British
Human
Power
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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So You Want to Build an HPV - front cover

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Constructors Corner

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see what our members have been
up to in their sheds.

2022 racing season is a work in progress...



BHPC goes Global

The Laidback Bike Report's segment on the history and current activities of the British Human Power Club

Global Cycling Network visits a BHPC event

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We build HPVs...

We ride HPVs...

We love HPVs...

 

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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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 (£2 for older issues) in both print and download (PDF) editions.

Laidback Cyclist #140

Issue 140

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LaidBack Cyclist Issue 141

Issue 141

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LaidBack Cyclist issue 142

Issue 142

£4

LaidBack Cyclist issue 142

Issue 143

£4

LaidBack Cyclist issue 142

Issue 144

£4

Even older news back to Issue 98 (December 2009) are still available in the shop.

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


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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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