Summer 2011 Bicycle Quarterly

Happy Solstice! This means that summer officially has started, and the Summer issue of Bicycle Quarterly is at the printer. It will be mailed next week. The topics include:

  • Do larger wheels roll faster on bumpy roads than small ones?
  • Collecting roads: How to find the best backroads.
  • Test of the Ellis Randonneur bike that won “Best Frame” at the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
  • How we test bikes and measure their geometries.
  • The story of the René Herse tandem that come first in Paris-Brest-Paris and won the Poly de Chanteloup hillclimb race, then was restored from a complete wreck.
  • More experiments on shimmy: What contributes to it, and what you can do to prevent or at least reduce it.
  • Peter Weigle explains in the “Builders Speak” series how he shaves tires to improve their performance.

Click here for more details and photos from the Summer 2011 Bicycle Quarterly. If you are not a current subscribers, sign up or renew today to make sure that the Summer issue reaches you without delay.

5 Responses to Summer 2011 Bicycle Quarterly

  1. Christopher Grande June 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    I don’t know if you had a hand in this, but I was at the Seattle Public Library a couple of days ago and found that the most recent issues of BQ are available there as well as ‘The Competition Bicycle’ and ‘The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles’. Was pretty happy to see this since it can be hard for us younger aspiring cyclist/mechanics/framebuilders to get our hands on this stuff when finances are so tight… Anyway thanks to you and/or the Seattle Public Library~

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly June 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

      Thank the Seattle Library. They subscribed. Usually, this happens if there are a lot of requests for a title. For non-Seattle readers, ask your library to carry Bicycle Quarterly. It’s worth a try, and it’s easy for them, because they work with a service who handles all the subscriptions.

      • encep June 23, 2011 at 11:28 am #

        I just requested a subscription for chicago public library. I think everyone should do the same.

  2. Frank Barknecht June 23, 2011 at 2:37 am #

    That picture of Peter Weigle shaving tires is the bomb! 🙂

  3. Dan Connelly June 23, 2011 at 5:57 am #

    I look forward to the Ellis review. I wasn’t at the show, but just from the photos that bike was absolutely gorgeous.