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Video round-up: How to wash your bike like a pro, Texas close pass, TdF peloton goes bug hunting and more

Plus: Cool lights, A Week Against the Clock & more…

Here’s our latest round-up of cycling videos from around the world, featuring some cool lights from California and a remarkable cyclist who survived cancer twice, plus much more.

Monkeying around

California-based company MonkeyLectric has a number of videos on YouTube featuring its lights, which attach to wheel spokes and feature artist-designed graphics, helping cyclists to be visible at night while injecting a bit of fun too. Here’s their latest clip.

James Golding & a week against the clock

James Golding’s story is remarkable. Diagnosed with a tumour in 2008, he went from 14 stone to 6 stone and was given a less than 5 per cent chance of survival.

Since then he has raised more than £1 million for charity, despite suffering horrific injuries when he was hit by a truck while cycling near New Orleans in 2010, and his cancer returning in 2011. He’s also become a father.

This beautifully shot film, called Distance Over Time, follows him as he attempts to break the seven-day cycling world record of 1,748 miles.

Distance Over Time from SpindleProductions on Vimeo.

How to wash your bike

Here’s a video showing how to wash your bike like a pro – in just 4 minutes. The Diamondback Podium Equipe bike belongs to Canadian national champion Leah Kirchmann, and the guy doing the cleaning is her Optum Pro Cycling team mechanic, Bill McPherson. Oh, and one other thing about this clip – it was shot on Google Glass.

Tour de France takes a bug break

We need to apologise to you – clearly we missed the biggest story so far of the Tour de France. But luckily The Onion didn’t; here’s their report on the day the peloton trooped off to a creek to have a look at some bugs.

Warning: graphic bad driving

Finally, the inevitable bad driving video, and we need to warn you, it’s a very difficult one to watch. A Texas cyclist was clipped by the wing mirror of a pick-up truck being driven far too close to him, and suffered injuries including a broken scapula, five broken ribs, collapsed lung, and a gash to the head.

The driver didn’t stop, but luckily others did to help out the stricken cyclist, although it’s noticeable how a lot of traffic speeds past – including a huge truck at the end, very close to where the rider is lying.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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