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Update COVID-19 06 January 2021

06 January 2021 — One hundred and three (103) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 4829 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases nine thousand, and fifty-eight (9058). To date, six thousand, nine hundred, and forty (6940) patients have recovered, including sixty-two (62) in the past 24 hours. The number…
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    The C4 is basically an upgrade on the previous version 3, while the ‘C4 ST’ is a step-through model which the company is predicting will appeal to young people used to city bikes.

    The C4 and C4 ST are both priced at £2,290/€2,490 inclusive of mudguards and are available for pre-order with a €100/£100 deposit starting from today cowboy.com, with deliveries starting in September 2021.

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    The heaviest version of the bikes is 19.2 kg including battery and both will hit 25 km/h (15 mph).

    Adrien Roose, Cowboy Co-Founder and CEO said in a statement: “The Cowboy 4 completely redefines life in and around cities. By designing two frame types featuring our first-ever step-through model, an integrated cockpit, and a new app, we are now able to address a much larger audience and cater to many more riders to move freely in and around cities,” he added. “Our mission is to help city dwellers move in a faster, safer and more enjoyable way than any other mode of urban transportation. Be it wandering through the city or staying fit, it’s a reconnection with your senses and a rediscovery of the simple thrill of riding a bike.”

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    Mike Butcher meets Cowboy's Adrien Roose

    Mike Butcher meets Cowboy’s Adrien Roose

    Doing a very quick test of the new bikes in a London basketball court and around local streets, I found both bikes to be very nippy on the off and a pleasure to ride. Cowboy is probably right – the step-through version is likely to appeal to a wide variety of riders.

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