Monthly Archives: December 2010

Grand Bois Lierre 650B x 38 mm Tires

We received our first shipment of the new Grand Bois Lierre (Ivy) 38 – 584 mm (650B x 38 mm) tires. I put a set on my Grand Bois Urban Bike and went for a ride. With the shallow “negative” … Continue reading

Posted in Product News, Tires

Handlebar Width

A few people have asked about handlebar width in our handlebar discussion. Grand Bois handlebars come in widths between 41 and 43 cm, which may appear narrow by today’s standards. Many riders, even very tall ones, prefer relatively narrow handlebars. … Continue reading

Posted in Handlebars, Testing and Tech | 10 Comments

Happy Holidays!

May the new year bring you wonderful rides and great memories!

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Urban Delivery

My favorite bookseller called and said: “We just sold the last copy of The Competition Bicycle, and there is a gaping hole next to your other book in our window display.” There was only one thing to do: I loaded … Continue reading

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Free Priority Mail Shipping Upgrade

At Bicycle Quarterly, we get to review almost every cycling book that is published. We select only the best books for sale in our online bookstore. Buy any two books from the Bicycle Quarterly bookstore, and receive a free upgrade … Continue reading

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Racks, 700C Fork Crowns and 650B Tires

We are proud to announce a few new products: The elegant Grand Bois/Nitto M-13 racks are designed for Grand Bois 650B bikes. They feature a slightly smaller platform than the popular Nitto M-12. Where the Nitto M-12 was designed for … Continue reading

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PBP 2011: “We Hope to Accommodate All Riders”

Many randonneurs are planning to ride in Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP), the famous 765-mile ride in 2011. The next edition of PBP will bring some changes to deal with the large number of participants. PBP is organized by the Audax-Club Parisien (ACP), … Continue reading

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Avoiding Numb Hands

Hand numbness can spoil the most wonderful long distance ride. A cyclist’s hands can get numb from vibration and pressure. The first step is to eliminate as much vibration as possible near the source (road surface). Supple, wide tires, run … Continue reading

Posted in Handlebars, PBP Preparation, Uncategorized | 21 Comments

Mr. Pedersen – A Man of Genius

David Evans spent more than a decade researching the life of Mikael Pedersen, who is best known for his unconventional bicycles. I have been fascinated by these machines since we photographed a rare racing version for our book The Competition … Continue reading

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Bicycle Quarterly Press Around the World

Does this book look familiar? Look again: It’s the German edition of The Competition Bicycle – A Photographic History, published by Covadonga in 2009. Our books and Bicycle Quarterly are being read all over the world. Here are a few … Continue reading

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Preparing for 2011 and PBP

At this time of year, we reflect on the cycling season that just has ended, and make plans for the next season. For me, the highlight of 2011 will be Paris-Brest-Paris. The famous 765-mile ride still is 9 months in … Continue reading

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Oregon Manifest Technical Trials 2011

The 2011 Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge will be held in Portland, Oregon, on September 23-24, 2011. The goal is to determine what the ultimate modern utility bike looks like and who can build it. The 2009 Constructor’s Design Challenge … Continue reading

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