We round up the most read stories of the week, plus bonus Girls Aloud

Halfords and Mongoose, inner tube dispensers & Eddy Merckx

JE James installs inner tube dispensers
Got your order in for an inner tube dispense to go outside your shop? Judging by the number of eyeballs on this story, it’s an innovation set to spread over the UK.

From Nike to Bike: Eric Duvauchelle creates second bicycle brand
The former Nike design head honcho has come up with another bicycle brand, which it says is the ‘perfect urban bicycle’.

Easton Cycling sold to Race Face owner
Chris Tutton has snapped up another well known brand in the cycle industry following working with Easton Cycling’s (former) owner BRG for a number of years.

Mongoose BMX to be stocked by Halfords
Few words of explanation are needed here, with the huge cycle retailer taking on the 40 year old brand in stores and online.

Eddy Merckx goes to 2pure
The Edinburgh distributor has snapped up the Belgium-HQed brand and will be bringing it to the UK trade.

Other stories catching the eye of our readers include Raleigh’s step into the world of merchandising (and lunch boxes), that eye-catching Middle of the Road article and the ex-London Olympic’s Velopark’s first BMX race post-2012.

And because it is a drizzy Friday, here’s a curiosity from the world of pop.

It turns out that the Tour de France has its own single, which this year is from one Alistair Griffin and starring one fifth of Girls Aloud – Kimberley Walsh. This year it will be going head-to-head with the England World Cup song, so it’s the duty of all bicycle-loving folk to buy the TdF single. Probably. Here’s a snippet of the aforementioned Le Tour ditty: 

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