Bristol

Bristol not-for-profit bike workshop hit by arsonists twice

Avon & Somerset Constabulary have issued an appeal after a not-for-profit organisation that refurbishes unwanted bikes and sells them on to new owners at an affordable price was targeted twice by arsonists in the space of ten days.

Ten bikes were irreparably damaged in the first attack on the Bunker Bike Workshop on Smeaton Road, close to Brunel Lock Road, reports the Bristol Post.

Bespoked Bristol 2013 lineup revealed

Organisers of Bespoked Bristol this week announced the full list of exhibitors who will be attending the third running of the show on 12-14 April 2013. With over 70 of the finest independent makers from around the world taking up residence in Bristol, it’s a must visit show.

Police appeals in Cambridgeshire and Bristol after cyclists mugged for their bikes

Two police forces have issued appeals to try and track down men who last week robbed cyclists of their bikes in mugging incidents, one in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, the other in a suburb of Bristol.

The first incident took place in St Neots last Wednesday 12 December at around 7am as the 30-year-old victim rode to work along a path near St Mary’s Church, between Peppercorn Lane and School Lane.

South Gloucs businesses install emergency cycle kits for commuter cyclists

South Gloucestershire firms have grouped together to create emergency bike first aid kits - that they hope will encourage staff to cycle to work.

More than 20 firms along the A4174 ring road - which represent around 40,000 staff members and 30,000 students, have cooperated to deposit specialist kits at workplaces.

These include essential cycle maintenance tools and spare equipment such as lights, locks and high-visibility jackets, to help out riders who might otherwise be stranded when they forget something.

Bristol 'crossgate: Council now working with CX organisers

Good news people! We've just been talking to Craig Denning from Dream Cycles, the chap who originally filled us in about the de facto ban on cyclocross at Bristol Council sites. He's been meeting Council officials today and they're going to work together to find suitable venues in the city.

Bristol 'crossgate: the Council responds

Bristol City Council have responded to the accusation that they're banning cyclocross events from their parks. They've made it plain that no such ban exists; however the requirement of a £2,500 bond for 'repairs to the turf', for an event comprising 50 people cycling on the grass for an hour, will for the orangisers be a ban in everything but name.

Cycling City? Not on our land

Remember when Bristol was championing itself as the first Cycling City? Seems that cycling's out in the cold nowadays: the City Council have take it upon themselves to suspend all cycle events on council sites, effectively cancelling the Western League cyclocross series in the process.

Oli Beckingsale opens new bike store in Bristol + video

Tomorrow sees the launch of a new bike shop in Bristol, BW cycling. It's the brainchild of Olympian and five times national MTB XC champion Oli Beckingsale and 2002 Xterra amateur champion and renowned personal trainer Andy Wadsworth.

London and Bristol host first 'Love Cycling, Go Dutch' conferences

Cycling experts from the Netherlands were in Bristol and London this week for the first of a series of four 'Love Cycling, Go Dutch' conferences this autumn aimed at showing cycle campaigners, politicians and transport professionals in the UK how the Dutch were able to achieve such high levels of cycling and what lessons from across the North Sea can be applied here.

In pictures: Hell Climb

Earlier in the year myself & the other 2 Hamilton Wheelers resurrected a fixed gear event last held in 2010 - the Tunnel Sprints, held on the Bristol-Bath cycle path late on a Saturday night. We had an unexpectedly large turnout to the night which spurred us on to holding another event, once again bringing back an event that hasn't seen the light of day for a couple of years, a hill climb up the Highridge side of Dundry near Bristol. The event was the fixed gear/singlespeed Hell Climb.

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