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SkyCycle? AirCycle? SkyBalls!

One of the issues that first strikes about the uber-architect's Sir Norman Foster's current London infrastructure baby, SkyCycle, is that it sounds like it has something to do with Sky's proprietor Rupert Murdoch. They should at least consider changing the name, considering the implications and, well ... the person. Another question is simply … isn't this a bit, well stupid? The proposal is to spend thousan ...

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Traversing Manchester (in 2014)

The first thing I saw when I got onto the roads of Manchester was a man on a cheap bike cycling on a painted cycle lane in the Belle Vue area. This would have been unremarkable, were it not for the fact the man was on the wrong side of a two-lane road. Something happened in Manchester, say 10-15 years ago, that meant that the city planners installed loads of segregated cycle lanes on many of the main roads ...

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Bike helmets maybe the worst thing to happen to society

If you want to raise apoplexy in a serious cyclist, mention helmets. No other subject is so guaranteed to drive them into a frenzy of indignation. (Something for which, it has to be said, serious cyclists do tend to have something of a talent.) What do they get so worked up about? Why don’t they just chill? And why do so many of them refuse to wear helmets, when they’re so obviously a good idea? Well, the t ...

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Diabetes and Cycling

Why talk about diabetes on a cycling website? Two main reasons, firstly doctors suggest that cycling (along with swimming but we aren't a swimming site hence 'diabetes and cycling' rather than 'diabetes and swimming') is a low impact (on joints) form of exercise that helps limit and treat the effects of diabetes. Secondly if just one newly diagnosed person searches the internet and ends up here and takes up ...

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A Flowchart to aid bike selection

We like any form of cycling on Veloballs be it Racing, Bimbling, Mountain biking, BMX.... In fact anything that takes place on a human propelled bike whether it has two wheels, or is a recumbent trike.... we will even extend the hand of friendship to unicyclists...... So it follows that any bike is welcome be it Hybrid, Road, Mountain bike..... Etc. However my passion is for road bikes and I would like to h ...

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Bike to work site says ‘oi, bike to work’

BikeToWorkChallenge.org is GO! A new website has been launched to encourage people to bike to work.  Not an original concept admittedly; there are plenty of cycle to work scheme websites who put in a lot of huff and puff into getting people to cycle to work (and, er, sign up to a Cycle to Work bike-buying scheme).  What makes this new cycling to work related site different is that it's less about the facts ...

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Think Horse Advert overcomes hurdles

Back in January an advert was launched by Cycling Scotland asking motorists to give cyclists more room. The slightly surreal advert shows cyclists as horses and tells motorists to treat cyclists as horses. It then explains that it doesn't mean feed them hay or make them jump fences like in the horse of the year show. What it did mean though was to give cyclists the room you would give a horse when passing t ...

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A (tongue-in-cheek) Presentation for Motorists

WARNING: If you are a motorists And Do Not ride a bike you may wish to navigate away from this page now, by continuing to read you accept all responsibility for any increase in blood pressure that may occur....     I do drive a car, but reluctantly. It's just really for family trips and (all too frequent) shopping trips. Sometimes I just point blank refuse to move from the sofa to drive to Tesco (other supe ...

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Amy Roberts Avoids Crash at Redditch to Continue Strong Road Form

Amy Roberts took home a win in her first Matrix Grand Prix event of the year earlier this month. The young Wiggle Honda rider came in well clear of Lydia Boylan and Sarah Storey in the GP’s fourth event at Redditch. Roberts, age 19, has shown her skill for years at junior level track events. In 2014, though, she seems determined to demonstrate her skill in road races. Robert’s victory in Redditch comes just ...

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New Zipp 404 Firestrike Claims Aerodynamic, Braking Improvements over Firecrest

Manufacturer Zipp has introduced the latest in their 404 wheel series, the Firecrest. The design looks to be an improvement on 2010’s Firecrest model, with new designs to the aerodynamic and braking power of the wheel. The major selling point for the wheels seems to be the rim and brake track. In 2010, the Firecrest used a dimpled, carbon fibre surface to help reduce “side force,” the force caused by wind m ...

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