BQ 18 (Winter 2006)


Vol. 5, No. 2


This issue is out of print.

BQ contributor Raymond Henry completed his great tome on Vélocio, the “apostle of cyclotouring,” and we use the opportunity to bring you the story of how Vélocio battled with Henri Desgrange, the founder of the Tour de France. The issue was whether “real men” rode single-speeds or had multiple gears. Desgrange believed that real men chose their gear once and for all. Vélocio pointed out that the racers either walked up the hills or exchanged their bikes at the bottom of steep ascents for machines with smaller gearing. Desgrange was backed by the bicycle industry, which wanted to sell easy-to-make single-speed bicycles, while Vélocio represented cyclotourists, who demanded machines better-suited to riding in the mountains.

We tested the Kogswell Porteur/Randonneur, which allowed hundreds of riders to try out 650B wheels and low-trail geometries for themselves, greatly helping with getting these ideas accepted. We also feature a fixed-gear René Herse winter training bike, which confusingly carried the downtube logos of Cycles Alex Singer. Our “Randonneuring Basics” article talks about training for long-distance events, while Mark Vande Kamp explains why slower riders really have to work harder than faster ones.

  • 1 Vélocio vs. the Tour de France
  • 4 Readers’ Forum
  • 6 Web Resources
  • 7 Destinations: Il Vecchio Bicycles, Seattle, WA
  • 8 L’Eroica: Ride of the Heroes
  • 10 Project: Mounting Metal Fenders
  • 12 That was my Cycling Baptism
  • 14 1950 René Herse Fixed-Gear Winter Training Bike
  • 17 Book Review: “The Six-Day Bicycle Races” by Peter Nye
  • 18 Book Review: “The Recumbent Bicycle” by Gunnar Fehlau
  • 20 Book Review: “Vélocio” by Raymond Henry
  • 30 Optimizing Headlights with Generator Hubs
  • 31 Headlight Placement for Optimizing Beam Length
  • 33 Modifying an E6 Headlight for Upside-Down Mounting
  • 34 Test: Kogswell Porteur/Randonneur — A Versatile Bike
  • 38 Builders Speak: Tom Kellogg (Spectrum) on a Special Bike
  • 41 Test: IRD “Defiant” Freewheels
  • 42 Test: Brooks “Team Professional Titanium” Saddle
  • 43 Test: Grand Bois “Cyprès Green Label” Tires 650B and 700C
  • 44 Test: Lightweight Rain Jackets from Patagonia and Gore Bike Wear
  • 46 Randonneuring Basics, Part 4: Training for Long-Distance Events
  • 45 Training Tools from Stopwatches to Coaches
  • 46 Why Slow Riders Have to Work Harder than Fast Ones
  • 50 My Favorite Bike: Will De Rosset’s Alex Singer Randonneur
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