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ISSN 1475-4312

Velo Vision Magazine York Environment Centre St Nicholas Fields Rawdon Avenue York, YO10 3ST, UK Tel/Fax +44 1904 438 224 (from UK, 01904 438 224) Email Website

EDITOR AND PUBLISHER: Peter Eland EDITORIAL ASSISTANT: Sue Archer PHOTO ASSISTANTS: Debz Butterworth and John Isles ART DIRECTOR: Brian Holt WEB PROGRAMMER: Simon Ward PRINTER: Stephens & George Magazines Ltd

PUBLISHING SCHEDULE: Issue 33: March 2009 Issue 34: June 2009 Issue 35: September 2009 Issue 36: December 2009

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 is a bike shop in Körten, 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 Gocycle folder, three new velomobiles, SPEZI trip on again, Bikes at Work trailers revamped and more…

8 The cyclos of Phnom Penh Claude Marthaler discovers how solidarity is helping pedicab riders under pressure in Cambodia’s capital.

10 Cycle 2008 News from the London cycle show, including new Feetz models, front yard security and a folding tandem.

12 Review: Electric bike kits Richard Peace reviews five retro-fittable electric-assist kits from Tongxin, Alien, Heinzmann and Sunstar and fits them to folders, tourers, MTBs and recumbents.

20 Review: Fahrrad-Manufaktur S-300 Testing a massively practical, mid-price town bike imported by Bikefix, complete with Chainglider, hub gears, hub dynamo and more…

24 Review: CarryMe We discover the micro-bike from Pacific Cycles – is it big enough to be practical?

28 Short Reviews 28 PAC go basic: riding with the affordable new Micro courier bag.

29 Grips on the cheap: testing Ergon alternatives. 30 Lights on test: 17 headlights compared for brightness and beam.

32 Readers’ bikes 32 School run electric triplets: the solution for steep narrow lanes. 36 ViBikes: high class home-building from the Netherlands 39 Carryfreedom capers: trailer modifications for ease of use 40 Building the Big Dummy: a custom-made longtail 42 WoodVM: melding art, craft and technology to create wooden velomobiles 45 Beixo shaft drive folder – a user test from the Netherlands

46 Letters A readers’ gallery of diverse holidays and cycles, Brompton development ideas, Moulton TSR query, and choosing a practical off-roader…

53 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! Please support our advertisers, who support the magazine.

COVER: Well bundled up against the cold on the S-300.

OPPOSITE: After you! Pedestrians and cyclists carefully negotiate the snowy surfaces around York’s Millennium bridge. Both photos: Peter Eland


Many thanks to all of the readers who answered my call in last issue for holiday pictures to banish the winter blues – turn to page 46 to see a selection! This issue also sees a spectacular crop of reader bikes, with impressive and functional modifications, stylish home-builds and more. All of these contributions are much appreciated – by me, and I think it’s safe to say, by many readers as well. You may have noticed the new subtitle on the cover. This is there for two main reasons.

The first is to make it clear what the magazine is about: ‘Velo’ still isn’t a familiar term for many English speakers. Secondly, it will tie in with my book which is due to be published next year – the Practical Bike Buyer’s Guide, a beginner’s guide to the best bikes for transport and touring. For more details you’ll just have to wait until next issue! Talking of next year, I’m also looking forward to the SPEZI coach trip in April. Details are on page 7, and I hope many of you will join us!

Peter Eland