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I have an engineering background and a huge enthusiasm for bikes! Back in 2010 I started Bikes Made Good, the mobile bicycle repair service.

The long dark tea time…

It’s nearly the winter solstice up here in the northern hemisphere, the time when the daylight part of the day starts getting a bit longer again. You might therefore think  a post like this is almost too late. Well not true – cyclists are still getting ‘caught out’ by the dark and some motorists are still running on a single headlight after one broke last summer…

While riding at dusk this evening, I caught up a friend of mine. She had no lights and no reflectors, except the legally required red one on the bike.. not sure I remember seeing a pedal reflector [stick with me here!]. My 8 Freight bike was well-lit and I was about 100 m behind, when a car overtook me (properly), cut back in, then on seeing her much too late had to brake hard to avoid driving into the back of her. I think my presence actually distracted the driver from seeing her, but my basic point is obvious – when it’s dark, have some lights. Please.

Tern Vizy – maps out the cyclist’s territory in a ’ring of fire’!
Tern Vizy

Personally, I prefer to dress for off the bike, so I don’t use hi-vis clothing. Reflective materials are surprisingly effective, when the surface area is high, but small bits like reflective piping on bags are just too small to make a difference. How pleased I am therefore, to see this really stylish reflective jacket for cycling.

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The video is a bit ‘urban warrior style’, featuring some nervous and edgy characters, nevertheless this looks like a great way to simultaneously blend a jacket with the rest of your apparel and stand out to motor traffic. I’m just not sure about the necessity for turn indicators mentioned, or if I’d trust them to be seen and recognised.

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Coming up in Velo Vision Issue 52 –

And with one final push I’ve sent another issue of the magazine to print! When the copies come back, I will do my best to dispatch them as soon as possible. It is a busy time for printers (they tell me) so it will be around Friday the 4th of November when I actually get them off to subscribers. Digital readers can expect to see it a little earlier!

Meantime, here’s a preview of what’s included:-
Full-length reviews of Tern’s Verge Tour folder; Performer’s Saki, a highracer recumbent bike and AZUB’s full-suspension trike, the Ti-FLY. We’re also testing the Radical Design Cyclone trailer for Brompton that doubles as a flight-case, portable pumps and low power 1.5W dynamo lights. A set of reports from the late-season shows come from Eurobike and The Cycle Show and we’ve summarised the year’s crop of new world records in human power too. We also bring a readers’ bike report on the bike with no chain I mentioned last issue and much more – news, events, book reviews and letters too!

I am sorry the October issue has become a November one, on the other hand, I am delighted it’s only a fortnight late … there are worse things to worry about, sorry, it’s true 😉

Teaser images:

Tern Verge Tour
Tern Verge Tour.

 

B+M Onefive dynamo light
B+M Onefive and IQ-Cyo dynamo lights.
Radical Design Cyclone Chubby
Radical Design Cyclone Chubby.
AZUB Ti-FLY
AZUB Ti-FLY.
Performer Saki
Performer Saki.
Lezyne pump
Lezyne pump.
Battle Mountain report
Report of Battle Mountain and other new world records.

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Don’t forget the stamp!

This most beautifully stamped subscription renewal, includes some  now rare British stamps. The half-penny coin was discontinued in the UK around 1983 (I remember spending mine before they ceased to be legal tender!).

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5p + ½p + 11½p + 1p+11½p + 14p + 11½p = 55p. The current price of a 2nd class letter stamp.
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Coming up in Velo Vision Issue 51 –

It’s a great relief to have sent another issue of the magazine to print. When the print copes come back, I will take them immediately to the York Rally (yorkrally.org and see facebook.com/yorkcyclefest) where subscribers’ copies can be collected. Remaining print copies with be mailed out week starting 20th June. Digital subscribers can expect to receive a notification of the latest edition in the next few days, possibly earlier.

Meantime, here’s a preview of what’s included:-
Again, we’ve included the two main show reports from the year so far- SPEZI in Germany and Bespoked in Bristol; full-length reviews of a 14-speed Brompton with disc brakes, the Elephant Bike – a true British icon remade for the masses and an HP Velotechnik recumbent trike with GO Swissdrive. We also bring small reviews, we test Schwalbe tubeless tyres, a trio of pedals, Free Parable TPack – the versatile luggage system, the Manta saddle – possibly the most comfortable saddle ever, plus bring you book reviews, a selection of readers’ bikes and all the latest choice news and letters!

The TPack is up for grabs in the subscribers’ prize draw! The PDF version of Issue 51 is available for immediate download in the shop here: velovision.com/pdf

Reports:
SPEZI Report!
SPEZI
Bespoked Report!
Bespoked
Reviews:
Elephant Bike
Elephant Bike
Kinetics Brompton
Kinetics Brompton
Short reviews:
Free Radical TRack
Free Radical Design TRack
Schwalbe Tubeless Easy
Schwalbe Tubeless Easy
Readers’ bikes:
Fahrradbus
Fahrradbus
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Free Parable TPack pannier system prize draw

Win a new TPack pannier system
worth more than £200!

The new award-winning pannier system from Free Parable, the innovator in cycling accessories and add-ons is up for grabs! We reviewed the kit for Issue 51 and it’s probably the most versatile rack we’ve seen.

All current print subscribers are entered in the draw, by default! If you’re not sure of your subscription status, I can check it. Contact us or use the form to the right of this page.

TRack and TCase
TRack and TCase. The rack fits on virtually any cycle with a rear axle(!) or frame eyes.

Two carriers included too – the TCase is the comfortable to carry business-like satchel, while a the TBasket, is exactly what you’d expect – a basket pannier as below:

TRack and TBasket
TRack and TBasket

The clever part of the TPack system, is the way the bags drop down into place on the rack with no clips, making for a stylish and comfortable bag to carry when off the bike.  The rack is also compatible with regular pannier clips too!

I will draw one winner shortly after the York Rally, on 19th May. The winner will be notified my email or phone call and may expect their names and a photo to be published in the mag and online.

See www.cyclemiles.co.uk to buy in the UK and www.freeparable.com for distributors worldwide.

New subscriptions:
UK Print Subscription
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Four magazine subscription.
A magazine is published every quarter. Postage costs are included in the price.
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Print renewal:
Print subscription RENEWAL
Print subscription RENEWAL
Three magazine subscription.
A magazine is published every four months.
Add one year of digital access via Exact Editions for only £10 (normally £19.99) and get online access to ALL back issues.
New subscribers click here.
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Price: £21.00
Delivery to :
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If your details have changed, or for
anything else relating to this renewal,
please tell us here:

Terms, in addition to our standard terms:

Extant print subscriptions must be valid at and before 23:59 BST on 19th May 2016.
One entry per subscriber (all subscribers entered, by default)
A winner will be chosen randomly.
No cash equivalent available.

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Bespoked 2016 photo report

The spectrum of ultra high quality hand made bikes this year was augmented by a modest offering of alternative machinery.  As ever, the number of exhibitors presenting road bikes, in carbon, wood, titanium and steel was generally high, presenting host of exquisite road, touring, randonneur and adventure bikes. Thankfully, everyday practical cycles were in presence too, and an unexpected transmission innovation which we hope to feature fully in a future issue!

There’s still time to come along to the last day of the show!


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Linkdrive
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Julian Sayarer and Emily Chappell, London couriers who have recently published books about their lives on the road.
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Cargo bike front end.
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Rodford Built “Flyer”. Low bottom bracket, easy stepover, everyday practical bike.
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Robin Mather’s measurement bike.
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Dear Susan’s Pinion bike.
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Elisabeth Colebrook’s award wining Beaumont Bicycle town bike.
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Linkdrive

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Not here.
Only in Bristol.
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Reelight prize draw for ALL print subscribers – now closed

Win one of three new Reelight SL 600 dynamo lights–
currently retailing at around £25!

These battery-free fit and forget dynamo lights from Reelight conveniently add an additional rear light to almost any cycle. It fits on a seatpost and the dynamo mounted on the chainstay is driven without contact by passing magnets fitted to the spokes. The efficient flashing LED in a concave mirror gives the near-universal indication that says ‘cyclist ahead’.

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Reelight SL 600

The prize draw is open to ALL current print subscribers. To be in with a chance of winning, simply tell me your subscriber number or delivery postcode in the form to the right of this page»

I will draw three winners in a fortnight, on 13th March 23:00 GMT. Winners will be notified my email or phone call and may expect their names (only) to be published in the mag and online.

New subscriptions:
UK Print Subscription
UK Print Subscription
Four magazine subscription.
A magazine is published every quarter. Postage costs are included in the price.
Price: £30.00
Delivery to :
Digital add-on :

If this item is a gift, you can write a note here. Please enter recipient’s delivery address:

Print renewal:
Print subscription RENEWAL
Print subscription RENEWAL
Three magazine subscription.
A magazine is published every four months.
Add one year of digital access via Exact Editions for only £10 (normally £19.99) and get online access to ALL back issues.
New subscribers click here.
or go to Exact Editions to go digital-only.

Price: £21.00
Delivery to :
Digital add-on :

If your details have changed, or for
anything else relating to this renewal,
please tell us here:

Terms, in addition to our standard terms:

Last entry to arrive before 23:00 on 13th March 2016
One entry per subscriber.
Winners will be chosen randomly.
No cash equivalent available.

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Coming up in Velo Vision Issue 50 –

Big Reviews of an ICE Adventure with Neodrives; the eC-Velo Challenger velomobile and the Stanforth Kibo Plus, a hand-built touring bike. Also, in small reviews, we tested Versa shifters for Shimano Alfine, Swrve and Reverse Gear clothing, luggage too, including the GoLED rucksack, books and even more!

We also look closely at the QuattroVelo from Velomobiel.nl, a Sturmey Archer 8-speed gets a full strip-down and we bring you readers’ bikes and a dealer visit too.

Copies will be mailed out in week commencing 8th February. Subscribe or renew now, to avoid missing out. The PDF will be available for download shortly and Digital subscribers can expect to receive a notification of the latest edition soon.


Reviews:
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ICE Adventure with Neodrives
Velovision.nl QuattroVelo
Velovision.nl QuattroVelo
eC-Velo Challenger
eC-Velo Challenger
Stanforth Kibo
Stanforth Kibo

Readers’ bikes:
Kervelo
Kervelo
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What’s your ‘Velo Vision’ for 2016?

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Find freedom, in 2016.

Assuming, most of you had holidays, I hope you enjoyed yourselves, and maybe did a bit of cycling. If you didn’t, so what? – repent now and treat yourself to a discounted Velo Vision magazine subscription! Buy anything in the Shop and enter coupon code: HNY2016 at checkout for a 10% discount on everything on the velovision.com site, including print subscriptions, the digital add-on and back issues. Offer ends in just one week’s time.

–If like me, you didn’t have a holiday, believe me, I understand 😉

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