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Trans Pennine Trail post pics to promote cycle network... and it didn't go so well; Silca's bonkers $175 Bourbon Titanium kit; Shropshire hires £1k a day pothole consultant; Motorcyclist shows flaws with broken line bike lane + more on the live blog

All today's news from the site and beyond.....
04 February 2020, 21:05
Meanwhile, in Utrecht ...
04 February 2020, 21:04
Greater Manchester's Bee Network gets kudos from the Dutch Cycling Embassy
04 February 2020, 16:51
The Trans Pennine Trail post pics on Twitter to promote cycle network... and it didn't go so well

Unfortunately quite a few of the replies have noted the muddy signage and rather unkempt-looking surface, the latter of which doesn't exactly scream “ride me”.

In response to some of the criticisms, Trans Pennine Trail replied: “Thank you for your comments, this is something we're continually working on, lobbying for a better quality Trail. Many sections are being improved with funding and if you have any sections in particular you have issues with, please do get in contact with us we can report it!”

Do you think Trans Pennine have been given a hard time, or does a lot more need to be done to make sure these routes are useable for all, not just those who are happy to get real muddy? 

04 February 2020, 17:13
Police searching for man 'inappropriately touching women' as he rode around Northampton
police car - wikimedia commons

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information after four women aged between 21 and 62 were touched inappropriately by a man who was cycling past them on a mountain bike. 

The incidents all happened between 8.30am and 9.30 am on January 29th. A Police spokesman said: "In all cases the offender was cycling past on a mountain bike and is described as a white man aged between 25 and 30 with dark hair.

"A 25-year-old woman was walking towards the University of Northampton, as was a 34-year-old woman. In addition a 21-year old woman was walking along New South Bridge Road while the a 62-year-old woman was walking towards the town centre along London Road.

"If there is anyone with information or who may have witnessed these incidents, please call us on 101 quoting reference number 20000054336."

04 February 2020, 16:43
Olympic mountain bike manager resigns

Paul Davis has stepped down from his role in delivering and managing mountain biking at Tokyo 2020. Davis also worked at London 2012 and Rio 2016, and has stepped down from his latest role “after much soul-searching.”

04 February 2020, 15:50
Silca's bonkers $175 Bourbon Titanium Kit, consisting of super fancy bottle cages and... straws?
Silca Ti Straws Bourbon WR

Silca already launched their $30 reusable titanium straws in December, made because Silca realised they could fashion straws from the offcuts of titanium left over from making their Sicuro titanium bottle cages. They've now took things a step further with the Bourbon Titanium Kit, consisting of two bottle cages and two straws “inspired by Chris King” and anodised in a rich, bourbon colour.

The bourbon in the picture isn't included for your $175 and we're still unsure if these products will be sold from a UK distributor any time soon... but for this money you might as well whack some import fees on top and buy them directly from Silca's US online shop

04 February 2020, 12:06
Phil Gaimon's dog has her own Strava account
strava phil gaimon dog screenshot

The ex-pro turned star of his own 'Worst Retirement Ever' YouTube series has made a Strava account for his faithful friend Nala. Her first upload was a 0.5km jaunt taken at a pace of just over 20 minutes per kilometre, with some discarded pizza crusts consumed to top up fuel along the way. 

04 February 2020, 15:06
Look stupendous in kit


Ci prepariamo per la primavera? 17 gradi.

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Lookin' good Filippo! If you want to look this dashing on your next ride, head over to the shop to get your jerseys, socks, tees and more. 

04 February 2020, 13:07
Pinarello launch new Dogma F12 colours for Spring 2020
pinarello dogma f12 spring 2020 colours

Nine months after its launch last year, the Dogma F12 as ridden by Team Ineos is now available in Blue Steel (above), Sideral Grey and Venice Blue as part of their Spring 2020 collection. Each colourway is available in rim or disc brake versions and can be ordered as framesets or complete bikes.

It's always best not to be drinking tea or coffee when perusing a Pinarello price list, as there's a good chance you'll spit some out... this one is no different, with an F12 disc with Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset and Bora wheels or SRAM Red e-Tap AXS with Zipp 303 wheels priced at £12,000. Deliveries can be expected at the end of March if you have the funds to splash out, see Pinarello's website for more info. 

04 February 2020, 12:48
Free Santander cycles for a year: TfL announces first 10 year anniversary competition winner
santander cycles 10 year comp winner

The competition aimed to reward those with particularly good stories about their experience of Santander Cycles, and the first prize has gone to Sakhr Al-Makhadhi. 

Mr Al-Makhadhi, based in Harrow, says on the day the scheme launched on Friday 30th July 2010, he got up at 5.30am in an attempt to be the first person to hire one of the bikes: “I knew the scheme was launching at 6am so I went to the Dorset Square docking station and tried my key at 5.55am. It worked! I took a bike out. Within seconds, a taxi driver hooted at me and congratulated me for being the first one.”

His prize is a free annual membership to Santander Cycles, and a hire bike named in his honour. There are 11 more prize winners to be named and the competition is still open; if you reckon you've completed the most Santander Cycle journeys, have a good story to tell or hired bikes in their inaugural year, you can email ​cyclehire10 [at] for a chance to win. 

04 February 2020, 11:34
Shropshire has its own £1,000 a day pothole consultant
huge pothole - credit shaun wyllie on facebook.PNG

If you needed reminding of the state of Britain's pothole-laden roads, the BBC report that Shropshire Council have appointed a dedicated 'pothole consultant', charging £1,000 a day. 

The council say this is “comparable with usual consultancy costs”, and say they hope the appointment will improve their current “unproductive” strategy and speed up repair of the 3,500 reported road defects in the county. Steve Davenport of Shropshire Council claims even though the consultant will earn £130,000 working five days a week over the six month contract, they will actually save millions in the long run by “getting the right people on the ground doing a better job." Pothole repair in Shropshire is currently outsourced to construction and infrastructure company Keir, who the council say have been “allowed to mark their own homework” for too long. 

We're not sure if the consultant's role is more hands-on or strategic, but a grand a day to ride around looking for potholes doesn't sound like a bad living to us so long as we don't end up in one... 

04 February 2020, 11:14
Breaking: Ban on new petrol and diesel car sales brought forward to 2035
petrol filling up - via wikimedia commons

The BBC reports that the government have just announced that petrol, diesel and hybrid car sales will be banned by 2035 at the latest, not 2040 as previously stated. 

The change has come about because experts warned it would be too late for the UK to achieve its net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 if the ban didn't come into force until 2050. Speaking ahead of the launch of the COP26 climate change event in Glasgow, Boris Johnson said 2020 would be a "defining year of climate action". 

Some environmental campaigners believe it's still too little too late, with Green Party MP Caroline Lucas saying the ban needs to come in earlier, and it needs to be backed up by public transport investment. Extinction Rebellion have also set up outside the Glasgow Science Museum where Boris Johnson is delivering his plans, handing out flyers saying it's 'too little too late' and calling for the scrapping of HS2. 

04 February 2020, 10:32
Motorcyclist's footage perfectly demonstrates flaw with broken white lines acting as cycle lanes

The answer to our protagonist's question would probably be a resounding “no” for most parents, as he attempts to ride on a Dublin bike lane segregated only by some broken white lines. There is barely a moment in the 15 second clip where a car isn't either fully inside the 'lane' or seriously encroaching, the reason many cycle campaigners believe these advisory cycle lanes should be consigned to history (there's a decent article from the Cambridge Cycling Campaign explaining the difference between mandatory and advisory lanes here). 

Do you think there's ever a use case for a cycle lane with broken white lines? Let us know in the comments as always... 

04 February 2020, 10:28
New Rapha 'comic book' kit for Canyon//SRAM: full story below
04 February 2020, 09:17
Cyclist in a serious condition in hospital after being run over and beaten up near Wolverhampton

The Express and Star reports that a 24-year-old man is still in hospital after he was hit by a car in Darlaston at around 7pm on Sunday night. The occupants of the car are then believed to have got out and beat him up, leaving the man with serious injuries. He was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital, where he remains in a serious condition. 

The attackers fled the scene, and it's not known if the victim was targeted deliberately. A cordon was put up where the attack happened, with debris scattered across the road next to the victim's mangled bike. 

04 February 2020, 10:03
Is it miles or kilometres for you?

There were some strong opinions on the subject back in 1978...

There seems to be a slit in the office.

04 February 2020, 09:58
Aesthetic marginal gains for Cav

Being aero might save you some watts. But having classic bend bars saves more. Because science.

04 February 2020, 09:08
"When you have a Tour de France at 12:00 and a rave at 17:00": Balenciaga's new sneakers are not going down well

Bemused fashion fans are accusing Balenciaga of making these weird new trainers look like cycling shoes; although to be fair, we've never actually seen a pair of bike shoes this ugly. Back to the drawing board folks... 

04 February 2020, 09:00
Some might say... that's a strange comparison

But absolutely Ginevra, if cycling's most prominent (alleged) doping doctor is back in the news then why not music's most argumentative brothers? We're feeling all nostalgic...

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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