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16-year-old arrested after cyclist's altercation with four car occupants; Pimlico Plumbers edit "cycle fascists" rant; Islington protest against LTNs; 'Road rat' Facebook post backfires; Everesting record smashed (plus bike check) + more on the live blog

Friday's live blog is brought to you by Jack Sexty, with the odd contribution from the rest of the team...
31 July 2020, 14:15
16-year-old boy arrested following altercation between cyclist and four car occupants
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Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses after an altercation between a cyclist and four car occupants on Kingston Road, Camberley.

At around 3:15pm on 29th July, Surrey Police say a black Peugeot containing four men was involved in a near collision with a cyclist at the junction, adding: "The cyclist and men from inside the car were then involved in an altercation, during which, damage was caused to the doors, windscreen and tyres of the car. The men in the car left the scene followed by the cyclist."

The cyclist was described as Asian with black hair and brown eyes, and was wearing a grey hooded top with grey jogging bottoms during the altercation. A 16-year-old boy has now been arrested on suspicion of attempted GBH, robbery and possession of an offensive weapon, and he is currently in custody.

Surrey Police have appealed for anyone with information or dash cam footage to contat them quoting the crime reference number PR/45200079183. 

31 July 2020, 14:53
Vuelta Bargos: Sam Bennett wins stage 4

The Irishman took the penultimate stage of the Spanish road race, mounting a surprise attack about 800 metres before the line and holding on comfortably. 

31 July 2020, 15:40
Your bike hates you
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Spotted by our news editor Simon out and about in London today. Hopefully that gaffer tape won't melt in the sun...

31 July 2020, 15:13
President of India gifts Bianchi to schoolboy to "become an international cycling champion and realise his dream"

It looks like President Ram Nath Kovind wants an Indian cycling champion, so has given this schoolboy a celeste-coloured helping hand to start his journey. 

The President of India Twitter account added: "The bicycle delivered to Riyaz today, a day before Eid-al-Adha, comes as Eidi in true spirit of the festival that is marked by gifts given by elders to youngers. Riyaz is a student of Class 9 at Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Delhi and works as a dishwasher in an eatery in Ghaziabad. 

"President Kovind wished him very best in the life and said that his story should serve as worthy of emulation for the country’s youth who must come forward for nation-building by dint of their dedication, hard work, courage and honesty."

31 July 2020, 13:55
'Road rat' Facebook post not going very well

The 'Fife jammer locations' account claimed a cyclist at the front of this group was "shouting abuse at every car that passes them"; although there's no evidence of this from the footage. 

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Not only do the large number of those commenting back appear to disagree, but it's also highlighted that the person filming has also captured a close pass that is most likely prosecutable. 

31 July 2020, 13:20
The new Everesting record holder's bike is a truly intriguing mishmash

As we reported this morning, Ronan Mc Laughlin has destroyed the Everesting record, taking it down to 7:04:41 from Alberto Contador's 7:27:20 set earlier this month. As you can see on these photos shared by Global Cycling Network, Mc Laughlin's bike was built for the job and it's a franken-bike in every way. So far we've identified that he was riding a Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 frameset with a current Campagnolo Record single chainring, previous generation Campag Super Record brake levers with a TriRig Omega X front brake and Shimano Dura-Ace C35 wheels. There's a CeramicSpeed Oversized Pulley Wheel System on the rear mech, and up front a set of 3T bars with the drops sawn off are attached to a slammed Deda stem. According to CyclingTips, Mc Laughlin also had his shifting modified so there were just three working gears.

Mc Laughlin - who still races at elite level on the national scene but now works full time as a cycling coach - was also fundraising for the Community Rescue Service, and is aiming to raise £8,848 (yep, that's the total elevation needed to complete an Everesting attempt). He's currently at just over £2,200, click here to donate. 

31 July 2020, 11:32
Pimlico Plumbers: blog post is toned down significantly following backlash

Originally, the blog post talked of "cycle fascists" and was accompanied by a mocked up TfL image that said cyclists were "taking f**king liberties", with a drawing of a cyclist struggling to carry plumbing equipment. The image has now had the text and mocked up logo removed, and the blog post is now titled: "It's illogical to expect businesses to thrive on scraps of roadway when the blue bike-lanes are empty". Some of the more inflammatory language (you can read it in full further down this page) is also toned down. 

This comes after the Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins - who reportedly had a net worth of £70 million in 2018 - had a 40-minute telephone conversation with Carlton Reid of, who published an article on the blog post tirade yesterday. Mullins revealed that he instructed his PR team to craft the blog post, written in the first-person as if it was Mullins himself. 

Complaining about delays his plumbers face getting to jobs, he told Forbes: “I just don’t feel that the way the TfL have dealt with it is the correct way. 

..."There is no such thing as a quick journey anymore. Journeys that used to take an hour to get somewhere in London now take another half hour longer.

“You know, if you go to Park Lane or Euston road, or the Embankment, no one is using the blue (bike) lane and yet you’ve got massive traffic jams.”

31 July 2020, 10:34
Low Traffic Neighbourhood protest takes place: which looks like a pretty good advert for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

Protests took place in Islington yesterday against 'people-friendly streets' introduced by the council recently to curb pollution, make roads safer and stop rat-running drivers in residential areas. 

Some noted the irony that the protests were actually a pretty good advert for people-friendly streets; however some of those against the council's measures cite reasons such as lack of consultation, concerns about emergency vehicle access and congestion on the surrounding streets. 

Rebecca Kelly told the Islington Gazette: “We’re not cabbies - I’m not even a motorist, I’m a cyclist. Those roads in East Canonbury are big enough for everyone. I don’t think they need to be exclusively for cycles. There’s no problem with social distancing down there. They’re not congested roads but the roads around them are congested.

“Why not give residents access? We’re not a cash cow.”

“It’s about pro-democracy. We weren’t given a say. There’s no impact report, impact statement, about how it affects the needs of the community. It isn’t so simple for everyone to just jump on a bike.”

Councillor  Rowena Champion said the council was taking a "once in a lifetime opportunity” to improve the streets, adding: “Local people know their streets better than anyone else, and we are listening closely to the views and suggestions they have given us via our Commonplace webpage

"In addition, we will be consulting with local people 12 months into each people-friendly streets scheme to ask if they would like the measures to remain in place permanently."

31 July 2020, 11:10
Cyclist attacked by youths in Derby park suffers punctured lung
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Derbyshire Police are appealing for help identifying three youths after a man was left with a punctured lung following an attack in Mackworth Park. 

They said in the appeal: "The 43-year-old man was cycling along the bridle path off the A38 in Mackworth Park at around 10.30pm on Thursday 23 July when he spotted three young men aged between 16 and 18 sat on a bench.

"As he cycled past the trio, two of whom were white and a third who was described as mixed-race with an afro hairstyle, one of the group reached out and grabbed the handlebars of the bike causing to him to fall from his bike.

"The man managed to ride home but eventually had to attend hospital where it was found he had suffered a punctured lung."

Derbyshire Police say they are keen to speak to people who were in the area at the time or anyone who believes they know who the youths might be, and have asked those with information to include the reference 20*386474 in any correspondence. 

31 July 2020, 10:53
Cycle Surgery knock 10% off web prices before closing for good next month
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After 30 years of trading, Cycle Surgery's last high street store in Bishops Square closed today, with the website set to cease operations on 31st August. All online sales through the month of August will come with an extra 10% discount. 

Cycle Surgery said in a statement: "As the brand closes its doors for the last time, it thanks all its loyal customers for their support over the years and leaves them in the capable hands of its sister brands within the Outdoor and Cycle Concepts group. 

"Cotswold Outdoor, Snow+Rock and Runners Need will continue to trade and support those customers in search of quality cycling gear from the best brands by offering a small range of cycling product online. The group still prides itself on providing quality product from the best brands, alongside friendly service delivered by passionate experts."

31 July 2020, 10:19
Rouleur magazine will sell direct "to save over 1,000 kilograms of waste per issue"
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The British cycling magazine say they will now sell direct to avoid the waste paper generated by seling through supermarkets and newsagents. They explain: 

"Unsold copies of magazines produce a staggering amount of wasted paper. Even though we were more cautious than most on the newsstand, each time we distributed Rouleur in supermarkets and newsagents we were responsible for more than a tonne of wasted paper.

"That's because when they don't sell an issue, instead of sending the whole thing back - which would be expensive - the barcode is returned for a refund. Retailers usually do that by simply tearing off the cover. The rest is pulped.

"It's a painful thing to imagine, but most importantly it's an unnecessary wastage that we just need to stop. This crisis and the amazing support that we have received from new subscribers has given us the conviction to make this change that we have long wanted to make.

"So for the foreseeable future, aside from a handful of the best bike shops and magazine specialists, the place to buy the magazine is from" 

31 July 2020, 09:15
Pimlico Plumbers continued

Do they want all the cyclists back in cars? How do you become a 'cycle fascist'? Questions questions...

31 July 2020, 08:43
Pimlico Plumbers publish article describing "cycle fascists whining about their precious road space"

In an, erm, 'bold' move that appears to have ruffled a couple of high profile feathers, the owner of the London plumbing company has took the time to commission the above image accompanied by an extraordinary rant against cycle lanes. It says:

"I’ve had enough of cycle fascists whining about their precious road space when what they really want is to run all non-cycles off the road; and I’m also sick of the bike bureaucrats who have taken over TFL, and who as we speak are painting great swathes of Central London's roads blue, making it next to impossible to run any kind of service business.

"Businesses like mine, and many others that rely on the transport of large amounts of equipment, tools and goods about the city cannot operate on bicycles. It is a ridiculous proposition. Any fool can figure out it doesn't work. And please don't tell me to get a cargo bike because unless they are the size of a van or a lorry and can be made secure they are exactly as useful as a chocolate teapot.

"London is a city of commerce but that cannot continue if we hand the roads to these freeloading helmet heroes who believe they have a god given right to the roads to the detriment of all other users.

"The level of stupidity at play here is unbelievable. But then we are dealing with people who care about nobody but themeslves (sic) and where they can go, at the expense of their fellow Londoners, in their precious blue bike lanes."

The person behind the Pimlico Plumbers Twitter account claimed they actually have "nothing against" cyclists, replying to one comment: "As a cyclist there's no animosity towards you here & as a customer the issue is that increasingly we cannot get to you in reasonable time because of jams caused by allocation of space for cycle lanes that are often empty."

Anyone wanna tell them? 

31 July 2020, 09:05
Should e-bike speeds be increased?
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A petition is steadily gaining support that calls for UK law on e-bike speeds to be brought in line with the US, where larger motors are permitted that cut out at speeds of 20mph (32.18kph). Full story on eBikeTips

31 July 2020, 08:30
Everesting record smashed again, this time by over 20 minutes

After Alberto Contador broke the record earlier this month in a time of 7:27:20, it's now been blown out of the water by 33-year-old Irishman Ronan Mc Laughlin in a time of 7:04:41. Mc Laughlin isn't a full time professional cyclist, but raced for Ireland at the 2012 Road World Championships and for the An Post/Sean Kelly/Chain Reaction team between 2008 and 2013.  

Is a sub-7 hour clocking on the cards? We probably won't have to wait long at this rate...

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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srchar | 3 years ago

I think some eBike riders see them as a moped that you don't have to tax or insure. I certainly see many derestricted ones in London. 30mph with no evident pedaling  is not uncommon.

I'd be OK with upping the limit to 20mph provided there was some enforcement.

BIRMINGHAMisaDUMP | 3 years ago

i will never, ever use Pimlico Plumbers. 

Simon E replied to BIRMINGHAMisaDUMP | 3 years ago
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Lukas wrote:

i will never, ever use Pimlico Plumbers. 

My sister lives not far from there.

I've mentioned this story to her, she said she will show it to her (rather well-heeled) friends on social media and ask that they use someone else in future.

Nick T replied to Simon E | 3 years ago

There's not really anyone else to use in London now that they've snapped up most of the independent plumbers. It's an interesting business model, charge 4x the going rate and pay your staff double to attract everyone to work for you so there's no real choice. I used Aspect once and they nearly blew my house up, no joke ,then had to get Pimlico in to redo everything. I will begrudgingly admit that they did a very good job though, and the customer service was top notch

giff77 | 3 years ago
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Regarding the Road Rat. The fella is more focused on filming the cyclists and venting when it actually looks that they are going as fast if not faster than the van up front. He also seems oblivious to the warning sign as well. 

AlsoSomniloquism replied to giff77 | 3 years ago

It is a page to warn drivers where speed cams are so they can speed along and not get caught and then moans about other people legally using the road by passing them in an illegal manner. Does the loophole lawyer have stakes in it?

jn46 | 3 years ago

Can we please stop referring to all people who happen to ride bicycles as cyclists. That article about the 16yr old arrest reads like the "cyclist" was the aggressor. There are equally dodgy people who commit similar crimes whilst walking. They don't get described as "walkers" and make it onto the news of a hillwalking website. The incident has absolutely no need for a mention here I'm afraid! I know it's the police who have used the term, but in repeating it as a cycling focussed news outlet it is just confounding negative attitudes to proper cyclists.

AlsoSomniloquism replied to jn46 | 3 years ago

I find the story fascinating though. A near collision between a car and a bike lead to damage to the car, attmpeted GBH and robbery. Four "men" against a 16 yo.  Did he have one of those machetes like the guy last year? Had he stolen the bike and the men in the car tried to retrieve it and it went wrong? Or did he steal from one of the men in the car at that incident?

mdavidford replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 3 years ago

It doesn't actually say that the incident led to the robbery. The robbery may have already happened previously and separately, and the incident only served to bring it to the attention of the authorities. If they were already in possession of an offensive weapon, it's not a stretch to imagine that they weren't the most upstanding of citizens before this happened.

squidgy | 3 years ago

Your bike hates you - looks like one of those bamboo bikes to me.

pockstone replied to squidgy | 3 years ago

Exactly, as featured at length in a series on 'building your own bamboo bike' in RoadCC.

I was going to say '...don't you read your own website?' but the number of typo's and grammatical abominations suggest that you don't.

hawkinspeter replied to pockstone | 3 years ago

pockstone wrote:

Exactly, as featured at length in a series on 'building your own bamboo bike' in RoadCC.

I was going to say '...don't you read your own website?' but the number of typo's and grammatical abominations suggest that you don't.

Typos - that's ironic

TheBillder replied to hawkinspeter | 3 years ago

Yes. But a) it could be argued that an abbreviation is in use and b) back in the olden days of Usenet before the web was invented and no one ever saw really cool squirrel pictures, it was compulsory when complaining about speling or grammar to include an error of one's own. And don't get me started on your lack of a full stop

HarrogateSpa replied to TheBillder | 3 years ago

Underrated comment by The Billder..

pockstone replied to hawkinspeter | 3 years ago
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brooksby | 3 years ago

I love that Islington protest footage - lots of people walking in the road saying its disgusting that the council wants to allow people to walk in the road...

eburtthebike replied to brooksby | 3 years ago
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brooksby wrote:

I love that Islington protest footage - lots of people walking in the road saying its disgusting that the council wants to allow people to walk in the road...

I wonder if they would have objected if someone drove a car at them, demanding the right to drive on the road, the right they are protesting about and demanding?

AlsoSomniloquism replied to brooksby | 3 years ago
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I suspect some of them are people who live down those roads and now have to drive 1.5 miles to get to the shop a mile away. 

But then to actually cause delay and blocking off roads to get the point across does sound very Alannis. 

Sriracha | 3 years ago

Pimilco guy is no fool - he's done very well for himself through hard work. So he must be able to see that some things are worth working for, instant gratification is not where it's at.

Take traffic congestion - first you have to build cycle lanes and campaign for cyclist safety, then you have to encourage people out of their cars and onto their bikes. Expecting cycle lanes to syphon drivers out of their cars overnight is unrealistic, and ranting against cyclists is hardly going to speed up the process.

I can't imagine he was happy back when all lanes were congested with traffic. Congestion increases until it is in equilibrium with the next best alternative. Adding or subtracting car lanes makes no difference to that equilibrium because it does not change the alternative. Now there is a viable alternative he would do well to encourage it's adoption.

caw35ride replied to Sriracha | 3 years ago

I used to dispatch ride on a motorcycle in the '80s and the Embankment (for example) was a bloody car park then. I've lived in London for >30 years and I really struggle to remember any period (lockdown aside) that resembles the working driver's nirvana that eedjits like this recall so fondly.

kt26 | 3 years ago

On the Pimlico Plumber episode. According the Forbes article the guy things that cyclists should pay tax which tells you all you need to know - a guy who opperates a fleet of vehicles doesn't understand how the tax he pays on them in calculated - it must be really easy to become a millionaire...

the little onion replied to kt26 | 3 years ago

As I understand it, he is quite 'efficient' with his own tax affairs. controversially so.

the little onion replied to the little onion | 3 years ago

(I'm referring to the fact that he lost a case against HMRC for claiming that his staff were essentially self employed, allowing him to avoid national insurance etc)

hawkinspeter | 3 years ago

So, you're stuck in a traffic jam and journeys take 30 minutes longer, yet you see an empty, beckoning cycle lane: do you adapt to the situation or whine like a spoilt brat?

Reminds me of just the other night - my wife and I were watching some porn and she turned to me and complained "This is so unrealistic"

I said, "Just because you're not willing to try new things doesn't mean that everyone is like that"

"Not that,” she explained, “It’s just the plumbers that come to our house have tiny cocks."

eburtthebike | 3 years ago

Pimlico Plumber; Wow!  Just Wow!

Competition for the most utterly inane stupid comment about cyclists 2020 is really hotting up.  Nick Ferrari was the early leader with "If cycling is so healthy how come Boris got covid?" but then Mike Graham weighed in with a three minute rant of such incredibly stupid statements that it is impossible to single out one, and then Charlie Mullins of Pimlico Plumber decides to try the Ratner approach to running his business by calling his customers fascists. 

OK,, over to you to run the competion.  How about a top ten that we could vote for in December, with the winner being announced in January, with a big fanfare and some sort of very cheap, shiny, tacky cup being awarded with a video?

FrankH replied to eburtthebike | 3 years ago

The Pimlico Plumbers Cup. Obviously it would be made out of lead.

(Yes, I know they don't use lead pipes any more.  21

caw35ride replied to FrankH | 3 years ago

FrankH wrote:

The Pimlico Plumbers Cup. Obviously it would be made out of lead.

(Yes, I know they don't use lead pipes any more.  21

And the Copper Knob goes to...

eburtthebike replied to FrankH | 3 years ago

FrankH wrote:

The Pimlico Plumbers Cup. Obviously it would be made out of lead.

(Yes, I know they don't use lead pipes any more.  21


How about a lead toilet pan?

Must be Mad replied to eburtthebike | 3 years ago
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Oldfatgit | 3 years ago

Upping the ebike assistance cut out speed.

I suppose it depends on what you want the ebike for, and the style of riding you do.

I'm a disabled ebike rider and I'm more than happy with the 15.5mph cut off on the assistance.
True, it can be a bit annoying when you've just hurtled down a hill and your faced with a 9% climb the other side, and you have to loose a shed load of speed before the assistance cuts in.
I'm not the fastest rider in the pack, average speed is around the 15mph mark ... But on the assistance is there to *help* me, not to do all the work.

If I wanted something with a motor that was going to do all the work, I'd have got a moped.


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