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Highlights from the Autumn 2010 issue

(Vol. 9, No. 1)

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Bicycles have changed little in over a century, while there have been incredible advances in cars, trains and aviation. It is tempting to think that similar advances would be possible in bicycles if only some smart people put their minds to improving bicycles.

Numerous inventors have tried... We examine a few of these “unconventional” machines in this issue...


We test a Moulton "New Series" Stainless:

Small wheels and full suspension promise a very different ride from a conventional bicycle. With a list price of almost $ 16,000, does it deliver?


We reprint a (translated) article on the Moulton from Le Cycle in 1962, when Daniel Rebour commented on this revolutionary machine under the title "The Bicycle of the Future?"

The Dursley Pedersen featured a triangulated frame and suspended saddle. 100 years ago, it was one of the lightest bicycles you could buy. Admire an original ca. 1910 touring model, and read about a ride on a modern reproduction.



Recumbents were very popular in France in the 1930s. Read a participant's report from a Technical Trial in the Pyrenees mountains, where a recumbent showed its mettle.

We also evaluate the competition record of "unconventional" bicycles and look at why they have not (yet?) caught on in the mainstream cycling world.


We contrast these unconventional machines with one of the best “conventional” bicycles available today, in a full test of the MAP Randonneur Project, built by a young constructeur from Portland.

Bruce Gordon tells us in "Builders Speak" how he made a classic bike almost entirely from titanium and carbon fiber. Just don't ask about the price!

We continue our series about the history of randonneuring, with a look at the 1930s. Cyclotouring saw a huge growth, but at the end of the decade, the German occupation of France curtailed long-distance riding. Read how cyclotourists refocused on shorter, more competitive events, and how this shaped randonneuring for years to come.

We test exciting new products, including the Pacenti Pari-Moto 650B x 38 mm tires and the Origin 8 cantilever brakes, which are inspired by the classic Mafac brakes.

As always, there are book reviews, "My favorite bike" and much, much more in the new issue of Bicycle Quarterly.

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