11 things we've learnt this week

Our compendium of fascinating facts and figures from the past seven days on road.cc

1. World champion Peter Sagan does an impressive hair throw!
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2. Using your bike on a turbo trainer could void the warranty, depending on the brand.
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3. Sir Bradley Wiggins once turned down the chance of a walk-on part in EastEnders.
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4. You can mount a Bluetooth button on your handlebar that will ring a ‘bell’ via an app on your smartphone. If you want, like. 
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5. Spanish sports daily AS has asked whether world cyclo-cross champion Wout Van Aert is using an illegal hidden motor in his bike thanks to this clip (the incident is at 1:44mins).
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6. You can get a mini-pump that lives inside your seatpost.
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7. This cycle path, complete with speed bumps, exists in Paris.
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Christian_Black.jpg8. Manchester jobseekers are being offered free recycled cycles to help them get back into work.
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9. Fabian Cancellara’s former teammate Roberto Petito gave him the nickname Spartacus because he thought he looked like a gladiator.
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Lumos helmet - image via Lumos.jpg10. You can get a bicycle helmet that has a set of indicators on the rear that are controlled by wireless controls on the handlebars.
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Reader-Awards-2017---champion.jpg11. Peter Sagan and Chris Boardman have jointly won the Cycling Champion 2016/17 vote in the road.cc Reader Awards. 
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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

Latest Comments

  • kil0ran 1 sec ago

    Potentially from house insurance, yes. But I'd rather be certain and have cycling-specific cover due to recent cases. I chop and change house...

  • hawkinspeter 14 min 16 sec ago

    A pair of disk brake RP50s which are pre-black edition. 50mm depth in case that's not obvious.

  • The_Vermonter 53 min 30 sec ago

    I understand where you are coming from but I do not think their target demo is the traditional cyclist. Of the people I know with a Peloton, none...

  • Bobbinogs 1 hour 29 min ago

    Be realistic about how much turbo you think you will be doing. I just turbo when the weather is really rubbish or I am recovering from injury, so I...

  • mrbirch 1 hour 32 min ago

    Fantastic news, even when not on my bike and visiting on 'foot' I've been struck by dangerous it feels with the host of parking along that part of...

  • mdavidford 2 hours 5 min ago

    Only if the 'motorway' is actually a farm track where they're likely to get stuck behind a tractor or a farmer driving their livestock along it.

  • nniff 2 hours 11 min ago

    Assos have got £20 off if you fill in their questionnaire.  It only takes a few minutes but does contain some of the most surreal questions that I...

  • Jerm14 2 hours 13 min ago

    Can I be the first to say comments such as 'call this a list?' or 'what about.....?' and 'how could you not have included.......?'...

  • jollygoodvelo 2 hours 21 min ago

    Another vote that cable discs are a reasonable compromise at this price, though if there was a version with Apex 1 Hydro at maybe £700 that would...

  • kil0ran 2 hours 48 min ago

    Galibier get consistently good reviews - cost around £40. Waiting for Ardennes Shields to arrive and if I like those I'll probably get the other...