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Winter is a time to dream about bikes, and BQ editor Natsuko Hirose takes you back to her student days, when she dreamt of a bike to go cyclotouring. Illustrated with iconic gouache paintings by MIYOSHI. Natsuko takes you onto a first-timer’s journey into the mysterious world of cyclotouring bikes.
The high mountains at night are a mysterious world in a different way. Seeing the giant volcano of Mount Rainier illuminated by moonlight while climbing and descending gravel mountain passes is a unique experience – and a great test for a custom-built cyclotouring bike. We test two modern all-road bikes that can take you on adventures far off the beaten path.
Few rides are as challenging as the Transcontinental Race. Jonah Jones takes you on this remarkable journey, with photos of amazing mountain roads that will make you dream of riding there. His is a story of remarkable achievement to overcome the difficulties that this long ride represents. These are just a few of the great stories in this 112-page edition.