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EDITOR AND PUBLISHER: Peter Eland ART DIRECTOR: Brian Holt WEB PROGRAMMER: Simon Ward PRINTER: Stephens & George Magazines Ltd, Merthyr Tidfil, Wales, UK. Tel 01685 388 888
PUBLISHING SCHEDULE: Issue 26: June 2007 Issue 27: September 2007 Issue 28: December 2007 Issue 29: March 2008
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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 Körten, 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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The Challenge Concept XT trike on the road.
OPPOSITE:The Koga Worldtraveller on a forest track near Bellingham. Both photos by Peter Eland.
4 News Bromptons in Barcelona, Greenspeed’s new delta trike, Pedersen developments, bike fender art, full events listing and more
10 Dabawallas of Mumbai Bicycles are a vital link in the tifﬁ n delivery chain, as Claude Marthaler reports
12 Three wheel Challenge We test the much-anticipated recumbent trike from Netherlands manufacturer Challenge
16 Kettwiesel capers Hase Bikes have updated their two-wheels-at-the back trike for 2007 with an aluminium version – we put it through its paces
20 First class travel We take Koga-Miyata’s premium expedition tourer, the Worldtraveller, across the country in this thorough test
24 Deploy by folder Testing the military-styled Montague Paratrooper 26"-wheeled folding bike
26 Riding the school run Practical parents describe affordable ways to transport two children to school using add-on accessories
30 Short reviews What they’re good for, how they work, how to ﬁ t them, and what’s available
34 Readers’ Bikes Designs in wood from Portugal, the ultimate Sinner recumbent, and a superb home-built passenger trailer. Plus, how living with the Quest velomobile in hilly Wales could herald a transport revolution, and an innovative Canadian recumbent
42 Letters Your feedback and comments – from back-to-back tandems to cycle sculpture
50 Buyers’ Guide: Derailleur Gears Our back-to-basics look at the popular bicycle drive system: how it works, pros and cons
55 Subscribe to Velo Vision How to order, and details of our distributors worldwide
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Once again we have an issue chock full with bike tests – I hope you enjoy it. Our March issue is always popular with manufacturers wishing to launch fresh products ready for the new cycling season, and our thanks in particular go to both Challenge and Hase Bikes for rush-shipping us test trikes hot off the production line. Our continued thanks also to all of my friends in York who model for the photos and whose ‘second opinion’ insights I often feed back into the review write-ups.
It’s a sign of a ﬂ ourishing industry that there’s a constant ﬂ ow of signiﬁ cant new models seeking evaluation and exposure to you, the critical reader and potential customer. Are we ever going to run short of new and exciting bikes to test? Not likely!