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New products, new bikes, new laws –’s April Fool’s Day cycling hoax round-up

Some funny, some not, some maybe actually slightly offensive

April Fool’s Day’s always a bit of a mixed bag. Some spoof stories are obvious, others could well be true, while the best are usually somewhere in between. Here’s some of the cycling-related April Fool’s Day stuff we’ve happened across today.

Van den Driessche returns to racing at Sea Otter eMTB e-bike race

Topical and with just the faintest hint of plausibility, we think this is a good one. What else would infamous motor-assisted cyclo-cross rider Femke Van den Driessche be planning to do with her time?

“I’m pretty lucky that my riding style works well with e-bikes.”

Chain Reaction Cycles’ Natural Nutrition

Wholesome on-the-go snacks for cyclists. “We think the CRC jam sandwich is a game-changer.”

The Cow Collective

The Col Collective shift gears to launch The Cow Collective – Cycling Inspiration & Bovine Education, a new online resource dedicated to the sacred species.

“We started to receive more and more requests as the months rolled on and, not wanting to disappoint, we thought it only right that we bring our cycling community closer to what they really want to know about. From the legendary Angus to the Charolais or Italy’s 25,000 year old muscle bound Piedmontese, with literally hundreds of breeds to discover we’ve got enough material to keep us in business until at least 2025 and beyond.”

New bike laws

What do you make of these two stories? Australian website, Car Advice, goes with the premise that all vehicles should be subject to the same rules and penalties, suggesting that some bikes could be impounded or crushed due to their owners’ behaviour.

Ploughing a similar furrow, South African site IOL claims the government is to introduce bicycle MOTs and registration as well as cycling licences.

Rotor UNO Spanish olive oil

“The time has come for ROTOR to reveal more information about its highly-anticipated UNO group set. Today ROTOR announced that after conclusive testing that proved successful, the unprecedented system will use Spanish olive oil for its shift actuation.”

Apparently hand-pressed extra virgin olive oil from the Sierra de Madrid was discovered to possess extraordinary characteristics that exceeded quality standards.

"We saw significant improvements in shift performance," said Wolfgang Turainsky, UNO team liaison. "We also found that the olive oil allowed us to create an even tastier and crisper shift sensation."

Bikmo Insurance personal drone

“This seems like the natural progression to take with insurance. By providing a Bikmo drone to all of our customers, we’re simplifying their riding experience and eliminating the worry around crashing and theft. Also, like the black box car insurers provide, our drones can monitor riding behaviour and reduce premiums accordingly.”

Bikmo also suggest that at a later date the drones will have the ability to 3D print small components at the roadside.

Secret Training’s absinthe gel



The quadruple top tube Brooklyn Bicycle

Why stop at three?

MINI Hipster Hatch

Inspired by the popularity of fixies, the MINI Hipster Hatch has just one forward gear.

“We removed four of the forward gears to give you a greater feeling of control when you’re popping out for a superfood smoothie.”

If you’re not yet worn-down by all of this, here are some of last year’s offerings.

And then there's that story about Dan Lloyd signing for Team Dimension Data that we reported on earlier...

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