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Velo Vision Magazine The Environmental Centre, St Nicholas Fields, York, YO10 3EN, UK Tel/Fax +44 1904 438 224 (from UK, 01904 438 224) Email Website

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 24: early December 2006 Issue 25: early March 2007 Issue 26: early June 2007 Issue 27: early September 2007

Velo Vision is a member of INK, trade association of the alternative press in the UK.

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.

Velo Vision is printed on paper produced from sustainable forests to Nordic Swan standards.


Testing the Landescape tandem in the evening light.

OPPOSITE:Rocky Mountain Cycles had this splendid creation to catch the eye of visitors to their stand at Eurobike. Both photos by Peter Eland.

4 News More HPV records broken, shed security, Sunrider launch, Hase’s night race and more…

8 Eurobike 2006 All the latest news from the world’s largest trade show: a new trike from Challenge, riding the Fallbrook CVT and much more in our eight-page report.

16 Tandems a la Carte Testing the Landescape tandem, which aims to fi ll the gap between affordable off-the-peg and expensive custom two-seaters.

20 Bicycles built backwards Is reverse front wheel drive the future for recumbents? We examine two pioneering machines to fi nd out.

24 Really a bike? The Sinclair A-Bike has a tiny fold, is super-light and affordable – but is it any good on the road?

26 Crown your commute A regal ride is promised by the heavyweight Kronan town bike – but did it deliver? Our review reveals all.

29 The price buster bike A first look at the sub-£600 recumbent bike from TW-Bents, now being imported into the UK

30 Drafting in the Lakes Putting a performance handcycle to the test in hilly terrain

33 A bike with bounce The Like-a-bike Jumper reviewed: a learn to ride scooter with added suspension

34 Short Reviews A touring book, a unicycle mag and two Dutch-style panniers

36 Readers’ Bikes The Cargobike revisisted, Zero shaft drive after a winter’s riding, trying the Aerorider, tandemising a Brompton and a Bacchetta Aero birthday present in this collection of real-world reviews from readers.

44 Letters Comments, questions and answers

50 Buyer’s Guide: Gearing Basics Taking a look at the basic concepts behind bicycle gearing: what range you need and why. Plus plenty of interesting alternative transmissions!

56 Subscribe to Velo Vision And order back issues, recommend a friend and more

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EVENTFUL TIMES First, apologies for the somewhat late appearance of this issue. We delayed sending it to print until after my return from Eurobike in early September so as to include the latest news from the show. I hope you enjoy it. I certainly always fi nd it a pleasure to meet so many inventive people with new products, and to see how the more established manufacturers continue to push human-powered technology forwards. It was also great to see so many readers at the York Cycle Show towards the end of June. Around 70 joined us for the pub ride on Saturday evening. Pictures of

the York show were rather squeezed out of this issue by all of the other content, but there’s a full report on the Velo Vision website. Talking of events, what better way could there be to plan next year’s cycling than with a2007 Cycle & Recycle calendar? You can order yours now – see page e56 for details – and the new edition is expected to arrive shortly after this issue appears. And next issue we’ll have a comprehensive list of 2007 cycling events for you to pencil in!

Peter Eland