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SmartRim to protect alloy rims from scuffs

A new app promises to protect alloy rims from scuffs and scrapes. 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 We have all done it. Maneuvering into a tight parking space, one wheel scrapes against the kerb – making the sound that only comes from…

The world’s most magical tree house

Even the most humble tree houses are magical – they can be built cheaply almost anywhere and provide a powerful connection with childhood and nature. A tree house provides escape without travel. Comprehensive Travel Insurance Get your quote Your trip’s in safe hands: FREE Winter Sports, £2m Personal Liability and £25k Personal Accident cover Joel Allen inadvertently became a champion for…

Synthetic diesel made from air and water

A synthetic diesel produced using only water, CO2 and renewable power is being pioneered by car makers Audi. 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 first batches of high‑quality diesel fuel were produced earlier this month and used to power an unmodified…

GoPro lite: The Polaroid Cube action camera

The Polaroid Cube action camera uses built-in magnets to mount itself quickly and easily to bicycle handlebars. GoPro might have revolutionised the action sports camera market, making its designer a billionaire in the process, but unless you throw yourself down mountainside tracks for a living you might be better suited and better suited with something smaller, and cheaper. The Polaroid Cube…

Motorbike sat nav that finds twisty roads in 45 countries

There is little more frustrating when motorcycling abroad than ending up on a motorway trudge, when what you wanted was twisty roads. The TomTom Rider 400 motorbike sat nav promises to find twisty or hilly roads in 45 European countries at the press of a button. Your best routes can be shared easily with friends. Motorbike sat nav The screen is designed…

One bicycle coffee cup holder to go

It’s no secret that a car can sell on the appeal of its cup holders, but it’s an area of bicycle design usually limited to aftermarket water bottle carriers. Swedish label Bookman redresses this imbalance with its simple bicycle coffee cup holder for your handlebars. Win your own bicycle coffee cup holder If you a cyclist who relies on a boost…

Powerwall: A solar-powered battery for your house

The Tesla Powerwall is a solar-charged battery for your house and car. Having made a considerable fortune founding and then selling PayPal and subsequently investing in space travel and electric cars, billionaire inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising to revolutionise the way we power our homes. The Powerwall is a sleek-looking unit that is installed in a garage or…

Driving to continental Europe with your bicycle

Next time you take the ferry to continental Europe, you have only to look at the number of bicycles on the back of cars to know they have become a must-take accessory for summer driving holidays. After all, exploring a holiday destination by bike is a sociable, practical and cheap way to keep the kids entertained, discover beauty spots and meet the locals. Choosing a bicycle…

Top 10 reasons for motorway lane closures

Motorway lanes in England were closed almost half a million times last year according to Highways England – the resulting delays estimated to have cost the economy up to £1bn. Next time you find yourself at a standstill on the motorway, chances are the delay is caused by one of the following ten reasons. Motorway lane closures – Top 10…

Hydaway water bottle: Reusable, collapsible cool

The Hydaway is a collapsible and reusable water bottle for the iPod generation that aims to reduce the 50 billion plastic water bottles discarded each year in America alone. The brightly-coloured accessory makes an interesting alternative to a conventional bicycle bidon, too. The Hydaway water bottle is intended to be filled from the tap – a source that is cheaper, environmentally-friendlier…