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. Bicycle Quarterly's sister company, Compass Bicycles Ltd., turns the results of our research into high-quality bicycle components for real-world riders.

Why slick tires don’t stick well

  During the R&D of the Compass tires, I was surprised how much difference tire treads can make. I rode three sets of tires with the same casing, same tread rubber and same width, but different tread patterns: standard Grand … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Best wishes to you for 2016! May the new year bring you wonderful rides and great memories. Photo credit: Natsuko Hirose

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10 Favorite Photos from Bicycle Quarterly

We want to celebrate a great year with our 10 favorite photos from Bicycle Quarterly. Tom Moran’s article about fatbiking to the “Magic Bus” in Alaska was not only a great story, but it also was accompanied by great photos … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

I wish all our readers Happy Holidays! I’ve enjoyed all the interactions with readers. The technical discussions are stimulating, but most of all, it’s nice to read about so many people enjoying their bikes on great rides! Thank you all! Photo credit: Fred Blasdel

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Why Do We Make Custom Chainring Bolts?

Recently, we received our custom René Herse chainring bolts (above). Why in the world would we go through so much trouble and expense to make custom chainring bolts? They are pretty significant little bolts, because they are the finishing touch on … Continue reading

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Rinko Parts – Useful not only for Train Travel

Since our first visit to Japan last year, we’ve been fascinated by Rinko, the Japanese system of packing bikes for train travel. The Rinko system developed by the builders Alps and Hirose is especially elegant and results in the smallest possible package … Continue reading

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Rides to Remember

As the cycling season draws to a close, I look back over the memorable rides that I have enjoyed. This year, my cycling season ended abruptly when a car turned in front of me in Taiwan, but my recovery has … Continue reading

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