Bicycle Quarterly Spring 2012


Cyclists come in all sizes, as illustrated on the cover of the Spring 2012 Bicycle Quarterly. In this issue, we look at riders that are outside the range of our usual testers. How will a low-trail bike handle for a novice rider? Is “planing” something that all cyclists can experience? How would one build a great bike for a rider who is shorter or taller than our testers? How do wider tires feel to a rider who is used to racing bikes?
The Spring issue features reports from two riders who are new to classic randonneur bikes. One is taller, one is shorter, one a novice cyclist, the other an experienced rider. In addition to their riding experiences, we feature the geometries and tubing selections of their bikes. We also interviewed Lennard Zinn about how he designs bikes for tall riders.
Then we have three brothers report on their bicycle trip in Hannibal’s footsteps across Europe. The series about our editor’s new custom bike continues with an in-depth look at the Nivex derailleur. There are bike and component tests, book reviews, “My Favorite Bike” and more.
The Spring issue is running off the presses right now. It will go in the mail in next week. Readers should get it by April 28. (If you have moved, please let us know ASAP, so we can mail the magazine to the correct address.)
Click here for more information and images from the Spring issue.

10 Responses to Bicycle Quarterly Spring 2012

  1. melinda March 22, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    I’d love to see women testing bikes for you, too!

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly March 22, 2012 at 10:02 am #

      You’ll like the spring issue. We have the report of Constance Winters’ first encounter with a classic randonneur bike, and two women testing tires for us.

      • melinda March 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

        Awesome! I quite like Lovely Bicycle.

  2. Lisa March 22, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    I’m delighted to hear that you have some short riders and/or women doing bike tests — thank you! I had let my subscription lapse, but I’ve just subscribed again. (BTW, I’m 5’3″.)

  3. Ronald Lau March 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Jan, thank you for writing about us shorter folks. Looking forward to read it.

  4. Christopher Grande March 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    Likewise for us taller folks. I’m curious about the different effects that additional tubing vs. oversized tubing have on larger frames. Also techniques used to reduce the stiffness of smaller frames to get them to ‘plane’ correctly.

    • Harald Kliems March 23, 2012 at 7:13 am #

      Indeed. As someone 6’6″ tall who’s always only ridden stock frames I’m very curious to read BQ’s take on tall riders and their bikes!

  5. Frank Barknecht March 23, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Very interesting topic. I recently stumbled across an interesting article about one of the few German framebuilders, Thomas Veidt, who is specialized in building bicycles for riders really “out of the norm”, including a bike for a triathlete 1.25 meters tall. It’s in German, so fine for Jan and me, others may want to use an automatic translation: http://www.zeit.de/auto/2012-02/fahrrad-rahmenbauer/seite-1
    Thomas Veidt’s site has more pictures of the vehicle: http://www.thomas-veidt.de/sonder1.html
    (“Zeit” is one of the big weekly newspapers in Germany, and the article was in their “Cars” section … )

  6. Lovely Bicycle! March 23, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    For those interested in the short person’s article, I am a woman just under 5’7″ weighing 125-130lb. Looking forward to this issue, and thank you for the opportunity to write for Bicycle Quarterly.

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly March 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      I hate calling you “short.” For perspective, we feature a few bikes that are quite a bit smaller than yours, with a frame height of 49 cm.