Category Archives: Components

MKS: Pedals and more in Japan

During our recent visit to Japan, we had the privilege of visiting Mikashima Industrial Company, better known as MKS, the makers of bicycle pedals. We had expressed an interest in MKS to our trading company. Fortunately, the MKS’s president, Toshiyuki … Continue reading

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TPI and Tire Performance

Tires with supple casings are faster, more comfortable and simply more fun to ride. Most cyclists know this, but how do you measure “suppleness”? A measure that often is used to describe the quality of tires is “threads per inch” … Continue reading

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Supporting the Classics

When we became custodians of the René Herse name, we had three goals in mind: Bring back some of the best designs of René Herse, so that today’s cyclists could enjoy their excellent function and aesthetic. Support classic René Herse … Continue reading

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New Handlebars and Stem

One of the all-time favorite handlebar shapes is the Philippe Professionel. Back in the 1940s and 1950s, you found them on the bikes of professional racers (below), randonneurs, cyclotourists, even track bikes. Their flat ramps provide plenty of hand positions, … Continue reading

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Compass Centerpull Brakes Are Here!

We received the last parts for our centerpull brakes, test-assembled them, wrote the instructions, and now they are ready to ship. Click here to read more about the advantage of centerpull brakes. There are a lot of parts to a … Continue reading

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ISIS Bottom Brackets

When we took over the distribution of SKF bottom brackets, we didn’t have high expectations for the ISIS bottom brackets. We were surprised when they became one of our more popular products. We sell them to customers who haven’t heard … Continue reading

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Compass Centerpull Brakes

When we started Compass Bicycles, we dreamed of a new centerpull brake. We started developing and testing right away, but it has taken a few years for that work is coming to fruition. We just received the first production samples! … Continue reading

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