BQ 12 (Summer 2005)


Vol. 3, No. 4

American Cycling

Imagine a bicycle race in the Old West. That was the Great Territorial Road Race of 1894, which went Nogales to Tucson in Arizona, a region that just 8 years earlier had been threatened by Geronimo and his Apache band. Historian Ed Stiles takes you right into the action…

Moving a century forward, we bring you an in-depth interview with Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bicycle Works. We discuss frame stiffness, the Japanese cycling industry, why Rivendells don’t come with fenders, and many other topics. (The interview is a full seven pages long.) Staying with the American theme, we feature a 1970s randonneur bike by the Vermont constructeur Bill Vetter, a 1972 Schwinn Paramount and a modern Bruce Gordon Randonneur. We test a Rivendell Quickbeam and examine the efficiency of generator hubs. Our report from the first-ever North American Handmade Bicycle Show is complemented by a round-table discussion of framebuilders, including, among others, Mike Barry (Mariposa), Richard Sachs, Peter Weigle, Craig Calfee and Ernest Csuka (Cycles Alex Singer).

We feature some rare Daniel Rebour drawings of American balloon-tire bikes and portray Gene Portuesi’s Cyclo-Pedia mail-order company. And our radical idea for the Carbon Concept Randonneur suggests that generator hubs could be made to connect electrically to the dropouts, so that wires would be eliminated. Schmidt Maschinenbau picked up the idea for the connector-less SL hubs…

  • 1 The Great Territorial Road Race of 1894
  • 4 Book Review: The Dancing Chain, 2nd Edition
  • 5 Cirque du Cyclisme: Classic Cycling’s Best Kept Secret
  • 12 “La Mode Cycliste aux U.S.A.” (Daniel Rebour, 1948)
  • 14 Gene Portuesi and the Cyclo-Pedia Mail-Order Company
  • 16 Conversation with Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bicycle Works
  • 23 Chicago’s Best: 1972 Schwinn Paramount P-15 Deluxe Touring
  • 24 The Vermont Cyclotouring Bikes: 1970s Bill Vetter
  • 26 No Derailleurs: Testing the Rivendell “Quickbeam”
  • 28 Testing the Efficiency of Generator Hubs
  • 31 The North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2005
  • 32 Framebuilders and Constructeurs Tell It as It Is
  • 37 Cyclocross Geometry — An Application for Low Geometric Trail
  • 37 Re-Raking a Fork to Decrease Trail
  • 38 2005 Bruce Gordon Randonneur
  • 39 Ideas for the Future: The Carbon Concept Randonneur (C. Zider)
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