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.

Summer 2014 Bicycle Quarterly

The Summer 2014 Bicycle Quarterly is at the printer. We spent most of April in Japan, where we found cycling, culture, and bicycle manufacturing that were even more amazing than we ever imagined. This issue features our first reports. For … Continue reading

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Bicycle Quarterly Meeting in September

On September 13-14, 2014, we’ll have a Bicycle Quarterly Meeting in Packwood, WA. The “meeting” is a simple get-together of cyclotourists, not an organized event. Perhaps “un-meeting” would be a better term: there is no registration, no fee, and no … Continue reading

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Setting Our Own Trends

“You don’t want to give people what they want. Give them something they didn’t know that they wanted.” Ruth Reichl, former editor of Gourmet. This quote really resonated with me. When I pick up other cycling magazines, I am often … Continue reading

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Flèche Northwest: 24 Hours, Mostly Rainy

“Le tandem avale la distance,” I thought as we pedaled through the night. “The tandem gobbles up the distance.” Long stretches of road seemed to be compressed during the weekend’s ride, with the difference being that I wasn’t riding my … Continue reading

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Pro-Joy instead of Anti-Racing

These days, the “real-world” or “alternative” cycling world often seems to define itself by what it is not: It’s not racing. One company even made a patch that said: “Racing Sucks!” Perhaps this sentiment is understandable, considering how much racing … Continue reading

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Three Weeks in Japan

Bicycle Quarterly contributor Hahn Rossman and I just returned from a three-week trip to Japan. It was an incredible visit, filled with excitement, wonder and learning. We rode through wonderful landscapes. We met randonneurs, cyclotourists, bicycle collectors and many others. … Continue reading

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The Art of Compromise

It may be popular to talk about “no-compromise” products, but the reality is that the best products involve a careful balance of features and properties. Take our new Compass tires… We could have made them lighter! The only place to … Continue reading

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