Category Archives: Testing and Tech

When Experts Are Missing Something

Recently, I posted about slick tires and why they tend to offer poor traction, especially in the wet. Almost predictably, some Internet “experts” declared that it was all wrong. One of the more polite comments was: “Wow, lots of misinformation in this article.” … Continue reading

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Why Wider Tires Corner Better

In our last post, readers noticed the image above and asked about cornering. How am I able to lean the bike so far? Wider bicycle tires corner better than narrower ones. This may run counter to what many cyclists believe, … Continue reading

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Riding my Own Bike Again

When I test bikes for Bicycle Quarterly, I treat them like my own bike. I ride them for several weeks, often exclusively so I get used to the bike and get attuned to its peculiarities. Features that were unfamiliar at first … Continue reading

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Spare Wheel Carriers for Cyclocross

It’s a common dilemma: You want to ride to the start of a cyclocross race. The distance of 20 miles to the start doesn’t bother you – it’s a good warm-up. But your expensive cross tubulars will wear off their knobs quickly if you … Continue reading

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Aesthetic Choices

The bike above is the icon of my youth – a 1980s Cinelli Supercorsa with Campagnolo Super Record components. Back then, I was riding a crummy Peugeot 10-speed with heavy tires, rattling fenders and poorly-shifting derailleurs, and I dreamt of a … Continue reading

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Weight Limits?

We sometimes get the question whether there is a weight limit for Compass tires or components. The answer is “No”. That doesn’t mean that our components are indestructible. It’s just that we have found rider weight to be a poor … Continue reading

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Allroad Bikes Hit the Mainstream!

The big news in the bike world this week is Cannondale’s introduction of an Allroad bike, which will be equipped with 650B x 42 mm tires. And those tires have a file tread pattern, and generally look very much like our … Continue reading

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