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Newsflash: Guy Martin rides a Recumbent!

Don't miss the next series of Speed with Guy Martin which starts on Channel 4 on Sunday 26th October at 8pm with an attempt on the 24-hour tandem recumbent record.

The machine was designed and built for the programme by BHPC founder-members Mike Burrows and Miles Kingsbury and the record attempt was filmed a few weeks ago at the Goodwood circuit.

Watch out for the innovative solution to inflight refuelling - not just a couple of gels stuffed down the shorts.

Whose idea was it to bring Ikea in on this project? If it rains, this is what it will look like from the inside. Stop fidgetting down there, Guy, and keep pedalling. OK, so I cut the sound man in two on the last go but I think I've got it now

About the Club

The British Human Power Club is the British organisation for Human Powered Vehicles or HPVs for short. By weight of numbers this is mainly recumbent cycles in their many varied forms. We organise races for recumbents (the only races in the UK that allow recumbents to take part) and through the magazine, forum and website provide information and support for those interested in all kinds of HPV.

Unlike some organisations we don’t have a problem with things being non-standard, we welcome them with open arms - as different as possible!  If you want to see beyond the confines of ‘normal’ the BHPC is the place to be.

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We build HPVs...

We ride HPVs...

We love HPVs...

So You Want to Build an HPV - front cover

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Mike Burrows Tech Q&A

A series of five short films made by MadeGood.films for BikeRadar

Do wheels affect bicycle ride comfort? Why are bicycle forks set at an angle? Does shaving your legs make you cycle faster? Can you climb hills on a laid back bicycle? What's the best material to make a bike from?
Do wheels affect
ride comfort?
Why are forks
set at an angle?
Does shaving your legs
make you go faster?
Can you climb hills
on a recumbent?
What's the best material
to make a bike from?

Mike Burrows, founding father and guru of BHPC on five current hot topics in cycling from the Burrows Engineering workshops in Norwich.

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LaidBack Cyclist, the magazine of the BHPC, comes to you four times a year if you're a member. You can also buy back issues from the shop at £4 each (occasionally £5 for special issues).

Magazine 109 front cover Magazine 110 front cover Magazine 111 front cover Magazine 112-3 front cover
Issue 109 Issue 110 Issue 111 Issue 112-3
Richard Ballantine
special issue
Issue 114
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Even older news back to Issue 81 (Summer 2005) are still available in the shop.

So what is an HPV?

It’s a Human Powered Vehicle, a wonderfully broad spectrum description which in the cold hard light of reality, mostly, but not entirely, refers to those non-conformist wheeled vehicles that are called recumbents; in all guises, from the record breaking streamliner down to the long-distance tourer.

For multifarious reasons, many attributable to self important ‘officials’, conventional bikes have hardly changed since Victorian times which has resulted in a stagnation in bike design, however back in the 1970s, the HPV movement tore up the rule book and have ever since been showing the world that one design really doesn’t rule!
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Author: AlanGoodmanSubject: 2015 York RallyPosted: 29/October/2014 at 08:28Hi All,As many people will know the York Cycle Rally will return for 2015, ...Read more
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