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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…

Raht Racer: If Tony Stark built bicycles

If you have faced a tortuous hill and wished for superhuman powers, consider the Raht Racer; an electrically-assisted pedal trike that can speed you along at 70 mph without breaking a sweat. The Raht Racer uses a flywheel generator to convert pedal power into electrical energy. You pedal as you would a conventional bicycle, but travel as fast as a…

Buckle me up: Seat belt safety alert for children

It will come as no surprise to parents that children can be over 10 times more distracting to a driver than talking on a mobile at the wheel. A new car accessory called buckle me up aims to reduce this effect by letting drivers know if their young passengers have undone their seat belts. Breakdown Recovery from less than £30…

Self-defence for cyclists

Cyclists have always faced hostile conditions on the road. According to an article in Pearson magazine over 100 years ago: ‘the cyclist who is a skillful rider, who possesses pluck and dash, who has mastered the elementary rules of defence on a bicycle, and who is armed with a knowledge of how to use a machine to the best advantage…

Dog to cycle around Britain

With more than a little help from his owner, Maggie Scorer, a golden retriever called Oscar will next month embark on a 5,000-mile cycle trip around Britain. Comfortably seated in a Dutch-designed DoggieRide trailer attached to the back of Maggie’s bike, the duo will be unsupported during the trip, although they will benefit from Cycle Breakdown cover from the ETA. Dutch…

Stylish and sustainable cycle storage

If you want to freshen up your front garden or shed this spring while at the same time adding some gold-standard bike security, look no further than Velotrove – a British company that offers stylish and sustainable cycle storage design. The Veloplanter is a timber and recycled plastic design that allows the front or back wheel to slot into a planter. The units can…