We Found a Box of BQ61!

We Found a Box of BQ61!

We found another box of BQ 61, our 15th anniversary edition. Originally, it was so popular that it sold out quickly. The 128 pages were packed with special stories. (How can we top this when BQ turns 20 in a few years?)

The incredible ride over Kurakake Pass in Japan remains one my my absolute favorites – even though it turned into much more of an adventure than we had planned.

Peter Weigle’s story of making his famous superlight bike for the Concours de Machines, of going to France and participating in the event is a classic read.

We’ve also covered all the other amazing bikes at the Concours with their innovative solutions.

To put the event in perspective, we told the story of the amazing mid-century Concours

… including a photo feature of a superlight Barra aluminum bike that participated in 1949.

We visited Paul Components in CA and took you into the magic factory where CNC machines hum to produce the coveted parts.

We tested two amazing dream bikes: a Steve Rex monstercross and

… Brian Chapman’s Randonneuse that charged its DI2 battery from the generator hub.

One box of this special 128-page edition won’t last long, and once they’re gone, that’s it! Click here to order your copy.

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Comments (9)

  • Peter Brackenbury

    One of my favorite issues! Get it!

    April 20, 2021 at 10:05 am
  • Panos Diakakis

    Any chance that you will re-print this issue in the near future for the rest of us who did not manage to get a copy?

    April 20, 2021 at 12:04 pm
    • Jan Heine

      Sorry they sold so quickly. The minimum print run is too large to make it feasible to reprint them. Maybe some day we’ll do a compilation of the best articles… The only problem is choosing which are best – they’re all favorites!

      April 21, 2021 at 12:22 am
      • Panos Diakakis

        Compilation of best articles is indeed a very good idea. As a proposal, I would suggest that you can let readers vote on their favorites articles, this way you will have a good indication of which ones to include.

        I was mostly interested on the ALPS article you had on this issue. If there is another way of getting to it and can help it would be much appreciated!

        Thanks Jan!

        April 21, 2021 at 3:49 am
        • Jan Heine

          The visit with Hiroshi-san from Alps was amazing. Unfortunately, there is no cost-effective way to make single articles available.

          April 21, 2021 at 8:01 am
          • Vince

            Yes there is: Print-on-demand.

            April 21, 2021 at 8:18 am
          • Jan Heine

            The cost of print-on-demand for a high-quality 128-page book, plus the infrastructure we’d need to put in place to manage each order, is very high. The Oregon Manifest used print-on-demand for their report from their event – which was about the size of a BQ – and they had to sell it for $ 68 each to break even.

            April 21, 2021 at 10:19 am
  • Sean

    I see that this *new* supply is currently “out of stock” as of 7:46pm PST. May we assume that it, indeed, sold out today?

    April 20, 2021 at 7:47 pm
    • Jan Heine

      Yes, they went quickly. Sorry about that. There weren’t that many: It’s a thick edition, so the box we found contained just 40 magazines.

      April 21, 2021 at 12:20 am

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