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Micro adventure that fits inside a backpack

You don’t need to fly to the other side of the planet to undertake an expedition; The Hold-Up Paddle is an inflatable paddle board and tent that packs into a backpack. Once its fins have been removed, the paddle board becomes a mattress over which you can erect a specially designed tent. In the morning you need only fold up the tent and…

Capuchin: Raleigh Chopper reborn for 2017

When it comes to our choice of bicycle, we British are a pretty conservative bunch – despite a whole world of designs from which to choose, it can seem like every cyclist on the roads is on a road bike or something cheap and heavy from Halfords. Putting aside the fact that, as a nation, we wilfully overlook the practicality…

Your sedentary office job is killing you (unless you cycle there)

Office workers who sit at a desk for eight hours need to take one hour’s physical activity a day to offset an increased risk of death, according to research by Cambridge University and published in The Lancet. The research found the risk of dying was 9.9 per cent for those who sat for eight or more hours a day compared…

Piaggio Gita: Self-propelled shopping trolley to encourage walking

Electric cars, bicycles, scooters and skateboards may offer a quieter and cleaner alternative to the internal combustion engine, but does battery technology threaten to make us even lazier than we are already? Gita means ‘short trip’ in Italian and the name Piaggio has given to its latest project; a smart, self-propelled shopping trolley. The Gita is an electric cargo vehicle designed to…

Future rail travel: ‘broadband for transportation’

As the debate in Britain over the high-speed rail project HS2 continues to simmer, in America, the billionaire inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk has turned his attention to rail travel of the near future and a high-speed connection between Los Angeles and San Francisco code-named Hyperloop One – a 800 mph-concept referred to as “a cross between a Concorde, a…