Monthly Archives: September 2012

Supporting a 600 km Brevet – Part 1

During our pre-riding the planned route for the Seattle International Randonneur’s “Mountain 600 km Brevet,” we realized that it was not safe to have riders descend from Windy Ridge at night. It would be too cold, and the road has … Continue reading

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Autumn 2012 Bicycle Quarterly

The Autumn 2012 issue of Bicycle Quarterly will be mailed next week. This issue celebrates 10 years of the magazine. That’s right: Ten years ago, the first issue of what was then Vintage Bicycle Quarterly was mailed. It’s been a … Continue reading

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A Nice Encounter

Yesterday morning, I got a phone call: “Gerolf here. I am in Seattle.” Gerolf Meyer is one of the people behind the German magazine Fahrstil, for which I had written a few articles in the past. I knew that he … Continue reading

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Shipping Costs

Sometimes I am surprised by how much I am charged for shipping when I order things. When a company obviously charges more than it costs to ship the order, I feel taken advantage of. At Compass Bicycles, we only charge … Continue reading

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Bike Tests: Design Specifics vs. Intended Use

There are two common yet different approaches to testing products: You can compare design specifics. For example, you test hybrid bikes with disc brakes. Or in the car world, mid-size SUVs. You figure out which company makes the best one … Continue reading

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“Pre-Riding” the 600 km Brevet

Last weekend, Ryan and I were fortunate to have glorious weather for our “pre-ride” of the Seattle International Randonneurs 600 km brevet. A “pre-ride” is done by the ride organizers to make sure the route sheet is accurate, instead of … Continue reading

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