Winter 2015 Bicycle QuarterlyJan Heine
The Winter 2015 Bicycle Quarterly is at the printer and will be mailed in a few weeks. It’s another fun-filled, action-packed issue. The Winter issue’s theme is “Riding with Friends”.
We test the Elephant National Forest Explorer, a bike made for gravel roads (above) by riding it to the Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting. How does it perform when riding with friends on gravel roads and trails? And how did it and its extra-wide tires handle the (mostly paved) ride to the event?
Tom Moran reports on a ride to the “Magic Bus” (of Into the Wild fame) with an Alaskan friend that is much more than just a winter fatbiking adventure.
My own ride in this year’s Paris-Brest-Paris turned from a quest for speed into a ride with friends, both old and new, over the backroads of France. And it was all the better for it.
Riding through a typhoon doesn’t sound like fun? Unless it’s a great ride with friends that ends at one of the most beautiful Onsen hot springs in Japan.
We visit Jean Hoffmann, a randonneur who turned professional racer and rode in the Tour de France before returning to randonneuring. After looking at the photos from his archives (above: cyclocross in the late 1950s), we join him for a ride up a small mountain pass in central France. I only hope that I’ll be riding like this gentleman when I am 81 years old!
We have a studio photo feature that shows the details needed to make a randonneur bike Rinko-compatible, with full fenders, generator-powered lighting and even low-rider racks. A related feature talks about optimizing the design of those low-rider racks – not just for Rinko.
How to mount fenders on a bike that isn’t quite designed for them? We show you a few neat tricks that solve common problems.
We also test the Gevenalle brake/shift levers, which present an alternative to the systems from the “Big 3”. We try out a Swift Industries handlebar bag and the Haulin’ Colin Porteur rack.
Our “Skills” column talks about maintaining traction on wintry roads, whether it’s in rain or snow. Our “Icons” feature looks at the old Clement silk tubular tires (above). We have a lively discussion about last issues Specialized Diverge test bike in the “Letters” and much more.
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