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freewheel

1. a ratchet device in the rear hub of a bicycle wheel that permits the wheel to rotate freely while the pedals are stationary
2. a device in the transmission of some vehicles that automatically disengages the drive shaft when it rotates more rapidly than the engine shaft, so that the drive shaft can turn freely
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His TV travelogue, Ross Noble: Freewheeling, entertained an audience of 3.7m on the Dave channel but now he is getting back to his first love.
Luckily, with Freewheeling he's got a series of his own, and this week he's using it find out what else his Twitter followers would like to see more of, and then attempt to make it a reality.
ur to an He tweeted: "I am filming Freewheeling at the moment, your involvement is needed.
The fuel saved by this freewheeling idea then powers the company's smaller fleet of two-carriage trains.
And if by "freewheeling" he actually means "coasting" then I seriously suggest that he ponders on what paragraph 122 of the Highway Code has to say in the matter.
AROUND 5.4 million motorists are putting lives in danger by freewheeling out of gear down hills to save fuel.
Now in their fourth decade of making old-fashioned Cajun music, Michael Doucet and company still muster the freewheeling enthusiasm of eager rookies.
It also prevents freewheeling when the operator slows the vehicle down.
Police are trying to track down a man filmed riding a skateboard down a steep stretch of German motorway at 100 kilometres an hour, far above the speed limit.They believe the man who raced down the Ulm-Stuttgart motorway for three kilometres before he stopped and fled was a professional stuntman, Goeppingen police spokesman Uli Stoeckle said.A video of the skateboarder, broadcast on German television, showed a helmeted figure wearing a red and white protective suit building up speed by holding onto the back of a motorcycle before letting go and freewheeling."We are particularly concerned about copycats who may imitate the stunt, putting their lives at risk," Stoeckle said.The man faces charges for interfering with traffic safety.
COVENTRY'S climate change councillor is freewheeling his way to cabinet meetings.
Richard Slimmings, 33, claimed he was "freewheeling" the Ford Transit van along Rover Way and Newport Road and into the car park of Sainsbury's, Colchester Avenue, Cardiff, on February 26 and therefore not really driving.