Author Archives: Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

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.

Price Reductions!

We have reduced our prices on many products that we import. It’s rare that prices go down, but we price our products fairly, based on our costs, rather than “what the market will bear.” Over the last year, the Japanese … Continue reading

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Gravel Riding

Gravel Grinding is the new “hot” trend in cycling. I am very excited about this. Riding on gravel is great fun. A friend who was a telemark skier had a T-shirt: “Free your heel and your mind will follow.” I … Continue reading

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Crank Bolt Wrench

Our René Herse cranks come with classic 15 mm crank bolts. They are beautiful and easy to tighten. However, it can be hard to find a matching 15 mm wrench. Most wrenches have walls that are too thick to fit … Continue reading

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Aren’t Bikes Traffic?

On a ride around Lake Washington, I began to notice the signs. They occurred mostly at construction sites, and re-directed bikes where the bike lane was closed. It’s nice that they now put up signs, where in the past they … Continue reading

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Bicycle Quarterly Back Issues

When we started Bicycle Quarterly almost 12 years ago, I got a phone call from Frank Berto: “I give you two years max. I’ve seen all the others fail. In the mean time, I’ll give you all the help I … Continue reading

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The Hardest Ride of the Year

With the new year, our cycling season has started again. Training now will get us in shape for the wonderful rides we’ve planned for later this year. During my “winter rest,” I have ridden very little for eight weeks. So … Continue reading

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Wide and Fast Tires

Wider tires are faster – as outlined in this recent post. That isn’t the whole story, though, as many wide tires actually are quite slow. The reason for this is simple: Tire width is only one factor determining a tire’s … Continue reading

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Tires: How Wide is too Wide?

How wide a tire is too wide for optimum performance? Our research shows that wider tires don’t give up anything on smooth roads, and gain a significant advantage on rough roads. This has been shown for tires up to 31 … Continue reading

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Charity Drive and Saronni’s Colnago

Our charity drive for the Museo del Ghisallo was a great success. We sold 80 calendars and have donated the entire proceeds – more than $ 1200 (900 Euros) – to the Museo. Not only will the donations help re-open … Continue reading

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Who are you calling Fast and Fearless?!

I am a careful rider, who looks ahead and tries to foresee possible danger spots in order to avoid them. After decades of riding in traffic, I feel competent and confident. I was surprised that cycling advocates characterize riders like … Continue reading

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Charity Drive: Museo del Ghisallo

We are donating all proceeds from our calendar sales for the next day to help the Museo del Ghisallo reopen their doors. I was quite shocked when I learned that the Museo had closed its doors this autumn due to … Continue reading

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First and Limited Editions

Recently, we came across three copies of the first edition of our very first book. We had kept them, years ago, in case we needed to replace a faulty book or one that got damaged in shipping. We didn’t have … Continue reading

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How Much for a Kid’s Bike?

In the Winter 2013 Bicycle Quarterly, we tested a children’s bike that allowed my son to taste the joy of cycling. Not just the joy of cycling, but the joy of cycling faster and further than he had on his … Continue reading

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Rides to Remember

As 2013 draws to a close, we are looking back over the successes and joys of the year, especially the exceptional rides we have enjoyed. For me, last year had me realize what is truly meaningful for me in a … Continue reading

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Cycling under the German Occupation

When I was researching our René Herse book, the most difficult part of the story were the war-time years. Herse started making bikes in 1940, while Paris was occupied by the Germans. Being conditioned by war movies and war-time memories … Continue reading

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Gift Certificates

Usually, products we sell are products we need ourselves. Most of our components are created because we needed something we could not find elsewhere, whether it’s a high-volume, supple tire, a book about René Herse, or a handlebar with more … Continue reading

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Same-Day Delivery?

Amazon’s prototype drone for same-day deliveries (below) has been all over the news lately. It is probably just a publicity stunt, and I am amazed that so many newscasts and newspaper articles fell for it, and then gave the company … Continue reading

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It Takes a Team

This Thanksgiving, we would like to share our gratitude for our Bicycle Quarterly editorial team, contributors and advisors. Their qualifications and enthusiasm are second to none, and their contributions run through every issue of the magazine. Here are a few … Continue reading

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René Herse Book: UK and German Shipping

Our René Herse book is a big book: 424 pages! That is 2.5 times as thick as The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles. We didn’t plan it that way, but the René Herse story has so many fascinating parts, and … Continue reading

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