Bicycle Quarterly Past Editions

The most common comment we get from Bicycle Quarterly readers is “I wish the magazine came out more often.” Publishing more often would be nice, but it’s not possible: It takes three months to create each edition. With more than 100 pages of stories – all original contents and hardly any ads – each Bicycle Quarterly is a small book. Four books a year is all our small team can publish.

Fortunately, BQ has been around for almost two decades, and most of the 70 editions we’ve published so far remain available. Taken together, that’s more than 5000 pages of timeless contents.

If you enjoy looking at beautiful photos of beautiful bikes…

…if you enjoy reading about adventures far off the beaten path…

… if you want to immerse yourself into fascinating stories from the history of cycling…

… or read the original tests that led to the wide-tire revolution – you’ll get many hours of reading enjoyment out of every Bicycle Quarterly.

You can order each BQ individually, or as part of convenient 4-packs that are assembled by topics, at a discounted price:

  • Cyclotouring in Japan
  • Titanium bike tests
  • Technical 4-packs cover tire performance, bike handling and frame stiffness.
  • Framebuilders and constructeurs from Jack Taylor to C. S. Hirose (including many of the great French builders).
  • History of Randonneuring from Vélocio to the current day.
  • Past Year of Bicycle Quarterly with the last four editions before the current one.
  • or you can assemble your own 4-pack.

Many of the first BQs are out of print, but favorites like the very first edition with the story of Cycles Alex Singer (above) or the fascinating Brake Special (below) with the history of bicycle brakes remain available in limited quantities. Each of these magazines is full of delightful discoveries. And if you can figure out how brake No. 7 below works, we’ll send you a free copy.

If you want them all, we offer a set with the 50 earliest editions that are still available. During these long winter evenings, I often take a past edition of BQs off the shelf, sit down with a cup of tea, and immerse myself into one of the great stories.

Click here to order your BQ back editions.

4 Responses to Bicycle Quarterly Past Editions

  1. mtb December 28, 2019 at 6:09 pm #

    Hi Jan,

    The image for Brake No. 7 doesn’t allow for a side-on view to better determine what is happening with the lever configuration.

    It looks like some type of Rod-actuated brake and given what I can see of the linkages I think the central rod must be pushed downwards which in turn pushes downwards, on the 2 rods connected to the middle lever of the calipers which in turn causes the lever, holding the brake pads, to be pushed inwards towards the rim.

    The middle lever has a pivot at the bottom connecting it to the brake pad lever and the supporting lower lever at the rear.

    The upper rear most arm pointing downwards and outwards probably doesn’t move and provides the basis of the anchoring of the other levers. Hence when the secondary rods are pushed downwards the middle lever has nowhere else to go but inwards.

    • Jan Heine December 28, 2019 at 6:55 pm #

      Yes, that brake remains an enigma. I suspect that Daniel Rebour made a mistake in his drawing – the wires that act as straddle cables can’t transmit enough force without bending. Rods are used only because they are easier to make, and this brake is quite complex. It’s supposed to be a CLB brake… My hope is that someday, one will turn up somewhere, even if it never went beyond the prototype stage.

      • mtb December 28, 2019 at 9:24 pm #

        Well, on 2nd thoughts and further analysis, if what I thought were secondary rods are supposed to be wires, then, pulling up on the wires will cause the Middle lever to be pulled upwards and the rear lower lever will also be pulled upwards and hence moved inwards and hence the brake pad lever will also be moved inwards which seems to make more sense, now, as it I think it would take a lot of deflection downwards of secondary rods to cause sufficient movement inwards of the middle lever and I think in that case that the middle lever would need to be longer.

  2. Shuji Tomiyama December 28, 2019 at 8:30 pm #

    Hi Jan,

    I am always looking forward to it. The article here is very deep.
    I want to read Bicycle Quartery, but I can’t read English.
    I want you to publish it on the Web or PDF. That way, I can translate it into Japanese on Robot translation.

    Thank you.