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Highlights from the Winter 2010 issue

(Vol. 9, No. 2)

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Gilbert Bulté's photo albums introduce us to the breathtaking variety of randonneur events in the 1940s and 1950s.

Ride with "Monsieur Gilbert" on his way to the fastest time in Paris-Brest-Paris 1956, win the 40 km Grand Prix de Neuilly in a sprint against six other tandems, climb the Ballon d'Alsace and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Brevet Randonneur des Alpes (left).



Learn about combining Audax-style group riding with competition and learn about the allure of Gentleman races.

Most of all, find out how much fun these riders had. (On the left, they line up for the start of a 50 km brevet.)

Read our test of a modern René Herse from Boulder, Colorado. Does it live up to its storied ancestors?

What better test for a Bilenky Constructeur Tandem than to take it on a 400 km brevet? Find out how the two-seater fared during the long ride, as our team tried to stay ahead of the clock.



We honor Jean Desbois (1924-2010), framebuilder for René Herse, who built some of the finest bicycles ever made.

Learn about bike handling, with some of the latest research on the subject. Experts finally seem to grasp how a bike corners, and why it is so easy to ride a bike.

We also dug deep into the archives to find out who invented the cyclotouring geometries with low trail, which work so well for wide tires and handlebar bags. In the process, we found some serious disagreements among the leading techniciens of the time, including Daniel Rebour and the designer of the famous Reyhand bikes. In a separate piece, read about the astonishingly simple formula behind the wonderful handling of Jack Taylor bicycles.

While we were at it, we examine shimmy – what causes it, and what to do about it.


We test two affordable generator-powered LED headlights from Spanninga (left) and Planet Blaze (below), and compare them to our previous favorites, the Lumotec IQ Cyo and Schmidt Edelux.

To go with these headlights, we also tested a Shimano DH-3N80 generator hub (not shown).

We teamed up with Peter Weigle to bring you a detailed article on mounting metal fenders. Everybody wants their fenders to last for decades of rattle-free performance. We illustrate step by step how to achieve this. As a bonus, Peter Weigle shows a few very special fender mounting tricks in his Builders Speak article.

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

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Also new or updated:

Bicycle Quarterly's blog.

List of all bikes tested by Bicycle Quarterly.

Image Archive with color photos of bicycles featured in Bicycle Quarterly.

Glossary of many terms and names found in Bicycle Quarterly.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Bike test sample article now available online (pdf file, 600 kB).