Bradley Wiggins was off to the South Coast yesterday - and no surprises that it was Brighton where the Tour de France winner and five-time Olympic champ who is cycling's most famous Mod was headed.
He was there to get some fitness training in with his coach and posted some pictures to Instagram as well as a video which with its slow motion, definitely needs some Chariots of Fire music, we reckon (although the iconic scene in that film was actually shot in St Andrews).
The BBC reports that rental e-scooters are expected to become legal on UK roads from Saturday.
Privately owned e-scooters will not be legal.
The move’s part of the effort to ease pressure on public transport and keep as many cars as possible off the roads.
Mandatory helmets and a speed limit of 15mph are expected to be among the rules.
We’ll be covering this in full on our sister site, ebiketips.
Hackney is set to close 20 roads to through-traffic to aid social distancing and to support walking and cycling.
70% of people in Hackney do not own a car.
🗞️ We’re closing another 20 roads to through-traffic to support people to 🚶♀️ and 🚴🏿 as traffic increases post-lockdown
Residents and businesses will be able to have their say on the closures before a decision is made on whether to make them permanenthttps://t.co/40zz0rH2Vu
— Hackney Council (@hackneycouncil) June 30, 2020
Nine of the closures will create new low traffic neighbourhoods in Hoxton West, and the Haggerston and London Fields area.
The other 11 are residential areas commonly used as rat-runs by drivers keen to avoid main roads.
Only pedestrians, cyclists and emergency vehicles will be allowed to pass through.
The measures will be trialled for 18 months before a decision on whether to make them permanent.
The Barnabas Road closure, which was introduced last month, is now being enforced by camera.
Anyone driving through the closure - which is fully signposted with Department for Transport approved signs - will face a fine of £130 from Monday, reduced to £65 if paid within two weeks.
Cycling has materialised in a few unexpected publications in recent months.
It’s Country Life this week.
— Country Life (@Countrylifemag) June 30, 2020
Let us know if you’ve seen any others.
He doesn't say how many.
Enough to warrant a plural, obviously, but maybe not too many more than that.
— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) June 30, 2020
The Manchester Evening News has been criticised for the way it covered the collision in Didsbury that we reported on earlier. Or, more accurately, the newspaper's been criticised for the way it covers other collisions, involving motorists and cyclists. The news editor replied to say people should email him with complaints.
Morning. If you have a complaint, you can email me - todd.fitzgerald [at] menmedia.co.uk.
— Todd Fitzgerald (@TFitzgeraldMEN) June 30, 2020
However, the region's cycling and walking commissioner doesn't seem satisfied with that response.
As the News Editor Todd, in the interests of fair and unbiased reporting, I’d have hoped you’d want to look into the way these tragedies are being framed of your own volition https://t.co/IivXaswv8D
— Chris Boardman (@Chris_Boardman) June 30, 2020
A new bottle cage and new chain lube. What a Tuesday treat. Though you must promise to not tell anyone about the super-secret chain lube.
Originally launched on their website, the first two batches sold out rather quickly and Silca's new wax-based lube is onto the third batch, so they're obviously not doing a great job of keeping quiet about it.
Promising "all of the super speed and silent running of a hot-melt wax-dipped chain to a drip applied wax, providing all of the benefits of a wax minus all the hassles," the new lube is "for those who are looking to maximize performance through friction reduction or anyone who loves a silent running bicycle."
It's one of those lubes where you need to completely strip the chain of oil before application and a 120ml bottle will set you back $25.
Silca also says that they've improved the Sicuro titanium bottle cage by adding 7mm of fore-aft adjustment for "a better fit on small frames as well as full-suspension frames."
The cage is constructed from seamless 3 to 2.5mm titanium tubing and comes with a 25-year warranty.
Due to itself.
Which presumably means it's not moving around much?
We can only presume he meant 'circling'.
“The dangers have not gone away. The virus is still out there, cycling like a shark” @borisjohnson #borisjohnsonspeech #borisjohnson #SecondWave #2ndwave #coronavirus #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/kzIMbXo0Uw
— Stefan Simanowitz (@StefSimanowitz) June 30, 2020
It’s one thing seeing stickers warning cyclists about filtering up an HGV’s near side.
It’s quite another seeing this.
Genuinely cannot believe my eyes, just seen a "Cyclists stay away from this vehicle" sticker on a car that is literally smaller than my armspan. I could hug this vehicle. pic.twitter.com/c1ZFcL2nE9
— Random Beef Generator (@angryaboutbikes) June 30, 2020
I spotted it when I was forced to move out into traffic due to it being parked on double yellow lines and I was riding on the road due to there being no cycle paths around Canary Wharf. Not surprising, Canary Wharf Group lobbied HARD against the embankment cycleway.
— Random Beef Generator (@angryaboutbikes) June 30, 2020
Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorist got out of his car to punch a cyclist in Willridding Lane, Ellastone, at around 5pm on June 22.
A spokesperson said: "Police are appealing for witnesses after reports a man was attacked while riding his bike in Ellastone.
"Officers are asking people to come forward with information about the suspect vehicle after a male, described as in his late 20s, is reported to have got out of his car and punched the cyclist having almost forced him off the road on Willriding Lane at around 5pm on Monday, June 22."
You can contact police on 101, via social media, or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The incident reference number is 464 of June 22.
Thanks to the nearly 70 riders who turned out for the road.cc Ride Your Socks Off! event on Zwift last night. We had a lovely blast round Central Park, gave away some socks and then had an impromptu race up the final climb. Congratulations to Peter Willenborg who was in the right place at the right time; some socks are off to you in Frankfurt. If you want to join us next week it's a D-category week, so that means a flatter route and a gentler pace. We'll probably still do a race at the end though!
What do a pair of unemployed cyclists do when they can't race?
When team Aqua Blue Sport suddenly folded in 2018, Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne went bikepacking through the Alps.
A new film, produced by The Cycling Podcast, tells the story of their trip.
Here’s the trailer.
You can also hear their original audio diary that gave rise to the film here.
Greater Manchester police (GMP) have launched an appeal to find a cyclist who was involved in a collision in Didsbury on June 20.
The Guardian reports that the collision took place at 4.35pm near Didsbury library on Wilmslow Road.
GMP believe the pedestrian, a 56-year-old man, was hit while crossing the cycle lane. At that point on the route, the lane is only painted. Segregation begins 100m or so further up the road.
The pedestrian suffered serious head injuries and died in hospital a week later.
The cyclist stopped after the collision, but police weren’t contacted until June 27, so officers do not have his details.
Sergeant Andrew Page, of GMP’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts and sympathies are with the loved ones of the man at this desperately sad time.
“We recognise the cyclist will be unaware of the sad developments since the collision occurred but we appeal to him directly to get in touch with us and help establish the circumstances so we can fully understand how this incident happened.
“Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who could have dash cam footage of the incident should also contact police as this would significantly aid our inquiries.”
According to the most recent figures from the Department for Transport, 531 pedestrians were hit by cyclists in 2018, while 23,805 pedestrians were hit by motor vehicles.