BQ 59 (Spring 2017)


We think that our readers will enjoy the Spring 2017 issue even more than usual. We tested no fewer than three really amazing bikes:

The Open U.P. promises to combine the performance and feel of a modern carbon racing bike with the go-anywhere ability of wide tires. Does it deliver? We took one to one of the highest mountain passes in Japan to find out.

The Specialized Sequoia is a much more affordable Allroad bike intended for bikepacking. Initially planned as a one-day “First Ride,” we ended up riding the Sequoia more than 300 km (190 miles) over a variety of terrain.

The third bike in the mix is made by our own Hahn Rossman. We took one of his custom machines to San Francisco to find out how it performed on the steep hills and challenging descents of this beautiful city.

  • Around Mt. Baker in One Day
  • Restoring a 1946 René Herse
  • Easter Ride in the Mexican Cordillera
  • A Visit to Schmidt Maschinenbau
  • Project: A Detachable Lower Front Fender
  • Skill: Stop Without a Foot Down
  • Icon: Giro Aerohead
  • Bike Test: Open U.P.
  • First Ride: Rossman 650B Randonneur
  • First Ride: Specialized Sequoia
  • Test: Specialized Sawtooth Tire
  • Test: Revelate Viscacha Saddlebag
  • Book Review: The Brooks Compendium of Cycling Culture
  • New Products: Rims, Decaleur, Rack
  • News: Volcano High Pass Challenge, BQ Un-Meeting
  • Daniel Provot, 1934-2017
  • Readers’ Forum
Availability: In stock