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Top 10 cycling stories you might have missed this week

Some of the highlights from another action-packed week on two wheels in our recap...

1. Petition launched to cancel Velo Birmingham


A petition has been launched asking Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry Councils to refuse permission for the 2020 edition of Vélo Birmingham and “do something better” instead.
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2. James Cracknell injured in bike crash after “altercation” with London minicab driver

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Former Olympic champion rower James Cracknell, who earlier this year was back on the water to help Cambridge beat Oxford in the Boat Race, was injured in a bike crash following what he described as an “altercation” with a minicab driver while cycling in London this week.
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3. Road rage driver who chased cyclist and then rammed him spared jail


A Renfrew motorist who left a cyclist with a broken pelvis after chasing him down and deliberately ramming him has been spared jail. The Gazette reported that at around 1pm on February 17 last year Mark Grabham was riding along Cambell Street, Renfrew, on his way home, when he became embroiled in a road rage argument with 55-year-old James Carroll.
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4. WTF? This 3D printed bike has no seat tube!


We’ve seen some unusual bike designs over the years, but this is a new one on us... there’s no seat tube! The bike is the work of Germany company Urwahn Bikes and a special collaboration with Vagabund Moto, a company that specialises in seriously trick looking handcrafted motorcycles.
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5. Bikes ARE allowed on trains in Yorkshire during World Championships - but check before you travel

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Bicycles WILL be allowed on trains in Yorkshire next month when the region hosts the UCI Road Cycling World Championships – but if you’re planning on travelling with one to watch the event, you are strongly advised to check with the relevant operating company first.
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6. Carol Boardman ghost bike removed by council after complaints it was distracting drivers

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Flintshire Council has removed a ghost bike left for Carol Boardman following complaints it was distracting drivers and causing visibility issues. White ‘ghost bikes,’ often decorated with flowers and photographs, are both a tribute to the deceased and also a means of highlighting road dangers.
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7. Fiona Kolbinger's Transcontinental Race kit list

Fiona Kolbinger, credit JamesRobertsonPhotography

The medical student who won the seventh edition of the Transcontinental overall at the first time of asking subtly shared a photo of a kit list on Strava before she set off. Here's what she was carrying...
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8. E-bike riders get MORE exercise than regular cyclists, according to results of new study

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From our sister site ebikeTips, a recent study followed over 10,000 participants in seven European cities, and found because the e-bike riders often take longer trips, they actually got more exercise than cyclists on conventional bikes. 
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9. Bristol teens arrested following spate of bike thefts


Three teenage boys from Bristol have been arrested following a spate of bike thefts and burglaries in the city and surrounding areas. Avon & Somerset Police said that a 15 year old and 17 year old, both from St George, and a 17 year old from Staple Hill, had been arrested on suspicion of seven counts of burglary and one count of theft.
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10. Nespresso teams up with Sweden's Vélosophy for bike made from recycled coffee capsules

Nespresso RECYCLE bike (via Velosophy)

Nescafé-owned Nespresso has teamed up with Swedish bike brand Vélosophy to produce a bicycle made from recycled aluminium coffee capsules. Called RE:CYCLE, it is being sold in a limited edition of 1,000 bikes, and comes in bright purple to reflect the colour of the capsules of Nespresso’s popular Arpeggio blend.
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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 was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. 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. 

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