BQ 51 (Spring 2015)


The Spring 2015 Bicycle Quarterly picks up where the 50th issue left off: After reviewing the progress of “real-world” bicycle over the last decade, we are looking into the future. How can we improve our riding experience further?

Could we fine-tune the tubing configuration of our 650B bikes to supercharge their performance and perhaps reduce their tendency to shimmy? We built a prototype and put it through its paces…

Can a titanium mountain bike equal the performance of a good Allroad bike? Jeff Jones thinks so, and he sent us a test bike to prove it. To find out, we headed out into the wilds of the Olympic Peninsula for a mid-winter bikepacking trip. We saw wolf tracks… and realized that we had to rethink some of our assumptions about how bicycles work.

How wide can you make supple tires and still end up with a high-performance bike? Asking that question, we came up with the idea of the Enduro Allroad Bike: a road bike with 26_ x 54 mm tires. How do tires this wide perform on gravel? And perhaps even more importantly, how do they perform on the road? During our testing, we were charting new territory, and inevitably, there were a few surprises.

We’ve been fascinated with Rinko, the Japanese system of packing bikes for train travel. We like that a Rinko bike has no significant modifications like couplers or wire splitters that affect its performance or cost. Yet a complete randonneur bike – with fenders, rack and lights – disassembles in less than 15 minutes and fits into a relatively small bag, making it easy to carry. To find out more, we built our own Rinko bikes and headed to Japan to put them to the test.”

  • Features:
  • 42 Over the Pennine Fells
  • 50 Touring Hokkaido
  • 68 Nihon Alps 600 km Super Randonn&ée
  • 92 Icon: Jo Routens Fork Crown
  • Reviews:
  • 10 First Ride: Soma Wolverine
  • 14 Bike Test: Jeff Jones 29er
  • 82 Test: Soma Cazadero Tires
  • 85 Test: Velogical Rim Generator
  • Tech:
  • 36 The Enduro Allroad Bike
  • 41 Making Prototype Tires
  • 64 The Mule as a Rinko Bike
  • 78 The Mule against the Clock
  • 81 Thicker Down Tube Walls
  • 86 Drilling a Stem for a Brake Cable
  • 72 Skill: Trackstand
  • News:
  • 4 News: Tires, Oregon Outback, BQ Un-Meeting
  • 6 Jack Taylor, 1919 - 2014
  • 88 Readers’ Forum