How can I order and pay with a check or money order?
On the checkout page, there is an option for check/money order payment. Select that, print your order page, and mail it together with a check or money order.
What is your returns policy?
We want you to be satisfied with the products you buy from Compass Bicycles. We offer a full refund (minus shipping cost) for returns of unused books and components, in re-sellable condition, for 30 days after receipt. Please note that tires that have been mounted cannot be returned.
Return items, in original packaging and well-protected, to:
Compass Bicycles Ltd.
2116 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98121 USA
What is your cancellation policy for subscriptions?
For magazine subscriptions, you can cancel at any time, and we will refund the unused portion of the subscription.
What is the relationship between Compass Bicycles Ltd. and Bicycle Quarterly?
Compass Bicycles Ltd. is a sister company to Bicycle Quarterly Press. For years, we were frustrated about great components that either were no longer available or were not sold in North America. We finally decided to take things into our own hands and offer these components through Compass Bicycles. Also read our blog entry on this subject.
Do you offer Grand Bois frames and bicycles?
At this time, we do not offer frames or bicycles. Ikuo Tsuchiya of Cycles Grand Bois wants to meet customers in person before designing a bicycle for them. Therefore, to order a Grand Bois, you have to go to his shop in Kyoto (Japan) to place the order.
Can you tell me whether your fenders fit on my bike?
The Grand Bois fenders are intended for custom bicycles that were designed for these fenders. If you want to install them on your bike, make sure that:
• All bridges are equi-distant from the wheel centers.
• All bridges have threaded holes facing the tires.
• You have at least 10 mm clearance where the tires pass through the frame.
For detailed instructions on how to mount aluminum fenders, please refer to Bicycle Quarterly Vol. 9, No. 2.
Will your tires fit my bike?
Even production frames vary a lot from one bike to another. Without seeing the bike, it is almost impossible to say whether a tire will fit. Measure your existing tire, and check how much clearance you have where the tires pass through the frame. This tells you whether you can fit a wider tire. For more information, see our blog post on determining your maximum tire width.
Do your tires run true to size?
We list the actual tire width of the tires we sell, rather than what it says on the package. Tire width depends on the width of the rims. Generally speaking here are the widths of the tires we sell:
Also remember that tires stretch a bit during use, and can "grow" by a millimeter or two over time.
Can you recommend a framebuilder or constructeur for my new bicycle?
Unfortunately, we cannot make such recommendations. Every rider’s needs are different. We recommend reading the bike tests in Bicycle Quarterly to learn more about what different builders have to offer, and where their strengths lie.
Can you help me with a technical question?
Unfortunately, we cannot individual technical questions, unless they are about products we sell. A good resource is the Internet-Bob list Internet-Bob list, where you will find a group of avid riders who may be able to help you