BQ 65 (Autumn 2018)


We test the Masi Speciale Randonneur and the Frances Farfarer trailer by taking them on a real adventure: our third attempt to traverse the Sawtooth Range. Will a new route bring success? Is the affordable Masi bike enough for such an adventure? And how does the trailer carry its load? Click here to watch a video of this exciting adventure!

Fun on a bike doesn’t get much better than a solstice gravel ride skirting the flanks of Mount Hood, one of the volcanos of the Cascade Range. Join a group of friends as they explore some of the most amazing and challenging roads of the Pacific Northwest.

We take a 1947 René Herse tandem along a forgotten part of the Mediterranean Coast, exploring quaint fishing villages that are connected by miniature mountain passes.

We bring you a portrait of French collectors, starting with cycling historian extraordinaire Raymond Henry. He’s researched the history of cyclotouring for more than four decades. More than just a historian, he’s a life-long cyclist, and his collection of documents and historic bikes is matched by his achievements as a randonneur. He takes us on a fascinating tour into the history of cyclotouring.

The early 1980s saw the pinnacle of the classic racing bike. We feature a René Herse that combines Campagnolo’s immortal Super Record with the first modern super-steel, the almost mythical Reynolds 753. Savour its amazing details, starting with a frame that includes brazed-on brake mounts. A host of titanium parts make this bike 20% lighter others from its era. Classic racing bikes don’t get much better than this!

A full report from the Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting completes the articles in the Autumn edition. Join more than 60 cyclists on a weekend of fun in a forgotten corner of the Puget Sound region.

  • Swift Compass Photo Contest  Solstice gravel ride around Mt. Hood
  • 1980 René Herse with Campagnolo Super Record
  • Across the Mediterranean border on a tandem
  • Raymond Henry: cycling historian extraordinaire
  • Franck Stephan: a new generation of French collectors
  • Shop Visit: Ostrich Bags
  • Fun at the 2018 BQ Un-Meeting
  • Skill: Ghost Riding
  • Icon: TA ‘Adaptateur’
  • First Ride: Alter Cycle Reflex 300
  • Bike Test: Masi Speciale Randonneur and Frances Farfarer Trailer
  • Product Test: Leg Shield Ankle Bands
  • ‘One-By’ plus small chainring
  • New standards and traditional materials
  • Anatomy of a ‘Rinko’ Bike
  • News
  • Readers’ Forum