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Old 05-11-11, 05:40 PM   #1
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Where's the Magazine for Classic & Vintage?

I was over at Borders book store the other day and was amazed at the number of cycling magazines: road, mountain bike, BMX. Could not find anything devoted to Classic & Vintage bicycles.
The closest thing I have ever seen to this subject was Bicycle Times but that was not really what I was looking for. It would be nice to see one devoted to restoration and riding of steel road bikes of twenty, thirty or more years ago.

I know there is a lot of stuff on the internet but I am from an earlier generation who still need something to read at bedtime or with breakfast.
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I was over at Borders book store the other day and was amazed at the number of cycling magazines: road, mountain bike, BMX. Could not find anything devoted to Classic & Vintage bicycles.
The closest thing I have ever seen to this subject was Bicycle Times but that was not really what I was looking for. It would be nice to see one devoted to restoration and riding of steel road bikes of twenty, thirty or more years ago.

I know there is a lot of stuff on the internet but I am from an earlier generation who still need something to read at bedtime or with breakfast.
Mike Kone did a newsletter a long time ago. Bicycle Quarterly is probably the closest today, published and mostly written by Jan Heine.
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to the OP - i hear ya - love bicycle times though - they dont focus on c and v necessarily but the to me - the essence of what riding bikes should be about is captured pretty well
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For some reason, I've been getting Outside magazine (free with Nashbar orders or something?) and usually just recycle it. But last time it came with a Buyer's Guide, which I flipped through. I was quite surprised to see that the recommended short-sleeve biking jersey was wool (Icebreaker), the recommended long-sleeve jersey was wool (Ibex), one of the four "utility" bikes recommended was the Velo Orange Polyvalent, and the recommended "utility" saddle was the Brooks Colt.

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There is not enough advertising revenue out there to support a classic and vintage magazine. The vast majority of manufacturers point to the new bike market.

However, I think there are Japanese magazines that feature photos of vintage parts -- the parts collectors over there are especially fond of the French stuff.
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Magazine business in US is dead. I am amazed how cheap some of them are on Amazon. I've seen mainstream monthly mags for $3 a year.
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Outside's Buyers guide also listed two steel bikes as best choice. A custom build ( don't remember who ) and the Raleigh Clubman.
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Magazine business in US is dead. I am amazed how cheap some of them are on Amazon. I've seen mainstream monthly mags for $3 a year.
the $ is in ads not subscriptions. as long as they sell ads there will be magazines. these companies' business models are based around that fact and they will do everything they can to keep printed publications around.
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even though electronic information is so plentiful and accessible - nothing is worse than dropping the mouse (not to be confused with dropping the deuce) in the toilet -
+ 1 for magazines
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Print media is dead.

You found the C&V mag when you came here.
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Print media is dead.

You found the C&V mag when you came here.
this is the place for the C&V enthusiast - learn everyday here
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this is the place for the C&V enthusiast - learn everyday here
Yes, there is a wealth of information here. Compared to the average magazine with its irritating subscription cards and fold out ads along with the proliferation of ads for bikes I never will be able to afford and probably would not want if I could, this is obviously the place to be. Yet, I can't see myself falling asleep and dropping my laptop or kindle the way I might with a magazine or book. Or propping either up while eating breakfast. Something is missing. Why not waste a few trees and put the whole thing on paper?
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The brands place ads and the mags give them a review in exchange. We think there objective and were getting good advice for our well earned money, but that is not always the case.

Only way to create a magazine around C&V is blowing it up to a culture thing that draws attention from commercial partys.
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the $ is in ads not subscriptions. as long as they sell ads there will be magazines. these companies' business models are based around that fact and they will do everything they can to keep printed publications around.
Yep. As in all media, their job is not to deliver content to their audience, it's to deliver an audience to their advertisers. The fact that they have to give the audience some content in the process is a necessary evil.

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Let modern technology be your friend, and use online auctions and forums like this to buy or borrow old road bike magazines that feature the bikes you ride now. I always enjoy good vintage magazines on subjects I like.

Just remember that they weren't retro then. To do then now would be retro, but to do then, then, was very now-tro.
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For some reason, I've been getting Outside magazine (free with Nashbar orders or something?) and usually just recycle it. But last time it came with a Buyer's Guide, which I flipped through. I was quite surprised to see that the recommended short-sleeve biking jersey was wool (Icebreaker), the recommended long-sleeve jersey was wool (Ibex), one of the four "utility" bikes recommended was the Velo Orange Polyvalent, and the recommended "utility" saddle was the Brooks Colt.

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There probably is no money to be made from advertisers, as most of us just buy used stuff. This place is better than any magazine anyway.
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There probably is no money to be made from advertisers, as most of us just buy used stuff. This place is better than any magazine anyway.
Kinda hard to read on the toilet though, not to mention unsanitary!!

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this is the place for the C&V enthusiast - learn everyday here
Yeah, and most of us are such curmudgeonly cheapskates we think $50 for a good-condition classic frame with headset is a major fail!
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Buy so much as a single item from Nashbar and you will have an Outside subscription for life. My own unasked for subscription has so far chased me from CO to MI. I typically save the issues until I go for an airplane ride, then take them along and read them on the tarmac in preparation for falling asleep on the flight. My carry on is lighter by one or more magazines at the end of the flight. I find the mag useful for giving me advance warning of products, trends, etc. that I don't/won't want or need to partake of, can't afford, and at any rate are to be avoided on general principle.
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Don't other vintage/retro hobbies have their own magazines? How do they do it?
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^Sometimes the articles are tough to find between all the ads
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+1! This is as good as it gets!
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There's a great website http://www.ratrodbikes.com/

There's also Kickstand Magazine- http://www.kickstandmag.com/subscribe.html

Another good one that I just found is called Paved Magazine. They just did a huge vintage edition. http://www.pavedmag.com/
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