50th Issue of Bicycle Quarterly!

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I love my work. A few years ago, I was concerned that editing Bicycle Quarterly might eventually become a “job” rather than a passion. As it turns out, I am still excited about every issue of Bicycle Quarterly, especially this 50th one! To celebrate the occasion, we added 50% more pages, so we could cover several topics in-depth without having to worry about page counts. So there are no promotional tie-ins or water bottle give-aways to celebrate – we just give you more of what really mattters at BQ.

The 50th issue presents an opportunity to take stock and look back over 12.5 years. Perhaps Bicycle Quarterly’s greatest contribution has been to redefine what a performance bike can be. No longer do we have to choose between comfort and speed, between spirited performance and the ability to go on adventures off the beaten path.

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To examine the state of the art in “real-world bicycles”, we tested one of Peter Weigle’s nearly mythical 650B bikes. We took it to the Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting, where it had to carry a light camping load, traverse a mountain pass on gravel roads, and chase a personal best on a long, paved road climb. I don’t think I give away too much when I say that it performed admirably at all those tasks, and we had great fun with it, too.

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To put the Weigle into perspective, we selected 11 milestones among the 60+ bikes we have tested. Each of these bikes was special when we tested it. Together, they chronicle how our understanding of performance bicycles has evolved over the last decade.

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Three years ago, I got my own “ultimate custom bicycle”. Now with 18,000 km under its wheels, I take stock: How is it to ride a bike with 1930s derailleurs, 1950s brakes and 21st century lights every day? What would I do differently next time around, and which features have proven their worth?

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I’ve long been a fan of Bernard Déon’s classic book Paris-Brest et Retour. In this issue, we bring you the story of the very first Paris-Brest-Paris from his book. Conceived in 1891 as a “utilitarian race”, the first PBP was an extreme adventure and a gripping race. We combine Déon’s classic text (translated into English) with unique images from the Jacques Seray collection to take you right into the action.

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World traveler Damian Antonio takes you on an amazing adventure in the Himalayas. What is it like to cycle above 5000 m (16,400 ft) elevation?

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We also went to the Big Island of Hawaii, and bring you the experience of climbing the volcanoes there. At the same time, we evaluate the compromises inherent in a bike designed to fit into a suitcase. It made us realize that some features of our favorite bikes are not essential, but others we would not want to live without.

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We take you on a factory tour of Nitto, the famous makers of handlebars, stems, racks and other metal components. Among other things, you will learn how the bulge in the center of high-end handlebars is formed.

Of course, that is far from all. We show you how to replace a rim without completely rebuilding the wheel. We feature book reviews, product tests, news, as well as our popular “Skill” and “Icon” columns. We hope you enjoy this issue and join our celebration.

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About Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

I love cycling and bicycles, especially those that take us off the beaten path. I edit Bicycle Quarterly magazine, and occasionally write for other publications. Bicycle Quarterly's sister company, Compass Bicycles Ltd., turns the results of our research into high-quality bicycle components for real-world riders.
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21 Responses to 50th Issue of Bicycle Quarterly!

  1. Matt Sallman says:

    Congratulations Jan!

    Both for reaching 50 issues and keeping it fresh and enjoyable. Can’t wait to get this issue – of course I feel that way every issue.

    Matt

  2. Tim Bird says:

    Yes, well done Jan!
    It’s no exaggeration when I say BQ has revolutionised my cycling. Thank-you.

    Tim

  3. Alan Ardizone says:

    Great job you’ve done all these years, Jan. Your approach to cycling journalism is unique in the world. I’m excited to get the 50th issue in my paws !

    Uncle Al

  4. Dyon says:

    Jan – Thanks so much for all the great work. BQ really is a treasure.

  5. Doug Wagner says:

    Eagerly awaiting the next issue, just as I did the first!

  6. Paul Ahart says:

    Jan,
    I’ll add my congratulations to those above. Your magazine and its excellent articles have certainly changed my perspective on bicycle performance and overall usefulness. Especially illuminating have been your in-depth bicycle road tests and extraordinary research in tire technology, in what makes a performance tire. To say the least, I eagerly look forward to every issue, and encourage others to subscribe to it as well.

  7. Ford Kanzler says:

    BQ just keeps improving and is always an informative, enjoyable read. Great job!

  8. Tim Evans says:

    I remember asking you at the 2008 NAHBS show in Portland if you might run out of material for Bicycle Quarterly. You said you had plenty, as each issue has certainly shown. I hope you have half as much fun making Bicycle Quarterly as I always have anticipating the next issue.

    • So far, it’s been a lot of fun. We just returned from Japan with lots of material for future issues, and we’ve got some new contributors lined up, so I am even more excited about the next 50 issues than I have been about the last…

      • marmotte27 says:

        Would I be right to think that maybe the downright “revolutionary” material, on geometry, frame stiffness, tire performance and suchlike, questioning most commonly held beliefs about bikes and their performance will become somewhat more scarce in the future as you have tested these things quite thourougly now, and there are maybe no great discoveries to be made anymore?

      • It’s been very satisfying to see that our “revolutionary” findings (or “far-out ideas”, depending on your point of view) have become accepted in the mainstream. Wider tires, frame stiffness tuned to the rider, low-trail geometries, 650B tires – it’s not as radical as it used to be.

        We’ve examined most areas that we think matter for performance bikes: Tires, aerodynamics, frame stiffness, frame geometry, etc. So you are right that there isn’t much left to study, but we always keep looking. In fact, I’ve been working on a test that pushes the boundaries of frame flex a little further…

  9. Groan. How many weeks do I have to wait for the magazine to show up in my physical mailbox after this teaser showed up in my electronic inbox.
    On a more serious note, my wife blames you for me getting a custom rando bike as a Christmas present to myself. I on the other hand thank you!

  10. don compton says:

    Jan,
    As always, I can’t wait to get the next issue. I am a car guy and a bike guy, and I always toss my car magazines, but I keep all my Bicycle Quarerly’s

  11. Bob Ehrenbeck says:

    Congratulations, Jan, and thanks for all your efforts with BQ and Compass.

    I just saw that same JP Weigle bike in person at the Philly Bike Expo last weekend; it is a sight to behold, and I’m eager to read your write-up on it.

  12. Julie jacobs says:

    Congratulations Jan, good job. I enjoy your magazine a lot, especially the stories about the rides, old and new. Keep up the good work. And…THANK YOU

  13. Mark Schneider says:

    I really enjoy the magazine Jan, and it has really changed my perspective on cycling. Last year after reading BQ, I bought an old Trek 614 with somewhat low trail, put on a front bag, converted it to 650b and put some Grand Bois tires on it. I love riding with a front bag and supple wide tires. The old Trek was great introduction to low trail riding. Now I’m waiting for my Terraferma Corsa 650b to be finished, I have Rene Herse Cranks, Mafac Raid Brakes ready to go. While I still seldom ride longer than 4-5 hours I do plan to try a 200k next year.
    I love all the stories about the old constructeurs and their amazing bikes. Thank you for your passionate endeavor, now if you could just get Grant to make one low trail model…

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