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Goodyear car tyre generates electricity

Goodyear has developed a new type of tyre that generates power to keep electric car batteries topped up. 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 BH03 tyre generates electricity using a piezoelectric process. This allows energy created by heat as the tyres flexes during driving to…

Yamaha Motiv: Kei cars are coming

British drivers have had little access to ‘kei class’ micro cars – tiny sub-one litre cars that are efficient, practical, stylish and fun to drive. Until now. Perhaps it takes a motorcycle manufacturer to shake up the European city car market. Yamaha has announced it is to launch its tiny Motiv ‘kei class’ car in Europe within five years to…

Wheelnutz bicycle wheel security

In the game of cat and mouse played between cyclists and bike thieves, crooks always go for the easiest pickings, which often means accessories and parts. To help keep cyclists one step ahead, Kryptonite has launched security WheelNutz; wheel nuts with a gravity locking system that means the bike has to be turned upside down before they can be removed. Cycle Insurance from…

A bicycle stem clock to celebrate BST

Celebrate the start of British Summer Time later this month with a stylish stem clock for your bicycle. The clock attaches quickly and easily to the stem of almost any bike. All you need is an allen key (supplied with the clock) to release the existing stem, screw your clock in place and you’re done. Never be late again and…

Cheap city break accommodation

Holidaymakers looking for cheap city break accommodation need look no further than the nearest parking space. More people in Britain now go for a weekend away than a beach holiday. Research by ABTA reveals that 42% of people took a city break last year, compared with 38% taking a beach holiday. It means finding good value and centrally-located accommodation in European…

If you can fix a bicycle, you can repair your car…

According to the Royal Navy’s current recruitment drive: If you can fix a bicycle, you can repair a car. And if you can repair a car you can learn to maintain a helicopter. The trouble is that so few of us now repair our own bicycles, let alone cars, that the idea of dismantling and then rebuilding an aircraft engine seems impossible…

Wind turbine trees

Wind turbines are divisive with many projects souring relationships within and between communities long before any construction starts. French engineers believe the answer may lie in wind turbine trees – designs that aim to be smaller and easier on the eye. The 12m-tall tree structures have 72 vertical turbine leaves that rotate quietly to produce energy. All cables and generators…

British drivers most likely to claim for whiplash

British drivers make more claims for whiplash per car collision than any other western European country, according to research this month. 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 Almost 80% of road traffic collisions where one driver admits liability will lead to…

Helix: Folding titanium bicycle for £800

Helix is a fully-folding titanium bicycle with 24” wheels and a price tag of only £800. Claims that the Helix is smaller, lighter, safer and easier to use than any other folding bike in the world are bold, but the bike’s specifications are impressive. The Helix folds to 23” x 25” x 9” – narrower than a Brompton, which rides on…