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  • Jan 11 2010

    Bullitt makes Cover of Velo Vision

    It's no secret around here that Velo Vision Magazine pays attention to what's happening in the cycling world and to see the latest issue's (#36) cover is sweet. The Cover picture sells a story by Richard Peace in which he critiques 3 cargo bikes after having tested all three rather extensively.

    Richard Peace on a Larry vs. Harry Bullitt

    There's a whole lot of fun in Velo Vision #36. We're pretty partial to the Richard's review of three cargo bikes that he tested. The cargo bikes he rode were the Larry vs. Harry Bullitt, Madsen kg271 and a Yuba Mundo.

    Here are a few Headlines of Velo Vision #36

    Workbikes special!

    Richard Peace puts three two-wheel load-carriers through real-world tests. Under the spotlight are the Bullitt Clockwork, the Madsen kg271 and the Yuba Mundo, the last with an Ezee electric assist system.

    Dropping in on dealers: another three reports from specialist dealers across the country: London Recumbents, Futurecycles, Bikes and Trailers. What you'll find if you visit yourself...
    Review: Villiers custom frame. It's here at last - a lovely test bed bike frame built by Paul Villiers to our own Velo Vision design. We look back on the custom ordering process, and the end result.
    Review: Catrike Dash. This medium-sized recumbent trike for teens or for the shorter rider is put through its paces by riders who appreciate its proportions...
    Review: FreeParable T1 Trailer. An impressive new bike trailer from Taiwan which transforms into a smart, baggage-handler-proof suitcase.
    Short reviews: Books, chains, trousers, bells, puncture fluid...
    Reader bikes: Streetmachine recumbent, doing up a DIY trike...
    Report: London show: A brief reports on new products at Cycle 2009.
    Feature: Touring with dogs: How lack of pet-sitters led a couple to tour with two dogs on board - and how they cope.
    Regular features: News, Letters, and the best specialist advertising!

  • Mar 14 2009

    Bicycle Shed Design Competition

    This past December I was asked to jury The St. Paul Prize Design Competition 2008. A somewhat unusual role for me as I'm not an architect, a designer, nor a member of the St. Paul Chapter of the American Institute of Architects who sponsored the event. However, I do own a bike shop that's dedicated to cycling as transportation. As luck would have it, architect Eric Lagerquist (Smithgroup) was in the shop to pick up a copy of VeloVision, and asked if I would participate.

    The judges included six designers/architects, myself and my friend who is car-free and a Minneapolis city bus driver. The entries were presentation boards as well as written explanation of the designers intent. All of the entries were exciting and well done. Everyone did a nice job of making it look fun and easy to commute via bike and bus.

    Participants in the competition were local architectural interns. The programmatic requirements were minimal in order to allow a more free hand for the aspiring designers. They were given two real locations with a few constraints for each:

    White Bear Location
    • Storage for 50 Bicycles
    • Two single occupant toilet rooms, ADA compliant - 80 s.f.
    • Coffee Hut – 50 s.f.
    • Work Space for attendant/repair man – 100 s.f.
    • Ticket Sales Kiosk
    • Integrated Renewable Energy Element

    Como Location
    • Storage for 20 Bicycles
    • Ticket Sales Kiosk
    • Integrated Renewable Energy Element

    Typically the simpler designs faired better than more complex ones. (It's true, less is more.) Not only were they cleaner solutions, but they would be easier to maintain, less expensive to build and more portable. One of the more complex designs was made of hexagonal glass sheets put together in a honeycomb style. It was inspired by the designers own carbon fiber bike frame. Everyone agreed it was spectacular, but the cost of building and maintaining it would most likely keep it on the drawing board, particularly in this economy.

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