Bicycle Quarterly Spring 2012

Cyclists come in all sizes, as illustrated on the cover of the Spring 2012 Bicycle Quarterly. In this issue, we look at riders that are outside the range of our usual testers. How will a low-trail bike handle for a novice rider? Is “planing” something that all cyclists can experience? How would one build a great bike for a rider who is shorter or taller than our testers? How do wider tires feel to a rider who is used to racing bikes?

The Spring issue features reports from two riders who are new to classic randonneur bikes. One is taller, one is shorter, one a novice cyclist, the other an experienced rider. In addition to their riding experiences, we feature the geometries and tubing selections of their bikes. We also interviewed Lennard Zinn about how he designs bikes for tall riders.

Then we have three brothers report on their bicycle trip in Hannibal’s footsteps across Europe. The series about our editor’s new custom bike continues with an in-depth look at the Nivex derailleur. There are bike and component tests, book reviews, “My Favorite Bike” and more.

The Spring issue is running off the presses right now. It will go in the mail in next week. Readers should get it by April 28. (If you have moved, please let us know ASAP, so we can mail the magazine to the correct address.)

Click here for more information and images from the Spring issue.

About Jan Heine

Spirited rides that zig-zag across mountain ranges. Bicycle Quarterly magazine and its sister company, Rene Herse Cycles, that turns our research into the high-performance components we need for our adventures.
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10 Responses to Bicycle Quarterly Spring 2012

  1. melinda says:

    I’d love to see women testing bikes for you, too!

  2. Lisa says:

    I’m delighted to hear that you have some short riders and/or women doing bike tests — thank you! I had let my subscription lapse, but I’ve just subscribed again. (BTW, I’m 5’3″.)

  3. Ronald Lau says:

    Jan, thank you for writing about us shorter folks. Looking forward to read it.

  4. Likewise for us taller folks. I’m curious about the different effects that additional tubing vs. oversized tubing have on larger frames. Also techniques used to reduce the stiffness of smaller frames to get them to ‘plane’ correctly.

  5. Frank Barknecht says:

    Very interesting topic. I recently stumbled across an interesting article about one of the few German framebuilders, Thomas Veidt, who is specialized in building bicycles for riders really “out of the norm”, including a bike for a triathlete 1.25 meters tall. It’s in German, so fine for Jan and me, others may want to use an automatic translation:
    Thomas Veidt’s site has more pictures of the vehicle:
    (“Zeit” is one of the big weekly newspapers in Germany, and the article was in their “Cars” section … )

  6. For those interested in the short person’s article, I am a woman just under 5’7″ weighing 125-130lb. Looking forward to this issue, and thank you for the opportunity to write for Bicycle Quarterly.

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