Some of our top stories from our first full 2019 week back on two wheels...

1. Specialized issues recall for Roubaix, Ruby, Diverge, and Sirrus due to Future Shock clamping collar defects

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Specialized has just issued a recall for its Roubaix, Ruby, Diverge, and Sirrus models due to an issue with the clamping steerer tube collars on the Future Shock.
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2. Videos: Award-winning B'Safe airbag cycle vest showcased at CES

The B’Safe is made by Helite, a company based in Fontaine-lès-Dijon in eastern France and the prototype is being showcased this week at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, where it has won an innovation award in the wearable technology category.
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3. Hit and run driver who killed cyclist after eight-hour drinking binge sentenced to more than six years in prison

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A drunk driver who had been on an eight-hour drinking binge before hitting a cyclist and leaving him to die, and who later told police that he thought he had hit a deer, has been jailed for six years and nine months.
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4. Brompton stockpiles £1m in parts as contingency for “shit hits the fan” No Deal Brexit

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Folding bicycle maker Brompton has leased a warehouse near Heathrow Airport where it has stockpiled parts worth £1 million to minimise disruption to its supply train in the event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit. The news comes as the company files its annual report(link is external) and accounts for the year to 31 March 2018, with turnover rising 11 per cent to £36.1 million.
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5. Magistrates question value of prosecuting "drunk" cyclist

Beer taps (copyrighht Simon MacMichael)

Magistrates in a Norfolk town have questioned whether it is worthwhile to prosecute a cyclist alleged to have been riding his bicycle while drunk and have asked the Crown Prosecution Service to reconsider the case before it goes to trial.
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6. Van passenger pushes Kent cyclist off bike

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A van passenger pushed a cyclist from his bike in a village in Kent, leaving the victim with a cut chin. The incident happened at around 2pm last Sunday afternoon in Water Lane, Frittenden, which lies midway between Tunbridge Wells and Ashford.
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7. "I don't think it's hit me yet" - Phil Liggett, back on the mic at the Tour Down Under, opens up about Paul Sherwen's death

Phil Liggett Photo by Maryse Alberti, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Phil Liggett says that the grief following the death of Paul Sherwen, his co-commentator for more than three decades, is yet to hit him as he prepares to pick up the microphone once again for the Tour Down Under.
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8. Video: dhb's new Aeron LAB all-winter jacket

Check out the interesting tech on dhb's new top-end winter softshell that's designed for UK winter conditions in this video. 
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9. Gloucestershire Police officer allegedly tells cyclist "Maybe you should consider trading in your bike for a Hummer" following shocking close pass by a coach

glos coach close pass - credit Matt Coldrey

Many police forces in the UK have adopted policies to crack down on drivers who pass other vehicles too closely, such as Operation Close Pass by West Midlands Police  - however it appears that hasn't filtered through to Gloucestershire Police, who reportedly told cyclist Matt Coldrey that the coach driver in this clip had not committed an offence because the cyclist and coach continued on their journeys smoothly - and a police officer on the phone also oddly suggested he trade in his bike for a hummer. 
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10. New SRAM Red eTap (or whatever they call new 12 speed electronic road groupset) will work 1x and 2x drivetrains confirms online manual

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For a while, we've had a pretty good inkling that a 12 speed road groupset is coming soon from SRAM after spotting a 12 cog cassette on a number of pro bikes... and now our eagle eyes have noticed this PDF(link is external), that suggests the new road groupset could be both the first to go electronic, and the the first to be 1x and 2x compatible. 
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After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.