This Thanksgiving, we would like to share our gratitude for our Bicycle Quarterly editorial team, contributors and advisors. Their qualifications and enthusiasm are second to none, and their contributions run through every issue of the magazine. Here are a few of them:
Mark Vande Kamp is our go-to guy for data analyses and reviews of test protocols, utilizing his Ph.D. in social psychology with a minor in statistics. Whether he trains or not, there aren’t many who can shake him off their wheel, whether up or down a hill. He provides a second opinion on almost every bike we test.
Hahn Rossman is our metal fabricator extraordinaire. His ability to make things and test them is a huge asset to Bicycle Quarterly. Hahn’s background in art also makes him a great photographer, as evidenced in the recent issues of the magazine. He’s a great rider, whose passions are cyclocross and gravel roads.
Alex Wetmore always provides a unique and valuable perspective. He is a keen observer, and in recent years has taught himself how to build frames and racks. His rides on the gravel roads of the Cascades, usually loaded up with camping gear, are legendary.
Raymond Henry has spent the last few decades studying the history of cyclotouring in France. He has written a number of books on the history of derailleurs, Vélocio, and the history of cyclotouring. When we need a piece of information, a reference from a century-old magazine or a hard-to-find photo, he is there to help. When he isn’t making olive oil from his orchard, he often climbs nearby Mount Ventoux on his favorite Jo Routens bicycle, which he ordered new from the builder in 1968.
Frank Berto needs little introduction – you probably know of his book The Dancing Chain, the book about the history of derailleurs. Frank’s engineering background and his love of cycling enabled him to write hundreds of technical articles for various bicycle magazines. We especially appreciate Frank as a sounding board for our ideas.
Jim Papadopoulos has thought more about why bicycles stay upright and which physical forces affect their handling than anybody else I can think of. He prefers to stay in the background – hence no photo of him – and he is keen to note that he doesn’t endorse anything that he hasn’t researched himself. Because of his expertise and his independence, his advice and feedback for our technical articles are invaluable.
Andreas Oehler works for the German lighting manufacturer Schmidt Maschinenbau, whose SON generator hubs have revolutionized bicycle lighting. As a keen cyclist with a training in mechanical engineering, he is always interested in discussing technical articles and testing procedures. He also works with independent experts on measuring the performance of generator hubs and headlights.
Christopher Zider is an artist and randonneur who lives in Houston, Texas. He created Bicycle Quarterly’s masthead and numerous illustrations that we have published over the years. Above is his drawing of my René Herse bicycle. The original (drawing, not bike) is framed and hangs on my office wall.
George Retseck is a professional illustrator whom many still remember from the 1990s Bridgestone catalogues. His ink drawings of the XOs and RBs contributed to making these bikes such icons. We are excited when we have the opportunity to commission drawings from him.
Barbara Van de Fen brings her varied backgrounds in engineering, art and education to her job as our copy and photo editor. Every article Bicycle Quarterly publishes is radically changed – for the better – by her suggestions and ideas. She is able to bring out the essence in the sometimes rambling or unfocused stories that the rest of us write.
Kris Hicks-Green is a keen cyclist, too, but his day job is as a proofreader. And that is what he does for us. If you notice typos in the magazine, they probably were added during last-minute edits, rather than overlooked by him.
Mark Eastman is a graphic designer who created the layout of Bicycle Quarterly, as well as our web site. He has been able to translate our somewhat vague ideas into layouts that look sharp on page and screen.
We hope their contributions have enriched your lives, too! We are very honored and grateful to work with them. Wishing you and yours well this holiday season…