High-demand causes Shimano shortages

Hiro Hirata, VP of sales in Shimano's bicycle components division in Japan has written to OE customers, apologising for delays in delivering Ultegra, Deore, Dura Ace and other top-end components. Thanks to a hot summer and a dry autumn in Europe, demand has gone through the roof, especially for road kit. Demand for Ultegra has risen fivefold, said Hirata.

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Norris names best cycle-friendly councils

An assessment of cycle facility provision by local authorities in England was carried out earlier this year by the English Regions Cycling Development Team for the Steven Norris-led National Cycling Strategy Board for England. However, the best and worst councils were not named. Today, the NCS board has released the best performing councils. But even though Norris says there are councils which exhibit "hostility to the idea of cycling", there will be no shaming...

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The bicycle builders who changed history

On December 17th, 1903, at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Orville Wright completed the world's first successful powered, heavier-than-air flight. The 12-second 120-foot journey was an history changing event, blazing a trail for military aircraft, commercial airliners and space travel. How was it funded? By a bicycle business.

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Cycle stars bag remarkable 1-2-3 on BBC

Sprinter Chris Hoy has been named as BBC TV's Scottish Sports Personality of the Year. Earlier this week Nicole Cooke was named as BBC Welsh Sports Personality of the Year. And on Sunday night, Lance Armstrong is expected to get the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year Award in the 50th annual running of the BBC's public poll. UPDATE: Lance did win!

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