It Takes a Team


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…

About Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

Spirited rides that zig-zag across mountain ranges. Bicycle Quarterly magazine and its sister company, Compass Cycles, that turns our research into high-performance components for real-world riders.
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14 Responses to It Takes a Team

  1. Chuck Davis says:

    Berto’s “Up Grading” book was a classic

    Some of his “better” writings were in the old LAB news letter

  2. David Pearce says:

    Wow, what a great team! Thanks, all you people! Like the line out of the musical “Sweeney Todd”:

    “‘Tis your delight, sir, catching fire/
    From one man to the next!/
    ‘Tis true, sir, [Bikes] can still inspire/
    The heart to pound, the blood to fire!/
    What more than this can man desire?!”

    And women too of course. Everybody riding a bike is always smiling. And if they’re not smiling right at the time they’re riding, they’re smiling right after that time.

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I’m thankful that you are all on the planet!

  3. Rick Harker says:

    Just glossing over the post it seems like you’ve just described your “other” family. In a very good way that is.

  4. RosyRambler says:

    Many thanks to each and every one of the team that brings Bicycle Quarterly together for the world to experience. The quality and integrity of the publication puts it at number one in my book. Jan, you forgot to mention yourself and your budding young cyclocross photographer!

  5. Nice work! It’s nice to see the team.

  6. Rodolphe Matas says:

    What was that word again, “Dream Team”? …
    I’ve often heard it said that mediocre people will only accept others of the same kind around them, so they don’t get overshadowed; then certainly such a team says a lot about whoever is at the center…
    A very Happy Holiday Season to all of you!

  7. LARRY DAVIS says:

    Thanks for a wonderful read online and in print – makes my indoor time so much more enjoyable and lift my spirit about going for a ride, or tweaking (given’ some love to) my bike collection.

  8. David Pearce says:

    I like Frank Berto’s steam tractors. That ‘s alright! I like the way they sort of harken back to bicycles as well, with connecting rods and other parts painted in shining enamel and with decorative flourishes, just as bike frame tubes, i.e., mechanical, load-bearing frames, not hidden by “bodywork”, were painted and decorated, fusing function, protection and decoration in one idea.

    • Steam tractors and steam railroad locomotives are really very similar to bicycles: You can see everything that is going on, and you can figure out how it works just by looking at it. With bicycles, that was true at least until STI came along…

      Today’s technology is much more “black box,” where you see cables going into and coming out of black boxes, but what is going on inside those boxes is not always obvious.

      • David Pearce says:

        What a good comment. Exactly some of the same stuff I was trying to say. Indeed, the seeing of what is going on is refreshing, and I figure it is about time for me to learn how bicycles drive “by cable”, before I’m forced to learn how they can only drive “by wire”.

        I once repaired a Pioneer SX-110 Multiplex Receiver that had been thrown onto the top of a sidewalk trashcan, because I wanted to learn something about electronics. Although I still don’t know much, but it was refreshing to see exactly what tubes were needs because their names were printed right there on the chassis next to every empty tube socket. And you know, the heavy monster worked, and worked well!

  9. Paul Ahart says:

    Jan, you are too modest leaving yourself off the team. Without you there probably would have been no Bicycle Quarterly and its truly unique take on the cycling scene. It’s so wonderful to read about the cycling experience, real-life equipment reviews, and not just exhortations to get out there and buy the newest. May your team (and I’ll include your son as well) continue far into the future. We readers are truly thankful.

  10. Eric says:

    Thanks for all the great reading, but I do notice a lot of 700c wheels in those photos? 😉

    • Absolutely. We have no policy about wheel size. While those of us who got new bikes in recent years have gravitated toward 650B wheels, many of us ride the bikes we have, not the bikes we wish to have or plan to have. The only one who has been on 650B wheels almost exclusively for decades in Raymond Henry.

  11. David Feldman says:

    Jan, you qualify as a gentleman and I might be less than that–so I’ll say this about Frank Berto for you. Frank wrote for Bicycling magazine back in the days when it contained actual information.

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