Monthly Archives: October 2012

How Many Bikes Do I Need?

I ride my bike for enjoyment, fitness, travel and transportation. Bicycles fill more than 90% of my transportation needs (with trains, airplanes, rental trucks and cars making up the other 10%).* For all these needs, I only require two or … Continue reading

Posted in A Journey of Discovery, Our Bikes | 55 Comments

Decaleurs for Aluminum Stems

Compass Bicycles now offers Grand Bois’ decaleur for classic aluminum stems. A decaleur is a small bracket mounted near the handlebars to secure the handlebar bag (the front rack holds the handlebar bag’s weight). A decaleur system has two parts: … Continue reading

Posted in Racks/Bags, Stems | 7 Comments

Unimprovable: Gilles Berthoud Handlebar Bag

Gilles Berthoud handlebar bags are among the few things in this world that are so well-designed and have proven themselves for so long that they have become unimprovable. These bags first were introduced by Sologne in the 1950s, and they … Continue reading

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Come See Us at the Philadelphia Bike Expo

We are excited to go to the Philadelphia Bike Expo next weekend. Unlike the typical consumer shows that are held in many places (including Seattle), the Philly Show’s focus is similar to what we do at Bicycle Quarterly: Artisans, Activists, … Continue reading

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Rene Herse – The Book

Our new book! Instead of telling you about René Herse, I’d like to tell you how this book came about. While I was visiting René Herse’s daughter Lyli many years ago, we talked about restoring the tandem that placed first … Continue reading

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Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles in Paris

A sharp-eyed reader spotted our book The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles in this photo on the BBC Travel web site as part of a feature about art in Paris. It is very nice to see our book featured in … Continue reading

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René Herse Cranks in Stock

We just received a new shipment of René Herse cranks. In addition to the double and triple cranks, this production run includes the single-speed cranks (shown above). We also have all chainring sizes in stock (except 50 teeth, which are … Continue reading

Posted in Components, Product News, Rene Herse cranks | 5 Comments