[ contents ] SEPTEMBER 2005
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PUBLISHING SCHEDULE: Issue 20: early December 2005 Issue 21: early March 2006 Issue 22: early June 2006 Issue 23: early September 2006
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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 Köörten, near Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany, who also make their own recumbents. Velo Vision magazine is working in friendly harmony with Velo-Vision in Germany.
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COVER PHOTOGRAPH: Riders enjoy the York Cycle Show mass parade.
OPPOSITE:Cycling photographer JasonPatient catches the evening light on the VeloVisionaries ride. Both photos by Peter Eland.
4 News A big bicycle bridge, cargo carrier ideas, new trike details,
new Birdys, Russian HPV renaissance and more
10Cycle Summer 2005 Scenes from CycleVision, Cyclefeast and the York Cycle Show
14Pedals in the air A human-powered airship prepares for a Channel crossing –
before tackling the Atlantic!
16Fast folders We put two top titanium-enhanced Bromptons to the test in
this thorough report – the fully loaded P6R-XDL and the
21Going Dutch Riding the semi-recumbent Double-Dutch touring tandem
from the Netherlands
24Rotor Cranks – do they work? Putting the claims under the scientific spotlight – with
26Cycling the Cyclone A touring trailer which converts to a suitcase – or to a
handcart. We test the latest incarnation of the traveller’s
favourite from Radical Designs
28The chaincase solution News of a radical new and super-affordable chaincase from
Germany, plus a look at the state of the art in chain protection
30Short reviews Surreal sculpture posters, an amazing pedal voyage and a
Sturmey hub update...
32Readers’ bikes bonanza 10 pages of readers writing about their own bikes: an amazing
electric-assist child-carrying tricycle, a titaniumHase Pino
tandem, the side-by-side Duotrike , an upright folding trike
from Di Blasi, SRAM and Shimano hub gears compared, and
finally an extraordinary lever-propelled machine from the
42Letters Your views and feedback, questions and answers
48Buyer’s Guide: special needs cycling New and updated – we return to the subject of cycling for
riders of all ability, with a particular focus on the options for
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It’s a thoroughly mixed bag this
issue, as we take a rollercoaster
ride by human power on land,
water and even in the air. But
why should a cycling magazine
include these more unusual forms
of pedal power? After all, few
readers will find pedal boating or
airship travel useful in their
everyday cycling lives.
First, because I find human power
in all its forms fascinating, and I
hope you do too. It’s also pure
inspiration: after hearing that
someone’s pedalled to Hawaii, or
crossed the Channel by human
power airship, it’s hard to whinge
about a bit of rain preventing you
from cycling to work.
So if seeing watercraft and aircraft
in our pages irks the purists,
so be it. There is plenty of more
conventional (for us at least) fare
in this issue too, including a
wonderfully diverse collection of
reader reviews, a look back at an
enjoyable summer of cycling, and
tests of some impressive new
bikes. Thanks again to all who
contributed, and enjoy the read!