BQ 1 (Summer 2002)


Vol. 1, No. 1

Alex Singer Special

Our very first issue starts with some terrific content: It celebrates Alex Singer, the famous French constructeur. A six-page interview with Ernest Csuka, who had worked at Cycles Alex Singer since 1944 and taken over the shop in the 1960s, brings to live the post-war cycling culture of Paris, when a custom bicycle was coveted as something truly special.

We feature a beautiful classic Alex Singer Randonneuse with Nivex derailleur and many special parts, and take it on a 400 km brevet. Catalog and magazine drawings of Alex Singer bikes and parts, a description of Alex Singer’s patented bottom bracket and an overview of the equipment at the 1951 Paris-Brest-Paris round out this issue. Plus we predict that triples will soon be replaced by compact doubles…

  • 1 Interview with Ernest Csuka, owner of Cycles Alex Singer
  • 9 Alex Singer No. 1179 — A Typical Singer Randonneur Bike (with drawings by Daniel Rebour)
  • 14 Went the Day Well — A 400km Brevet
  • 15 Who Needs a Triple? Get Rid of Your Big Chainring!
  • 16 Daniel Rebour Drawings of Bikes at Paris-Brest-Paris in 1951
  • 18 The Singer 'Patent' Bottom Bracket
  • 19 Last Word — Fashion and Bikes