Blaze Laserlight now fitted to all 12,000 Santander Cycles

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Blaze Laserlight is now fitted to all 12,000 Santander Cycles, to help people stay more visible in the darker evenings.

The Blaze Laserlight projects the symbol of a bicycle six metres in front of the bike, onto the ground, making you easier to be seen on the road.  By in effect lengthening the bike to six metres long, it ensures that users feel a lot safer.

TFL are upgrading their fleet of bikes. These bikes have a range of new features, including a comfier saddle and puncture proof tyres, all designed to improve your safety and cycling experience.

For more information, visit tfl.gov.uk/santandercycles

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Ed Sheeran breaks his arm in a car-bike crash

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World famous singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has reportedly broken his arm in a car-bike crash.

The 26-year-old pop star was involved in a car-bike collision in London and rushed to the hospital on Monday, just a few days before the planned start of his concert tour of Asia. Sheeran has since told fans that having reportedly broken his wrist, elbow, and rib, Sheeran was forced to cancel the tour.Ed Sheeran bike crash

A photo posted to Instagram shows Sheeran’s right arm in a cast and his other in a sling, which could impede the guitarists’ ability to perform.

Watch Martyn Ashton’s Whistler dream come true

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Martyn Ashton travels to Whistler, Canada, to ride the most famous MTB trails in the world on an adapted Canyon bike, courtesy of GMBN.

Martyn Ashton is a household name for anyone who has even ridden a mountain bike. He’s a British and World MTB trials champion and credited by many as one of the pioneers of the sport, who brought trials into the mainstream mountain biking community. It would take a very, very long time to list all of his achievements and projects, but you get the jist… he’s a legend!

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Despite being a world champion and team manager, Martyn never had the honour of riding Whistler Bike Park in British Colombia, Canada. In an accident in 2013, Martyn broke his back, leaving him paralysed from the waist down. But being the absolute baller he is, he hasn’t let that stop him from continuing in the sport he has done so much to progress.

Earlier in the year, Martyn went to Whistler with the Global Mountain Bike Network (GMBN) and his adapted Canyon Sender to take part in the Crankworx Air DH – one of the most famous downhill races in the world – a dream Martyn has always had. Who doesn’t want to ride the MTB mecca?

Follow his journey in the player below.

 

Specialized channels their inner race car with McLaren x Roubaix Dura Ace Di2 special edition

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Since the launch of a very special S-Works Venge, Specialized and McLaren have had a bit of history together. Like the S-Works x McLaren Venge, we’ve seen a few ultra high end limited editions spring up from the partnership, and their new Roubaix is no exception. Draped in a coat of Heritage Orange paint, the bike is designed to pay homage to the high performance cars of McLaren’s beginnings, all while offering a high performance ride worthy of the S-Works name…

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We’ve seen a lot of McLaren Orange lately from Formula 1 to the Goodwood Festival of Speed – all as McLaren prepared to celebrate 50 years of Grand Prix Racing. Granted, their recent string of engine troubles with Honda haven’t exactly worked in McLaren’s favour, but the good news here is that you are the engine. More over, the colour throws it back to a time of dominance for their Can-Am cars in the late 60’s/early 70’s, as well as their cars for F1 and Indy. Perhaps more importantly, the colour is a tribute to Bruce McLaren himself, who died while testing the 1970 M8D at Goodwood. In spite of the tragedy, the entire team rallied together, won the first race of the season two weeks later, and ended up taking 1st, 3rd, and 7th in the championship that year.

In addition to the colour, Specialized has added a few tasteful details like the polished head badge and hubs to mimic the polished wheels of the time. You’ll also find leather bar tape with orange stitching to tie it all together. Of course, a bike of this caliber doesn’t deserve just any old build kit, so the bike includes a full Shimano Dura Ace Di2 drivetrain with a Specialized S-Works carbon fiber crankset, Roval CLX 32 wheels, and CeramicSpeed upgrades on the hubs and bottom bracket. As expected, this level of performance doesn’t come cheap at £9,000, but hey, it’s cheaper than a 720s, right?

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Trek says farewell to Contador with custom Émonda SLR

Contador_Frame_top_tube_soc.jpgAs it’s become tradition, today Trek presented Alberto Contador with a very special bike to commemorate his racing career. The custom Émonda SLR was unveiled at the team presentation for the Vuelta a España, which will be the last race of Contador’s career.  It’s been 14 years since El Pistolero joined the pro ranks, all of which culminating at the end of the Vuelta on September 10th, in Madrid…
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Painted with a split of Quicksilver matte and Metallic Charcoal gloss, the bike understated yet rich with details that highlight all three grand tours and his overall race wins. Emblazoned on the downtube is “Querer Es Poder” or “where there’s a will, there’s a way” which Trek says is Alberto’s personal mantra.

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Here’s to a great final race, and have fun in retirement Alberto!

HSBC UK City Ride

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Calling all cyclists of all ages. Join Southampton’s mass cycling participation ride on Sunday 25th June. There’s plenty to do for all the family on and off your bike.

HSBC UK City Ride is more than just a great bike ride. There’s plenty to do for all the family (even those not riding!). Here’s a sample of what’s on offer…

At the main hub:

  • Pick up your free City Ride bib and even get it personalised
  • Race on the pop-up Street Velodrome
  • Get some bike advice from our technicians at the Cycle Inn
  • Try some virtual reality track cycling
  • Kids’ Zone: decorate your bike and learn new skills from British Cycling’s Go-Ride crew
  • Grab a drink and a bite to eat at the Breakaway Cafe

 

Along the route:

  • Enjoy entertainment and music around the route – to keep you going (and smiling)
  • Be loud and proud in the ‘Toot your Horn’ zone
  • Take on the Sir Chris Hoy Challenge and test your sprint skills against the best

At special points around the route:

  • Release your inner track cyclists on the Street Velodrome
  • BMX off-road area for kids
  • Try a host of different types of bikes at the Trial Trail
  • Take things easy with a rickshaw ride – or try a bit harder on a tandem!

Register your place for free.

 

London’s cycle network visualised as the Tube map

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London Cycle Lane Map (credit: Route Plain Roll, London Cycling Network)

The London Cycle Lane Map combines classic design approach in the style of the iconic London Underground map with central area that reflects capital’s actual geography.

The London Cycle Lane Map was originally launched in June last year on the London Cycle Network blog, and has received widespread attention since yesterday when it was featured on Mail Online Travel. There is a zoomable PDF version of it here.

The London Underground map from which it takes its inspiration is purely diagrammatical in nature, meaning it does not accurately reflect the city’s geography – something evident when comparing the familiar version of it with this one from Transport for London (TfL) showing the lines as the actually relate to the capital’s geography.

As this article on the Mapping London website points out, the London Cycle Lane map adopts a hybrid approach.AdTech Ad

Centred on the intersection of the East-West and North-South Cycle Superhighways at Blackfriars, the shaded area in the middle of the map, roughly bounded by Exmouth Market, the Tower of London, Elephant & Castle and Piccadilly Circus at the cardinal points, accurately depicts the capital’s geography.

Outside that circle, however, it switches to a diagrammatical approach, meaning that some locations look much closer together, or further apart, than they are in reality.

And while, as the name implies, the focus is on cycling infrastructure and routes specifically for cyclists, it’s noticeable that missing from the map are ones following the Thames Path, as well as along the towpath of the Regent’s Canal, hugely popular among commuter and leisure cyclists alike.

Other maps charting the capital’s cycle network are available, of course – this one, from the London Cycling Campaign and powered by CycleStreets, allows users to find a route by entering the locations of the start and finish of their journey.

TfL publishes a set of 14 maps showing cycle routes in various parts of the city. Distributed via outlets such as bike shops and cycling cafes, they are currently unavailable on the TfL website.AdTech Ad