Hi all, I have been lurking for a while and finally decided to join your forum. My main areas of interest are with recumbents (I think so but haven't really had much experience of them) and I am considering load carriers as well. I don't do much cycling at the moment due to the long distances for work, but I do have a Marin Hawkhill which gets used for circular trips until I get some better security sorted out or for return trips from dropping the car off for servicing. I am currently studying an MSc in Architecture, Environment and Energy at the Centre for Alternative Technology and I am thinking of including a cycling element in my thesis proposal so I hope you don't mind me asking for some advice on here about that for my research. I will say when it is for research reasons. I used to do a lot of cycling in the past but then I got a driving licence and have struggled to get back into it for the last 25 years! However at that time I was designing and building my own bikes for fun and just to be different. Also I never considered the Raleigh Chopper to be sufficiently 'Chopper' like so I made my own with long forks, low seat and feet forwards pedalling, semi recumbent style. Much more fun. I am still designing and making now but now it is mainly furniture and the occasional trailer.