Corbyn v Johnson – the L-shaped cranks issue; 'Safety first' Xmas tree; Peloton shares drop further; #bikesatpollingstations (and #dogs); Christ(mas) on a bike; Israel Cycling Academy becomes Israel Start-Up Nation + more on live blog

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12 December 2019, 17:03
Where do you stand on our L-shaped cranks article?


What do you mean you've never read it?

L-shaped cranks — a bad idea that just won't die.

12 December 2019, 16:45
Heading to the polling station on your way home?

If it's of any help at all, here's our thing highlighting the various parties' key active travel pledges.

12 December 2019, 16:17
12 December 2019, 16:16
Merida’s 2020 time trial bike “ready to slice the air”

[Adopts Jim Bowen voice] "So, Rohan, let's take a look at what you could have won..."

12 December 2019, 15:30
The tree clearly feels it's necessary to wear a cycle helmet

It's attire is pretty hi-vis too, you'd have to say.

Rode in the local Festival of Lights, look how much my son loved it! from r/bicycling

12 December 2019, 15:18
Last year's Portuguese national champion provisionally suspended for anti-doping rule violation
12 December 2019, 14:19
"The wild"

The wild? If you did all your riding in an airbed showroom, you probably wouldn't be all that concerned about possible blows to the head.

12 December 2019, 13:51
The infrastructure buzz

The Deputy Mayor of London for Transport, Heidi Alexander, has a confession to make.

12 December 2019, 13:44
Or get a lift off Pedal Me
12 December 2019, 13:42
It's not just Beryl Bikes offering free rides to polling stations
12 December 2019, 13:39
Israel Cycling Academy becomes Israel Start-Up Nation

The new sponsor for Israel Cycling Academy is Start-Up Nation Central, “a Tel Aviv-based non-profit organisation that connects companies around the world to Israeli innovation.”

The team will therefore be known as Israel Start-Up Nation for the 2020 season.

Here’s the kit.

12 December 2019, 12:29
A lunchtime reminder of where the parties stand on cycling

As the UK heads to the polls again, we've highlighted the key active travel pledges as politicians chase your vote.

12 December 2019, 11:31
Peloton shares continue to slide

The Peloton Christmas advert backfired quite spectacularly. Faced with the loss of $1bn of its value as a consequence, the home exercise bike firm… defended it.

Over the weekend Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds had a pop, hiring the actress who plays ‘Peloton Wife’ to appear in a promo for his gin that very clearly references the ad. The actress – seemingly playing the same character – drinks solemnly with friends and toasts ‘new beginnings,’ clearly scarred by a recent experience.

Short-seller Citron Research this week produced a report claiming that Peloton shares are only worth $5.

CNN reports that Peloton shares dropped 6% on Tuesday and another 6% on Wednesday to just under $31.

This is still above the company's initial public offering price (IPO) of $29 in September, but Citron reckons that the competition is “not only making virtually identical exercise bikes but ones that are both more affordable and functional," which means there is little reason to spend $2,300 on a Peloton bike.

The report says that Peloton CEO John Foley, "has a reputation for 'loose lips' and 'shooting from the hip,' " and has a "hard time with the truth."

Peloton was valued at about $8 billion at its IPO. Citron says it’s worth $1bn.

12 December 2019, 10:54
Of course you don't *need* a tree
12 December 2019, 10:17
Doing the double

Maybe this can help us segue into another topic for a bit...

12 December 2019, 10:02
Beryl offering free rides to polling stations

A reminder that British bike share company Beryl are offering users free rides to their polling stations.

Beryl operates in the City of London, Hereford, Bournemoth and Poole, and say they’re running the complimentary rides to "encourage riders to choose sustainable transport to and from their local polling stations."

The promotion will be automatically applied to everyone with a Beryl account. Voters can make use of two rides with a free unlock and ride of up to 30 minutes each.

12 December 2019, 09:22
#bikesatpollingstations fail
12 December 2019, 09:16
Very important election day sociological analysis

Early days, but I've noticed something while embedding #bikesatpollingstations on a website that throws a whopping great  tantrum whenever it encounters non-alphanumeric characters.

People who cycle to vote are far less likely to deploy emojis than the average social media user.

12 December 2019, 09:15
12 December 2019, 09:13
London's cycling commissioner's been down already
12 December 2019, 09:10
12 December 2019, 09:06

Think we're going to have to pace ourselves a bit today. It's already feeling like a gruelling day and it's barely past nine.

A logical place to start for a cycling live blog on the day of a general election is with a round-up of where each of the main parties stands on cycling.

My colleague Simon MacMichael has done a nice rundown of the various policies and promises.

We know there are plenty of other issues, but it's interesting to think about how cycling policy reflects the broader attitudes of each of the main parties.

Alex has written for more cricket publications than the rest of the team combined. Despite the apparent evidence of this picture, he doesn't especially like cake.