Author Archives: Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

About Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

I love cycling and bicycles, especially those that take us off the beaten path. I edit Bicycle Quarterly magazine, and occasionally write for other publications. One of our companies, Bicycle Quarterly Press publishes cycling books, while Compass Bicycles Ltd. makes and distributes high-quality bicycle components for real-world riders.

400 km Brevet: Teamwork is Fun!

“Let the guys on the 650B bikes to the front. They’ll be ahead anyhow.” That is what the organizer of the Seattle International Randonneurs 400 km brevet said before the start. We laughed – what a change from just a … Continue reading

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Not A Museum Piece

When bikes are as stunningly beautiful as the machines from René Herse, Alex Singer and other French constructeurs, it is easy to dismiss them as “beauty queens” or “show bikes.” This would be a mistake: The performance of these bikes … Continue reading

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Reviews of Compass Tires

When you design a product, develop it, test it and finally bring it to market, you wonder how it will be received. Of course, you are confident that others will like it as much as you do – you wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Fun with Compass Brake Parts: Twin-Blade Skates

My daughter’s science project this year was an interesting one. She had seen a photo of a scooter with two front wheels. She wondered whether she could make an ice skate with two blades. Would it offer better grip in … Continue reading

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Climbing Passes near Kyoto, Japan

I am back in Japan to discuss our new tires with Panaracer, talk to other suppliers, ride bikes, visit friends, enjoy great food… It is delightful to return to places that are starting to become familiar. My Rinko bike that … Continue reading

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Berthoud Bags: Straps for Elastic-Loop Closure Models

  Berthoud handlebar bags are wonderful, and we’ve been selling them for years now. I even wrote once that they were “unimprovable”. It turns out that they can be improved after all! The model most riders prefer is the “standard” … Continue reading

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The Enduro Allroad Bike

Last year’s Oregon Outback was a great test for the ultimate gravel bike. The course consisted of 1/3 rough and soft gravel, 1/3 smooth gravel and 1/3 pavement. The situation is similar to our favorite local rides: We leave from … Continue reading

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