Summer 2013 Bicycle Quarterly

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The Summer issue of Bicycle Quarterly is at the printer and will be mailed next week. This issue features:

  • Cycling in Mexico, at the intersection of tradition and fashion. A fascinating variety of bicycles and tricycles carries anything from construction materials to mobile food stands. In Mexico City, these utilitarian cyclists mingle with young urbanites who have taken up cycling as Mexico City reinvents itself as a livable metropolis for the 21st century.

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André Marcadier started his career making innovative, superlight bicycles. When bicycles fell from favor in France, he used the techniques he had developed to make amazingly lightweight sports and race cars. Later in life, he returned to bicycles. We visited this remarkable man in Lyon and bring you the full story.

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To complement the feature on Marcadier, we show you a 1950s aluminum bike in a full studio protrait, with many beautiful and innovative details.

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How do rims work? Why do some tires wobble on some rims? And how to you install tires on “tubeless-ready” rims? Find the answers in this well-illustrated article. We also show you an innovative rim from the 1940s, which guaranteed that tires were easy to mount, yet ran true without wobbles.

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Volagi is a new bicycle brand geared toward long-distance riders. They offer models in carbon (above) and steel (below).

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We test both to find out how they perform on the road. We also bring you a test of the new Shimano CX75 “Road” disc brakes.

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We look at alternative shifting systems: Hub gears appeal because they are almost maintenance-free, but are they a good choice for a performance bike? And what are the pros and cons for bar-end and downtube shifters? Find out how they perform on the road, and which system is more appropriate for which rider.

To round it out, we also have product tests, book reviews, My Favorite Bike, and an update on tire performance. Click here for a full table of contents.

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About Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

I love cycling and bicycles, especially those that take us off the beaten path. I edit Bicycle Quarterly magazine, and occasionally write for other publications. One of our companies, Bicycle Quarterly Press publishes cycling books, while Compass Bicycles Ltd. makes and distributes high-quality bicycle components for real-world riders.
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12 Responses to Summer 2013 Bicycle Quarterly

  1. djconnel says:

    The Volagi beat out Trek & Specialized, among others, in a Velo Magazine test of vibration suppression in “endurance” frames. The Specialized ended up winning the overall rankings to to an arbitrary assignment of scoring weight to stiffness metrics, but for most endurance riding maximal power sprints aren’t the priority. It will be interesting to see how the Volagi compares here, since Jan takes a more holistic view of frame design.

  2. David Pearce says:

    Having just recently subscribed to Bicycle Quarterly, I hope to receive this issue as my first issue in a hopefully long run!

    I have been to Mexico three times, and have always admired their “Trici-Taxis”, if that is the correct word, for their tricycle leg-powered vehicles for goods or people. The last time I was in Mexico I believe was 2006.

    I recall seeing that both Trici-Taxis or treadle-powered sewing machines could be purchased for about the same amount, about $200 USD as I recall, and I thought how interesting, two leg-powered machines that get so much good done for “the little guy”, the entrepreneur who takes people from A to B, or makes clothes, even guayaberas (sp?) for touristas from Los Estados Unidos.

    Olé! Muchas gracias por su trabajo!

    David,
    Washington, D.C.

  3. Matthew J says:

    It will be interesting to read your take on internal gear hubs.

    A few years back I had a custom tour bike built around a Rohloff hub. Never could warm to the ride feedback and weight of the hub. My current tour bike has a MaxiCar with 5 speed Suntour freewheel. For me this is a much better set up. (Kind of hard to recommend my set up to others seeing as MaxiCars are not all that easy to find these days)

    • It all depends on how you ride and what you expect from your system. Our goal was to figure out which system will be best for which type of rider. Unfortunately, there isn’t much information on that to date. It’s sort of like STI and Ergopower – most magazine reviews treat the two as interchangeable, even though they each have very distinct traits that make them suited to different riders. There is even less information about internally-geared hubs or the downtube and bar-end shifters you still can get today.

  4. Bubba says:

    Even if I never own an IG hub, a well done cutaway illustration like the above is really entertaining to look at. The hand-drawn ones of the 20th Century are truly impressive

  5. Ty says:

    I will be very interested to see what you have to say about the Volagi, as I am a member of the San Francisco Randonneurs, and many members have the Volagi Carbon version and a few have the steel version. They are local company for us.

    In looking at the fork, it looks like it is definitley not low-trail. Wondering how that affects the handling with a handlebar bag…

    Guess we will have to wait to get our issues to find out!

    Ty

    • djconnel says:

      The Liscio² has a nominal trail from 54 mm (largest frame) to 62 mm (smallest frame), so it isn’t “low-trail” by Jan’s standards.

  6. Scott G. says:

    Will the hub gear article cover the Sturmey club and racing hubs ?

    • Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to ride the Sturmey hubs. The article covers general concepts – how much resistance there is, and whether it matters much, how well they shift, and so on. It’s based on our experience with various Shimano 7- and 8-speed hubs, as well as the Rohloff 14-speed hub. The question we wanted to answer is “Are hub gears the right thing for you?” rather than “Once you’ve decided to use a hub gear, which one will best meet your needs.” The latter question might be a great topic for a future article.

      • Steve Palincsar says:

        I hope you’ve considered the ease of removing back wheels to fix flat tires. My personal experience is with Sturmey Archer AW’s — not too bad with sidepulls, but wheel removal with the DL1’s stirrup brakes was so dreadful I usually left the wheel in place and pulled out the tube and patched it in situ.

        But I was on a ride once and watched a guy remove a wheel with a SRAM IG hub to fix a flat. The process took around 5 min just to R&R the hub, and involved removing and replacing some small bits that held the shift cable on, the sort of thing that’s just dying to fall down and get lost in the grass by the side of the road.

  7. Willem says:

    As a very happy user of a Rohloff hub on my custom loaded tourer for many years, I am eager to read your views on it. Removing the wheel certainly does not take more than what it takes to slacken the tension on the shifter cable ( I have the internal system rather than external box) , i.e. half a minute or so, plus the usual time it takes to actually take out a wheel. In short, this is not an issue with the Rohloff hub. Disconnecting the Magura HS 66 brake probably takes longer (but not very long either).
    Willem

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