[ contents ] JUNE 2005
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COVER PHOTOGRAPH: Town bikeson test: see page 16. Photo by Richard Loke.
OPPOSITE:Sunset casts a long shadow from the Hurricane SL. Photo by Peter Eland.
4 News Underwater cycling, dealer news, events and more
8 Binners’ bikes
Subsistence cycling for Canada’s unsung recyclers
12The backyard velodrome An HPV pioneer’s DIY project plus a belated book review
15A trailer from sticks Build a utility trailer from basic materials to a Carryfreedom
16City bikes in bike city
Megatest of five town bikes under Cambridge conditions
22A bike in a hurry Testing the super-lightweight Challenge Hurricane SL, plus a
ride report from Mount Ventoux
26Riding the Rhino
A reader report on the updated recumbent trike from the
28The Cello case Converts a BOB to a flight box – we test it
30Short reviews Including a surprisingly versatile seatbag from Arkel, a saddle
cover, some great grips for straight bars, and The Dancing
33A better Brompton
V-brakes, Rohloff and more fitted by reader Andrew Hague to
create a top tourer
34SPEZI 2005 Full ten-page report from the German special bikes show:
latest products, amazing inventions, spotting trends
Your views and feedback, questions and answers
48Buyer’s Guide: folding bikes
New and updated – we return to the subject of folding and
portable cycling, including news of the Mezzo and the updated
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GOING TO TOWN
For a magazine which is all about
transport cycling, a comprehensive
look at town bikes was well overdue.
So I’m particularly grateful to reader
and now reviewer Paul Robison from
Cambridge for the considerable
efforts he (and others) put into
compiling this issue’s mega-test.
Utility cycling on a very different
level is described in Lou Parson’s
piece about binners and their bikes.
A nice reminder, perhaps, that while
some of us can afford to agonize
over which of five quality machines
might best suit our needs, many
cyclists just make use of whatever
bike they can lay their hands on.
And why not? So long as the tyres
have some air, and it goes when you
pedal, almost any bike has a magic
carpet effect: it vastly extends range
of movement and load-carrying
capacity compared to walking.
Ongoing cost is minimal, and
mobility opens up all sorts of
There’s a reason Norman Tebbit’s
famous exhortation to the
unemployed “Get on your bike and
look for work” has resonated down
the years. If you’re looking for a tool
for self-reliance and a chance to take
yourself places – get on your bike.