I had never looked through this magazine till yesterday. My wife picked it up for me while grocery shopping as a way of showing she's proud that I have been commuting by bike full-time for the last six months.
I eagerly read through the magazine, hoping to find technical articles on getting the best performance out of your bike, how-to repairs that can be done at home (instead of having to take your bike into the shop), commuting, racing tactics, technological advances in materials, examples of activism related to cycling, etc.
The magazine looked promising enough but turned out to be nothing more than a fashion magazine with wheels, lycra, and shaved legs instead of anorexia, polyester, and shaved legs. More than a fair portion of the articles read seemed to relate that how you looked on your bike while riding was more important than your ability to ride. I was left wondering if the staff who writes for Bicycling magazine also writes for other magazines of similar quality; like Sixteen, Teen Bop, and Cosmo.
I don't race and have no ambition (or delusion) to be the next Armstrong so perhaps I am missing something or perhaps I am not their target demographic. Despite this I spend as much time on my bike as most recreational road racers and have just as much if not more buying power.