Electra Loft 3i: bike review | Martin Love

Affordable and stylish, this classic town bike is perfect for city slickers

The Loft is made by Electra, a Californian bike company. They call it a ‘flat-footer’, which means its frame has been designed so that when you stop you can put your feet flat on the ground. For anyone who has given themselves a temporary vasectomy as they tipple over on tiptoes, this could be a godsend.

The relaxed geometry also means it is incredibly comfortable to ride around town. It’s been designed with functional minimalism in mind and there’s nothing poncey about its clean and classic lines, its sensible mudguards and useful rack. It has a deep step through to make getting on and off easy, and the upright bars put you in the ideal position to avoid bumps, pot holes and jaywalkers. Gearwise, you can choose from a fixie-like single up to an 8-speed hub. A good un’ (evanscycles.com).

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Audi A4 saloon: car review | Martin Love

Take a deep breath and relax. In Audi’s revamped award-winning A4 saloon you are in the best possible company

Price: £25,900
Top speed: 155mph
0-62mph: 6.6 seconds
MPG: up to 74.3

If you were blindfolded (maybe with one of those catlike velvet masks), would you be able to tell what sort of car you were travelling in? Probably not. We may admire the look of our cars, but we hardly ever engage the rest of our senses. Yet they all have their own distinctive smell (in my case, petrol with base notes of mildew and lost sweets). They sound different, feel different and, who knows, probably taste different.

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Memorial to man who made the Mallard runs into row over a duck

A change to the statue of Sir Nigel Gresley, designer of the world’s fastest steam locomotive, sparks storm on Facebook and Twitter

It seemed such a good idea at the time – a dignified event to mark the life of one of Britain’s greatest engineers, designer of a much-loved transport icon. But now the event is threatening to unleash an undignified battle involving superglue and rubber ducks.

A statue of Sir Nigel Gresley is due to be unveiled in April, marking the 75th anniversary of the death of the designer of the Mallard steam engine. But there is a risk that his achievements will be eclipsed by an arcane dispute that started in the letters pages of local and national newspapers and quickly escalated on social media.

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Serial fans’ eyes on Baltimore as new ruling approaches for Adnan Syed

Testimony poised to conclude on Monday – with decision expected in following days – as murder case made famous by podcast returns to court

He was convicted 16 years ago, sentenced to life for a murder that made few headlines at the time, but his unusual hearing in a Baltimore court over the last three days has held millions of Americans in suspense ahead of the court’s decision. This is not just any murder case, of course: this is Serial.

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