About Bicycle Quarterly’s blog

Off The Beaten Path is my blog about the goings-on at Bicycle Quarterly and Compass Bicycles: Rides we do, how we keep our bikes on the road, new products, glimpses of topics in upcoming issues of the magazine, and more.

Bicycle Quarterly is our passion. The magazine existed long before we ever thought about developing and selling bike parts. As we learned more and more about “real world” bicycles, we found that many of the parts needed to make these bicycles were not available. We founded Compass Bicycles to make these parts. We sell the parts we use, and we develop the components that we need for our own bikes.

Bicycle Quarterly remains strictly independent of Compass Bicycles. The magazine often features other companies’ products, and when appropriate, is critical of products we sell.

As a personal space, this blog charts my involvement in both companies, rather than strive for the independence of Bicycle Quarterly. The blog is a way to share what we are working on, where we ride, and what is on our minds. We encourage discussion in the “comments” section. Enjoy!

Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

19 Responses to About Bicycle Quarterly’s blog

  1. Bobby Birmingham says:

    The timing is perfect… I’m a new subscriber to BQ.

    Best of luck, Jan; looking forward to learning (and contributing).


    • ascpgh says:

      Same as Bobby. What a wonderful gift from another rider in my coffee shop riding group.
      Looking forward to the enlightenment and insights.

      Andy Cheatham

  2. Paul Germain says:

    As someone who has (nearly) all the BQ issues filed away for future reference (and enjoyment), I welcome this blog! I cannot get enough of BQ!

  3. Paul Germain says:

    Oops, add me to the email updates, please.

  4. I am sure this is going to be a very interesting site. I have all the copies of Bicycle Quartely and I am looking forward to the good stuff coming this way.
    Tell Hermanson, Sweden

  5. Keith Andrews says:

    Really enjoy the blog as it adds to an already very fine magazine.
    I am still adjusting to the rando bike style as I am a long time
    20mm to 25mm wide tire kinda guy, but with every year that
    passes I find my appreciation for the bicycle grows as well.

  6. Rik says:

    Really enjoy the blog as it adds to an already very fine magazine. I am still adjusting to the rando bike style as I am a long-time 20mm to 25mm wide tire kinda guy, but with every year that passes I find my appreciation for the bicycle grows as well.

  7. Ford Kanzler says:

    Have enjoyed BQ for years and hope it continues.
    Thank you for your great editorial work and expanding the awareness of cycling for pleasure and fitness.

  8. Floyd Biery says:

    Please subscribe me to the blog.

  9. Very nice blog. Clear and objective technical articles.

  10. Jeroen Kleijn says:

    Dear Jan,

    In search for new tires I encountered your blog. I thought “look if this Dutchman can enlighten me”. Your tire test didn’t help me much, but I am really happy to have found your site! Great stuff. I almost want to pick up the restorationproject of my 1958 Locomotief! But I am lacking time and money…..
    Keep up the good work
    Jeroen Kleijn
    The Netherlands

  11. skoester1 says:

    Recently read the latest issue of the magazine where you talked about not putting much weight on one’s hands and arms while riding. This has always been difficult and wonder how to change my riding style to avoid sore wrists. Almost all riders I see seem to be leaning on the bars.

    • To get weight off your bars, there are two things to consider: 1. Move your handlebars far enough forward so that your hands no longer are below your shoulders, but stretched forward. 2. Now that your back (instead of your arms) is holding you up, move your handlebars up high enough that the inclination of your back is in tune with your power output and your core strength.

      As we discussed in the latest Bicycle Quarterly, the inclination of your back should balance the upward thrusts of your pedal strokes. The harder you pedal, the more inclined your back should be. Unfortunately, many modern bikes try to look “racy” by placing the bars lower than the seat, but since many beginning riders don’t have the power output to balance a low position, bike makers have shortened the reach and have the riders lean on the bars. Getting the bars higher and further forward would be a better solution, but it wouldn’t be as easy to sell.

      Wrist problems also may be caused by vibrations. Reducing vibrations is most effective at their source, so wider, more supple tires are your best remedy. Another thing is to change hand positions from time to time, and get handlebars that support your hands well and allow multiple positions.

  12. Ted Herman says:

    I recently installed Grand Bois Cerf 700 x 28 tires on my litespeed touring bike. l think they are fine tires, but I found little difference in handling or speed between them and Continental 4 Season 700×28 tires. When aired to 105 psi, they seem as rigid as the Continentals. Am I missing something?

  13. Leighton Bohl says:

    I thought that you might like to add to your ‘favorite blogs/websites’ the French ‘Cyclotourisme Tandem Noir (http://tandem.noir.pagesperso-orange.fr/). There is an extensive bibliography of, mainly French, cycling literature, a technical section, and much information about PBP and their own site sponsored fleches and randonees. Highly recommended.

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