Monthly Archives: October 2016

Bicycle Quarterly Charity Drive

With a tumultuous election season in the United States, we sometimes lose sight of the bigger worries that exist in many parts of the world, even as the news highlight armed conflicts and refugee crisis. One of the ways Compass Bicycles has chosen … Continue reading

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Rinko Systems: Ezy and Ezy Superior

  We have discovered a compatibility issue with the different versions of MKS Rinko pedal. Please note that the SPD-compatible MKS US-S pedals (shown on left) use the “EZY” release system while the other MKS Rinko pedals we offer use … Continue reading

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SPD-compatible Rinko Pedals

The long-awaited SPD-compatible Rinko pedals from MKS have arrived. Now you can enjoy the convenience of SPD shoes and cleats, and yet remove your pedals in just seconds without tools. Initially intended for Rinko (the Japanese system of disassembling bikes for … Continue reading

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Bicycle Flea Market

Visiting Japan is fun, in part because I meet so many different cyclists. There are the cyclotourists, the randonneurs, the collectors… Bicycle collecting as a hobby has a long tradition in Japan, and there are many events for collectors. The … Continue reading

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A Book about SunTour

Many Bicycle Quarterly readers wrote to tell us how much they enjoyed Takayuki Nishiyama’s in-depth article about SunTour in the Summer 2016 Bicycle Quarterly (above). SunTour was one of the world’s most innovative component makers, yet little has been written about this … Continue reading

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Cyclotouring in the Rain

On a rainy weekend in late September, a group of seven friends headed out for a weekend tour in the mountains. We took a long train ride from Tokyo to Fukushima. We started climbing almost as soon as we left the station. Up an up … Continue reading

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Steilacoom Tire Testing

We thoroughly test every Compass product before we release it. We also seek unbiased evaluations from experienced riders who weren’t involved in the development of the products. For the new Compass Steilacoom cyclocross tires, we gave them to a number … Continue reading

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