Category Archives: Testing and Tech

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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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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Why not “Made in U.S.A.”?

At Compass Bicycles, we think a lot about manufacturing. We know what we want to make, but how should we make it, and where? We are not looking for the lowest cost, but for the highest quality. The conditions under … Continue reading

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Research & Development

Over the last decade-and-a-half, I’ve thought a lot about product development. Long before Bicycle Quarterly and Compass Bicycles, I was involved with several companies as a technical writer and translator. Part of my job was writing instructions, so I got … Continue reading

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Tire Pressure: Data and Details

A little while ago, I wrote about how new scientific research has allowed us to design wide, supple tires that offer the speed of narrow, high-end racing tires. The key finding is that above a certain threshold, increasing tire pressure … Continue reading

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The Tire Pressure Revolution

Of all our research on tires, the most revolutionary finding is this: Tire pressure has almost no effect on a tire’s speed. We did not believe it at first, either, so we’ve tested it numerous times. It’s been confirmed numerous … Continue reading

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The Biomechanics of Planing

We discussed “planing” in a recent post by looking at power data from a double-blind test of two different bikes. The data showed that the same rider’s power output was consistently higher on a bike with a more flexible frame … Continue reading

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