Bicycle Quarterly Past Editions: 15th Anniversary

Readers have been asking about our four-pack with the 15th anniversary Bicycle Quarterlies. When we streamlined out back edition catalogue, we had removed it. By popular demand, it’s back.

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, we put together a year of very special BQs. We started with an incredible adventure of traversing Kurakake Pass in Japan. It appears that we were the first people to travel here in 20 years, and what used to be a road turned into adventure we won’t forget.

What better way to celebrate 15 years of Bicycle Quarterly than to take everything we’ve learned about bikes and turn it into metal? J. P. Weigle built this amazing bike and, we entered it together in the French Concours de Machines, the competition for the best ‘light randonneuse.’ Marvel at this amazing 20.0 lb bike (fully equipped, including the pump) and read Peter’s story of how he built the bike and finished it in Paris the night before the event.

Would you take a 1947 Rene Herse tandem on a mountainous week-long trip across the French Alps? Of course you would! When the opportunity presented itself, we didn’t hesitate for a moment. It was Natsuko’s first tandem ride, but there couldn’t have been a better introduction to riding as a team.

We celebrate the life of Lyli Herse, who left us half-way through our anniversary year. Despite eight French championships and hillclimb records that stand to this day, Lyli always remained a cyclotourist at heart. Her life has been an inspiration to many of us.

Natsuko has been a member of Tokyo’s Yama Sai Ken (Mountain Cycling Club) for many years. To celebrate this illustrious club’s 35th anniversary, she dug into the members’ archives to bring you its fascinating story. Here are riders who built their own bikes for conquering the mountains, years before mountain bikes became a thing. Their story is as inspirational as their photos are beautiful.

Imagine gravel roads that descend 6000 ft (1800 m) in one stretch – and then climb just as high. Visiting Mexico’s Copper Canyons was our biggest adventure yet. The combination of breathtaking landscapes, incredible roads, and the friendly atmosphere of small-town Mexico, made for a truly unique trip.

Those are just a few of the highlights of BQ’s anniversary year. There were bike tests like the Surly Midnight Special, the stories of builders like Jo Routens in France, Harry Havnoonian in Pennsylvania, and Seattle’s Bill Davidson…

… Pellos’ great sketches from the heroic age of the Tour de France and much, much more.

You don’t want to miss these anniversary editions! The past editions of Bicycle Quarterly are going fast, and they won’t be reprinted – with 70 editions out, we simply don’t have enough space to store them all. Get them while they last!

Our convenient four-packs of past editions are sorted by subjects – select one or several based on your interests, or create your own four-pack from all the BQs that are still available. Click here for more information.

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