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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 05-07-08, 07:04 AM   #1
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Old 05-07-08, 10:21 AM   #2
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Genius.
Thanks for the heads up on that thread.
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Old 05-07-08, 02:25 PM   #3
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I get the mag for free because I bought something from Nashbar. So far, I've only been reminded of why I quit buying it in the first place...

Here's 20 pages of articles about things you already know, 5 pages about stuff you don't care about, and 80 pages of advertising for things you don't need or can't afford... which isn't a problem because you're 75 pounds over the weight limit for most of them anyhow.
I especially like the cover story articles: Patrick Dempsey Lost 12 Pounds by Cycling! (Holy crap! 12 whole pounds? Quick, someone alert Stormcrowe so he can print up a certificate of achievement fo rthe guy.)
And the dude from this month's cover, who rides 500 miles a week and tells us that "everyone has time to ride this much." If our jobs don't agree with that schedule, then we can always just quit. (Yes, that's his advice... of course he's rich, his wife makes a boatload of cash, he's taken early retirement, and majour manufacturers send him prototypes to test so he doesn't pay for any equipment... but hey, anybody can do it.)
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I don't ever buy bicycling magazine. I got a subscription to it for free when I joined Team Performance. I got tired of reading about bicycles that a majority of us will never be able to afford. I would rather read about bikes that most of us could actually own in our lifetime.
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Old 05-07-08, 04:55 PM   #5
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... of course he's rich, his wife makes a boatload of cash...
John Kerry rides 500 miles a week??

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I get the mag for free because I bought something from Nashbar. So far, I've only been reminded of why I quit buying it in the first place...

Here's 20 pages of articles about things you already know, 5 pages about stuff you don't care about, and 80 pages of advertising for things you don't need or can't afford... which isn't a problem because you're 75 pounds over the weight limit for most of them anyhow.
I especially like the cover story articles: Patrick Dempsey Lost 12 Pounds by Cycling! (Holy crap! 12 whole pounds? Quick, someone alert Stormcrowe so he can print up a certificate of achievement fo rthe guy.)
And the dude from this month's cover, who rides 500 miles a week and tells us that "everyone has time to ride this much." If our jobs don't agree with that schedule, then we can always just quit. (Yes, that's his advice... of course he's rich, his wife makes a boatload of cash, he's taken early retirement, and majour manufacturers send him prototypes to test so he doesn't pay for any equipment... but hey, anybody can do it.)
Gee, and I think I am doing well when I get 250 miles in a month The only magazine I buy anymore is Outdoor Photography Canada, it only runs about 70 pages and comes out quarterly, but I spend a good week on articles from it, because it's mostly content (flipping through the latest issue, there were 66 pages total, 12 of those were adverts, or about 20%, which is very low by magazine standards). The last issue of bicycling I bought, was the first issue I bought, and I think the numbers were equivalently reversed.
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My gym regularly has the latest issue of Bicycling Magazine in the magazine rack...I steal (ok...more like borrow) a copy, read it, and then return it when I'm finished.
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I subscribed to Bicycling last year, but I'm letting the subscription run out. I subscribed to Road Bike Action, and so far I like it better. There's actually a British magazine that's sold in some bookstores - I picked up a few copies at Borders - that I really like, but of course it's all about riding in Britain. However, I wish someone in the U.S. would publish an American-oriented magazine like it.
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I am reminded of the trade rags in the music world. I stopped subscribing to them years ago because regular reading leads to G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome). I suspect the same is true of biking magazines.
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I am reminded of the trade rags in the music world. I stopped subscribing to them years ago because regular reading leads to G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome). I suspect the same is true of biking magazines.
Kinda hard when the ads run something like this:

Get this new supercrank, only $750, it's a whole 20g lighter then regular cheap cranks, and is made from pure unobtainiumŪ. Then in super tiny script at the bottom it says buried in 3-4 lines of legal BS, "not warrantied for riders over 147.8lbs".

Gee, if I wanna lose 20g, that's easy, just point me to the nearest mens room.
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Just look at it as free bike porn
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I may be the dissenter here, but I glean a number of things from each issue of the mag. I agree that the bikes contained therein are way out of most people's range as far as budget goes - what's the point? What I take away from it is health tips and how to improve my riding. I do not know it all.

FWIW, all other mags I get are laden with advertising as well. It's how magazines are able to offer subscriptions at low prices. The ones that are not driven by ads are much more expensive, relatively. Scientific American, The Journal Nature, Sky and Telescope to name a few.
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Correction to my previous post: The guy on the cover this month isn't the 500 mile a week dude. My mistake.
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Thanks. I won't need to buy that issue. When can we expect next month's installment?
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I may be the dissenter here, but I glean a number of things from each issue of the mag. I agree that the bikes contained therein are way out of most people's range as far as budget goes - what's the point? What I take away from it is health tips and how to improve my riding. I do not know it all.

FWIW, all other mags I get are laden with advertising as well. It's how magazines are able to offer subscriptions at low prices. The ones that are not driven by ads are much more expensive, relatively. Scientific American, The Journal Nature, Sky and Telescope to name a few.

I understand your point and it's that very reason why I stopped getting various magazines in general. I figure there is more than enough information on the internet that I don't have to drop $5 an issue at newstand price, or whatever subscriptions are running now. Health information in magazines seems to change month to month and both have conflicting goals.
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I buy it and read it as well . Sure all the same and usually better info can be found on the web, but until my wife lets me install an ethernet port in front of my crapper, I am stuck with paper magazines.

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I buy it and read it as well . Sure all the same and usually better info can be found on the web, but until my wife lets me install an ethernet port in front of my crapper, I am stuck with paper magazines.

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