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EDITOR AND PUBLISHER: Peter Eland EDITORIAL ASSISTANT: Sue Archer PHOTO ASSISTANT: Debz Butterworth ART DIRECTOR: Brian Holt WEB PROGRAMMER: Simon Ward PRINTER: Stephens & George Magazines Ltd
PUBLISHING SCHEDULE: Issue 30: June 2008 Issue 31: September 2008 Issue 32: December 2008 Issue 33: March 2009
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VELO VISION AND VELO-VISION We weren’t first with the name. VeloVision (note the hyphen) is a bike shop in Köörten, near Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany. Velo Vision magazine exists in friendly harmony with Velo-Vision in Germany.
Velo Vision is printed on paper produced from sustainable forests to Nordic Swan standards.
4 News The amazing Shweeb, a longtail round-up, Sheldon’s passing, an 8-speed Brompton, full 2008 events list and much more...
8 NAHBS 2008 Reporting from Portland, Oregon, at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show
12 Travel in tandem A voyage up South America by upright and recumbent tandem
16 Review: Batavus Adagio NuVinci We review this flagship Netherlands town bike, complete with revolutionary NuVinci transmission
20 Review: Santos SUB The SUB Rohloff on test, a custom- configured urban utility bike with a formidable frame
24 Review: Dahon Cadenza 2008 Reviewing this capable full-sized-wheels folding bike, complete with Alfine hub gearing
28 Hub gear heaven A detailed report on four cutting edge transmissions on review this issue: Shimano Alfine, SRAM i-Motion 9, NuVinci CVT and the Rohloff Speedhub.
32 Review: Yuba Mundo An affordable, super-rugged workbike from Germany put through its paces.
36 Short Reviews
36 Ledal pedal lights, plus Hebie’s Bigfoot two-leg stand and steering damper 38 Arkel’s convertible panniers: the Bug rucksack and the Briefcase laptop bag 40 Books: Annie Londonderry, The Full English, and Pedal Powered Planes... plus a Pitlock update 42 Lights fantastic: the twice-as-bright B&M IQ Fly front light, and SRAM’s D7 hub dynamo.
44 Readers’ bikes
44 Comfort by Pedersen: A rider in Sydney, Australia is delighted 48 Trikes drive trains in Germany, plus a Ruko update.
50 Letters Caravanning through the years, Tikit thoughts, Moonsaddle musings and more
52 Subscribe to Velo Vision How to subscribe, back issues, and details of our distributors worldwide
53 Advertisements The first place to look for specialist products and services
COVER PHOTOGRAPH: Riding the Cadenza. Photo: Peter Eland.
OPPOSITE: The weir on the River Ouse at Naburn Lock near York provides a turbulent backdrop. Photo: Peter Eland.
TOO MUCH TESTING! This is an issue somewhat stuffed full of reviews: perhaps too many. I think we’ve done justice to everything we’ve tested, but with a total of four bike tests plus masses of short reviews, it’s been something of a logistical challenge. Everything needs to be ridden as much as possible. Everything needs to be photographed several times: first while still clean, and then in use, preferably when it’s sunny, and when I can persuade some of my friends to come out on a bike ride and have their pictures taken for the action shots.
Then, between sending the magazine to print and mailing it out, I’ll try to get the review bikes cleaned, disassembled, carefully packed up and sent off. After that there’s a few glorious weeks of actually having some spare space at home and in the office before the next batch of test bikes arrive, usually in huge cardboard boxes... I’m certainly not complaining: I know how lucky I am to get to try all of these interesting bikes. I hope our reviews allow you to share some of the pleasure I take in riding them. And I’ll try to scale back a bit for next issue!
ISSUE 29 MARCH 2008 VELOVISION