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ISSN 1475-4312

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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 22: early June 2006 Issue 23: early September 2006 Issue 24: early December 2006 Issue 25: early March 2007

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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.

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

COVER PHOTOGRAPH: Guy Chapman and son Peter, plus an unknown middle rider, enjoy the fun

races at the last Cyclefest. Photo by Peter Eland.

OPPOSITE: Bridge-like structures... Photo by Michael Perkins.

4 News Cycle centre proposal, Islabikes return, Greenspeed’s quad and more

12 Ride a Spike Bike How studded tyres could revolutionise your winter cycling

15 Recumbent Racing in the 1930s New evidence confi rms 1930s recumbents raced in the pro peloton

18 A Perfected Pashley The updated TSR-8, successor to the Pashley-Moulton APB, on test

22 New Year’s Revolution? A thorough look at the new ‘standard’ Trice, with its impressive accessory range

27 The Lights Fantastic Two hub dynamos and three state of the art headlights compared

30 A Premium Performer Reviewing the Shimano Premium 8-speed hub gear

32 Book Reviews Reading matter from artbook to


34 Readers’ Bikes Another bumper crop of ride reports from

readers, covering the MicWic back-to-back tandem, more Chariot child trailers, the Rennrad childrens’ bike from Germany, the Bilenky Counterpoint up-down tandem, a remarkable treadle-driven machine plus the incredible shark fairing…

44 Letters Comments, questions and answers

50 Buyer’s Guide: family cycling Our updated guide to techniques and equipment for cycling with children of all ages

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

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It was great fun doing the dynamo test this issue – one way to liven up a dreary winter commute is to fi ddle with the switches, watch the lights shine out and make mental notes on the results. Driven no doubt by the German market, where for all except racing bikes a dynamo system is mandatory, the technology is now extremely good. It’s light-years away from my fi rst dynamo, a cheap bottle type which slipped, seized and fi nally drove me to build a home-brewed rechargeable system to replace it. That’s what I used for many years until it fi nally gave up the ghost and I switched to a simple LED battery front light. Then with this review I fi nally got round to doing what I’d intended for years – fi tting a hub dynamo and a decent front light. Or rather, three of them! As you’ll see there are some excellent lights out there,

with the new Solidlights extending the technology well beyond the utility cycling market. But space didn’t permit a wider discussion of lights, and how far rechargeable battery technology has also come. While I appreciate the benefi ts of a dynamo system – always there, fi t and forget – I also love the steady, full beam of a battery light, especially when stopped. With new lightweight batteries and LED bulbs, brightness and burn times have increased enormously, so that the extra ‘bother’ of batteries is less and less of an issue. So both systems have their strengths and weaknesses, and like so much else in cycling you have to choose your compromise. Just remember to keep an eye on the ‘other’ technology, even once you‘ve made your choice.

Peter Eland