From the Bicycle Quarterly Bookstore

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Today, it’s raining in Seattle, which makes me want to settle into a comfy chair with a book. The Bicycle Quarterly bookstore sells a small selection of excellent books. If we sell a book, it’s because we like it and think you will, too.

Take the Yehuda Moon comic books. Rick Smith created this popular cartoon about a small bike shop. Yehuda likes fully equipped bicycles and rides for transportation. His friend and co-owner of the shop, Joe, rides for fitness only, on a racing bike.

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The tension between these characters can entertain for hours. You can read the cartoons online, but I very much prefer to have a book in hand, and maybe even share a few of the episodes with my children. 4 softcover books, 88-96 pages, $ 15 each.

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Bicycling Science still is the reference book on the science involving bicycles. If you want to find out why front loads are easier to steer than rear ones, why riding two abreast may be more aerodynamic than riding alone, and also why a rail cycle (above) appears to be the way to go for setting a human-powered speed record, this book is for you. Softcover, 485 pages, $ 28.

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This new book about Campagnolo’s derailleurs comes from Japan. Directed mostly at bicycle collectors, Hideki Sasaki catalogues Campagnolo’s derailleurs in great detail. It is written in Japanese, but the many photos illustrate the many iterations of Campagnolo’s famous derailleurs. Contributors include experts like Hiroshi Ichikawa, who explored the history and development of Campagnolo’s first parallelogram derailleur, the Gran Sport, for Bicycle Quarterly.

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Here you find all of Campy’s derailleurs, from the famous Super Record (above) to the obscure ones (below).

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Limited Edition, softcover, printed on heavy coated paper, 100 pages, $ 60. We only have 10 copies, so they are not on our web site, but you can order your copy here.

Our bookstore also carries Bicycle Quarterly Press’ own books, like the new René Herse and the much-acclaimed The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, and a number of other select titles. For more information or to order, go to the Bicycle Quarterly bookstore or click on the images for each book.

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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5 Responses to From the Bicycle Quarterly Bookstore

  1. thebvo says:

    Great looking books!
    As a company that publishes great books, any plans on trying to get that touring bike design book by Tony Oliver reprinted? After looking on-line, your $90 copy is a bargain! It seems like there is quite the market for such a book. I’m sure you’re busy enough as it is, but it’s worth a shot!

    • Oliver’s Touring Bikes is a great book that most Bicycle Quarterly readers will enjoy. We sell the book in our “classic books” section. We actually have a copy with a slightly battered dust jacket for only $ 80.

      Regarding a new editions, apart from the difficulty to track down the rights, I am not sure there is a large market, as it does not include the mainstream developments of the last 10 years.

  2. David Pearce says:

    I am making it my business to read all of your archive blog posts, starting with 2010. It’s good reading, while I am building my VO Polyvalent randonneur and considering whether the VO randonneur style handlebars I bought are too wide because the ones I really wanted were out of stock. But maybe with my Ergo Power levers and a handlebar bag, these large looking drop handlebars will be just right. Anyway, I’m reading all of your blog posts. Thanks.

  3. David Pearce says:

    A sub-title to the second part of Seth Kugel’s Frugal Traveler column, “What I Learned Driving Through the Heartland”, dated August 29 and appearing in today’s New York Times (Sept.1) neatly synopsizes your website with our other friends, “The Path Less Pedaled”: The New York Times’ take on it: The Path Less Beaten. :-) And, by the way he describes it, it could be a great, if longer bike trip, and makes me want to visit those areas.

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