Category Archives: Uncategorized

Flèche in Japan

Last weekend, the Japanese randonneurs organized their Flèche 24-hour ride. We were honored to be part of the banquet at the finish. (The photo shows us with Maya Ide, the organizer.) Originally, we had been scheduled to ride with a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

BQ in Japan

The Bicycle Quarterly team is in Japan for a few weeks of visiting manufacturers and builders, enjoying the culture, and cycling. Above is the view from our window in Kyoto. Doesn’t it look like a dream spot, with temples in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 11 Comments

Switching to Zero Emissions

Cycling used to be the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation available, but with recent technological developments, this no longer is the case. Even though the emissions of riding bikes are small, they are not insignificant. As we cyclists convert … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 52 Comments

Should Children be Indulged Cyclists?

As my son has got more into cycling, I have grappled with the question: “Should he have the best equipment?” On the one hand, I feel that we all need to make our own experiences. I learned how to jump … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 75 Comments

Happy Holidays!

Image | Posted on by | 7 Comments

Charity Drive: Museo del Ghisallo

We are donating all proceeds from our calendar sales for the next day to help the Museo del Ghisallo reopen their doors. I was quite shocked when I learned that the Museo had closed its doors this autumn due to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

How Much for a Kid’s Bike?

In the Winter 2013 Bicycle Quarterly, we tested a children’s bike that allowed my son to taste the joy of cycling. Not just the joy of cycling, but the joy of cycling faster and further than he had on his … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 24 Comments

Gift Ideas

With the holidays approaching, many relatives and friends wonder what to give their favorite cyclist. So here are some great gift ideas. Forward them to anybody who asks “What would you like for …” Click on the links for more … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

The Courage to Try

Watching a recent beginners’ cyclocross race, my son and I noticed a middle-aged woman riding a commuter bike, complete with upright handlebars, fenders and a rear rack. She was a marked contrast to the other racers on purpose-built cyclocross bikes, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 30 Comments

Viennese Mechanics’ Bikes

Late last year, Richard Hollinek sent me a calendar about Viennese “mechanics’ bikes” – bikes built by small builders in Vienna, Austria. The calendar hangs in our bathroom, and I smile every time I see it. The “mechanics’ bikes” are … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

1980 René Herse Randonneuse

This René Herse Randonneuse is one of the last bikes made by the famous constructeur. It came to Seattle to be photographed for our book René Herse: The Bikes • The Builder • The Riders, and so I had the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 22 Comments

Attacking an Amateur Sports Event

Like all of you, I reacted to the bombings at the Boston Marathon with horror, shock and then outrage. Terrorism never is the answer to a grievance. Amateur sports – and that is what the Boston Marathon is, despite the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Oops! AdventureCorps Ad Mix-Up

At Bicycle Quarterly, we appreciate our advertisers. Even though the magazine is financed by subscribers, the advertising revenue allows us to print a few additional pages of the magazine. Our advertisers tend to be small companies who believe in what … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Railroads Adopt Pneumatic Tires to Reduce Suspension Losses

Recent tests with bicycles have shown that even on a very smooth road surface, lower tire pressures increase comfort with no loss of speed (Bicycle Quarterly Spring 2013). Now even railroads have become persuaded that super-hard tires diminish both comfort … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 34 Comments

Damaged Books at a Discount

Occasionally we receive a shipment of books that got damaged in transit. (For some reason, most book publishers have a hard time figuring out how to package books so that they are well-protected.) Usually the damage is slight, like a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

René Herse édition française

Our new book René Herse • The Bikes • The Builder • The Riders will be available with French text in addition to the English version. Therefore, this update is in French. Notre souscription pour l’édition française du livre René … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Charity Drive: Thank You!

The Bicycle Quarterly charity drive was a success. We were able to raise almost $ 1500 for three charities. Checks are going out this morning to Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Thank you … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Happy Holidays!

May the new year bring you wonderful rides and great memories!

Posted in Rides, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Winter Training

I enjoy the annual rhythm of the seasons. It encourages me to change my cycling and exercise, like a farmer rotating crops and leaving some fields fallow for a while. The early months of the year remind me of preparing … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 21 Comments

How Germans vote

Today, I am reminded of my grandfather in Germany. Not of his cycling exploits during the 1930s, when he rode hundreds of kilometers with his friends on weekends. Instead, I am thinking of him voting. When my grand-father was in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 49 Comments