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Coronavirus chaos? Get on your bike

It’s easy to become confused at the conflicting, and occasionally chaotic, advice surrounding the Coronovirus virus, but on one thing everyone agrees: a fit and healthy body is far better prepared to deal with illness of any kind. Couple that with quieter-than-usual roads and the need to avoid close contact with others and cycling starts to look even more attractive…

Tyre Mate up for grabs

Used by mechanics in bicycle workshops, the American-made Tyre Mate promises to pull the tightest of tyre beads over a rim without causing any damage to the tube, tyre or rim. It’s lightweight and small enough to carry with you. According to the guys at the London Bike Kitchen, who sell the Tyre Mate for £17, “Just position the tool’s…

Cyclo Knitter to the rescue

Dutch design student George Barratt-Jones has a novel approach to keeping rail commuters warm while they wait on a draughty platform. He has built a pedal-powered knitting machine that can conjure up a scarf in five minutes. According to Barratt-Jones, “It gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait and in the end you are left…

Pavement Parking: A boil we seem unwilling to lance

As the government promises yet another consultation into pavement parking, we’re left wondering whether this anti-social and dangerous behaviour will ever be dealt with. As well as being a menace for the disabled, elderly and vulnerable, pavement parking is a downright nuisance for everyone. On top of that, it damages footways and is a visual eyesore. With the exception of…

Citroën Ami electric car for £17 per month

As the world’s cities wake up to the fact that they need to dramatically reduce the amount of pollution, danger and congestion caused by cars, motor manufacturers are scrabbling to reinterpret the idea of personal transport. For it’s part, Citroën is launching the Ami – a quirky electric vehicle that will cost less to run than a mobile phone. There…