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  • Velorutionaries - Tracy Griffith

    What do you do for a living?

    Sushi chef, artist, writer. I travel the world as sushi chef, promoting my sushi cookbooks, and my innovative sushi and wraps made in the US (newgemfoods. com). I’m also a resin painter, including animal skulls & horns, with my first London show coming up this fall at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery.

    What are you passionate about?

    Travelling and tasting local cuisine, and learning from other chefs how to cook it. I collect beautiful knives, crockery, and utensils. Art, music, my dog and my husband.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    I’ve ridden bikes since I was seven years old. Not sure that makes me a proper cyclist, but I now look like one on my Velorution bike! Does that count?

    What bike are you riding?

    A stunning Schindelhauer Frieda. It’s a lightweight aluminium bike in a natural pure nish with a brown leather saddle and matching grips. The bike has a carbon belt instead of a greasy chain so it’s much cleaner and easier to ride.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    The joy of speed and the feeling of flying. My Schindelhauer bicycle makes it so easy because it’s brilliantly designed and engineered. It’s the one of most beautiful bikes out there.

    How often do you ride?

    As often as London weather permits. I’m not a winter warrior, if the weather is cold and miserable I prefer not to cycle.

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

    Richmond Park, Hyde Park, and heading west on the beautiful Thames path along the river out to the countryside.

    Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

  • Velorutionaries - Valerie Leipheimer

    What do you do for a living?

    I’m a tax lawyer, and currently act as Head of Tax and Transfer Pricing for
    a fund manager based principally in Bermuda. I work in our London offices in Marylebone.

    What are you passionate about?

    I’ve always been passionate about art and dance. These days find myself becoming more and more political. I am currently fiercely passionate about women’s rights. I have recently organized a women’s forum within my company, and have been exploring initiatives aimed at ensuring that women are more broadly represented on the boards of public companies.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    In terms of cycling regularly, really only a couple of years, though I have fond memories of weekend bike rides to the beach in LA with my dad when I was little. My bike then was a shimmering ice blue Nishiki, which my aunt and uncle gave me as a bat mitzvah present. I think it is still in my sister’s garage somewhere. I decided to pick up a bike again about 6 years ago, when I returned to work after my second son was born. I couldn’t face the tube, and loved the idea of being able to squeeze in some exercise during my daily commute.

    What bike are you riding?

    A Schindelhauer Frieda. I was principally looking for something lightweight, and it was love at first sight when I spotted this one. Not only can I pick her up with one hand, but she rides beautifully, and is just stunningly designed - a perfect marriage of modern and classic.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    I love the feeling of freedom it gives me, and the chance to spend time outside before I need to hole up in my office all day. The additional exercise it gives me each day is an added bonus!

    How often do you ride?

    Usually 5 days a week, unless something comes up—cycling is my main means of commuting to work, pretty much rain or shine. I even managed to ride throughout the winter, only missing one day due to a freezing sleet storm. I have since upped my winter glove game, so am hoping not to get caught out next winter!

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

    Since I’m really just a weekday cyclist, I do the same route every day, from Islington to Marylebone. It’s not a bad route, since it takes me around Regents Park’s Outer Circle. During the summer, if I leave work early enough, I can even see the giraffes at the London Zoo roaming around their enclosure, which is a real treat.

    Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

  • Velorutionary - Guy House

    What do you do for a living?

    I’m a Property Underwriter at Lloyd’s of London specialising in US markets.

    What are you passionate about?

    Food! I love it! Primarily eating. That pushed my enthusiasm to cook it properly, conjuring up meals for friends is always a joy. London has a multi- cultural outlook on food, whether it be fine dining, or the plethora of pop-up street chefs serving new creations. Thankfully regular cycling helps mitigate any side effects from overindulging.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    I’ve been cycling for as long as I can remember, and can still picture my first Raleigh mountain bike. I took up cycling again to commute to work. I caught the bug quickly and now every summer I take part in a mountainous European tour with a group of hardy friends. Summer 2016 was in Vuelta, Northern Spain, which included Alto de L’Angliru.

    What bike are you riding now?

    This bike is “Shinie Tempah”. A silly consequence of giving my bikes rappers’ names. He is a Schindelhauer Siegfried Road, that has been beautifully modi ed by the team at Velorution. Brooks very kindly made a one-o saddle that matches the tan leather bar- tape and tyre trim, following a wonderful polishing job, it’s super shiny! I cannot speak highly enough about the belt drive experience.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    I love the freedom. There’s so little stopping time and you can travel as far as you want. I see a lot of riders cycling with earphones listening to music, whilst I can understand the appeal, I also love the peacefulness of a bike ride.

    How often do you ride?

    Whatever the weather, I commute every day between the City and Battersea. I find it far more enjoyable than the packed Tube, it certainly wakes you up in the morning. I also try and do a fortnightly escapade to the Surrey Hills or around Richmond Park.

    What is your favourite cycle route or destination?

    My journey home from work is one of the best city commutes in the world. Down the Embankment, past The Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, across Chelsea Bridge and through Battersea Park. There’s so much history along the river. Other than that, a trail through Washington Park, Portland, and touristing Copenhagen. The best individual ride I’ve ever done was a twilight descent from Col De La Croix de Fer to Le Bourg d’Oisans.

  • Velorutionary - Andrew Fortune

    Andrew Fortune

    What do you do for a living?

    I am practising as an architect in London, designing homes for those who don't cycle!

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    I don't remember a time I didn't cycle, stabilisers are still a memory. Having experienced competitive cycling in bmx, road racing and mountain biking, there is nothing more rewarding than cycling at your own steam.

    So what are you riding now?

    A bespoke Schindelhauer which I have de-badged and slicked. Having tested the ingenious engineering of the bike, mulling it over and creating a spec that will put a smile on my face each time I see and cycle it. The bike has massive amounts of control and solid sense from the tires through the frame and in to the saddle and bars.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    Knowing I will be there when I want to be there. Seeing more of the city with ease

    How often do you ride?

    Not as often as I'd like. With my new bike things will change.

    What's your favourite route or destination?

    The one with least cars unless I am in a 'courier' mood which Schindelhauer is well equipped for!

  • Velorutionary - Graham Gilmour

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    What do you do for a living?

    I’m an Architect. When I make formal introductions, I say ‘Graham Gilmour: Architect, Chef, Long Distance Cyclist and Swimmer’. I think it paints a clearer picture. Currently I’m involved with a variety of projects, in London, ranging in scale from the Thames Tideway Tunnel infrastructure, to a sports facilities building in a West London park.

    What are you passionate about?

    As an architect, I care passionately about the physical world we live in. Every architect will tell you that they want to make a decent contribution to this environment. The experience of great places, great buildings and the sense of wellbeing that this engenders, is the fuel that motivates us.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    I have been on and off bikes since I was a ‘wee boy’ in Scotland. About fifteen years ago, a friend mentioned the London to Brighton event. That threw me into a whole new world. Dozens of distance events later, I finally got serious about what I was actually riding and bought a great road bike, then another one again this year courtesy of Velorution.

    What bike are you riding?

    I happened to set eyes on the Schindelhauer Hektor and I knew right there and then that I wanted it. It’s a truly beautiful machine. I was further seduced by the paint job, a truly gorgeous ‘Aegean Blue’, so I bought it. It is said that the acceptable amount of bikes you are allowed to have is ‘N + 1’. I would agree with that. I see the bikes as being entirely complimentary.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    The Exercise: The kick from the feeling of pushing yourself physically.

    The Landscape: Getting out of London

    The Liberation: No waiting – just go.

    The Design: Bikes are a totally brilliant example of refined engineering.

    How often do you ride?

    Daily to work. Longer Sunday rides. An hour around the road circuit at the London Velopark midweek. (I do admit however that all this falls apart in the winter months).

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

    The Prudential 100 ride from the Olympic Park down through Surrey is out of this world. All the roads are closed to traffic and the experience is a cyclist's dream. Brighton is a great destination, arriving down from a climb over the South Downs. I cycle long-winded routes connecting my home in Dalston with my office in Southwark.

    My ultimate goal is London to Athens. One day I'll do it.

    Archived from Velorution Magazine issue 4

  • Velorutionary - Dan Newman

    Dan Newman, Crouch End 13.05.2016

    What do you do for a living?

    I’m retired. I used to teach languages and before that I tted out hotels. Now
    I divide my time between volunteering at a couple of small charities, having fun with my family, sitting on the board of a couple of small companies and singing in a choir.

    What are you passionate about?

    Social inequality, my family, music, architectural history and food, plus, of course cycling.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    I started cycling sixty-six years ago then stopped when I passed my driving test at seventeen. I got back on the saddle when we bought a bike for our little boy in the early 1980’s.

    What bike are you riding now?

    A Schindelhauer Wilhelm 18 Pinion drive. It was a present from my lovely wife for my seventieth birthday. I had another belt-driven Schindelhauer before that it was a lovely ride and maintenance free like the Wilhelm but didn’t have the amazing Pinion gears and the very reassuring disc brakes.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    The simplicity of getting around under your own power while I marvel at the relentless progress of bike technology.

    How often do you ride?

    I ride two or three times a week, as long as the weather’s good.

    What is your favourite cycle route or destination?
    An early morning ride to see my baby granddaughter from Highgate to Crystal Palace.

  • Velorutionary - Arlene Leis

    What do you do for a living?
    I’m a freelance Art Historian, but I have my fingers in some other projects too.

    What are you passionate about?
    My research. I’ve recently developed my doctoral thesis into a first draft manuscript. It focuses on a massive collection of ephemera (admission tickets, playbills, trade cards, political caricatures and satires, visitor cards, newspaper clippings, fashion plates, broadsheets, maps, books and lots of other printed materials) assembled in the 18th century by a woman named Sarah Sophia Banks. The project is interdisciplinary, so it also enables me to explore other facets of 18th century culture, such as systems of collecting, patriotic consumption, sociability and the inter-relations between art and science.

    How long have you been a cyclist?
    I received my first bike at six years old.
    It was a Schwinn Sting-Ray in green with a tall pink flag at the back, white basket at the front, multicoloured handlebar streamers and a sparkly,
    silver banana seat.

    What bike are you riding now?
    Nothing like my first bike; it’s a super sexy Schindelhauer Viktor. As soon as I walked into Velorution, this bike caught my attention. Its seamless design is so sleek. I love that it’s a single speed and weighs next to nothing, and the Gates Carbon Belt Drive is highly innovative.

    What appeals to you about cycling?
    Being outdoors; I like traveling from place to place. It might sound crazy, but I actually enjoy riding in the chaos of London traffic. It forces you to completely free your mind of everything else going on in your life and focus exclusively on your surroundings. You become the activity... it’s a true Zen moment.

    How often do you ride?
    Almost every day; I use the bike to get around London.

    What is your favourite cycle route or destination?
    I’m originally from Florida, so I grew up on the beach. Sunday mornings, while I was training for triathlons, a group of us would set o for a sixty mile bike ride along the coastal road A1A. Speeding alongside the ocean at sunrise was pretty special. We always finished the trip at the local diner eating huge stacks of pancakes! More recently, I’m cycling around London in the wee morning hours, 1 or 2 am. There’s something incredibly poetic about riding through the nocturnal city.

    See our range of Schindelhauers

    Archived from Velorution Magazine issue 4

  • Bike Soup - 10 Best Gates Carbon Belt Drive Bikes

    Schindelhauer Ludwig XIV

    Bike Soup the online marketplace for new and used bikes have reviewed some of the very best in belt drive bikes for there online publication.

    Check out their thoughts on Schindelhauer and Lios bikes.  Full Article here.

  • Future Shifting


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    At the heart of Schindelhauer’s new vanguard Wilhelm XVIII lays the Pinion P1.18 gearbox. 18 evenly spaced ratios, which make for a total gear range of 636 percent, outline the current pinnacle in shifting. Every gear conveys the immediacy of a single-speed transmission while the centrally mounted gearbox creates an evened-out balance. Equipped with exclusive CNC-machined disc brakes, Brooks saddle and Gates CenterTrack system, Wilhelm XVIII can be fully customised according to customers’ requests.


    Start shifting from scratch
    With the Pinion rotary shifter, both individual and multiple gear shifts can be made with split-second precision. The indexing of the shifting is at the gearbox, so it’s unaffected by stretched cables or damaged cable housings. The shifter is designed so that its contours are comfortable to hold, allowing bar and shifter to be safely covered at the same time with no risk of accidental shifts. The soft rubber coating and the raised ridges make the shifter secure and easy to use, even when wet. The shifter gives direct feedback when switching gears; the load on the chain and the force needed to shift directly relate to each other. You can sense immediately at the shifter the moment to shift gear so you learn fast shifting with a new Pinion gearbox in no time.

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    • 18 real gears with even steps of 11.5%

    • Overall Gear Ratio 636%. More than any derailleur system or hub gear

    • Lightning-fast shifting of any number of gears in any situation

    • Ride hard without worries. A sealed rugged housing protects the gearbox from dirt and damage

    • Extremely low maintenance. The transmission operates in an oil bath (using biodegradable oil) and is designed for a mileage of at least 60,000 km

    • Optimal weight distribution. A low centre of gravity and a light rear wheel improves handling, suspension and dynamics


    Well tested
    The Pinion gear P1.18 has completed all the practical tests, material tests and operational simulations to ensure maximum quality, reliability and service life. To ensure durability and performance at the highest level, real athletes were used to discover real-world peak forces. With this data Schindelhauer was able simulate the effects of many years of use under realistic conditions in a short time. Using automotive industry techniques and standards it has tested the complete gearbox, and each individual component, under repetitive use at extreme load.
    So when you take a new Pinion gearbox bike on the trails you can be assured that you will not be a guinea pig, but will be using a product you can rely on.

    Viktor_polar silver - lifestyle 10

    Berlin-based Schindelhauer Bikes is a German success story that has caused an international sensation. With perfect craftsmanship and breathtaking design solutions, Schindelhauer has not only gained the respect of the art geeks, but captured the heart of the aesthetes. “For four friends who come from a technical direction, this is a nice compliment,” says engineer and developer Jörg Schindelhauer, one of the original founders of the company – which bears his name - along with his business partner Martin Schellhase, designer Stephan Zehren and Manuel Holstein.

    It’s no wonder that the brand started to win awards for design from its very first year (2009). “Winning the award at the Designers’ Open design festival in Leipzig is a memory that will stay in all our minds for a long time,” says Jörg.

    Like its founder, Schindelhauer bikes are free from pretension.

    Favouring a minimalistic design, there is no overt branding, no bulky suspension, no seat clamp and a Gates Carbon Drive belt for reliable, low-maintenance and grease-free riding. “It is always easy to omit everything,” Martin Schellhase admits. “But to make something that is fully functional and fully equipped, challenged us quite a bit.”

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    The Schindelhauer factory has been hard at work recently, with two new models to show for it. First, there is the Wilhelm XVIII Pinion drive, which Schindelhauer’s founder claims, “is the absolute best bike we’ve ever built. Personally, I actually favour single-speed riders – always. Yet the Wilhelm XVIII feels, despite its 18 gears, like a single speed”.

    Alternatively, there is the Hektor frame, pitched to cycling fans as the core around which to build a perfectly tailored racing machine and which Jörg describes as, “edgy, and at its heart a driving machine. You can sit on it and really go flat out. It’s a great one to ride through the streets of Berlin as it enables me to go faster than the motorists”.

    The most irritating thing for the engineer and developer about urban cycling is the lack of dedicated cycle lanes: “In my opinion bike paths do not belong on the sidewalk, but rather on the road. That said, poor road conditions such as cobblestones are, naturally, totally annoying.” He also admits to riding without a helmet, feeling that there is simply ‘no need’.

    There are nine different models to choose from: Siegfried, Viktor, Ludwig, Lotte, Friedrich, Frieda ThinBike, Hektor and Wilhelm. Wilhelm, formerly the Ludwig XVIII, sees the birth of a new Schindelhauer family. In addition to the Pinion 18, Schindelhauer have added the 9 and the 12 to the Wilhelm family.

    Viktor Viktor

    Nicknamed ‘The Purist’, a minimalist city bike, Viktor features track inspired geometry with clean lines and an aluminium single speed/flip-flop hub. Weighing 8.2kg with quality components and a belt drive, this low maintenance single speed bike that won’t let you down. Available in Matt Black and Polar Silver finishes.

    Friedrich Friedrich

    Perfect for everyone, Friedrich comes off the shelf with super light Curana mudguards, Supernova high-end illumination and a sleek rack by lightweight-specialist Tubus. Stress free propulsion is provided via the well-attuned duo of Shimano Alfine 8 with Gates centre track track. Colour choices include Alu Pure, Cream White and Midnight Blue.

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    The Ladies model is called Lotte and is described as a bit of a charmer, once again featuring a maintenance-free Gates Carbon Drive, along with an eight-gear hub. Whether on a weekend bike tour or cutting a dash through a trendy neighbourhood, the sporty yet comfortable Lotte will be your willing accomplice.

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    The concept behind the slim line ThinBike is to provide a full-size bicycle with inventive and elegant solutions capable of navigating inner-city traffic. Folding handlebar and pedals offer an easy storage solution in your home. It even comes with a wall mount by Berlin based design studio MIKILI.
    More recently Schindelhauer recieved a Red Dot Design Award and separate iF Gold Product Design Award for 2014 for its ‘ThinBike’. It would seem the boast is that our bikes offer a number of outstanding properties, freedom from maintenance, durability and reliability” is a far from idle one ThinBike has an integrated tail-light and a bell built into the brake lever. The inclusion of a Gates Carbon Drive combined with a two-gear hub makes this bike an obvious choice for city life. A low stand-over height also makes the one-size-fits-all ThinBike a stylish companion for ladies. Available in either Matt Black or White.

    Hektor 12 Hektor track frameset

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    As at home in the Velodrome as it is on the road, the Hektor frameset is the core around which to build a perfectly tailored racing machine. Stiff, aggressive, and palpably craving speed, yet nonetheless supple and dynamic, the Hektor features Schindelhauer’s exclusive LowPro geometry to deliver an agile, balanced, and comfortable ride, for those who bring the challenge on themselves.
    The sculpted seams are welded from large volume, triple-butted, aero tubes for a highly stiff, tuned frameset, described as the pinnacle of meticulous design and expert craftsmanship. Comprised of frame, fork, and headset, it’s 100% compatible with the Gates Carbon Drive.

    Siegfried Siegfried

    A fusion between modern technology and contemporary but timeless design. Pair its Gates Carbon Belt Drive with a classic Brooks leather saddle and one gear is all that’s required to conquer the city. Speed for miles through bumper-to-bumper traffic in an athletic upright position, and avoid suffering a stiff neck while waiting for the traffic lights to turn green.

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    Ludwig VIII
    The Ludwig VIII is pitched as the perfect companion for a weekend getaway, featuring an adjusted 8-speed system, Gates Carbon belt Drive and guaranteeing a relaxing and maintenance free bike ride. A great value touring bike with oodles of class.


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    To achieve this, Schindelhauer took the geometry of their tough singlespeed frame and carefully modified it by relocating the bottom bracket slightly lower and applying an extended head tube and fork to compensate for the increased saddle height. The extensive gear spread of the fully enclosed, Shimano Alfine 11-speed hub gear combined with classic components ensure an agile and smooth bike ride.

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    Ludwig XIV
    As it sounds, the Ludwig XIV boasts a 14-speed Rohloff Speedhub, combining the fuss free reliability of a belt drive with the efficiency of the Rohloff gear shift. What’s more it can be customised to suit your personal tastes when it comes to colour of the frame, choice of mudguards and seat post. Some say it’s as sturdy and steadfast as a mountain goat.

  • Velorutionary - Natalie Morton

    Natalie Morton.



    What do you do for a living?
    I’m a News and Documentary filmmaker for the BBC, specialising in investigative journalism. For the last eighteen months I have been working in some of the World’s most toxic war zones – Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza. I’ve also travelled to Iran, Tajikistan and Belarus this year.

    How long have you been a cyclist?
    I have been a cyclist for around a year. I was working in Homs in Syria last April when a mortar bomb hit our vehicle; my colleague and I were lucky to escape with our lives. On my return to London I had trouble using the London Underground because it made me feel claustrophobic and so a bike seemed like a good option.

    What are you riding now?
    My bike chose me. I was walking past Velorution and the beautiful bicycles in the window called out to me. I test-rode a few models but as soon as I sat on my elegant Schindelhauer Lotte I knew that it was right for me – it’s an incredibly elegant modelwith 8 gears, a Brooks saddle and hand-sewn leather grips.

    What appeals to you about cycling?
    I spend a good deal of my working life travelling through the streets of apocalyptic cities in a soft-skin vehicle wearing a flak jacket, when I’m back in London riding on my bike, I feel free. I’ve become very evangelical about cycling: I love the pace at which you view the world while riding on a bike - I have time to take in the landscapes I am travelling through and I now have a better appreciation of the beauty and amazing architecture of London.

    How often do you ride?
    As often as my work allows – on average I travel for three weeks of every month, when I’m at home I try to ride everyday since it helps with my physical and psychological wellbeing.

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?
    I’m fortunate enough to live near Hampstead Heath, so I have a forty-five minute route through this island of countryside, past the ponds and through woodland and meadows. I sometimes commute to work in Central London, freewheeling through Regent’s Park with the wind in my hair as the sun rises is a truly exhilarating experience.

  • Velorutionary - Soheb Panja

    Soheb Panja.




    Soheb came into our store having sold his road bike on eBay after, in his own words, “failing to embrace the necessary maintenance and lycra that it required”.

    He also had a six-year-old folding bike that he felt wouldn’t withstand the pressure of a longer commute. So he was looking for a new bike that would be easy to maintain and see him comfortably through his daily trip to and from work. “The first thing you notice in Velorution is the range – someone has clearly shifted through the thousands of bikes out there and picked the best ones,” Soheb says.

    After viewing the range of beautiful and varied bikes we have to offer he decided to take one of our Schindelhauer Siegfrieds out for a test ride. He was given a detailed demonstration of the features on the bike by a member of staff and then let out onto the road to try the bike. “The guys in store were wonderful, and after a spin around the block on the Siegfried I was sold.”

    With its lightweight frame and Gates Carbon Drive system, which requires no oil and lasts more than twice the life of a regular chain, this bike certainly fulfilled his low-maintenance criteria.

    He soon realised that it was the bike for him and after some quick calculations on how much money it would save him having a bike that he would ride every day rather than using the train, he was very happy. His commute starts at Ladbrook Grove with a quick pit stop at Tapped and Packed on Rathbone Street, W1 for a coffee before finishing up in Shoreditch. So look out for him speeding past you on his shiny new bike in the future.

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