Category Archives: Testing and Tech

Straddle Cables Done Right

Straddle cables provide a light and elegant way of transferring the brake force: Every cable-actuated rim brake needs to transmit the force of the single brake cable onto two brake pads that squeeze the rim. In recent years, straddle cables been replaced by … Continue reading

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Prepare for Gravel Riding

Gravel riding is becoming increasingly popular, and we are very happy about it! It was natural for Bicycle Quarterly to become a co-sponsor of the Eroica California ride in April, since it combines two things we love: gravel roads and … Continue reading

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Tire Pressure Take-Home

What is the “correct” tire pressure for your bike? The simple answer is: Whatever feels right to you. Confused? Here is how it works: In the past, many riders inflated their tires to the maximum pressure rating. Now most cyclists now recognize that the … Continue reading

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Visiting Panaracer

As a child, I used to think of Japan as a densely populated place full of skyscrapers and freeways. Of course, those big cities exist, but much of Japan is very rural. So when I travel from Tokyo to visit the … Continue reading

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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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