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Off The Beaten Path
24. Juli, 14:09 Uhr

This year’s Tour de France provided gripping racing and a worthy winner: Tadej Pogačar rode a smart, powerful race, and his second win in a row promises more for the future. Especially since he’s just 22 years old and at the beginning of his career. And yet one of the most recognized feats of this year’s Tour wasn’t part of the official race at all: Lachlan Morton’s ‘Alt Tour’ consisted of...

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01. Juli, 15:02 Uhr

The Summer 2021 Bicycle Quarterly is another action-packed edition. We test one of Fern’s dreamy creations, a pure adventure bike equipped to handle everything from fast road riding (with aerobars) to ultra-steep technical terrain (with a dropper seatpost). Outfitted with a full complement of custom-made Gramm_Tourpacking bikepacking bags, it’s made for the riding we enjoy. To test this...

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17. Mai, 03:12 Uhr

All of a sudden, it’s almost summer. With a busier spring in the desert than expected—from starting a new Tucson GRIT (Girls Riding Into Tomorrow) cycling mentorship program to setting a new fastest known time on the 827-mile Arizona Trail—time just flew. In between were a quick trip to Alaska to give a TED Talk, riding the Ruta del Jefe, and winning the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo...

Off The Beaten Path
27. Juli, 14:59 Uhr

It’s exciting to see the Tour de France Femmes take to the roads of France this week. It’s a big step toward reducing the gender imbalance in bike racing. Most of all, there has been some great racing for all of us to enjoy. The Tour Femmes brings back memories of the stories Lyli Herse, the daughter of our founder, told me of the first Tour de France Féminin, back in 1955. It was for this...

Off The Beaten Path
02. September, 16:32 Uhr

Before our ride on the Oregon Outback, Lael replaced her headlight – which was designed for mountain biking – with a more road-oriented SON Edelux II. The more even illumination of the road surface by a shaped beam makes riding at speed much easier and less fatiguing. And a single LED consumes much less power – and causes less resistance – than 3 LEDs that shine much of their round beams into...

Off The Beaten Path
17. Juni, 19:34 Uhr

When Lael Wilcox repeated her win at Unbound XL, the famous gravel race in the Flint Hills of Kansas, it didn’t come entirely as a surprise – Lael is in a class of her own. And yet that should not detract from the strength, stamina and focus required to race for 27 hours and stay ahead of a very strong women’s field. We’ve had a chance to catch with Lael as she is heading off to her next...

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25. März, 04:59 Uhr

Riding with Lael Wilcox, I was impressed not just by her speed and positive attitude, but also by her efficiency and planning. When we stopped at the small (and sparsely stocked) store in Index, I was still surveying the shelves when Lael was already checking out, having snagged the only sandwich, something to drink and a chocolate bar. I realized that her success in long-distance events comes...

Off The Beaten Path
15. Januar, 18:32 Uhr

When the project for a Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame was announced, there was immediately some pushback: Isn’t ‘gravel’ too new to have a Hall of Fame? From the perspective of gravel racing, that makes sense. Many of the big names from the early days of ‘gravel’ are still racing today. The legitimacy of a Hall of Fame rests on a measured approach. Before honoring somebody, you’d want to consider...

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03. Januar, 07:12 Uhr

The word ‘Revolution’ is overused. Almost every new product and idea is marketed as ‘revolutionary.’ And yet, once in a while, something happens that really does change everything. For bicycles, the ‘All-Road Bike Revolution’ has been perhaps the biggest change since multi-speed drivetrains replaced singlespeeds. The ‘All-Road Bike Revolution’ can be summed up in one line: Comfort =...

Off The Beaten Path
26. Januar, 16:00 Uhr

Our bike shop partners tell us that the most asked question these days is: “Aren’t wide tires slower than narrow tires?” That’s what all of us believed for many decades, and old beliefs don’t disappear overnight. Rene Herse Cycles makes tires all the way from narrow 26 mm racing rubber to 55 mm bikepacking tires, with everything in between. We don’t have a commercial interest in promoting...

Off The Beaten Path
20. Dezember, 05:20 Uhr

Winter is coming to Seattle, but, contrary to stereotypes, it’s not always raining. Sunny days invite us to explore neighborhoods we usually don’t visit. Last weekend, I decided to ride a bike that brings back many memories: The Rene Herse I used for years to commute around Paris. Back then, I went to Paris every winter for five or six weeks to research the French constructeurs, and René...