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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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Pilot Pete | 6 years ago

That’s some bling levers, brakes and seat post clamp he has there

Good luck son, hats off to you for Jogle! laugh


CygnusX1 | 6 years ago
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Suprised that school kid hasn't had his bike impounded by the school's Principal (they never seem to be head-teachers at academies) for not wearing hi-vis & helmet and no school issued licence plates!

Good luck Kien.

simonmb | 6 years ago
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Somewhere, Clive Sinclair spends every day ruing the fact that he was just thirty years ahead of his time. Still a genius.

Kendalred | 6 years ago

That Podbike could quite easily become my new winter bike!

BehindTheBikesheds replied to Kendalred | 6 years ago

KendalRed wrote:

That Podbike could quite easily become my new winter bike!

€4500 plus postage and very likely plus import duty+VAT, gonna be nearer £5k and that's only for the base model. You do get 8% off retail if you pay €2700 up front however. Given the massive subsidies given to potential EV owners why can't pedalecs like this get a big wedge off too as an incentive?

I've been looking for something that is pretty much gadget free, no fancy opening system or like the pod more mechanicals so you can stack it upright (which would blow over in a decent wind if parked up) I don't want an internal computer just maybe a connection to a phone/device that can show you the charged state. 

I just see these pods as being too over complicated, want wheels that can take tyres that you can buy from most bike shops and some space for a reasonable amount of luggage. It should also have a better range, 38 miles is really stingy/not that great given how aero the pod is meant to be.

The Schaffler is more like it but I'd want more low slung - it's just too upright, it's too heavy with 4 shock absorbers/4 disc brakes and there's no space for luggage though I like how tight you can turn it.

As for the Iris E-trike, it's doubtful there ever will be an end product, there are lots of negative murmerings about how he's shafted people and other ugly stuff. I'd avoid it like a dose of the clap.

pjclinch | 6 years ago

I've read the whole article  from Applied Mobilities, and while it's about the US experience there's sadly much that resonates with policy here (starting with LAs who won't let kids as much as climb on a bike in their Bikeability lessons without a crash helmet on, the teaching delivered by instructors who are often required to wear a crash helmet as a "good example").

As well as persuading people that cycling is inevitably dangerous, the more time and energy we spend telling people that they should wear special safety gear to ride a bike, the more we tell anyone averse to wearing that stuff that they shouldn't be riding a bike.

burtthebike | 6 years ago

The very best that can be said about helmet promotion is that it distracts from measures that really work to make cycling safer.   As long as most people think that all you have to do is wear a helmet, nothing else will ever get done.

If helmets did work, perhaps they might have a point, but since all the long term, large scale, reliable data shows that they don't, there is no point to promoting them.  Let's talk about the stuff that works, the stuff that the government won't actually implement because they spend all the transport money on ego schemes like HS2 and new roads.

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