Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

30th September: This Saturday is National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. Well, in America, anyway.

The day is a new initiative from the US-based International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA);.

“it’s pretty simple: find a kid, get them a bike and helmet, select a route and go for a ride!” said IMBA. “The key is to make it fun so kids are psyched to ride again. Childhood obesity in the United States has reached an all-time high. Experts say that the current generation of U.S. children could actually have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. IMBA believes mountain biking can help reverse this trend. We need your help to get kids back on bikes.”

Is your u-lock as secure as it could be?

28th September: If your u-lock uses a flat key, rest easy. If your u-lock uses a round key, your locked bicycle may not be as secure as you think. Some u-locks, even very expensive ones, can be opened in seconds with…wait for it…Bic pen barrels. This has led one u-lock manufacturer to launch a multi-million dollar recall. Other manufacturers are doing nothing, leaving your bike at risk. There’s a full index of stories on this emotive topic at trade news site, BikeBiz.com.

School supplies company produces waterproof blazer

27th September: A Yorkshire company that has been producing school uniforms since the 19th century has launched what it claims is the world’s first waterproof blazer. The Ducksback blazer, a boon for those children who cycle to school, costs £38 and has a patent pending.