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Bicycle mudguards; remember those?

Bicycle mudguards as a standard feature seem like a relic of bygone days. They might add a little weight, and spoil the lines of a sleek road bike, but given how often it rains here, the reason why so few of the bikes sold in Britain come without them fitted is a mystery. The penalty for cycling without bicycle mudguards at this time of year is a…

ETA: the world’s fastest bicycle

The ETA is the world’s fastest bicycle; a bullet-shaped design that this month scooped first place in the World Human-Powered Speed Challenge when it clocked 89.59 mph. The world’s fastest bicycle is an embodiment of ingenuity, athleticism and determination. At 25 kg, the ETA is at least twice as heavy as the bicycles most of us ride, but unlike the average MTB, hybrid or road bike,…

Barnacle: The wheel clamp evolves into a windscreen limpet

In the battle against car parking in cycle lanes comes a new deterrent; the Barnacle works like a giant windscreen-mounted limpet that completely obscures a driver’s view to render the vehicle undriveable until a penalty is paid. The Barnacle has been designed to an improvement over ticketing and wheel clamps, which its designers consider cumbersome, archaic and inefficient. Effective parking enforcement…

Brexit bicycle battery boost

If there’s a silver lining to Brexit, perhaps it’s the opportunity to revisit the law across Europe that governs, and restricts, the use of electric bicycles. According to current law (Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles – EAPC – (Amendment) Regulations 2015), electric bikes with powered assistance to a maximum of 25 km/h (15.5 mph) using a motor of no more than…

Orp: Smart light and sound for bicycles

The Orp is a small, but mighty bicycle light equipped with a strobe and a horn with two settings: The first is a polite 76 dB chirrup that’s for use on shared use paths or anywhere else you need to gently remind others of your approach – the second, a far louder 96 dB siren for when you really need to…