provides hot water on demand that can be powered by gas or firewood. The clever part is that it uses thermosyphoning to circulate the water, so no water pump is…

The world’s fastest (and most expensive) bicycle wheels

The Gokiso wheel set from Kondo Machine might outperform all others, but after shelling out £5,300 you would be entitled to nothing less. So efficient are the wheels that they spin on a test rack for six minutes, compared to the 90 seconds typical of the average high quality hub. Kondo engineers, more used to fabricating parts for aircraft and luxury car makers,…

Bike jacker justice: Cycling Samaritan chases down muggers

The dramatic moment when a cycling Samaritan rode down a bike jacker has been captured on film. When a 53-year-old cyclist was punched and pushed into the road by three bike jackers in Leyton, London, last week, Alex Sweeting happened to be riding by. Accelerating to over 20 mph, Alex pursued the muggers, while his helmet cam recorded footage of the chase…

Glamping 2015

Glamping offers the chance to discover the pleasures of local produce, simple regional cuisine and a slower pace of life. It’s also an excuse to spend the night somewhere unusual; as well as the usual yurts, pods and frontiers-style tents, there are tree houses, boats and converted lorries to choose from. No surprise then that glamorous camping continues to increase in popularity. The Camping…

Bicycle parts stolen by ‘bike cannibals’

Cambridgeshire police have described thieves who strip handlebars, saddles and wheels as bike cannibals. They suggest cyclists carry parts with them when they secure their bikes in public, but since that isn’t always practicable or desirable, the alternative is to get cycle insurance from a provider that protects against the theft of parts, including quick release saddles and wheels. ETA…

Sahmurai Sword: Tubeless bicycle puncture repair

Tubeless bicycle tyres promise fewer punctures and improved handling, but repairing a flat at the roadside is not altogether straightforward. The Sahmurai Sword (named after creator Stefan ‘Sahmurai’ Sahm) is an easy-to-use, simple-to-store and safe way of carrying a tubeless plug system on your bike. Built into what are essentially bar-plugs, the system allows you to store both the plug…

Diesel exhaust emissions tested

Research reveals new diesel vehicles are getting cleaner with the very latest Euro 6 diesels showing an improvement on Euro 5 of 72%. Breakdown Recovery from less than £30 Get your quote Your car’s in safe hands: 5,000+ qualified mechanics nationwide on call 24/7, 365 days a year “The regulation change to Euro 6 has reduced the permitted levels of…