BQ 8-packs and Rene Herse Book for $50

Everybody needs a good read right now! We all know what to do to keep ourselves and others safe. We all know what is going on in the world. There is a time when it’s important to turn off our screens, make a cup of tea, and enjoy a good read.

To supply you with reading material, we’re offering a big discount on our most popular literature. For a limited time, you can order 8- and 9-packs of Bicycle Quarterly and/or our 424-page book ‘Rene Herse • The Bikes • The Builder • The Riders,’ for $ 50 each. Either will give you many hours of reading enjoyment.

The Rene Herse book takes you into a world when bicycles were not just a mere pastime, but a way of life. Herse started making bikes during World War II, when life in Paris under the German occupation was very difficult. You’ll be inspired by the resilience of Herse and his riders, who organized rides and races, who helped each other, and who did not forget that staying healthy and positive is important when life becomes difficult.

Beautiful studio photos allow you to examine the details of the bikes from the ‘Magician of Levallois.’ The reminiscences of Herse’s daughter Lyli, Herse’s team riders and customers, and his employees bring the story to life. It’s a fascinating tale, illustrated with hundreds of professional photos from the Herse family archives. Your biggest problem will be to savor it slowly, rather than read it all in one setting.

There’s less of a risk of running out of reading material with the past editions of Bicycle Quarterly. Some of the early editions are out of print, but you can still get close to 4500 pages of technical articles, history, inspiring rides and all the other great contents readers enjoy in Bicycle Quarterly.

We’re now offering 8-packs of BQ past editions for $50. Choose among our list or select the ‘Surprise Me!’ option: You’ll get a selection of the BQ team’s favorite editions, and we’ll include one extra magazine for a total of 9.

Our favorites include the Jack Taylor Special (BQ 28) that takes you right into the bicycle scene of post-war Britain…

… and the feature about mtb champion Jacquie Phelan and her partner Charlie Cunningham – of roller-cam and aluminum frame fame (BQ 29)…

… and the incredible ride across the 13,000 ft (4,000 m) Paso de Cortèz in Mexico (BQ 56).

Every Bicycle Quarterly has many inspiring stories. We take you into the workshops of the world’s greatest craftspeople and bring you stories and images that you won’t find anywhere else.

If you want even more reading material, we’re also offering the ‘First 50 editions of BQ for just $ 220… These are the first 50 available editions – many of the earliest BQs are now sold out and have become treasured collector’s pieces.

When we reorganized our warehouse, we found a few – 6, to be exact – copies of the wonderful Japanese book on Alex Singer. These were damaged in shipping, so they aren’t pristine, but this is probably your last chance anywhere in the world to get a copy of this rare and beautiful book.

And if you add a Bicycle Quarterly subscription to your order (or any tire/crank/brake order with Rene Herse Cycles), we’ll ship your first magazine in the box with the order, so you don’t have to wait for our regular mailing. We’ll also do the regular mailings more frequently than usual, because we know that a good read is more important than ever right now.

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8 Responses to BQ 8-packs and Rene Herse Book for $50

  1. Emanuel April 4, 2020 at 12:59 pm #

    Hi Jan,
    an 8-pack for $50 that’s an amazing deal I’d say. If it wasn’t for the 75 bucks for shipping that 8-pack to Germany…
    I’ve been a subscriber for several years now and more than once I put past issues in the cart but always cancelled when seeing the shipping costs. I wonder if there might be a more affordable option?
    kind regards, Emanuel

    • Jan Heine April 4, 2020 at 1:05 pm #

      Shipping costs are out of our control. International shipping costs have gone up a lot in recent years. Make sure to try different shipping options – FedEx is ‘only’ $ 55.

      The only way to lower international shipping costs further is to aggregate shipments. We do that with our Bicycle Quarterly subscriptions, which is how we can keep them affordable even for overseas readers. But we are too small to do this for individual orders. You’d have to wait for a month or two until we have enough orders from Germany to provide meaningful savings…

  2. Matt April 4, 2020 at 1:11 pm #

    Who’s Jim Cunningham? I only know of a Charlie…

    • Jan Heine April 4, 2020 at 1:20 pm #

      Thank you for pointing out the typo. It’s fixed!

  3. Brian Roth April 4, 2020 at 2:38 pm #

    Curious: why is the Rene Herse book described as ‘not a book for collectors’?

    • Jan Heine April 4, 2020 at 2:56 pm #

      It’s a not a book for collectors, because it’s a book for everybody. We’ve been really happy when people who aren’t even cyclists told me how much they’ve enjoyed the Rene Herse book. I think that is because the book that talks about the story behind the bikes, how they were ridden, what inspired them, etc., more than the smaller details of the bikes themselves.

      When I think of a book for collectors, I think of something like the Japanese books on derailleurs: meticulously assembled information about production variations and dates, with little emphasis on the story behind the parts. If you’re trying to find out when Rene Herse changed his crank bolts from reverse-threaded to right-hand threads, you won’t find that info in the book. That doesn’t mean collectors won’t enjoy it – perhaps we should say “a book not only for collectors.”

  4. Roland April 6, 2020 at 3:41 am #

    Would it be possible to make at least the Rene Herse book available via dailybreadcycles?

    • Jan Heine April 6, 2020 at 10:50 am #

      The Rene Herse book and all BQ past editions are available in Germany via Fahrradbuch.de. Dailybreadcycles also has the book and recent Bicycle Quarterlies.