"VeloVision" #32: Electro kits for bikes!
May 26, 2009
[$12 postpaid in the USA.]
VeloVision, The Only Magazine of Independent Bike Culture
DETAILS: Dec. 2008; issue #32; condition: new; $12 retail; 64 pages; full color; oversize 9" x 11".
This is a special issue about ELECTRIC MOTOR KITS FOR BIKES! This issue contains the MOST INFO in print today about electro-kits. If you're interested in electro-bikes, this issue is a MUST READ!
VeloVision emphasizes transport, not sport. It's about citybikes, commuters, family solutions, workbikes---and recreation. Fun bikes. Innovation all the way---the *useful* kind that's ignored by other bike mags.
To cover this range, the types of bikes included are: folders (folding), recumbents, work-bikes, city-bikes, tandems, and kids-bikes. The hub-gear gets plenty of attention. There's also a huge amount on vital accessories: lighting, clothing, racks, fenders, luggage, trailers, safety gear.
The bike world is a big one and "VV" is the mag that covers the widest range. It's basically the only "everything bike" mag out there. Which is why I sell it. It's from the UK. It's big and full-color. Heavy on content, light on ads---and the ads it does run look like they're mostly from indy biz---ads from high quality companies like you won't see elsewhere.
Featured Reviews: SPECIAL ELECTRIC KITS ISSUE!
Table of Contents:
Gocycle folder, three new velomobiles, SPEZI trip 2009, Bikes at Work trailers revamped and more…
8 The cyclos of Phnom Penh
Claude Marthaler discovers how solidarity is helping pedicab riders under pressure in Cambodia's capital.
10 Cycle 2008
News from the London cycle show, including new Feetz models, front yard security and a folding tandem.
12 Review: Electric bike kits
Richard Peace reviews five retro-fittable electric-assist kits from Tongxin, Alien, Heinzmann, BionX and Sunstar and fits them to folders, tourers, MTBs and recumbents.
20 Review: Fahrrad-Manufaktur S-300
Testing a massively practical, mid-price town bike imported by Bikefix, complete with Chainglider, hub gears, hub dynamo and more…
24 Review: CarryMe
We discover the micro-bike from Pacific Cycles - is it big enough to be practical?
28 Short reviews:
28 Grips on the cheap: testing Ergon alternatives.
29 PAC go basic: riding with the affordable new Micro courier bag.
30 Lights on test: 17 headlights compared for brightness and beam.
32 Readers' Bikes
32 School run electric triplets: the solution for steep narrow lanes.
36 ViBikes: high class home-building from the Netherlands
39 Carryfreedom capers: trailer modifications for ease of use
40 Building the Big Dummy: a custom-made longtail
42 WoodVM: melding art, craft and technology to create wooden velomobiles
45 Beixo shaft drive folder - a user test from the Netherlands
A readers' gallery of diverse holidays and cycles, Brompton development ideas, Moulton TSR query, and choosing a practical off-roader…