BQ 22 (Winter 2007)


Vol. 6, No. 2

PBP Equipment Survey

This issue is out of print.

After Paris-Brest-Paris, we surveyed the American riders to find out what equipment worked best for this strenuous 1200 km ride. The results were interesting. For example, riders using a Camelbak or backpack had a 50% higher chance of not finishing than those who did not wear a pack. Riders with fenders suffered less than half as many DNFs due to problems with their lower extremities on this rainy ride.

We look at our editor’s classic Alex Singer that completed the ride in just under 50 hours, and we test two modern 650B randonneur bikes. We examine crank tread (Q factor) and list measurements for dozens of cranks. We also discuss how to teach children to ride a bike.

Scott McElmury takes us on a tour of Europe in 1963, the first of Dr. Clifford Graves’ famous European tours. To prevent bike problems from spoiling the group’s experience, every participant received a brand-new René Herse bicycle at the start of the journey. That way, all were on identical bikes, and apart from flat tires, the group experienced no bike problems at all. It was a splendid adventure, and ride leader Scott McElmury tells us all about it.

    • 1 The Great European Tour of 1963
    • 4 Readers’ Forum
    • 5 Traction Avant: TA's Front-Wheel Drive Bicycle
    • 6 Web Resources
    • 7 Destinations: Madonna del Ghisallo, Magreglio, Italy
    • 8 Project: Making an Alex Singer Bottom Bracket
    • 15 Book Reviews: Le Guidon et la Plume; Fred Matheny's Complete Book of Road Bike Training
    • 16 The End of an Era: The Last "Modern" Alex Singer (1985)
    • 19 A Survey of the Equipment in Paris-Brest-Paris 2007
    • 25 Jan's Bike for PBP 2007
    • 26 A Bicycle For Paris-Brest-Paris 2007 (C. Zider)
    • 28 Test: Pereira Randonneuse
    • 34 Test: Curt Goodrich Randonneur
    • 37 Making a Chainrest Work
    • 40 The Ultimate Bike in 1998 vs. 2007
    • 41 First and Still the Best: Stronglight 49D and TA Pro 5 vis Cranks
    • 44 How Wide is the Tread (Q Factor) of Your Cranks?
    • 46 Product Tests: Danolite XP Helmet Light; Rainlegs; Shimano PD-A520 Touring Pedals
    • 48 How This 4-Year-Old Learned to Ride
a Bicycle
  • 49 No Training Wheels!
  • 50 My Favorite Bike: Camille Pradères's 1950s Pitard
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