Velo Vision is published quarterly by Peter Eland (trading as Velo Vision). Daily news and updates can be found on www.velovision.co.uk
Velo Vision, The Environmental Community Centre, St Nicholas Fields, York, YO10 3EN, UK
Tel +44 1904 438 224 (from UK, 01904 438 224) Fax +44 1904 438 236 (from UK, 01904 438 236) Email email@example.com Website www.velovision.co.uk
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER: Peter Eland DESIGN: Brian Holt WEBMASTER: Simon Ward PRINTER: Stephens & George Magazines Ltd, Merthyr Tidfil, Wales, UK. Tel 01685 388 888 CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER: Jason Patient ADDITIONAL HELP AND SUPPORT: Melanie Hopewell, Kriss Fearon, Vince Danks, Mark Marsh, the team at York Cycleworks, Wheel Alternatives, Mike West, Mike Burrows and many more.
PUBLISHING SCHEDULE: Issue 1: 5 March 2001 Issue 2: 4 June 2001 Issue 3: 3 September 2001 Issue 4: 3 December 2001
Velo Vision and Velo-Vision We weren’t first with the name. Velo-Vision (note the hyphen) is a progressive HPV-friendly bike shop in Küürten, near Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany, who also make their own recumbents. Velo Vision magazine exists in friendly harmony with VeloVision in Germany. Contact them on www.velo-vision.de or Tel +49 2207 912 328
The cover illustration is part of the San Francisco Bikeway Mural, described in the article which begins on page 20. It was photographed specially for the cover of Velo Vision by Roy Harrington, using a Wisner 4x5 view camera and a 200mm Nikkor lens with Fuji Velvia film. Roy is a professional photographer who specialises in black and white fine art: examples of his work can be seen on his website: www.harrington.com. Grateful thanks also to Peter Nurkse, whose drive and enthusiasm made the whole article, and cover, possible.
Opposite: taken byStefanThonett (withPete’s camera) from the back of Peter Eland’s tandem trike, on the ride between Spokesfest and Cyclefest last summer.
[ contents ] MARCH 2001
4 News The latest from the website, inventions, and more
10Delivering the workbike message A day with a PEDEX rider in Berkeley, California.
12The Worlds on White Bear Lake HPV racing on ice
14Reviews Books and videos from around the world
18Dreaming of a Minibago A mobile home with pedals
20Icons of Africa Claude Marthaler meets the men who make cycles from wire
26Off the wall The stunning mural on a San Francisco bikeway
32Winging it A reader down under reports on the Hobie Cat pedal canoe
34Review Life with the Birdy red
38The Lightspin dynamo Two Greenspeeders test it out
40Racing for the moon College teams compete in the shadow of the Shuttle
42The Devil’s Dynasty On the pottery trail in Hungary
46How to subscribe
47Advertising Please support these companies, who support this magazine
BUOYED UP BY BIKES
As Velo Vision makes its appearance, the pain of the first print bill is offset by the huge optimism I feel as I contemplate the task ahead. It’s hardly a task, really – it’s a pure pleasure to report on the activities, dreams and beliefs of people who, like me, feel passionately about cycling. People making their living by riding, defining the urban logistics of the future. People who keep cycle cultures across the world alive. People who push for a cleaner future with the kaleidoscope of human power beyond cycling. All the people who, around the world, are promoting, using, creating, celebrating or just plain enjoying bikes. It’s a fascinating field, and full of promise. I’m confident that, with the help of many of you reading this, I’ll never run short of material. To do this justice, I want Velo Vision to be a good read, with production values to match. It should be a magazine you can give to non-cycling friends. They’ll find an interesting article or two, and perhaps come away with a taste of why we believe bikes matter. You should also enjoy the magazine yourself, of course. I’ll try to balance the technical and the practical with the inspiring and esoteric. The format and content will evolve as we go along, so feedback is very much appreciated. Velo Vision takes adverts, clustered at the back of the magazine, and limited in number. In this way, the ‘calmness’ of the editorial section is unaffected. I believe that interesting advertisements from companies themselves passionate about cycling enhance the magazine. Many readers will have been subscribers to Velo Vision’s predecessor, Bike Culture Quarterly, when the company behind it, Open Road, went into liquidation. I was editor of BCQ, and was made redundant shortly before the end. I should make it clear that I was not involved in the management of the company. Also, the former directors of Open Road are not involved in Velo Vision in any way, except possibly as potential advertisers. Although in its time Open Road created some wonderful publications, Velo Vision will be a very different business. My guiding philosophy is ‘Keep it Simple’. And punctual. I’m concentrating full-time on the magazine and website, and have absolutely no plans to do anything else. I’ll also try to keep Velo Vision open and transparent – keep an eye on the website, where you’ll find the latest news of progress. If you have questions, feel free to ask. Before I sign off, thanks once again to all of the many people who have encouraged and supported me in getting Velo Vision started. I'll do my very best to make it a magazine to remember.