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2 men to light 5000 bulbs, 1 Team to wish a Happy Christmas…

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Inaugurated on the 27th November 2015, the first 20km of the “RS1 Radschnellweg Ruhr” (Cycle Motorway) between the German cities of Essen and Duisburg gives commuters fast and safe travel to and from the cities.

Once completed, the “RS1″ will be 100km long running through the Ruhr Metropolis connecting also Dortmund and terminating in Hamm.

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(www.rs1.ruhr/)

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“Cargoo” – Designed and created in Italy!

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(www.cargoobike.it)

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In 1886 Armand Peugeot launched the manufacturing of the first true bicycle from the Beaulieu factory.
Models were presented under the “Lion” brand at the Universal Exhibition in 1889, and a shop was opened in Paris at 32, Avenue de la Grande-Armée.

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(http://cyclespeugeot.com)

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Made out of a bike, a speedometer, a projector, a car battery, an iPad mini and Openframeworks, this bike potraits a walking elephant shadow depending on the riding speed.

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When Aaron Stinner founded Stinner Frameworks he had a mission: “I wanted to build bikes that I knew would fit the rider, and last a lifetime. I wanted the rider to get on the bike, ride it anywhere, and trust the machine they were riding.”

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(www.stinnerframeworks.com)

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On Monday, activists from the Public Space Party cycled around Brooklyn issuing homemade parking tickets to vehicles parked in cycle lanes.

In just a few hours, 25 cars including 6 police cars had been ticketed.

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(facebook.com/PublicSpaceParty)

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The Charter of Brussels, signed by over 60 cities in Europe, is the primary ECF policy document. It calls upon policy-makers to promote cycling and to set clear, measurable targets for cycling in terms of both modal share (the percentage of trips made by bicycle out of the total number of trips) and road safety.

The Charter of Brussels came about at the Velo-city conference in Brussels in May 2009. The idea behind was to give local authorities a chance and a tool to commit to practical and realistic targets which would have a positive impact on cycling.  It is a tool to be enacted at the city level. Among the key demands are a 15% bicycle modal share by 2020 and reducing bicycle road fatalities by 50%.

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From jewelry and clothing companies to food and beer manufacturers, more and more often advertising is using the current bicycle trend to promote products…

Here is Philips’ new video promotig their 4K UHD television!

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The 2015 “Sydney Rides Festival” will be three weeks of two wheeled fun from the 10 – 31 October.

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The kickoff event will be a family adventure around the green hills of Sydney Park including:

Market place / BMX Arena / Rock climbing wall / Mountain board slope / Parkour / Balance bike zone / Cyclocross track / Food truck feast / Yoga in the park / CityFarm field / Walking Tours / Bike powered juice lounge.

For full event details: www.sydneycycleways.net

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Redshift Sports are now on Kickstarter with a campaign to produce the “ShockStop” suspension handlebar stem!

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When riding an upright bicycle, a female cyclist should feel no genital discomfort, because that part of her body is not in contact with the saddle in a way that causes pressure.
On the other hand, a roadbike – with its forward-leaning posture, will tilt the genital region directly onto the saddle often causing discomfort.

(Source: http://lovelybike.blogspot.it/2011/04/on-female-anatomy-and-bicycle-saddles.html)

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In 1982 Idaho (USA) created the “Idaho stop law” that allows cyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign, and a red light as a stop sign.

This short video explains the concept:

(By Spencer Boomhower)

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In 1975 Andrew Ritchie started designing a folding bike in his home overlooking the Brompton Oratory in South Kensington, London.
In 1981 production finaly began of the first low volume, ad-hoc folding bikes.

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(Source: www.brompton.com)

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The Royal Brisbane Hospital opened their own cycle centre to the public in 2009.
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The facility offers:
– 750 secure bike parking spaces
– male and female shower facilities
– secure lockers
– towel service
– ironing facilities and hair dryers
– air-conditioned premises
– security, including electronic entry for members and CCTV.
– bike maintenance service
– dry cleaning service.

The RBWH Cycle Centre is staffed Monday to Friday and is available to members 24 hours, seven days a week.

(Source: www.pomsinoz.com)

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In Australia wearing a helmet while cycling is compulsory by law, yet the Northern Territory government repealed the law in 1994 for adults on paths following a public campaign including a petition signed by 8% of the population.

This video was made in Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory.

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The 2015 “Italian Cycle Messenger Championships” will take place from the 27th to the 30th August in Rome.

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Here’s the program:

Thursday 27/08
EAP Headquarters
12:00 Reception
12:30 Group ride to Ostia (Sea)
20:00 Beach Party

Friday 28/08
EAP Headquarters
10:00 Reception & Registration
16:30 Alleycat OOT
19:30 ICMC Party @ Villaggio Globale
21:30 Goldsprint

Saturday 29/08
EAP Headquarters
09:00 Breakfast
11:00 Main Race Qualification
12:30 Lunch
19:00 Alleycat Velorome
21:00 ICMC Party with Skid/Trackstand/Footdown/Sprint contests

Sunday 30/08
EAP Headquarter
09:00 Breakfast + Cargo Race Registration
11:00 Cargo Race
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Main Race FINAL
18:00 Awards Ceremony
19:00 After Party

For more info: icmc2015.it

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On Sunday 9th Fixed Gear Waasland is organizing the 2nd omnium race in Beveren – Belgium.
The race consists of several disciplines in which the riders using a team of two people must collect points.
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Rules:
– Fixed Gear (no brakes)
– Click-ing pedals required (no straps)
– no helmet = no race
– drop bars are required + not more then 46cm.
– Max ratio: (50-15) we will test it!!!

Omnium disciplines:
1. Trackstand: Contest to select (as lottery) who should ride against the other team in: pursuit – Sprint.

2. Elimination: Every 2 rounds there will be an elimination. Meaning the last rider in that round has to leaves the race. This continues until the last rider on (the winner).

3. Sprint: Two teams against each other. There Will be taken two rounds (800 meters) who crosses the finish line first wins.

4. Points race: There will be 20 rounds that must be riden (8km). Every 5 rounds there is a sprint for points.

5. Pursuit: Two teams against each other. One rider per team fully embark on a chase to the other team. The other rider starts slowly until your partner crosses you. At that time you change each other. This until one team has overtaken the other team.

(https://www.facebook.com/events/483103685185606/501091943386780/)

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In just two days time, the 10th Brompton World Championship race will take place in central London for the first time.

The race will see more than 500 riders make a mad dash to unfold their bikes before sprinting off on two wheels to complete up to eight laps around St James’s Park. In true criterium style the fastest person to complete the race will end the race.

It is a strictly no Lycra allowed race – it’s a chance for riders to showcase their city style in suit jackets, collared shirts and neck ties. Shorts, three-quarter length trousers and skirts may be worn, though sports attire must not be visible.

Check-out the video from last year:

(Source: www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk)

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In 1999 the “European Transport Safety Council” identified 7 key problems for cyclists in the urban traffic system:

‘Vulnerability’: Cyclists pose little threat to drivers and hence drivers have less reason to be aware of them.

‘Flexibility’: Motorists can never be sure when or where to expect cyclists.

‘Instability’: Cycle mistakes or failures are dangerous when they occur near other motor traffic/road users.

‘Invisibility’: Cyclists are difficult to see and can be hidden, especially at night.

‘Differing abilities’: Cyclists of all abilities and experience are present on the roads.

‘Consciousness of effort’: Cyclists seek quick, easy, direct routes, so as to minimise effort.

‘Estrangement’: Cyclists are often treated as nuisances on the roads, with little regard paid to their status as road users with equal rights.

The ETSC claim that accidents involving cyclists rarely result from one of these problems alone, but typically arise when several of them combine…

(Source: http://etsc.eu/)

 

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Cyclists in Paris can now legally ride through some red traffic lights in the city

A pilot scheme launched by the City of Paris in 2012 had revealed that allowing cyclists to treat red lights as yield signs would ease bike traffic in the city, would not lead to more road accidents, and could even prevent the accidents that sometimes arise due to cyclists in drivers’ blind spots.
A new policy permitting cyclists to ride through red lights under certain conditions will therefore be rolled out between July and the end of September 2015.
New signs will indicate when bikes can either turn right or go straight ahead, even when the lights for cars are on red.
In all cases, cyclists will still need to yield to pedestrians and any other vehicles that have the right of way.
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(Source: www.paris.fr/)

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Last weeks Criterio Fixed race in Rio de Janeiro was Brazil’s top notch breakless event!

The female catagory saw two of our friends on the podium with Aline Cavalcante taking 1st place and Beatriz Folly taking 2nd place…

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http://www.criterio.cc/

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The “Penny-Farthing” was the first machine to be called a “bicycle” and was used until the development of the “safety bicycle” in the 1880s.
The name comes from the British penny and farthing coins, one much larger than the other, so that the side view resembles a penny leading a farthing.

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(Source: wikipedia / photo: mylearning.org)

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Legal Aspects of Cycling
In the U.K. there is a law against ‘furious cycling’ – though rarely used.
In 1882 “Even a gentleman of a ‘most respectable address’ was fined 30 shillings for riding through London at a ‘furious’ 10 miles per hour.”
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(Source: cyclinguphill.com – Photo: anythinganywhere.com)

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This Saturday 20th June, the “URBE Criterium” Italy’s first official (approved by CONI – Italian National Olimpic Commitee) criterium race will take place.

Located in Rome at the “Foro Italico” complex, the circuit will run next to the Olimpic Stadium and around the smaller Stadio Dei Marmi stadium for 15 laps and a total of 20km.

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http://www.urbecriteriumrace.com/

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Pinarello and Jaguar combined to provide Wiggins with the Pinarello Bolide HR – an adapted version of the Italian firm’s Bolide TT bike, on which Wiggins won the world time trial title in Ponferrada last year.
Jaguar offered its aerodynamic expertise for the project, resulting in a claimed 7.5 per cent aero improvement over the roadworthy Bolide, thanks largely to a new one-piece handlebar, and updated fork design.
Wiggins covered 219 laps of the track at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark to set an new UCI Hour Record benchmark of 54.526km.

Steve Collins, the coach of former UCI Hour Record holder Alex Dowsett, has spoken out against Bradley Wiggins’ recent record breaking attempt, saying that it was done illegally.
Article 1.3.007 of the UCI regulations state that a bike “designed especially for the attainment of a particular performance (record or other) shall be not authorised.”
According to the UCI’s rules, the bike must become commercially available within nine months of Wiggins’ attempt.

(Sources: cyclingnews.com / roadcyclinguk.com)

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Today saw the very first production of Bikers-United T-shirts…

All hand-printed in Italy using serigraphy, the production was made in collaboration with SensumLab.

Stay tuned for further details!!!

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(www.sensumlab.com/)

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