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.

The Courage to Try

Watching a recent beginners’ cyclocross race, my son and I noticed a middle-aged woman riding a commuter bike, complete with upright handlebars, fenders and a rear rack. She was a marked contrast to the other racers on purpose-built cyclocross bikes, … Continue reading

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Cyclocross in Paris during the 1940s

Cyclocross has been on my mind lately – I’ve returned to the sport after a 16-year hiatus – and so it was with special interest that I watched some old newsreel footage of ‘cross races in Paris during the 1940s. … Continue reading

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Winter 2013 Bicycle Quarterly

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 … Continue reading

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New Lights!

It’s not often that we get excited about new technology around here. Whether it’s 11-speed cassettes or 31.8 mm-diameter handlebars, we often fail to see the need to improve upon what works perfectly well. So when Busch & Müller announced … Continue reading

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Museo del Ghisallo

I was sad when I read the news that the Museo del Ghisallo is closing this winter, and that the prospects of it reopening next spring are uncertain. I fondly remember my visit in January 2007 to Magreglio, where the … Continue reading

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Reviews of the René Herse Book

The René Herse book has been in circulation for a few months, both in the English and the French editions. The best part of writing the book has been the great feedback from our readers. It’s nice to see that … Continue reading

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Making Cycling Convenient (and Better!)

“Half of Copenhagen residents use bicycles to get to work or school. Not because these individuals are eco-friendly, young or sporty – but because bicycles are convenient and the fastest way to get around in the city.” I was thinking … Continue reading

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Bump-Proof Decaleurs

A decaleur is a quick release for a handlebar bag. It attaches the bag securely while keeping it offset from the bars so there’s room for your hands on the handlebars. (The French “decaler” means “to offset” or “to move … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Color Printing

Color print and media is so common nowadays that most of us take it for granted, but it is much more complex than Black & White. When we decided to go to a full-color publication, we knew we had to … Continue reading

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700C Fenders, Bar Plugs and Brake Pads

Big components like cranks and derailleurs usually steal the show, but the performance and beauty of a bike depends also on many smaller components. At Compass Bicycles, we recently added three of them to our line. Numerous customers asked whether … Continue reading

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Cyclocross!

My son took this picture. Trying to make it up a slippery hill takes total commitment! This autumn, I have started to race cyclocross again, after retiring from it 16 years ago. I’ve always liked ‘cross, so when my son … Continue reading

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BQ’s Calendar of Classic Bicycles 2014

Like in previous years, Bicycle Quarterly has teamed up with Rizzoli’s Universe Publishing to create a Classic Bicycles calendar for 2014. On the cover is a wonderful René Herse Randonneuse built in 1950. Inside are studio photos of twelve classic … Continue reading

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Riding to Forest Road 6700

There are many reasons to plan a ride. In this case, we had been looking at a map. We found Forest Road 6700, and it looked like it could provide an alternative to Highway 2 on the way from Stevens … Continue reading

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Lights! Closeouts and New Headlights

Current LED headlights are amazing. Both the Schmidt Edelux and the B&M IQ Cyo provide a bright, even beam that puts the light on the road where you need it, without blinding oncoming traffic. When they came out a few … Continue reading

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Experiencing Suspension Losses

Suspension losses cause a significant resistance when riding your bike. We knew this from our testing, but it was illustrated in a powerful way during a 300 km brevet a few years ago. My friend Ryan and I rode in … Continue reading

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Grand Bois 5-speed Cassette Hubs

Compass Bicycles now offers the Grand Bois freewheel hubs for 120 mm rear spacing, with 5- and 6-speed cassettes. That’s good news for those of you with older bikes that you want to ride more often. There are many wonderful … Continue reading

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Riding with the Alex Singer Club

Returning to Paris after a trip to the Alps, there was an e-mail from Olivier Csuka of Cycles Alex Singer: “We will meet tomorrow at 7 at the boutique. About 150 km.” I set my alarm, and in the first … Continue reading

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Autumn 2013 Bicycle Quarterly

Whew! The Autumn 2013 Bicycle Quarterly is at the printer. The team hears me complain about how much work it can take to publish a magazine, but they seem to cheer up when I have my moment of “This really … Continue reading

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The Price of Performance

Why do high-end bikes and components cost so much more than budget offerings? Both racing bikes in the photo above are made from carbon fiber. Both are equipped with multi-speed drivetrains and Shimano STI shifters. Both have narrow 700C tires. … Continue reading

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From the Bicycle Quarterly Bookstore

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 … Continue reading

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