Cycling is a wonderful part of our lives, and it’s fun to talk about training, bike tech and adventures. At the same time, as cyclists, we pride ourselves to be engaged with the world. We don’t lose sight of the challenges that exist in many parts of the world. That’s why, from time to time, Rene Herse Cycles organizes charity drives, where we donate 50% of Bicycle Quarterly subscriptions to a charity that is making a real difference in the world.

With so many crises in this world, we just want to help. For the next 24 hours—until noon on Saturday, June 8, 2024—we will donate to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). In places experiencing conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and other crises, Doctors Without Borders is working to save lives. Doctors Without Borders bring not only medical and humanitarian assistance to those who need it most, they also bring hope.

This year, we’ll include past editions of Bicycle Quarterly and our books in the charity drive. Here is how it works:

  • For each Bicycle Quarterly subscription, we will donate $ 20.
  • Renewals are not included in the charity drive, but gift subscriptions and past editions are.
  • For each 4-pack of Bicycle Quarterly past editions, we will donate $ 19.
  • For our books, we will donate 50% of the cover price. (This includes posters.)

If you have been thinking about subscribing to Bicycle Quarterly or buying our books (or past editions), please do so now, and help those in need at the same time.

Your subscription will start with the current edition. You’ll read about Sophie Potter and Adrien Liechti’s incredible adventure in Africa. After competing in the Rhino Run, a 2,750-km (1,708-mile) unsupported bikepacking race across the deserts of South Africa and Namibia, Sophie and Adrien continued riding, until they had crossed half of Africa. They rode all the way to Kenya on the Equator. As you can imagine, there were many adventures along the way. That’s Adrien on the cover, having just executed a quick U-turn when he found the road blocked by a wild (and angry) elephant.

Head into the most remote parts of the Cascade Mountains on the Dark Divide 300 bikepacking route. Centerpiece of this route is Juniper Ridge, a place that is as inaccessible as it is beautiful. Setting an FKT (Fastest Known Time) on this challenging route required new ideas for traversing rough and steep terrain.

Donalrey and Karen take you on the course of the Torino-Nice bikepacking rally, with beautiful photos that will make you want to explore to the old military roads that straddle the French/Italian border.

Bicycle Quarterly isn’t only about inspiring adventures, but also focuses on cutting-edge research. Almost 20 years after discovering that narrow tires and high pressures aren’t needed for speed, we’re still pushing the envelope when it comes to figuring out how bicycles really work. In this edition, we look at changes in riders’ bodies as they fatigue. Our new findings suggest that pros can ride relatively narrow tires even on very rough courses—but the rest of us may be faster and more efficient on wider tires.

The beauty of a Bicycle Quarterly subscription is that you’ll get to enjoy future editions, too. Sofiane Sehili tells us what it takes to win the world’s toughest race three times in a row. Josh Ibbett reports from the Japanese Odyssey, a challenging ride that is definitely not a race. We test the speed of TPU tubes on real roads. And much, much more. All with long-form articles and award-winning photography that you won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve already got a Bicycle Quarterly subscription, we’re including all the past editions from more than 20 years of the magazine. Or choose our 424-page history of René Herse with thousands of historic photos. And if you haven’t read The All-Road Bike Revolution with all our ground-breaking research in an easy-to-read and fun format, now is a good time.

Please help us make a significant donation to Doctors Without Borders. Click the links below to join the charity drive:

  • subscribe to Bicycle Quarterly
  • give a gift subscription
  • past editions
  • books