Being Interviewed by the Quoc Pedaler

Recently, The Pedaler interviewed me for the blog of Quoc Pham’s eponymous cycling shoe company. We chatted about the origins of allroad bikes, the inspiration of the mid-century randonneurs, and what makes Compass Cycles different from other companies.

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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 the high-performance components we need for our adventures.
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3 Responses to Being Interviewed by the Quoc Pedaler

  1. David says:

    and lets remember Grant Peterson, who in the late 80’s/early 90’s reintroduced wider frame clearances, sensibly specced bicycles to be able to ride paved AND unpaved roads on the same bicycle.

    • Yes, Grant had a big influence. Without Rivendell’s promotion, 650B would never have taken off. We had written in Bicycle Quarterly how this this wheel size offered better handling in wide tires, but that was of little use until Grant took the idea and made it into products that riders could try on the road.

      There was also Matthew from Kogswell, who put the Porteur/Randonneur into productions. That allowed a few thousand riders to experience low-trail geometries, rather than just read about them. That was a huge step toward convincing people that classic randonneur bikes, with their low-trail geometries, weren’t unstable or dangerous.

      And, of course, J. P. Weigle started thinking about fully integrated randonneur bikes around the same time Bicycle Quarterly started… And then you have Joshua Poertner at Zipp who also tested tires and also found that wider ones rolled faster on rough roads, which influenced the pros to go to wider tires. This legitimized our research in the eyes of a mainstream audience, so the ‘wide tire revolution’ finally could gain traction beyond the niche it occupied for the first 8 or so years.

  2. “It was Vélocio, they called him the ‘Apostle of cyclotouring’ in France, who said that because of the endorphins, you notice the landscapes much more vividly than you do otherwise. So if you go by car or bus and you cross the Col d’Izoard Pass, yeah, it’s gorgeous and scenic; it looks like those tourism brochures. But when you take it on the bike, it’s a much more intense experience.”

    I’ve been cycling for several decades, and had never made this connection. Of course! The physical exertion hightens the senses.

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