Pedal powered news round-up
All-abilities events, plugging in on the move, travelling light and fingers crossed for Oxford.
Posted by Peter Eland on Tuesday 14 Jun 2011
Sue Archer writes:
Cycling for all abilites
News of a couple of events of interest to those with special cycling needs. Firstly, Quest88 wrote to tell us that they will be exhibiting for the first time at the Mobility Roadshow on the 30 June, and 1 and 2 July at the East of England Showground, Peterborough. They will be offering a 10% discount on orders placed at the show, and exhibiting two new products - the Draisin Loader which allows users of any wheelchair to be carried on a platform, and the Cheetah, a sports side by side recumbent. There will also be plenty of Quest 88's other cycles on display, including semi-recumbents, tricycles and handcycles. The show starts daily at 10am, and admission and parking are free.
Over on the other side of the Atlantic, Recumbent and Tandem Rider Magazine is hosting the first annual Recumbent Cycle-Con Convention and Trade Show, in Pomona, California, from the 21-23 October. As part of the proceedings, the convention will host an Adaptive Cycling Roundtable seminar, discussing the benefits of cycling for those with special needs, and how dealers and manufacturers can best provide goods and services for them.
Plug in, pedal off, charge up
The Tout Terrain Plug, for charging electronic devices from a hub dynamo, was launched a year ago but the makers have been continuously improving the design and have now revealed the Mark 2 version. Originally housed within the headtube, the electronics are now entirely sealed within the topcap, making installation easier. In addition, the Plug can also be connected to the battery of an electric bike and iPhones can now be connected without the need for a special cable.
Velo Vision reader Steve Sparrow wrote to tell us about a web forum he set up aimed at cycle campers, or anyone travelling under their own steam. Travelling Light has sections on equipment, travel and campsites, all with the emphasis on light weight and self sufficiency.
One family who might have needed to travel light are the Jewell family, pictured in 1950. Bjørn Gabrielsen spotted this photo on Flickr of their tandem/tagalong/sidecar set up, allowing all five of them to ride together. Bjørn remarks that he hopes they had good brakes. It would be interesting to know if those children are still cycling (or read Velo Vision!)
Fingers Crossed for Oxford
The Oxford Cycle Workshop wrote to tell us that they are nominated for an award at the Co-operative Excellence Awards. The "Innovation in co-operative enterprise" section features competition from a variety of organisations dealing in renewable energy, fair trade coffee and ladies underwear! The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 25 June, as part of the Co-operative Congress 2011 in Birmingham. Best of luck Oxford!
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