Equinox at ‘Stonehenge’ – how could we resist? This mini stone circle is near the Velo Vision office on St Nicholas Fields, York, UK. Photo by Peter Eland Velo Vision is published quarterly by Peter Eland (trading as Velo Vision), Daily news and updates can be found on www.velovision.co.uk
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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, Wheel Alternatives, Mike West, Mike Burrows, Arthur Clune, Paul Batty, Michelle Whitworth and many more.
PUBLISHING SCHEDULE: Issue 2: 4 June 2001 Issue 3: 3 September 2001 Issue 4: 3 December 2001 Issue 5: 5 March 2002
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. Contact them on www.velo-vision.de
Cover illustration: Tim Gartside inside the record-breaking HPV Bluebell. The occasion was a record attempt at Greenham Common, UK, in the early ‘80s. Picture by Jon Stewart: Tel +44 207 278 5461 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
[ contents ] JUNE 2001
4 News Tragedy in Chicago, a new concept wows Amsterdam, and much more
10Back to the future Richard Ballantine on the search for speed.
15When right is wrong Workbikes in Canada – celebrating a legal victory
16Book reviews A trio of very different ‘how to ride’ bibles compared, and Mike Burrows’ Bicycle Design.
20In the wheel’s eye Claude Marthaler turns his cultural magnifying glass onto Ouagadougou, the two-wheel capital of Africa.
26A new dawn? The Equinox – a next-generation town bike or engineering overkill?
30Red alert The Redmount Roller: a thorough first review of this new recumbent trike.
34A good move The Velo Vision office arrives by bike.
36Halt that hiss A surprisingly good no-flat foam innertube
37From Centipede to PedalLine New design work from Switzerland revives the idea of a ‘bike train’.
42SPEZI show report News and pictures from the special bike show in Southern Germany.
46How to subscribe
47Advertising Please support these companies, who support this magazine
It’s been a busy three months since I sat down to write the first editor’s letter for Velo Vision . Once the initial flurry of sending out magazines had abated, it was time to catch up with accounts, get some marketing underway, and to keep the website stories rolling. And, of course, to put this issue together. There was also the first event of the year for me, the SPEZIin Germersheim, Germany. Coming just before the final production panic for this issue, it was a welcome chance to recharge the enthusiasm batteries, and to meet old friends. In particular, Kalle and Gaby Kalkhoff of KGB (Kalle and Gaby Bicycles) kindly helped sell Velo Vision from their stand, and have agreed to handle subscriptions in the German-speaking countries. Details can be found on page 47. The next event for me to attend will be CycleVisionin Holland on the 9th and 10th of June. This is one of Europe’s largest recumbent gatherings, where I’ll catch up with Danny Siepman of Zephyr Ligfietsen, who will be handling Velo Vision in the Netherlands. Again, details are on page 47. Just a few weeks after that, on the 23rd and 24th of June, comes the CTC Rallyhere in York, with around 30000 cyclists descending on the city. Then at the end of July is Spokesfestin Leicester, a great event with an emphasis on public involvement. One week later, the HPV World Championshipsin Brighton, previewed in this issue. A further flurry of events at the end of August (see page 9) will be flying visits, if at all, if I’m to send Issue 3 to the printers on time. Then, it’s on to the big European trade shows in September: expect reports in Issue 4. If you’re attending any of these events – and I recommend that you do, because they’re always enjoyable – do feel free to grab me and let me know what you think of the magazine. I hope I’ll see you there.