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This list shows only the most important articles. Also see our bike and equipment tests , color photos of the historic bikes featured in Bicycle Quarterly, our Randonneuring Basics and our Builders Speak article series.

Technical Articles

Tire Performance:

  • Summary of tires tested, pressure and speed, tubulars vs. clinchers, tread patterns, etc.: Vol. 11, #3.
  • The first "real-road" test of tires debunks many myths. Super-high pressures aren't faster: Vol. 5, #1.
  • Statistical analyis of our tires tests, more tires tested: Vol. 5, #3.
  • Optimizing your tire pressure for your weight: Vol. 5, #4; also available online.
  • Do larger wheels roll faster over bumps? We measure power output with three wheel diameters: Vol. 9, #4.
  • More tires tested: Vol. 6, #1; Vol. 6, #4.
  • Suspension losses measured, and more tires tested on rough and smooth surfaces: Vol. 8, #1.
  • Casing construction (threads per inch/tpi) and performance: Sidebar in Vol. 9, #1.
  • Discussion with Panaracer's engineers on what makes a tire perform well: Vol. 12, #4.
  • What makes a tire hand-glued? Vol. 11, #4.

Geometry and Handling:

  • An overview of frame geometry: What the terms mean and how they affect your bike's ride: Vol. 10, #2.
  • Detailed article on "What makes a well-handling bike" with optimized geometries for many bicycle types, plus tests of different geometries for carrying heavy loads. With many sample geometries: Vol. 5, #3.
  • Our first in-depth look at "Front-end geometry for different speeds, loads and tire sizes" with many sample geometries: Vol. 3, #3.
  • Comparison test of three forks with different offsets. A non-linear relationship between trail and stability: Vol. 4, #3.
  • How wheel size affects bicycle handling. What are the optimum wheel sizes for various tire widths? Vol. 8, #3.
  • Designing frames for wide tires: Vol. 6, #4.
  • Geometries for 650B randonneur bikes in small and large sizes: Vol. 10, #3.
  • Tandem geometry: Vol. 12, #4.
  • 1920s geometries: how they rode, and why they were abandoned: Vol. 8, #4.
  • Classic cyclotouring geometries: How they were developed: Vol. 9, #2.
  • How bicycles balance and corner: Vol. 9, #2.
  • What causes shimmy and what can you do about it: Vol. 9, #2; Vol. 9, #4.
  • How to measure a bike's geometry: Vol. 9, #4.

      Frame Flex and "Planing":

      • Double-blind test of three bikes with different tubesets. Why some bikes perform better than others: Vol. 6, #4.
      • Measuring power output on the bikes from the double-blind test. Adding an oversize frame to the test: Vol. 7, #4.
      • Measuring frame stiffness and the balance of the frame tubes: Vol. 9, #3.

          Comfort and Speed:

          • Quantifying suspension losses, which represent an important resistance for cyclists. Which component choices minimize suspension losses: Vol. 8, #1.
          • Flex of fork blades measured. Fork blade flex is important for a comfortable bike: Vol. 6, #3.
          • Performance of modern vs. traditional bikes: Vol. 8, #4.
          • The competition record of unconventional bicycles (recumbents, small-wheelers, suspension analyzed): Vol. 9, #1.
          • Suspension vs. supple tires (Alex Moulton's data): Vol. 9, #1.
          • Do larger wheels roll faster over bumps? We measure power output with three wheel diameters: Vol. 9, #4.
          • Riding positions: low or upright? It depends on your power output, riding style and other factors: Vol. 10, #4.

              Aerodynamics:

              • Wind-tunnel tests of real-world bicycles: Rider position, tire width, clothing, bags, fenders, etc.: Vol. 6, #1.
              • Wind-tunnel tests of drafting and different bike/rider types: Vol. 6, #3.

                  Bicycle Performance:

                  • Generator hub resistance measured and translated into speed losses: Vol. 11, #1.
                  • Comparison of benefits of optimizing weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics: Which gives the greatest benefit? Vol. 5, #1.
                  • Strong and weak points of modern shifting systems: Electronic shifting from Shimano and Campagnolo; Shimano STI, Campagnolo Ergopower, SRAM DoubleTap: Vol. 11, #2.

                      Technical How-To:

                      • Installing metal fenders: Vol. 9, #2.
                      • Fender safety: Vol. 13, #1.
                      • Making a mudflap: Vol. 12, #1.
                      • Choosing the gear ratios for your bike: Vol. 10, #4
                      • Setting up Cantilever brakes for best mechanical advantage: Vol. 7, #2; also available online.
                      • Re-raking a fork to improve the handling of a bike: Vol. 5, #3; Vol. 3, #4.
                      • How to make an Alex Singer cartridge-bearing bottom bracket: Vol. 6, #2.
                      • How to integrate a handlebar bag into a custom bicycles: Vol. 4, #2.
                      • Overhauling a Huret Jubilee derailleur: Vol. 5, #1.
                      • Overhauling Maxi-Car hubs: Vol. 2, #4.
                      • Setting up a Cyclo derailleur: Vol. 4, #2.
                      • Making a custom LED headlight: Vol. 7, #1.
                      • How to measure a bike's geometry: Vol. 9, #4.
                      • How to measure a bike's geometry from photos: Vol. 10, #2.
                      • How to install tires on "tubular-ready" rims: Vol. 11, #4.
                      • Lining lugs: Vol. 12, #2.

                      Portraits of Builders/Manufacturers

                      • Nicola Barra: Vol. 6, #4 (history; first-person account).
                      • Bilenky Cycle Works: Vol. 11, No. 2 (portrait).
                      • Chainless Hillclimber: shaft-driven 3-speed bicycle: Vol. 6, #3 (history).
                      • Paul Charrel: Vol. 8, #2 (history).
                      • Charlie Cunningham: Vol. 8, #1 (interview).
                      • Engin Cycles: Vol. 11, No. 2 (portrait).
                      • Goëland: Vol. 4, #2 (history; catalogue reprinted).
                      • René Herse: Vol. 3, #2 (first catalogue reprinted); Vol. 9, #4 (PBP-winning tandem).
                      • Hetchins: Vol. 5, #4 (history).
                      • Honjo: Maker of aluminum fenders: Vol. 13, #1.
                      • Iribe: Maker of Keirin frames and bottle cages: Vol. 12, #4.
                      • Level Cycles: Makers of Keirin frames: Vol. 12, #4.
                      • Lu-Mi-Num: 1890s aluminum bicycle: Vol. 8, #1 (history).
                      • André Marcadier: Vol. 11, #4.
                      • Gene Portuesi (Cyclo-Pedia founder): Vol. 3, #4.
                      • Panaracer Tires: Vol. 12, #4.
                      • Reyhand: Vol. 5, #1 (history).
                      • Rivendell/Grant Petersen: Vol. 3, #4 (interview).
                      • Alex Singer/Ernest Csuka: Vol. 1, #1 (interview; catalogue reprinted).
                      • Specialités TA: Vol. 6, #1 (interview with owner).
                      • Speedwell: The first successful titanium bicycle: Vol. 11, #2 (history)
                      • Jack Taylor: Vol. 7, #4 (interview).
                      • Toei: Vol. 7, #1 (interview).
                      • Framebuilder/constructeur round-table: Vol. 3, #4.

                      Riders/Personalities

                      • Roger Baumann (interview; 1956 PBP winner, team rider for René Herse): Vol. 1, #2.
                      • Lionel Brans (constructeur, rode from Paris to Saigon in 1949/50): Vol. 11, #1.
                      • Vernon Blake (inventor, artist; biography, reprinted articles): Vol. 10, #4.
                      • Gilbert Bulté (photos and stories); 1956 PBP winner (tandem), rider for Remy, Herse, Routens: Vol. 9, #2; Vol. 9, #4.
                      • Lucien Détée (photos and story of 1956 PBP win, tandem); Poly de Chanteloup win, etc.: Vol. 9, #4.
                      • Charly Gaul (photo special 1955 Tour de France): Vol. 4, #3.
                      • Groupe Montagnard Parisien (founders of modern technical trials; history): Vol. 7, #3.
                      • Lyli Herse: Vol. 12, #1 (riding in the Poly de Chanteloup).
                      • André Leducq (first-person account of winning 1930 Tour de France): Vol. 4, #3.
                      • Maurice Macaudière (1963 PBP winner, first person account of the ride): Vol. 6, #1.
                      • José Meiffret (history; motorpaced record rider): Vol. 3, #2.
                      • Jean Olbrechts (interview; team rider for Alex Singer): Vol. 4, #1.
                      • Jacquie Phelan (interview; pioneering mountain bike racer): Vol. 8, #1.
                      • Mel Pinto (interview; importeur of fine bicycles during the 1950s, 60s and bike boom years): Vol. 9, #3.
                      • Paulette Porthault (interview; winner Poly de Chanteloup, team rider for René Herse): Vol. 3, #1.
                      • Daniel Rebour (history; illustrator): Vol. 2, #4.
                      • Peter Rich (interview; pioneering American racer): Vol. 4, #4.
                      • Vélocio (Paul de Vivie; pioneering cyclotourist; history): Vol. 5, #2.
                      • Pierre Vitupier (Paris newspaper courier, winner of Criterium des Porteurs; interview): Vol. 5, #3.

                      Events

                      • Criterium des Porteurs (Paris newspaper courier race): Vol. 5, #3.
                      • The first Fleche Vélocio (original ride report from 1947): Vol. 3, #1.
                      • The first Diagonal (ride across France; original ride report from 1933): Vol. 7, #3.
                      • L'Eroica: Vol. 5, #2.
                      • Paris-Brest-Paris 1948: first-person account of fastest rider (Jo Routens): Vol. 2, #3.
                      • Paris-Brest-Paris 1956: Vol. 1, #2; Vol. 9, #4.
                      • Paris-Brest-Paris 1966: first-person account of fastest rider (Maurice Macaudière): Vol. 6, #1.
                      • Paris-Roubaix 1935: Vol. 4, #1.
                      • Poly de Chanteloup hillclimb race: Vol. 12, #1.
                      • Randonneuring in post-war France (description of the multitude of events organized at the time): Vol. 9, #2.
                      • San Francisco to Los Angeles in 1902 (original ride report): Vol. 1, #3.
                      • Stayer Racing (motorpaced, a history): Vol. 2, #2.
                      • Technical Trials: Vol. 1, #4; Vol. 2, #1 (complete history); Vol. 4, #1 (event report; bike feature); Vol. 5, #1 (first-person account of female rider); Vol. 9, #1 (first-person account from Touring-Club de France technical trials/stage race).
                      • Tour de France 1930 (first-person account of winner): Vol. 4, #3.
                      • Tour de France 1963: Vol. 2, #4.
                      • Touring Europe with Dr. Clifford Graves in 1963: Vol. 6, #2.
                      • Territorial Road Race of 1894 (Arizona): Vol. 3, #4.

                      Components/Equipment

                      • History of bicycle brakes: Vol. 7, #2.
                      • Tullio Campagnolo: The visionary behind the legend: Vol. 12, #4.
                      • The development of Campagnolo's first Gran Sport derailleur: Vol. 2, #2.
                      • Campagnolo Paris-Roubaix shifter. How it works: Vol. 6, #1.
                      • Road-tests of classic derailleurs: Vol. 4, #2; Vol. 4, #4.
                      • Eddy Merckx Hour Record bicycle: Vol. 3, #2.
                      • Who invented half-step gearing?: Vol. 4, #3.
                      • History and function of Nivex derailleurs: Vol. 10, #3.
                      • Maxi-Car hubs: Vol. 2, #4.
                      • Nivex derailleur (history, function): Vol. 10, #3.
                      • Equipment in early 1990s Paris-Roubaix: Vol. 8, #1.
                      • Evolution of racing bikes over time: Vol. 4, #3.
                      • Simplex Retrofriction shift levers: Vol. 12, #1.
                      • SunTour Power Shift bar-end shifters: Vol. 12, #1.
                      • TA's front-wheel drive bicycle: Vol. 6, #2.
                      • Trailer design from the 1940s: Vol. 1, #3.
                      • French tandems: Vol. 2, #3.
                      • Restoring the René Herse tandem that came first in PBP and the Poly de Chanteloup: Vol. 9, #4.

                      Touring Articles:

                      • A bicycle voyage in 1889 (Dr. Ruffier): Vol. 3, #3.
                      • Cycling in Hannibal’s footsteps from Spain via the Pyrenees and Alps to Italy and Tunisia: Vol. 10, #3.
                      • San Francisco-Los Angeles in 1902: Vol. 1, #3.
                      • India: Vol. 8, #4.
                      • Oregon Outback: Vol. 13, #1.
                      • London to Saigon: Vol. 12, #2.
                      • Paris to Saigon (Lionel Brans, 1949): Vol. 11, #1.
                      • Morvan, France: Vol. 4, #2.
                      • L'Eroica, Italy: Vol. 5, #2.
                      • Lake Pepin 3-speed Tour: Vol. 5, #4.
                      • Touring Europe in 1963 with Dr. Clifford Graves: Vol. 6, #2.
                      • Cascade Mountains, Washington State, USA: Vol. 6, #3; Vol. 9, #3; Vol. 12, #2.
                      • Chile on a Bike Friday: Vol. 6, #4.
                      • Japan: Vol. 7, #1; Vol. 12, #4.
                      • Baltic coast of East Germany: Vol. 7, #2.
                      • Chasing cherry blossoms across the passes of the Shinshu Mountains, Japan: Vol. 12, #4.
                      • Norway: Vol. 8, #2.

                      Randonneuring Articles:

                      • See also our Randonneuring Basics series.
                      • Cascade 1200: ride report: Vol, 11, #1.
                      • History of Randonneuring series: Vol. 8, #3; Vol. 9, #1; Vol. 9, #3; Vol. 10, #2.
                      • Randonneuring in post-war France (description of the multitude of events organized at the time): Vol. 9, #2.
                      • Paris-Brest-Paris 1948: first-person account of fastest rider (Jo Routens): Vol. 2, #3.
                      • Paris-Brest-Paris 1956: report from the randonneur event, also report on the equipment used (Daniel Rebour): Vol. 1, #2; Report on fastest tandem ride: Vol. 9, #4.
                      • Paris-Brest-Paris Audax 1956: a report from the Audax event: Vol. 1, #1.
                      • Paris-Brest-Paris 1966: first-person account of fastest rider (Maurice Macaudière: Vol. 6, #1.
                      • Paris-Brest-Paris 2003: first-person account of a rider finishing within seconds of the time limit, Duane Wright: Vol. 2, #4.
                      • Paris-Brest-Paris 2003: A report by the fastest mixed tandem team: Vol. 2, #1.
                      • Raid Pyrénéen: Vol. 10, #2; Vol. 12, #2.
                      • Vocano High Pass Super Randonnée 600 km: Vol. 12, #1.
                      • Equipment survey of American Randonneurs in PBP 2007: Vol. 6, #2. (also available online).
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