"VeloVision" #31: Eurobike Report
May 26, 2009
[$8 postpaid in the USA. Usually, these are $12 retail!]
Velo Vision, The Only Magazine of Independent Bike Culture
DETAILS: Sept. 2008; issue #31; condition: new; 64 pages; full color; oversize 9" x 11".
This issue gives a great overview of the 2008 Eurobike Show in light of Everyday Bikes. Other bike mags feature other things, like race bikes or mtbikes. VV searches out the coolest stuff being launched for EVERYDAY RIDERS. Meaning, firstly, utility riders and commuters, family bikers. Then tourers and wanderers. Competition is a sideline---unless it relates to the wider, more useful application of the bike.
VeloVision emphasizes transport, not sport. It's about citybikes, workbikes, and fun bikes. Innovation all the way---the *useful* kind that's ignored by other bike mags.
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 such vital accessories as: 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.
SPECIFIC CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Human Power World Champs, Brompton's gearing gains, Adaptive handlebars and more…
8 Eurobike 2008
The first part of our coverage of the year's major trade show. All the latest developments in upright bikes, recumbents and lighting.
14 Review: ICE B1
The trike makers try their hand at a two-wheeler: is it a touring cyclist's dream machine?
18 Review: Heinzmann Estelle Sport
Electric assist: has the Heinzmann system stood the test of time? We review one of their sporty models.
22 Review: Downtube 9FS
Full suspension and a budget price: is it a winning combination, or a folding bike too far?
26 Short reviews:
- 26 Bikebins: is hard-shell plastic the future for panniers?
- 28 Schwalbe Marathon Supreme: tyres touring tested
- 29 Ergon and Mirrycle: a comfy combination for the road
- 30 Heavy duty wheels: we look at the low spoke-count, strong rims options
- 32 Books: Quirky Bike Rides, Thunder and Sunshine
- 33 RIDO R2: a new version of the prostate-friendly saddle
34 Eurobike 2008 continued
Our report from the German show continues with coverage of transmission products, load and child carrying, accessories and everything else…
40 Readers' Bikes
- 40 Pendalolo: the direct drive design goes low-entry
- 41 Anthrotech trike: an owner reports
- 42 Three for luck: why one recumbent just isn't enough…
- 44 Wooden wonder: a SWB recumbent from plywood
- 45 Editor's bike: yellow MTB retrospective, plus the new VV trailer
Handlebar creativity, Eco-trip, cycle churches, the Canberra collection, thoughts on half links and Firmtech, and more…