Richard has written and photographed more than 20 cycling titles. For BikeRadar he covers everything from commuting and UK political and campaigning news to global biking trends, as well as producing a regular routes roundup. Electric, folding and utility bike reviews a speciality. He regularly attends UK bike shows as well as Eurobike and is a ranger on the UK's National Cycle Network's Trans Pennine Trail route in Yorkshire.
Surely not a 'serious' bike? Well, yes; whilst this electrically assisted cruiser looks fun and is fun to ride it's a serious attempt by the world's self-proclaimed biggest manufacturer of quality bicycles to shape, quite literally, the future of cycling.
This racy, well-priced offering is a Dahon in all but name. Just consider the spec for £399: Kinetix Comp CNC machined rims, Schwalbe Marathon Racer tyres with Race Guard and eight derailleur gears with very smooth Revoshift/Tiagra shifting, covering an impressive 294 per cent (31-91in) spread.