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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.

Cateye subscription promotion, winners to be chosen!

Now, closed to new entries—winners to be chosen and notified soon.

Win one of two new Cateye HL-EL020 hybrid lights–
currently retailing at around £30!

For us people in the northern hemisphere, the nights are ‘drawing in’, and up here there appears to be about six hours of light every day. Boo ;-(

Anyway, the perfect time I think, to run this subscription promotion!- anyone who buys a new print subscription or print renewal in the month from now* will be automatically entered into the prize draw.

Hybrid light, runs from solar rechargeable NiMH cell or AA cell, both enclosed within one compact front light.
Hybrid light, runs from solar rechargeable NiMH cell or AA cell, both enclosed within one compact front light.

Existing subscribers who have already renewed, are invited to introduce someone new to Velo Vision—tell us the name of the existing subscriber when making the new subs purchase for both persons to be entered.

Prizes will be posted to arrive in time for Christmas (UK winners), or shortly after to overseas.

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 midnight on 14th December 2015 (23:59 on 14 Dec!)
Unlimited number of entries per individual.
Winners will be chosen randomly and notified by email or teleplone
No cash equivalent available.
The ‘introduce a subscriber’ entry for existing subscribers will count as one entry per individual (one for each household).
Promotion limited to NEW and RENEW print subscriptions only.

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Wild Things Publishing free prize draw

Hello everyone. The free to enter prize draw has now closed.  Thanks to everyone who put their name ‘in the hat’. I will be randomly drawing three names from the list and will inform the winners by email, soon.

Meantime, if anyone would still like to take advantage of the 30% discount code, it is “Velo Vision” (yes, really)– to use it, just head to and enter it at their checkout. I don’t know how much longer the code will remain valid, but not forever surely.

Three lucky winners drawn!
Three lucky winners drawn! 03-Nov-15
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e-mail delivery problems, yesterday.

Administrative news.  Some emails sent from this site failed to be delivered to users and customers some time between Thu 15 October 2015 10:02:07 BST and Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:22:19 BST. I have now resent all the ‘lost’ messages manually.  The issue is entirely due to my webserver and not anyone’s personal email address or provider.

While on the matter of email, I would like to bring a known issue to everyone’s attention, which unfortunately affects several users and is beyond my control.  This matter not confined to Velo Vision emails, it is widespread, so worth knowing about:

Unfortunately, unsolicited email to hotmail, gmail, googlemail, live, fastmail or outlook email addresses with embedded URLs are frequently lost, due to overzealous spam filtering (before it even reaches your inbox or your spam folder). I do not know when this happens and it causes the website registration process and some webshop email messages to be undelivered. If you do not receive an email you were expecting, I’m afraid you will need to manually request another by sending a message to me after adding the address ǝʇᴉsqǝʍ* to your address book. I am sorry for this inconvenience. I can also send messages to any other email address if you prefer.

*Yes– it is upside down. Like you, we don’t like spam email either!

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iOS9 update for Velo Vision app

The Velo Vision app for iOS9 has just been released including much anticipated new features: Support for ‘slide-over’ and ‘split-screen’ and Share the page on social media [finally!].

Screen shot 2015-10-01 at 11.14.12

Now supports in-app bonus media on iPhone as well as iPad – Play video in full-screen AND new and improved in-app search function.

Screen shot 2015-10-01 at 11.14.43

Fill yer boots. Download the Velo Vision app for iOS here. I can’t wait to try it on the iPad (when it comes back from holiday).

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Coming up in Velo Vision Issue 49!

I’m delighted to say, the upcoming issue is now at the printers and print copies of the magazine will be mailed out next week. Digital subscribers can expect to receive a notification of the latest edition around the same time, possibly a little earlier.

Meantime, here’s a preview of what’s included:-
We’ve got the two main show reports from 2015- SPEZI and Bespoked, both including some amazing new machinery; full reviews of the new 8 Freight cargo bike, the Hase Kettwiesel Evo and Loopwheels for trikes; readers’ reports including a boat builder’s velomobile for three and a restored vintage recumbent; we also paid a visit to a the Cargo Bike Co to see their custom build trikes and there are the essential small reviews, letters and news pages too!

New 8 Freight
New 8 Freight.


Hase Kettwiesel Evo with STEPS
Hase Kettwiesel Evo with STEPS.


Loopwheels for trikes
Loopwheels for trikes.
Reports and visits:
Rodford cargo bike at Bespoked Hand-Built Bike Show
Rodford cargo bike at Bespoked Hand-Built Bike Show.


Treadle B2B at SPEZI
Treadle B2B at SPEZI.
Readers’ bikes:
Lecicle, the wooden velomobile.
Lecicle, the wooden velomobile.


Reader review of the separable Circe Helios.
Reader review of the separable Circe Helios.


Small reviews:

Yepp Cargo and Roadring.
Yepp Cargo and Roadring.


Plus more!- news, letters and some of the most useful alternative cycling advertising you’ll find anywhere in print. Please do support the advertisers, who in turn support our magazine!

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York Cycle Rally 2015

Velo Vision hits the road again today–I’m coming to the York Cycle Rally! We’ll have two rare and interesting cycles on the stand to show, roll up and talk bikes.

Come along for a day, come for the weekend–there is still space on the campsite, just turn up and pay for a pitch!

Lots of useful information on the Rally website:

York Rally 2015
-link to YR website

I very much hope to see many of you at the campsite and in the marque number one, near the grasstrack circuit.


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SPEZI 2015

I think my head has stopped spinning from the ever-revolving SPEZI in Germersheim. Busy, doesn’t really come close to describing it. However, I believe Peter had some pleasure in taking a step back from the position requiring him to record and document the event–I’m certainly looking forward to getting the write up finished before my thoughts evaporate!  Meantime, here’s my signature panorama, taken on a slightly dull day one.

SPEZI 2015 panorama - 9.73 MB
SPEZI 2015 panorama – 9.73 MB

The whole trip could have been a bit easier if we’d had a few bikes to hand, probably with trailers, definitely something to consider for next year. It would also have been wonderful to share the experiences with some more VV readers… and while alone at 4am in Manchester airport the advantages of leisurely and comfortable coach journey became apparent.

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Back from Bespoked 2015

I had a great weekend in Bristol at the Bespoked UK Handmade Bicycle Show. Great to meet so many enthusiastic builders, makers and innovators. A show report will be included in the next issue.

Thanks to all the Velo Vision supporters who tapped me on the shoulder for a quick chat and for your warm wishes.

Many people, exhibitors included, reported that it was a very personable, relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, perfect to meet the makers and discuss bikes – roll on Bespoked 2016!

Panorama on day 3
Bespoked 2015 in Brunel’s Old Station – click to enlarge.


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