Looking at proofs of a new Bicycle Quarterly always is exciting. It’s the first time we see the results of months of testing, riding, writing, photographing, and editing on actual paper. The Winter issue is at the printer, and this afternoon, I rode my bike over to approve the final proofs.
The Winter Bicycle Quarterly is about pushing beyond what we usually do. We are not talking about taking crazy risks, but about going a bit outside your normal comfort zone.
Going outside your comfort zone can mean riding unknown roads, like Gerolf Meyer did when he explored the unpaved backroads of the Western U.S. What is it like for a European to embark on 50 miles of gravel without a house or even a water source?
Going one step further, Jeremy Scott gave up everything to cycle from London to Saigon, and then on to Australia. BQ contributor Alycia Kiley reports on his trip and what made it special and worthwhile.
Our editor (that’s me!) took another stab at the Raid Pyrénéen, only to find that the best-laid plans can go awry.
You don’t need to travel half-way around the world for adventure. Together with my son, I returned to cyclocross this autumn. He tested an affordable children’s bike both on the road and in ‘cross (see cover).
I dusted off my 1980s Alan to see whether both bike and rider still could make it through the mud and across the barriers. The result was a lot of fun and a wonderful bonding experience with my son.
Bicycle Quarterly’s product tests are renowned for their thoroughness. In the Winter issue, we test the latest LED headlights. Are they so awesome that we should consider replacing our existing great lights?
We also test tires from Challenge and FMB, new 650B rims that hopefully eliminate the tire seating woes that have plagued this wheel size, as well as clothing from Ibex and Rapha.
Our Icon feature brings you the story of Reynolds 531 tubing. For almost half a century, 531 was the material of choice for top-of-the-line frames all over the world. It was also used in Jaguar E-Types and even for land speed record cars!