Like this site? Help us to make it better. recap: ten of our top stories this week

Some of our biggest stories from another packed week on two wheels...

1. Campagnolo launch Super Record EPS 12 Speed groupset

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12 months on from the launch of the world's first 12 speed road groupset, it's now officially available in an electronic version and will cost you over £4k in its disc brake guise...
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2. Revolutionary Super Magnesium alloy concept bike to debut at NAHBS

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The company behind a revolutionary new magnesium frame material will debut a concept bike at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) this weekend. The Super Magnesium alloy developed by US firm Allite is claimed to be lighter and stiffer than aluminium and less expensive than carbon fibre. It weighs a claimed 30% less than aluminium and just as “strong and effective” as carbon but at a more affordable price.
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3. WAYV launch safety harness and helmet headset with LED indicators, and they're crowdfunding on Kickstarter

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This isn't the first cycling safety product covered in flashing indicators to appear on Kickstarter, and it certainly won't be the last... but even so, WAYV(link is external) say their smart wearable system, consisting of a harness, headset and remote, is "unlike anything else out on the market" thanks to the strategic placing of the indicators that "provide maximum visibility in any riding position".  
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4. Police use close pass footage to prosecute cyclist for riding on shared-use path

A cyclist who submitted footage of a close pass to the Met Police has learned that he himself is to be prosecuted. The force says reader Giles is guilty of riding a pedal cycle on a footpath – but the cyclist points out that the stretch in question is a well-marked shared-use path.
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5. Pedestrian causes crash in Tirenno-Adriatico TTT, dog walker narrowly missed by another team


Peter Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe teammates Rafal Majka and Oscar Gatto were taken down by a pedestrian midway through the opening stage of Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy this afternoon. Sagan was also nearly involved but managed to keep his time trial bike upright on the wet roads in Lido di Camaiore.
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6. Live blog: "Inches from death" - a very fast close pass

From our Wednesday live blog, this is the fastest close pass we've seen to date - with the cyclist who filmed posting it to YouTube under the heading "inches from death." 
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7. Dockless bike-sharing business model "a joke" says urban transport expert

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“The good times are over,” for dockless bike-sharing, according to Singapore-based urban transport expert Professor Park Byung Joon. "If you look at bicycle-sharing, no one is making any money anywhere in the world. From a business point of view, this is a joke."
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8. Cyclist uses bike to save teenager being mauled in Rottweiler attack in South Africa

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A cyclist in South Africa has spoken of how he used his bicycle to fend off a pair of Rottweiler dogs that were mauling a 13-year-old boy, saying afterwards, “If I had been a minute later, he might have been killed.”
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9. MIPS questions lack of standards for testing rotational motion in helmets


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Helmet ingredient brand MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) says it is concerned by the lack of an industry-wide standard for the testing of rotational motion in the event of angled impacts to the head, and claims some systems designed to address this issue don't work to a sufficient degree.
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10. Parliamentary committee issues call for evidence as it launches road safety inquiry

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A parliamentary committee has launched an inquiry into road safety, with the House of Commons Transport Select Committee issuing a call for evidence. The committee points out that while there was a more than 40 per cent decline in the number of people killed on Britain’s roads from 2007-12, there has been no reduction in the past five years.
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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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