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Police bike theft unit disbanded: “…feeling is public do not care if their bikes get stolen”, Colombian Team Sky sponsorship looks "very unlikely”, Stravadown (again), Geraint Thomas’s cycling essentials, Copenhagen wheel spotted, Crap contraflows +more

All today's news from the site and beyond as we start a new week.....
18 February 2019, 18:05
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Copenhagen Wheel spotted in the wild in London

We've covered the Copenhagen Wheel - the rear-wheel device that is billed as turning any bike into an e-bike - a few times on over the years.

But we'd never seen one outside of a bike show until today when your correspondent, sitting in a cafe in west London, looked up and saw that tell-tale red disc on the rear wheel ... and in the space of 10 seconds managed to run outside, get the camera on the phone ready, ask the rider's permission, and snap this pic.

I only the Beast of Bodmin or Sasquatch were this obliging .... 



18 February 2019, 19:57
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British Transport police is disbanding its bike crime unit in London and the SE to focus on violent crime

British Transport Police (BTP) will reportedly shut down a unit dedicated to targeting bike thieves in London and the south east – so the force can concentrate on fighting violent crime instead.

A BTP source told The Sunday Times: “Cycle theft is no longer seen as a priority: the feeling is that the public do not care if their bikes get stolen.”

But the source added: “Officers on the team are angry. They see cycle theft as a major problem that will get worse without a dedicated team.”

Sam Jones, senior campaigns officer at Cycling UK, expressed disappointment at the decision.

He said: “Bicycles are not just playthings. For many people, they are the means to reach work or education, and for some, their profession is reliant on access to a bike.”

18 February 2019, 15:44
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Connor Swift gets custom National Champ version of the Genesis Zero SL Disc

Swift's new ride looks very tasty indeed, with Dura-Ace disc brake deep rims, a Union Jack print on the chainstays, fork and seat tube and of course, a super slammed and extra-long stem. He's still using a rim brake custom Genesis Zero SL from 2018, but wanted the disc option too it seems. 

18 February 2019, 12:04
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La Passione launch Livery collection of PSN jerseys

The Italians have launched their second line of PSN jerseys, made with premium dyed stretch Italian fabric. Further details have been added including colour inserts on the sleeves, reflective logos an piping along the back pockets. They've also released new Zenith, Magenta and Forest sock colours to match the new jerseys. See the full range on the La Passione website here

18 February 2019, 18:25
Our story today on a dodgy contraflow cycle lane got you talking ...

Here are a couple that got shared on Twitter - and here is our original story.

18 February 2019, 11:21
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Brailsford says Colombia sponsorship "very unlikely" for Team Sky

Speaking to Marca, Brailsford said that any sponsorship agreement between his team and the nation of Colombia was "very unlikely" despite recent developments. Brailsford met with the Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez and a representative of the oil company Ecopetrol last week, as we reported on Friday

The Marca report suggests that guerrilla groups sabotaging Ecopetrol pipelines recently has affected their finances, while the Colombian government would be unlikely to invest so much money in a single sport despite despite the country experiencing a cycling boom. Sky's new recruit Ivan Sosa came second in the Tour Colombia 2.1 which concluded at the weekend, and they already have a potential Colombian star of the future in 22-year-old Egan Bernal. Despite these most recent comments, Brailsford did say it's only a mater of time before there's a Colombian-backed World Tour team. 

18 February 2019, 08:12
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The essentials according to G

Geraint Thomas now scribes for GQ magazine (a bit of a climbdown from when he landed a couple of columns back in the day of course) and has been informing their presumably less bike-orientated readership what they absolutely need to start out. His top must-have is a decent pair of padded shorts and a breathable waterproof, while he ranks glasses and helmets as slightly lower in importance in terms of finding something absolutely perfect. Puncture repair kit also features, and he recommends practising clipping in and out of cleats away from the traffic to start with to avoid comical topplings over. Brakes, tyre pressure and a well lubed chain are his three big essentials check before heading out for a ride. Read the full column here

18 February 2019, 08:20
Something felt missing from yesterday?

Well for lots of cyclists, runners, Nordic skiers or whatever people use Strava for nowadays, a whole day's effort was virtually lost as the 'social network for athletes' was failing to upload activities. The saying goes if it's not on Strava then it didn't happen', and it mostly seemed not to be happening for those syncing to Strava from a Garmin GPS cycle computer/watch or Android devices from having a peruse of the social media anger generated on other platforms yesterday. Strava Support were busy directing people to their manual upload instructions, a process that will now feel convoluted in the age of instant Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity. How did you cope, were you forced into reverting to the archaic method of plugging your device into a computer, or were you happy to keep your ride to yourself on this occasion? Do let us know your tales of woe in the comments, but for now here's a selection of our favourite overreactions...


18 February 2019, 11:45
Beijing handcycling and rowing Paralympic champion now targeting skiing

Rachel Morris MBE has told the BBC that next on her list for more Paralympic glory in Tokyo 2020 is Nordic Skiing, and the 39-year-old will become the first woman to represent Great Britain at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championship in Canada on Sunday. She said: "I've always wanted to do a winter sport and the opportunity just came along,"

Morris won gold in the handcycling time trial at Beijing 2008, and won bronze in the road race at London 2012. 


18 February 2019, 09:05
Despite #stravadown there were still plenty of impressive uploads yesterday

And while lots of us were unable to humble-brag quite so effectively yesterday, plenty of (presumably not Garmin or Android-using) pros and famous faces were out in force to rub salt into the wounds - Andre Greipel uploaded his data from a 100 mile stage from the Tour of Oman, cyclists-turned-triathlete Cameron Wurf simply did 30 miles of 'TT touring' (perhaps trying to emulate his friend Chris Froome's 116 mile gravel ride on a Pinarello Bolide) and Romain Bardet bagged a KOM during a 95 mile epic through the South of France. We were most impressed by Sir Dave Brailsford's efforts though (check out the pic above and the link here), consisting of a 56 mile ride in Colombia which took in the infamous Medellin to Las Palmas climb, with an average power of 229 watts and average speed of 19.7mph. It's pretty impressive for what will be Brailsford's downtime as he's out managing his team for the Tour Colombia 2.1 - check out this article where Brailsford reveals the secrets of his own training, which include a mostly low carb diet and riding at a low cadence to build strength in winter. 

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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