Autumn 2018 Bicycle Quarterly

Autumn 2018 Bicycle Quarterly

The Autumn 2018 Bicycle Quarterly is at the printer and will be mailed soon. It’s another action-packed edition that will bring many hours of reading enjoyment.

What better way to test the Masi Speciale Randonneur and the Frances Farfarer trailer than to take them on a real adventure? For our third attempt to cross the Sawtooth Range, will a new route bring success? Is the affordable Masi bike enough for such epic ride? And how does the trailer carry its load? You’ve probably seen our movie about this adventure – read the full story in the magazine.

We’ve tested many great bikes, but their performance often carries a price tag to match. Can the joy of pedaling a responsive frame be translated to an affordable price point? That is the promise of the Alter Bikes Reflex 300. It costs just $ 998, yet its frame is engineered to flex with the rider’s pedal strokes. Does it deliver?

Fun on a bike doesn’t get much better than a solstice gravel ride skirting the flanks of Mount Hood, one of the volcanos of the Cascade Range. Join a group of friends as they explore some of the most amazing and challenging roads of the Pacific Northwest.

We take you on a tandem tour along a forgotten part of the Mediterranean Coast. Join us as we explore quaint fishing villages connected by miniature mountain passes.

Raymond Henry has been riding bikes for 60 years, and he’s researched the history of cyclotouring for almost as long. He takes us on a fascinating tour of his incredible collection of documents and historic bikes, and he tells us of the incredible rides he’s done. His most ambitious project took 20 years and 27,000 km to complete!

The early 1980s saw the pinnacle of the classic racing bike. We feature a René Herse with a frame made from Reynolds’ mythical 753 tubeset. Campagnolo Super Record components with plenty of titanium bits complement the beautifully crafted frame. Classic racing bikes don’t get much better than this!

Of course, there is much more to this exciting edition: Join more than 60 cyclists for a weekend of fun in a forgotten corner of the Puget Sound during the Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting. Visit Ostrich, the Japanese maker of cycling bags. Learn how to ride with two bikes at once. Find out why the features of modern carbon bikes don’t always translate well to steel bikes. And much, much more…
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  • Kevin Smith

    Jan, could you do a blog post on tires for tandems and suggestions for keeping the supple ride while maintaining safety? The old tire pressure chart doesn’t translate well when you have a combined rider & bike & load weight pushing 350 to 400 lbs. I see your tandem in multiple pictures and wonder how its configured. Thanks

    October 2, 2018 at 7:17 am
    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

      The Rene Herse tandem runs 650B x 42 mm Babyshoe Pass Extralight tires. That has worked fine even on (relatively smooth) gravel roads in France. On the Jack Taylor tandem, Mark and I used 700C x 38 mm Barlow Pass tires with standard casings, since we anticipated rough gravel and the tires were a bit narrower than we would have liked. We did encounter a gravel road that had railroad ballast spread on it to protect the surface in preparation of a car rally, and suffered a pinch flat. So it’s clear – if you’ll encounter rought gravel on a tandem, use the widest tires you can fit! And as with single bikes, the heavier the team, the more air is needed to absorb the shocks.

      October 2, 2018 at 7:34 am
      • Harald

        I’m curious about this too. I’ve used the pressure charts to calculate the pressure for our tandem (38-622 in the rear and 40-622 in the front), and the pressure seems quite a bit too high. I’m wondering if the linear curves don’t work once you get beyond a certain weight/pressure.

        October 5, 2018 at 9:29 am

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