BQ 11 (Spring 2005)


Vol. 3, No. 3

Front-End Geometry; Bicycle Touring

After riding the classic bikes of the French constructeurs, we began to wonder why they handled so well. The result was a major study of front-end geometry. To publish our findings, we had to add eight pages to this issue. For the first time, we discuss how front-end geometry needs to account for speed, tire size, load placement and riding position. We explain why low-trail bikes are so stable under tired riders, and why more trail doesn’t make a bike more stable. The revolution started here!

We also look at touring bikes and their riders. Greg Siple’s portraits of riders who passed through the Adventure Cycling headquarters show a great variety of riders. We test a CoMotion Nor’Wester with S&S couplers, as well as one of the fabled 1970s René Herse Démontable take-apart bikes. And the irrepressible Docteur Ruffier takes us on a bicycle trip in 1889, when travel still was a true adventure.

  • 1 Traveling Cyclists: Protraits of Adventure Cycling's Visitors
  • 4 Announcements
  • 5 The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles (Book)
  • 8 What Makes a Good Touring Bike - Mike Barry's Herse "Camping"
  • 10 The First Voyage of Docteur Ruffier in 1889
  • 12 Test: 1971 René Herse "Démontable"
  • 17 Russ Meinke: The Original Owner of the Herse Démontable
  • 18 Centerfold: Ruozzi, the Touriste-Routier (Tour de France 1935)
  • 20 Book Reviews
  • 22 Test: Co-Motion "Nor'Wester Co-Pilot"
  • 26 Test: Paul "Racer" Centerpull Brakes
  • 28 Front End Geometry for Different Speeds, Loads and Tire Sizes
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