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SEPTEMBER 2009

Velo Vision is published quarterly by Velo Vision Ltd. Subscription details, news and updates can be found on www.velovision.com ISSN 1475-4312 Velo Vision Magazine York Eco Business Centre Amy Johnson Way Clifton Moor York, YO30 4AG, UK Tel/Fax +44 1904 692800 (from UK, 01904 692800) Email peter@velovision.com Website www.velovision.com 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 36: December 2009 Issue 37: March 2010 Issue 38: June 2010 Issue 39: September 2010 Velo Vision is a member of INK, trade association of the alternative press in the UK. www.ink.uk.com 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.

COVER: Your editor on the Fuego. Photo: Debz Butterworth OPPOSITE: Speeding down the Innocent Railway tunnel in Edinburgh, it’s hard to keep the camera steady. Photo: Peter Eland

4 News

Royal Danish riders, Chris Hamm, Schlumpf for Strida, beefing up sheds, new products on two, three and four wheels…

10 Dropping in on dealers

Specialist dealers are the place to go to try out interesting bikes, for advice, and to buy. We go, we photograph and we interview, giving you a good idea of what to expect if you were to pay a visit yourself. This issue we cover: 12 Kinetics 14 Laid Back Bikes 15 Amsterdammers 16 Bikefix 18 Bicycle Workshop 20 Velorution

22 Low and lower

Introducing low racer and semi low racer recumbents: how practical is the layout for road riding? 24 Raptobike Low Racer: We review this fast

and affordable front-wheel-drive bike 28 Nazca Fuego: A highly adjustable, versatile

and speedy semi-low machine

32 Short Reviews

32 E-hub: a performance enhancer? 33 Klean Kanteen: the future of bottles? 34 Mirrycle Road Mirror: now for drops 35 Altura Laptop pannier: up to the job? 36 Books: Cycle Zoo, Ultimate Cycle Route

Planner, Four Cheeks to the Wind. Plus a Live to Ride response.

38 Eurobike roundup

News from the trade fair in Germany, with dynamo developments galore, folding bikes, helmets, and recumbents, and much more…

44 Readers’ bikes

44 Velomobile DIY: one reader built his own

on a budget. 46 Enjoying the Estrellita: a child’s recumbent 47 Liking the Like-a-bike: learning to ride

48 Readers report

48 Left Coast Velomobile Gathering in photos 49 Riding the Velorail: pedalling the iron

highway

50 Letters

More mystery cycle identification, Terracycle feedback, camera carrying ideas and more: another fine set of contributions from our creative readers.

53 Subscribe to Velo Vision

How to subscribe, back issues, and details of our distributors worldwide

53 Advertisements

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Not before time

I should have done it years ago! Going to see the dealers with whom I’ve been corresponding for years was an invigorating experience, and I’m looking forward to my next set of visits before the December issue. Folding bike and train is still an effective and enjoyable way to get around our small island.

It’s also been a while since Velo Vision exhibited at the Cycle Show in London.

We’re there this year on stand D30, and I hope to see many of you there. See the News pages for details.

Finally, some of you may have noticed the ‘old yellow bike’ making another appearance on page 33, modelling the Klean Kanteen. I’m assured that the longawaited replacement from Villiers Velo is now at the painters, so next issue should finally see me riding a shiny new bicycle!

Peter Eland

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