Those who already have received the latest Vintage Bicycle Quarterly have read that I like these tires so much that I decided to import them in a one-time deal. I'd like to extend this offer to all interested.
Summary: The Grand Bois Cypres tires was made for I's Bicycle in Kyoto, one of the shops in Japan that make the French-inspired touring bikes we see online once in a while. It is a beautiful tires (file tread, grey sidewalls, understated logo), it is light, supple, fast - the perfect tire in that size.
Apart from new bikes and conversions, it is especially useful for 650B bikes from the late 1950s onward originally equipped with the long-gone Wolber "Super Randonneur" or "Tandem" tires. All other current tires either are too wide for these bikes, or don't offer good performance.
To see photos and read the full VBQ test of the tire, go to
Order info is at the site as well. Orders have to be received by October 31, 2005. (Checks only for now, as there isn't enough money in this to pay for credit card fees. If you live outside the U.S., contact me for a credit card order and shipping costs.) -- Jan Heine, Seattle Editor/Publisher Vintage Bicycle Quarterly c/o Il Vecchio Bicycles 140 Lakeside Ave, Ste. C Seattle WA 98122 http://www.vintagebicyclepress.com