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Review of British hate crime law considers misogyny and ageism, but not prejudice against cyclists

Prejudice against cyclists might not have an officially recognised name, but whether you call it autochauvinism, veloism or manslaughter apologism there’s little denying it exists. And while it may not manifest itself as discrimination against cyclists as a class in quite the same way as other prejudices, discrimination against cycling as an activity is undeniably murderous in its outcome. Social…

Retro cool for autumn rides

Wearing extra layers at this time of year need not be an excuse to compromise on style. This retro Molteni mid-weight jacket harks back to a time when pro riders were given sweaters/track suit tops to wear when off the bike. Back in the day there were no sublimation (printing on fabric) techniques and all the sponsor logos had to…

The terror of the close pass

When a south american bus company wanted to drum home to its trainee drivers the importance of giving cyclists a wide berth, their solution was simple; they sat them on exercise bikes at the side of the road while they overtook them at a distance closer than the recommended 1.5 metres. Close passes by motorists are as much a part…

Superlight electric Brompton…and it’s DIY

Not content with reducing the weight of his Brompton to a feather-light 7.1KG, retired engineer Derek Cranage has once again beaten the British folding bike specialists at their own game by producing his own battery-powered version. The bike is a Brompton conversion where everything apart from the main frame has been replaced with lightweight parts and many purpose made items…

Why is government suffocating sales of electric bicycles?

In the face of road danger, deadly air pollution that kills over 30,000 a year, crippling congestion and an obesity epidemic that costs the NHS over £10bn a year, you might assume the government would grab at the opportunity to promote a safe, clean and healthy mode of transport. So-called pedelecs may not be environmentally benign like conventional bicycles, but…