Summer 2020 Bicycle Quarterly

The Summer 2020 Bicycle Quarterly is at the printer. It’ll be mailed at the end of the month, but we just learned that due to staffing shortages at our printer, we need to complete the mailing list tomorrow morning (Thursday). To get your copy with the first mailing, please make sure your subscription is up to date. If it has expired, you will get a renewal notice. If you want to subscribe, please do so today.

And you will want to get this exciting edition without delay! On the cover is the incredible workshop of Fern Bicycles in Berlin, one of the most innovative builders today. We take you into the shop and tell you the story behind their amazing bikes.

Peter Gaskill takes you to Morocco – twice! First he goes there to participate in the Atlas Mountain Race, then he returns to go touring, only to get stuck in the Covid-19 lockdown. His adventures make for a great read.

Lael Wilcox takes you on a journey to Alaska, where she started cycling. With her unique verve, she decided to ride every road in her home state. Her quest was an adventure of dodging bears, meeting grizzled locals and falling in love (not just with cycling).

Join Natsuko on a weekend quest to find Drunken Charlie Lake in the Cascade Mountains. This adventure was short on miles, but long on feeling remote.

Jo Stanton tells the inspiration behind her new Firefly, a bike designed to take her far and wide on great adventures.

Duncan’s new bike was built on a smaller budget: He found a used Jeff Lyon sport tourer and rebuilt it as a competent all-road bike.

Inspired by Ted King’s DIY Gravel challenge, I scouted a 200-mile course to Humptulips Ridge on the southern edge of the Olympic Mountains. My challenge was to ride there and back in the 12:25 hours between the first and last ferry to the Kitsap Peninsula. I knew it was a long shot, but I hoped that meticulous preparation (and tailwinds) would help me beat the odds…

I hope you agree that you don’t want to miss this BQ edition. Subscribe or renew by the end of today, and we’ll include your copy with the first mailing.

13 Responses to Summer 2020 Bicycle Quarterly

  1. Juan Andres Nin Maccio June 17, 2020 at 7:15 am #

    Hi, I’m still missing issue 71. I sent a message more than a week ago but got no reply, not sure what the right way to contact you is.

    • Jan Heine June 17, 2020 at 9:07 am #

      We received your message. We haven’t had time to investigate yet, as getting the new BQ to the printer took all our time and effort. We’ll look into this to make sure your magazine was mailed. Unfortunately, it’s probably stuck in the mail somewhere in Brazil. We are sorry that mail delivery currently isn’t working properly. For readers in Brazil, we’ll probably pause subscriptions until things improve.

      • Juan Andres Nin Maccio June 17, 2020 at 11:29 am #

        I’m from Uruguay, not Brazil, but I guess my magazines could see transit through Brazil? No idea how mail logistics work.
        I’ll have to catch up on my backlog of issues while I wait for the lastest issues to arrive 🙂

        Thanks for the reply and stay safe Jan and team!

        • Jan Heine June 17, 2020 at 12:14 pm #

          Sorry for the error in my reply. As I said, we haven’t investigated yet, but most likely, the magazine was shipped and is just delayed. You’ll get a reply soon.

  2. Ulrik Haugen June 17, 2020 at 7:45 am #

    Any news on when the spring issue might make it to Sweden?

    • Jan Heine June 17, 2020 at 8:58 am #

      Unfortunately, none of our Swedish subscribers have received the Spring edition (nor have those in Italy, Belgium, France, Brazil and a few other countries hard hit by Covid-19). It appears that international mail to some countries went by boat during the pandemic, when there were almost no airplanes flying. Our tracking shows the shipments leaving Chicago. Shipments of magazines to Germany and Austria have arrived, so the magazines don’t appear to be stuck in the United States. Hopefully they will arrive soon – surface mail can 3 months or more to arrive in Europe even during the best of times. We apologize for this. We are evaluating the situation, and we’re considering pausing subscriptions to these countries until the mail is reliable again. Most of all, we hope you are safe and healthy during this difficult situation.

      • Jan Heine June 17, 2020 at 9:08 am #

        Just found out that the Spring BQ arrived in Paris – yesterday! So it appears that the boat has made it, and yours should be coming soon as well. What a relief!

      • Ulrik Haugen June 17, 2020 at 11:28 am #

        That is good news, thanks! Just so you know, i would prefer getting each issue however delayed to getting my subscription paused, i still read every one cover to cover.

      • rnst June 18, 2020 at 1:49 am #

        FWIW I received mine in Italy a few days ago

  3. Tim Evans June 17, 2020 at 9:06 am #

    The cover photo looks good!

    • Heiko June 17, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

      That seems to be the Fern Bicycles workshop in Berlin. But the blue Randonneur is not a Fern. That obviously is the 2016 Meerglas randonneur for the Berlin Fahrradschau.

      • Jan Heine June 17, 2020 at 1:58 pm #

        You are both correct. It is the Fern workshop. We were lucky to meet most of the Berlin Framebuilders Collective there. Thomas from Meerglas had brought a bike that just had completed Paris-Brest-Paris. It was a fun afternoon and evening. (In fact, it was almost midnight when we finally said good-bye after a great dinner at a nearby restaurant…)

  4. Lawrence Vargas June 18, 2020 at 3:12 pm #

    I also love the photo choice for the cover! I really need to subscribed soon, but right now I’m playing catch up with a substantial amount of back issues. Once I take care of that, though, I’m definitely going to subscribed!

    By the way, I love and appreciate that there is plenty of supply for all of the back issues! =D