BQ Back Issue 4-Packs

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All Bicycle Quarterly back issues continue to be popular, because their content is timeless. Our historic articles are well-researched, with interviews of the people who were there, plus detailed research in the contemporary literature. If you want to know the story of Alex Singer or Jack Taylor, or how the first Campagnolo parallelogram derailleur was developed, there simply is no better resource than the BQ back issues.

Our technical articles also have stood the test of time. What we wrote ten years ago about front-end geometry revolutionized the understanding of bike handling (think low-trail geometries). Our first tire tests have now been confirmed by many others (wider tires roll as fast as narrow ones). Other subjects, such as frame flex and “planing”, still remain ahead of the mainstream press. You won’t find more definite articles on these subjects anywhere else.

Our rides continue to inspire riders to explore roads off the beaten path, whether it’s riding a 1946 tandem in Paris-Brest-Paris, the incredible Raid Pyrénéen with its 18 mountain passes, or finding “secret passes” in the Cascade Mountains.

All back issues continue to be available. (Ordering several also provides savings on shipping.) For readers who just want all, we do offer BQ 1 – 50 at a special price. You get 2844 pages of reading enjoyment…

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We now offer 4-packs of BQ back issues as well: These are “mix and match” – you get to choose your selection of back issues. We also offer pre-selected “packages” on individual subjects, to make it easier for readers who want to read up on one of the following topics:

  • Tire PerformanceOur famous tire tests that started the revolution toward wider tires.
  • Bike HandlingDetailed explanations of how to design bikes to handle well with various loads, tire sizes and other factors, plus a look at bicycle geometry and how each factor affects a bike’s handling.
  • Frame Stiffness and PlaningOur double-blind tests of frame stiffness and how it affects performance, plus tests of fork blade flex and more.
  • General Bike PerformanceWind tunnel tests of fenders, bags, clothing and tires of different widths. Quantifying suspension losses as the bike goes over bumps. Measuring the drag of generator hubs. A survey of PBP equipment, correlated to finishing times and problems riders experienced.
  • Our Best InterviewsGrant Petersen, Charlie Cunningham/Jacquie Phelan, the builders at Toei, Paulette Porthault.
  • Classic Builders 1Alex Singer, Jack Taylor, Goëland, Reyhand.
  • Classic Builders 2Charrel, Barra, Hetchins, TA.
  • American Builders SpeakPeter Weigle, Mark Nobilette, Bruce Gordon and Jamie Swan on filing and making lugs, a carbon-titanium bike and frame alignment.
  • TandemsClassic tandems, geometries, amazing tandem rides past and present, and the restoration of the 1956 PBP-winning René Herse.

We put together the packages with as little overlap as possible. You can order all “technical” 4-packs and not get a single issue twice. The same applies to the “history” 4-packs. (Where overlap does occur, it is noted in the descriptions.)

Click here for more information about BQ back issues or to order.

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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4 Responses to BQ Back Issue 4-Packs

  1. davesbikeshed says:

    I agree that the back issues are a timeless resource and when I renewed my sub this weekend I built up a set of 4, however the postage to uk was prohibitve. Any plans to make them available electronically to overseas readers? Best wishes Dave Seaman

    • We agree that the postage overseas can be expensive. Clark, who does our shipping, is always thinking of ways to save postage for customers, and the sweet spot right now is a huge, rather heavy order for which Fed Ex Great Rates applies. Unfortunately, we haven’t found one yet for an pair of tires, etc.

      Bicycle Quarterly is staying hard copy for the foreseeable future. It’s simply too expensive to do a digital version. The savings in postage would be taken up by the money we’d have to pay the service provider to administer the digital subscription.
      -Barbara
      Compass Staff

  2. Mike Jenkins says:

    This is a great idea. Could be incorporated into the curriculum for a frame building course.

  3. Guy says:

    Very pleased to see you have done this – i have spent a few (admittedly happy) hours searching through the contents of back issues when I have been trying to find which ones to order when researching a particular topic.

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