Past Year of Bicycle Quarterly

“What? I have to wait three months for another Bicycle Quarterly?” In various forms, we hear this comment quite often. New subscribers enjoy their first issue, and they want more. Yet as a quarterly publication, BQ appears only every three months. That is how long it takes to put together another issue – with a more frequent schedule, it would simply be impossible to maintain the high quality with our small staff.

However, there is a solution to the problem: One of our most popular products is the ‘Past Year of Bicycle Quarterly,’ which consists of the last four issues before the current one. The articles in BQ are timeless, and this is an excellent way to catch up on the great adventures, technical articles, and historical features that preceded your first issue. The BQ’s of the last year have been an especially good ‘crop.’ Read on for some of the highlights.

My own favorite is the incredible ride across Kurakake Pass in Japan. Imagine a spectacular road up a perfect mountain pass, abandoned many years ago. We were told that it had been rideable 20 years ago, but would we still be able to get through? We knew it would be an adventure, but we got a little more than we bargained for.

For years, I’ve searched for an elusive passage across the Sawtooth Ridge in the Cascade Range of Washington. My most recent attempt came as the first winter snow began to make the high roads impassable. I had checked maps and satellite images, and the forest road I wanted to take seemed rideable. But things don’t always turn out as planned!

Join us as we take a Moots Routt to Bon Jon Pass. What seems like an easy ride on the longest day of the year turns into a race against the fading daylight. The Moots performs great, but will it be enough to beat the setting sun?

We ride the Open U.P. up (and down) the highest paved pass in Japan. We came here to test how a modern race bike with ultra-wide tires handles some of the most challenging paved and gravel roads on the planet. In addition to pushing the bike to its limits, we discover a magical landscape and a wonderful mountaintop hut where we spend the night.

Matt Bryant takes you on a ‘packbiking’ adventure around Mount Baker – combining road riding with portaging bikes on unmaintained mountain trails for a true adventure that pushes the limits of what we could even imagine.

Renowned constructeur Peter Weigle tells the story of building a superlight bike for the Concours de Machines

…and riding on small mountain roads in Japan. He provides a unique perspective about taking part in these ‘BQ adventures.’

Bicycle Quarterly brings you stories you won’t find anywhere else. Daniel and Madeleine Provot’s life revolved around cyclotouring in mid-century France, and their story has inspired us and many of our readers as we enjoy our cycling.

We take you right into the action as we visit the makers of the bikes and components we enjoy: Panaracer’s tire factory (above);…

…Gilles Berthoud in France, who make beautiful bags and leather saddles (above); Paul Components in Chico, CA;…

…and Schmidt Maschinenbau in Germany, makers of the SON generator hubs and Edelux headlights (above, one of Schmidt’s testing tools).

We continue our famous technical research that has shaken up the bike industry: How wide can tires get before their performance drops off? We test tires from 32 to 54 mm under closely controlled conditions to bring you the answer.

Stunning studio photos of modern and classic bikes round off each issue, but of course, there is much, much more.

Like the ride through the mountains near Cuernavaca in Mexico, and… There is really no way to do a whole year of Bicycle Quarterly justice in a single blog post – with close to 100 pages of content, each issue is more like a book than just a magazine.

If you already have some of these back issues, you can customize your own 4-Pack and select the Bicycle Quarterlies you want to read – check our full table of contents that also includes photos from every Bicycle Quarterly.

Order your ‘Past Year of BQ’ today and enjoy many hours of reading as you dream up your own adventures.

Photo credits: Isabel Uriarte (Photo 3), Matt Bryant (Photo 6), Rob van Driel (Photo 7), Duncan Smith (Photo 14), Natsuko Hirose (Photos 2, 5, 8, 11).

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 Past Year of Bicycle Quarterly

  1. Goff V in PDX says:

    I would agree that indeed the past year’s issues have been outstanding. Always enjoy reading of your adventures in Japan; but I particularly enjoyed the recent articles from other contributors like JP Weigle, Natsuko, and Gerolf Meyer. Their different voices and perspectives make BQ an even richer publication.

  2. marmottz27 says:

    Got all the back issues already. Hoping to find the current one in my mailbox when I get back…

  3. In the current world of disposable products and advertisement-driven publishing, Bicycle Quarterly is a stalwart of what unbiased tech journalism should be.

    Give all the team at BQ a warm hug and my congratulations for doing an excellent job, one that will still be valuable for future collectors and bicycle historians. Happy 2018!!!

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