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Frog partners with USA Cycling

Through to 2020 Frog Bikes have signed a partnership with USA Cycling.

Founded only five years ago, Frog offer bikes for all ages of children in developing the essential skills in using bikes. They offer a wide range including MTB and hybrid style bikes.

The transition from childhood cycling to continuing into adulthood has long been a problem area in America, seeing high numbers enjoy riding as children but dropping the activity into adulthood. Hopefully this partnership will help more retain that interest in the long term.

Speaking on the partnership Fuad Hamza of USA Cycling said that “We believe that this new relationship with Frog Bikes will encourage more families to get involved in cycling and grow the sport.”

A full launch of the partnership will be held at the Sea Otter Classic in April.

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Mike Burrows: Two Features!

Legendary designer Mike Burrows spoke with VeloVision about his life in cycling and his exciting new contender for the hour and 200m records: The Soup Dragon.

The two features will give you an insight to Burrows’ unique experience and a chance to listen to an engineering genius. Both videos are available exclusively on our YouTube channel, clocking in at about an hour in total.

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Iceni Cycles shortlisted for BikeBiz Award

VeloVision received word today that Iceni Cycles have been shortlisted for the “Innovation from a Newcomer” category in the 2018 BikeBiz Awards.

The innovation is their Iceni Cycles Cargo Trike, this makes use of a monocoque chassis, lowering the centre of gravity to make for an easier journey. It carries a 1.5m squared capacity with a payload of 250kg. Iceni advise that the bike can deliver an average of 12 parcel drops per hour, four more than an average van. The trike is already in use by a number of delivery agencies across the UK.

The winner will be announced on 23 February.

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Exclusive interview with Cyclists’ Alliance Founder

On 19 December 2017 the Cyclists’ Alliance was formed, a professional union for women in competitive cycling. VeloVision was very excited to hold what we believe is the first on camera interview with founder Iris Slappendel about the union.

Below we have full length and highlight interviews.

Full length:

Highlights:

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Issue 53 Update

Issue 53 is going through proof checking and we are confirming advertisers at present, with the aim of sending to print before the new year.  It’s been great to hear from so many of you and we are getting subscriptions through pretty much every day so please keep subscribing! We will over cater a bit in the print run but to be safe please subscribe via our online store!

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Tern GSD Cargo Bike: First Look

We were pleased to attend the London launch of the Tern range for 2018. This included the exciting Tern GSD Cargo Bike. Below is a video interview with founding partner Mark Bickerton about the bike.

The full range was on display and there were some really exciting additions to the collection. We will be running more in the news section of Issue 53 and we will be reviewing the GSD in the new year.

 

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Swytch on

Please excuse the cheesey headline, but we have high hopes for Swytch. This is a brand that say they can help you retrofit any bike to be an e-bike. Correct – any bike. This includes recumbents or trikes. We’ve been assured that as long as it has handlebars it should be possible to adapt!

To prove the point Swytch will be producing some pre-built bikes. We’ve picked out three highlights including a penny farthing (known as the Penny Faster), the Bambom – a bamboo & carbon frame which Swytch believe is one of the lowest carbon footprint e-bikes available and finally the “Wheelie-chair” – an electric assist wheel chair. If these example are anything to go by it’s hard to argue with the assertion that any bike can be retrofitted.

The battery unit weights only 2.2kg and is waterproof. The motor is a front wheel hub and weighs in at 1.5kg. So for just shy of 4kg you can add a full e-assist to your bike. Using the LED display you can toggle between the five levels of support. The range available is between 25-50 miles depending on which package you opt for.

To get the latest information ahead of the CrowdFunding campaign, or more information please visit Swytch.

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Lumos Helmet: Review

At the Cycle Show we spoke with Lumos Helmet. It is something that has been on our radar for a long time and we were thrilled to get our hands on one for review!

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e-Bikes now form 50% of the market in the Netherlands. Increasingly e-bikes are prominent in other markets. However questions remain as to what they are, how they work and why you would use one. We met with Doug Hosking from BTwin to discuss all of this!

Soon we will feature reviews of the BTwin Hop Town 500 and ARCC Innovations retrofitted Brompton.

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Aldi’s Cycling Range: The highlights

Possibly the worst kept secret in Aldi’s Special Buy range is their cycling equipment. Quite often the bargains are snapped up in the first weekend and stragglers are left disappointed. Ahead of the weekend shopping we thought it would be rude not to highlight the best of the range!

  1. Maxtek Vision Rear Bike Light 

At £39.99 this comes with an 8GB micro SD card included, which in itself is going to normally be £5-£10. Though it’s a bit on the heavy side compared to some lights it’s a bargain. The manual is refreshingly simple (though only available in English) and the user experience very intuitive in our opinion.

2. Crane Winter Cycling Gloves

We’ve always struggled to find gloves that actually fit. It seems you always compromise the fit for function. These Crane gloves fit far better than any we have found so far.  At a low price of £4.99 it’s hard to really justify any complaints. Perhaps a £9.99 alternative would have been good with more reflective elements and/or a smart phone finger tip grip. If you want to simply keep your hands warm while cycling a short to medium distance you could do a lot worse.

3. Bikemate Rechargeable High Power Bike Light Set

This, in our opinion, represents real value for money. £14.99 gets you a rechargeable front and rear light. The beam on the front light has four flashing and four steady settings so you can range from “being seen” to “being able to see very well”. It does only come with one charging cable which is a bit frustrating but across a typical working day you should be able to recharge both easily enough. This is impressive. Comparative products would typically set you back £19.99-£29.99.

4. Crane Ergonomic Cycling Socks

Our token high vis effort! We jest of course, this is a standard sock in most ways, but it does have some unique functionality. It has the normal designs you’d come to expect from Aldi’s cycling sock range but where it’s a bit different is the fact it comes with in built reflective tabs. At £2.99 a pair it seems a very competitive offer. The real challenge is getting there quick enough to get the right size!

For full information on the products including information on warranty please refer to Aldi’s website, links are in the headers.

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