I think I’ve mentioned that I always eagerly await my Bicycle Quarterly with great expectations and the Summer 2011 edition did not disappoint.
At very large portion of the Summer ’11 edition is dedicated to the history behind Rene Herse #201 and its racing history. From BQ’s Website, here’s the summary:
With the 1200 km (760 mile) Paris-Brest-Paris ride coming up, we looked at the history of a very special tandem. René Herse #201 had an illustrious competition history, including setting the fastest time in PBP 1956, winning the hillclimb races of the Poly de Chanteloup andPoly Lyon, and setting a record in the 100 km (64-mile) time trial, averaging 27 mph. We trace the history of this bike with many historic photos, and report on its challenging restoration from a complete wreck.
The full table of contents: great stuff!
4 Collecting Roads
9 Finding the Old Roads
36 Builders Speak: Peter Weigle on Shaving Tires for Better Performance
48 The Story of a Tandem: René Herse #201
70 My Favorite Bike: Pacific Reach
16 Bike Test: Ellis 700C Randonneur
44 Test: Keen Austin spd-compatible shoes
10 Do Larger Wheels Roll Faster? The First Carefully Controlled Study that Measures Power Output with Various Wheel Sizes
26 How We Test Bicycles
32 Measuring a Bike’s Geometry
68 Experiments with Shimmy
46 Readers’ Forum