Why there is nothing better than cycling (crashes aside) Australian Financial Review Australian Financial Review

A collision with a mountain has not deterred e-bike leasing company founder Thijs van der Heijden from riding whenever he can. He answers our Time Out Q&A. Thijs van der Heijden is a senior lecturer in finance at The University of Melbourne and founder of E-stralian, an e-bike leasing company. What’s your first memory of riding a bike?Chasing tractors around my parents’ village in the Netherlands during harvest time on an orange 20-inch 1960s Mixte. I must have been around seven. It was fast and in retrospect very stylish, with a flatbar and white tyres. Those didn’t last too long from all the skidding, though. How many bikes and how do you know when you have too many?Three for myself; a Riese & Müller e-bike commuter, a Merida Scultura Team road bike for the weekends, and a Merida CX I keep in the Netherlands for when I’m visiting. I quite often ride our demo e-bikes, too. When you spend more time cleaning than riding, you have too many bikes. What’s your dream bike and equipment?Whenever I see a nice bike on the road I might say “Wow, that’d be cool to have”, but it never really changes how I feel about the bikes I actually own. What kind of riding do you ...

Cops: Florida man caught on video cutting brake lines on electric scooters

TribLIVE’s Daily and Weekly email newsletters deliver the news you want and information you need, right to your inbox. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Police in Fort Lauderdale have arrested a man who appears on surveillance video to be cutting the brake line on a pair of electric scooters that people rent to ride around the city, police say. Randall Thomas Williams, 59, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, is seen in the video at about 3:47 a.m. on Sept. 22 walking up to a pair of electric scooters and tampering with the handle bars and wheels and then walking away, according to police. On Sunday, Fort Lauderdale police caught Williams in the act and found a total of 20 scooters with severed brake lines in the area, officials said Tuesday afternoon. Police haven’t said whether anyone was hurt by riding any of the damaged scooters, and they also haven’t yet said if a motive is known for the vandalism. Since April, more than 140 electric scooters have been vandalized — with most of them within a two-block radius of where Williams lives, investigators said. All of them were damaged in the same way. Williams also placed white stickers over the QR codes on the scooters that a smartphone app ...