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Get European motorcycle breakdown cover …and go

Whatever size of motorcycle you ride, continental Europe promises drier, smoother and emptier roads than those here in Britain. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you need a big multi-cylinder machine to explore the roads of Europe. Just make certain you have European motorcycle breakdown cover and off you go. After all, in the 1960s scooter riders thought nothing of…

Brompton beater: The world’s lightest folding bicycle weighs under 6kg

The world’s lightest folding bicycle has been built by a talented engineer who wanted to take his mind off his health problems. And what a job he’s done. It’s no overstatement to describe Derek Cranage as a guru where folding bicycles are concerned. Not content with modifying a Brompton so that it weighs only 7.1kg, Derek has built his own…

Heatwave hacks: The bottle shower

With temperatures expected to soar this weekend, we are giving away a bottle shower – a rose attachment that twists into place on all narrow neck plastic bottles. When the bottle is upturned, the device delivers a constant flow of water without any need for squeezing. A two-litre bottle holds enough water for a shower lasting almost two-and-a-half minutes and…

Zebra crossing battle: Boardman vs DfT

Walking and cycling commissioner of Greater Manchester Chris Boardman’s plans to paint zebra crossings on 20,000 of Manchester’s side streets to make pedestrian journeys safer have been stopped in their tracks by the Department for Transport. The DfT says British law demands zebra crossings have zigzag markings, which can push the cost to well over £30,000. Boardman’s simple approach, which is…

Cyclists: How to avoid paying £100K court costs

A pedestrian who was looking at her mobile phone while crossing a road has won a little over £4,000 in damages from the cyclist who knocked her over. The judge accepted that the traffic light was green for Robert Hazeldean as he cycled through a busy junction near London Bridge and that Gemma Brushett was looking at her phone, but…