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17/10/2019, 17:15

The BMX is the number one sought-after 'toy' in the current demand for all things retro

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As Raleigh relaunch their 80's classic BMX the Super Tough burner, they've also fed us some interesting stats about the current 'economic revival' for all things retro. BMX bikes make it to seventh on the list of the best 'nostalgic comebacks' according to web searches...

Nostalgia stats 2

...while it's the number one most popular 'toy'. BMXers might argue that it most certainly isn't a toy, but in any case Raleigh are anticipating plenty of festive demand for the latest version of the Burner. You can order it for £600 from the 23rd October at 12pm here on Raleigh's website, and take a look at the handsome thing below. 

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17/10/2019, 15:05

Sunweb U23 rider Edo Maas “unlikely” to walk again after Piccolo Lombardia crash

Edo Maas, a member of Team Sunweb’s under-23 development team, is “unlikely” ever to be able to walk again after he crashed into a car that had entered the course of the Piccolo Lombardia race earlier this month.

Following the crash, which happened on the descent of the of the Madonna del Ghisallo, the 19-year-old Dutch rider was transferred to hospital in Milan. His family asked Team Sunweb to provide the following update:

Edo is now fully conscious and has been awake for a couple of days, and responds well to family and visiting team mates. The fractures to his back and the injuries on his face required multiple intensive surgeries over the last week, all of which were successful.

Edo is currently processing the diagnosis that the fracture in his back has led to paraplegia, a loss of nerve feeling in his legs. At this moment it remains unlikely that functionality in his legs will ever return, but fighting power and hope prevails.

At this stage no further information on Edo’s condition is available. We ask to respect Edo and the family’s privacy, as they process this difficult news. Another update will be provided when necessary.

17/10/2019, 15:15

Tour de France 2020 in figures

You can read full details on the route in our article here

17/10/2019, 15:14

Yet another one for the "Why don't you use the cycle lane?' file

17/10/2019, 13:56

London Cycling Campaign present petition to urge Mayor to take action on dangerous junctions

Space for Cycling flyer from London Cycling Campaign

The LCC got the 3,000 signatures needed to ask Sadiq Khan questions relating to the petition. They say: "It’s been one year since LCC organised our demonstration at the deadly Holborn Gyratory to call out the lack of progress on improving London’s most dangerous junctions. It was followed by a petition signed by nearly 3,000 LCC members urging Mayor Sadiq Khan to speed up improvements, while Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM formally questioned the Mayor about progress off the back of our campaign. 

"Now, one year on, progress is still lacking. There have been some positive developments – Camden Council won Liveable Neighbourhood funding to fix the Holborn Gyratory, while Greenwich Council have brought forward work on the extension to Cycleway 4 from Greenwich to Woolwich, which encompasses the notoriously dangerous Angerstein Roundabout.

"But many other junctions have seen little or no genuine improvements, with inadequate schemes being brought forward simply for the sake of checking boxes – many of the junctions in the Safer Junctions list as having been improved have since seen serious and fatal injuries, in the last year we have data for!

"If the Mayor is serious about achieving his goal of “Vision Zero” and preventing more people from being killed and seriously injured on London’s roads, he needs to do a lot better, and a lot quicker. It’s Vision Zero, after all, not “Vision A Bit Better”!"

17/10/2019, 13:06

A bike reportedly worth ten grand has been stolen from Esher train station

esher station theft suspect

The British Transport Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to about the theft of a bike at Esher Railway Station that is reportedly worth £10,000. The incident happened around 10am on Monday 23rd September, and anyone with info can call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 152 of 24/09/19.

Aside from the fact that it probably isn't advisable to leave a five-figure steed at a train station, we hope bike and owner are reunited somehow. 

17/10/2019, 12:51

Strava remove Bluetooth and ANT+ support: bovvered?

 

We reported this morning that the fitness app giants will no longer let you share activities via Bluetooth and ANT+ recorded directly on their app; although as most of us who use it will probably have bike-specific GPS computers that will do the sharing anyway, do you actually care? Answer our poll and let us know... 

17/10/2019, 12:37

Even Green Party members and environmentalists are condemning the actions of Extinction Rebellion this morning

The decision to disrupt Canning Town - seen as a station used mostly by working class citizens to commute - has received widespread condemnation, even from supporters of Extinction Rebellion. The Mayor of London, plus many who considered themselves supporters of the movement have said this morning's events could divert the message and alienate the public. 

17/10/2019, 12:29

New Brompton colours unveiled

Brompton MY20 (16)

Britain's favourite folder will now be available in Bolt Blue Lacquer, House Red, Signal Orange and the Graphite Metallic premium finish. Prices start from £1,015 for the House Red Brompton M2L 2 speed, head over to Brompton's website to see all the new 2020 colourways and spec options. 

17/10/2019, 09:22

South Staffs Police seek thug who pushed cyclist into a hedge

The assault happened on Tuesday 8th October in Wolverhampton, and Police are appealing for anyone who may know the man responsible for pushing a cyclist into a hedge. 

News of this latest incident comes just two days after a Birmingham cyclist contacted road.cc to warn others, after he was pushed off his bike by a car passenger in Edgbaston on Monday. He said other cyclists should be attentive if they became aware of motorists pulling alongside them at the same speed, urging them to “just stop if that happens.”

17/10/2019, 09:10

Extinction Rebellion protesters blocking tube lines and trains *STRONG LANGUAGE*

Many have condemned the actions of the protesters this morning, including London Mayor Sadiq Khan, with the shocking scenes above filmed on a would-be packed commuter tube at Canning Town underground station. Extinction Rebellion have received praise for their cycle protests and blocking normally congested roads to motor traffic - but is stopping commuters getting to work on public transport justified? 

The video contains very strong language as noted by one of our followers on social media (apologies for not mentioning it in the first place) - if this offends you, don't click on it.

17/10/2019, 09:06

Troy Deeney getting back to fitness on a Wattbike

The Watford striker has joined his cycling-mad teammate Ben Foster in seeing the benefits of cycling to stay in tip top condition. His team will want him back sooner rather than later, as they're currently rock bottom of the Premier League... 

17/10/2019, 08:59

Taylor Phinney to retire from cycling - in a way only Taylor Phinney could

Taylor Phinney after stage two of the 2017 Tour de France (via YouTube).jpg

EF First have announced that the flamboyant American will end his pro cycling career at the age of 29 this year, and Phinney had some interesting reasons for stepping away from the sport: "I’m stepping away so that I can be more true to myself, which means to make art, to make music, to create and cultivate. I’ve kind of had one foot in the sports pool and then one foot in the art pool, and art just won at some point. "

Although he says there will definitely be no more pro racing, he may or may not take part in some enduro racing on an informal basis, saying: "I just want to shred, you know?"

Needless to say, Phinney will be missed. 

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017 having previously being Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine, and reports on all things tech as well as editing road.cc's live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.