Category Archives: Product News

Bottle Cages, Bike Stands and Leather Washers

At Compass Bicycles, we carry products we value, even if we don’t expect them to be very profitable. The Iribe bottle cage is a case in point. On the face of it, $ 150 for a bottle cage is a … Continue reading

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Smart Move Books – Reduced Price for Damaged Copies

The book Smart Move is now out of print. We have a few copies with slightly bumped corners, which are for sale at 20% off the normal price: $ 68. Once they are gone, there will be no more. (Update: … Continue reading

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The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles in Japan

When I became interested in the bicycles of the French constructeurs many years ago, the little information that was available came from Japan. I am happy to return the favor: Our book The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles now is … Continue reading

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Spring 2011 Bicycle Quarterly

The Spring 2011 issue of Bicycle Quarterly is at the printer, and will be mailed next week. Here is a sneak peek at the new issue.

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Grand Bois Hetre with Red Tread

Just a quick note: We now have Grand Bois “Hetre” 650B x 42 mm tires with red tread in stock again. Thank you for all who patiently waited for the favorite tire. We also carry white and black treads, of … Continue reading

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SKF Bottom Brackets: World Exclusive

Compass Bicycles is proud to be the sole distributor of SKF bottom brackets world-wide. Svenska Kugellagerfabriken (SKF) has been the leader in bearing technology since 1907. Today, SKF is the largest bearing manufacturer in the world, and their bearings are … Continue reading

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Tire Sizes

Making tire molds continues to be an inexact art. For decades, riders have complained that many tires, especially wider ones, do not run “true to size.” In most cases, tires were narrower than their stated width, which caused Sheldon Brown … Continue reading

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A New Book on Cycles Alex Singer

From 1938 until today, Cycles Alex Singer has made some of the most wonderful bicycles ever made. (I may be biased, since I ride my 1973 Alex Singer randonneur bike more than any other bike.) Alex Singers have been appreciated … Continue reading

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Grand Bois Lierre 650B x 38 mm Tires

We received our first shipment of the new Grand Bois Lierre (Ivy) 38 – 584 mm (650B x 38 mm) tires. I put a set on my Grand Bois Urban Bike and went for a ride. With the shallow “negative” … Continue reading

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Racks, 700C Fork Crowns and 650B Tires

We are proud to announce a few new products: The elegant Grand Bois/Nitto M-13 racks are designed for Grand Bois 650B bikes. They feature a slightly smaller platform than the popular Nitto M-12. Where the Nitto M-12 was designed for … Continue reading

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Bicycle Quarterly Press Around the World

Does this book look familiar? Look again: It’s the German edition of The Competition Bicycle – A Photographic History, published by Covadonga in 2009. Our books and Bicycle Quarterly are being read all over the world. Here are a few … Continue reading

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More on Handlebars: Randonneur Model

My all-time favorite handlebar shape is the old AVA Randonneur: The Randonneur shape makes the “behind the hoods” position even more comfortable than the Philippe Professionel. When you look at your hand as you hold the bars, your palm forms … Continue reading

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Closeout: Grand Bois Ourson 650B x 36 mm Tires

With the new Grand Bois “Lierre” on the way, we are discounting our remaining stock of Grand Bois  “Ourson”650B x 36 mm tires: $ 38 apiece, as long as supplies last. Order online. The “Ourson” uses the tread pattern of … Continue reading

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Handlebars Old and New

The Philippe Professionel used to be one of the favorite handlebars of racers and randonneurs alike. In 1951, Hugo Koblet won the Tour de France with these handlebars. René Herse’s catalogue of the same year shows these handlebars on the … Continue reading

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COMPASS BICYCLES: Components for Real-World Riders

At Bicycle Quarterly, we sometimes discover products that are superb, but nobody imports them to North America. Or our research indicates that certain classic components work better than those available today, but nobody is making them. We have suggested some … Continue reading

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Grand Bois 650B x 36 mm tires

We recently received prototypes of the new Grand Bois “Lierre” (Ivy) 650B x 36 mm tires. A few readers already spied them at the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show, mounted on the bike displayed at the Bicycle Quarterly stand. When 650B … Continue reading

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