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An update and appeal

So on Friday 13 July I had been planning to attend the World Championships, sadly that is not going to happen…

I’ve been wanting to update you for some time on what is happening with VeloVision. As some of you know I, the editor, was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome in April. This is a rare debilitating neurological condition that onset quickly. Over the space of four days I went from having a tingling sensation in my fingers to being fully paralysed.

Initially my recovery was going very well. However in the past two months it has slowed and at times gone backward. It is not a simple curve of recovery, where you consistently improve day to day. The impact of this has been on some rare days I am my normal self, but these days are few and far between. More often I have been partially paralysed once or twice a day.

The impact is not confined to the physical coordination of hands and feet etc. My speech and ability to concentrate and think coherently is also severely impacted. This has made the administration side of the business impossible to stay on top of. As a one man band this clearly is not ideal!

It can happen in short order. In the past week I have been with my children and in the space of an hour I went from being seemingly fine to being unable to sit up, speak or feel anything. This has happened twice in a week. It’s the more extreme end of the scale but it is not an unusual occurrence.

Worst of all for VeloVision I am banned from cycling at the moment. I can run when I am able bodied, but cycling is too big a risk as my coordination and balance could go at the worst possible time and I’d be a liability to myself and other road users. Cycle safety has always been a priority for me, indeed I did a Bikeability (cycle proficiency) instructor qualification a few years ago. So I am not willing to take the risk of hurting others or worse just to indulge my passion.

Funnily enough I have been told by the neurologists to look at a trike as I get better. However the fatigue is a big issue still, and while I am personally a fan of electric assist I think it would be a step too far to just use it constantly!

As well as being banned from cycling due to the reduced lung performance I am not allowed to fly. This made attending EuroBike impossible and with my condition being very bad in the past month I have not been able to find someone to attend in my absence.

So I am at a difficult point with VeloVision.

I believe there is an appetite for the publication still. I think that was proved with the last issue. However I am unable to test anything or attend events. So I have spoken with Peter and Howard and taken their advice.

The options as I now see it are:

1. To assume a more traditional role of editor and take in content from around the world. This can be news, features, interviews and reviews.

2. To look at selling the publication as a going concern. It certainly is a viable business, it’s just hard to manage it when you can’t move!

3. Suspend publication until I am recovered.

My preference is the first option. I am expected to recover, though no time frame can be established. Typically it’s two years but there are other people I have spoken with who are still recovering five years after they were initially diagnosed.

For this to happen I need you, the readers, the passionate HPV riders to help. This has always, as far as I am concerned, been your publication. I took it on to give back to cycling which has helped me so much. For now I cannot do what I originally intended and I am devastated by this.

The second option is something I would consider as I do not want to let you down. This is a horrible illness and one of the hardest things about it has been that I was just getting going after the initial research and development and planning. My priority is you get your magazine!

The third option is my least preferred, I know you were disappointed in the past and I am sure you have been again. It is certainly an option but not one I’d like to consider if it can be avoided.

I am trying to write this in good humour. It has been a very difficult time and I have been grateful for the support and patience shown to me by the readers and those within the industry as well. I really do believe that VeloVision has proven it is relevant and has an audience.

For it to continue immediately I need you to reach out to me now, to engage and be part of this project and celebrate all that is good in HPV.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Webb

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The last few months

A message from our editor, Simon Webb:

The HPV community have been incredibly supportive and understanding in regards to what has been a very difficult situation. As I was finalising the print process I was dragged to the doctors with a numb sensation in my arms and legs.

Within a few hours I was in A&E and had been diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome, a debilitating neurological condition. The recovery is forecast to be six months to two years.  Ironically enough the Senior Neurologist suggested I consider getting a trike…

Though it’s going well I still struggle to speak at times and am now able to type at a normal speed most of the time. This means that attending Spezi was not possible, however two readers have helpfully volunteered to help and will be working with me to provide a report. The rest of Issue 54 is coming together nicely.

Emails have temporarily been down as I have been unable to stay on top of admin but as you see from this post going up I am now catching up!

So finally I wanted to say thank you again for your support and patience. It’s been a long journey getting the magazine together and I am really proud of what has been released. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and there will be more to come!

Thank you again,

Simon

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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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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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