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The Live Strong chalkbot is a fantastic thing. It's such a good idea that I thought it was a viral hoax, and even as I'm writing this I'm half convinced that I'll be denounced as a gullible fool. But the folks in the video are so earnest, and the chalkbot itself looks like such a Heath-Robinson contrivance that I can't believe it isn't for real.

Go online or text your message, and the chalkbot will trundle round the roads of France printing your words of wisdom in chalk onto the pristine Tour tarmac. Best read the rules about what you can say first though...  1

Dave is a founding father of, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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