Live with Path Less Pedaled

Live with Path Less Pedaled

Chatting with Russ from Path Less Pedaled about our new book ‘The All-Road Bike Revolution’ was a fun way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon. Russ asked why we wrote a book, we talked about front-end geometry and the future of 650B. I especially enjoyed Russ’ take on bike design, how it’s all about nuance and not just bigger/stiffer/etc. is better.

Click above to enjoy the video. We talked for 30 minutes, then Russ took questions from the audience. It’s always fun to be on Russ’ show!

And if you haven’t read the book yet, more information is here.

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Comments (19)

  • Mike

    Love the interview but my real question is where I can get your jersey!

    January 25, 2021 at 10:58 am
    • Jan Heine

      It’s a prototype in colors that we wanted to try out. We may put it in production in the future.

      January 25, 2021 at 1:16 pm
  • tim petersen

    great discussion

    January 25, 2021 at 11:54 am
  • Patrick T Malloy

    Really enjoyed the discussion.

    January 25, 2021 at 12:16 pm
  • Frank Black

    As an aficionado of German hand tools… I’d be interested in hearing what’s behind you 🙂

    January 25, 2021 at 12:35 pm
    • Jan Heine

      Most of these are the old tools from the Rene Herse shop in Paris. Some date back to the 1930s. There are also new tools, of course. All still in use – I don’t hang tools on the wall for ornamentation…

      January 25, 2021 at 1:15 pm
  • Fionn

    Nice interview, I realised while watching it that I’ve never heard you speak, even though I’ve been following BQ & this blog for a long time. I finally got a custom 650B Randonneur recently, so I’m not really in the market for a book on all-road bikes but is there a way to get the book in Europe? Am very very satisfied with the extralight switchback hill, have been riding stampede pass for the last 5 or 6 years or so but have been gathering dust since I got the new bike. 48mm tyres just yawn at anything short of a giant pothole, am very impressed.

    January 25, 2021 at 12:52 pm
    • Jan Heine

      Most of our distributors have the book – otherwise, airmail shipping isn’t that expensive…

      January 25, 2021 at 1:16 pm
      • Yan Fargeot

        Are you sure? Shipping to France is more than the book…..

        January 26, 2021 at 1:32 am
        • Jan Heine

          US Postal Service increased their rates yesterday – sorry about that. It’s not something we control. But since you are in France, our distributor 2-11 Cycles usually has the book in stock.

          January 26, 2021 at 7:51 am
    • Christian Seitz January 27, 2021 at 9:38 am
      • Fionn

        Thanks, haven’t come across this site before. German isn’t a problem for me.

        January 27, 2021 at 11:52 am
  • John Duval

    Russ has a great channel, I really like his curiosity and and experimentation. Your previous interview with him is also well worth a look.

    A observation; the book describes pneumatic trail as adding stability by resisting turning. Recently I built a bike around the Antelope Hill tires, and they have a lot of what I would describe as pneumatic flop, or power steering. When leaning the bike in a turn or when rocking the bike, the tire tries to turn into the lean. It takes some force on the bars to hold a line, and I hear the tire scrubbing on the pavement as it tries to keep turning sharper. It was a bit scary initiating a turn until I leaned to anticipate it.

    I would attribute this to the difference in tire circumference at either side of the contact patch. The circumference is greatest on the centerline of the tire, and grows progressively shorter towards the edges of the tread. So leaning makes the two sides of the contact patch move at different speeds, which makes it curve inwards.
    Of course all tire widths do this, but wider tires and lower pressures do it more, while skinny tires it might not be noticeable at all. This also explains why tires gravitate toward road lines or ridges running parallel to the direction of travel.

    January 25, 2021 at 9:09 pm
    • Jan Heine

      What you describe sounds like the tire collapsing. Increase the pressure, and see whether it goes away…

      January 26, 2021 at 7:52 am
    • Stuart Fogg

      Thanks for the steering insight. I’ve noticed the same problem, following ridges, with wide supple tires. Stiffer casings seem less susceptible.

      January 26, 2021 at 3:52 pm
  • Nikolai Ocampo

    This is great! the book arrived today as well, looking forward to reading it!

    January 25, 2021 at 11:12 pm
  • Michael

    a very fun discussion. thanks for doing this. i know many beginners who will like and appreciate this.

    January 26, 2021 at 7:37 am
  • Franz Amador

    I just read the book, and it really makes me want a 650b x 48mm randonneur-style bike like you describe, but I don’t know how to find someone to make one. I live in Seattle as I hear you do, so I’m hoping you can recommend some builders in the area.

    January 27, 2021 at 1:14 pm
    • Jan Heine

      Finding a builder is a very personal experience – it really depends on what you want for function, aesthetic, etc. There aren’t many builders who can (and want to) make a full randonneur bike – it’s much more complex than making a frame and hanging components on it.

      Check out the bike tests in Bicycle Quarterly for builders and an evaluation of how their products perform.

      January 27, 2021 at 1:40 pm

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