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Old 01-24-12, 09:31 AM   #1
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Which BIKE magazines seems to have the better coverage...Just general coverage maintance...

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Old 01-24-12, 09:43 AM   #2
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Coverage of what?

I find that the AARP Bulletin has the best coverage for cycling repair.

My coffee table is my workstand and the Bulletin covers it perfectly. Just when I run out of pages, a new one comes in the mail.

I did pull out the pullout section on walking in the current issue, because it's a little on the small side and just in case I decide to do any cross-training.
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What are you trying to cover?
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Old 01-24-12, 11:37 AM   #4
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Old 01-24-12, 11:42 AM   #5
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Old 01-24-12, 11:59 AM   #6
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There are multitude of magazines out there, with fans and detractors of them all. The variety of cycling areas and how they are covered are as different as one might imagine. If you are new to the sport, "Bicycling" by Rodale press is one that many folks have started with. However, there are many people here who quickly out grew their need for the kind of information provided (two of the biggest criticisms are: 1) too many ads and stories about high end equipment that many can't afford, 2) same old stories month after month). There are also cycling magazine that provide race results and keep tabs on the professional cycling world. ProCycling is one. Velo is another. Two additional options that I personally find more fulfilling are CyclingPlus (a British magazine with a fairly wide range of topics, tips and reviews) and Bicycle Times (a refreshing non-race oriented/alternative cycling lifestyle magazine). It may be worth looking at some of the online offerings for all of these before plunking down your cash.
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Old 01-24-12, 12:03 PM   #7
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"Bicycle Times" is a general coverage bike mag.

http://www.bicycletimesmag.com/

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Old 01-24-12, 07:35 PM   #8
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There used to be one that was for "East Coast Bicycle Culture", but at this moment, I cannot remember what it was called. They had offices right in Arlington, MA. It was a nice Mag, with lots of local stuff.
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Old 01-24-12, 08:44 PM   #9
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My favorite is "Road Bike Action".

I like them because, when they review products, they like some and they don't like others just like real people. Most magazines like everything, especially products with a big ad in the same issue.

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Old 01-24-12, 09:35 PM   #10
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Velo News and Road Bike Action by subscription for me. I buy Cycle Sport America and several other foreign pubs, mainly form England. I get my tech fix from RBA and results and training tips for VN and the others. I like the English/UK pubs a lot for the different style of writing.

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Old 01-25-12, 08:07 AM   #12
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Peloton and Paved in the U.S.
Ditto. Plus Road Bike Action occasionally, and Bicycle Times when I feel a need to shift the balance away from performance road riding.
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Old 01-25-12, 08:45 AM   #13
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I hate Bicycling and yet I still subscribe. What's wrong with me? It's amazing how little text they actually "squeeze" on each page. Their graphic designers put pictures, giant first letters, giant quotes from the short articles, and all sorts of junk on each page - to avoid having to actually write something? Most (virtually all?) of their training articles don't apply to me because I'm not a racer, don't want advice on what to eat, etc. Their "reviews" of bikes are like thumbnails of pictures, and their one-liners at the end are ludicrous. I actually get more out of the ads than the articles.

I much prefer Road Bike Action. They have actual articles and several reviews each month that are actual, fairly-in-depth reviews. The bikes they focus on are mostly far out of my price range, but they do have plenty of reviews of lower-priced rides.

I've recently subscribed to Bicycle Times. It's interesting, but it's not really aimed at someone like me. I'm a recreational rider who participates in a couple of centuries a year, and goes on tour each summer. It seems to be mostly oriented towards urban commuters. A recent topic was finding bicycling clothes that don't involve Spandex or jerseys. I wear Spandex shorts because I like them (certainly not because I think I look good in them) and jerseys because I like how they fit and like the pockets in the back. I have no desire to find some other apparael because I'm concerned about looking like one of those bike racers. If I want to avoid cycling togs I can go back to riding in jeans and a t-shirt like I did in college. Still, there's plenty of things of interest in the magazine. Will I renew my subscription when it expires? The jury is still out.

I really like Adventure Cyclist since I'm a tourer. I usually read it cover to cover in a few days. My biggest criticism is that it's too short.
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I've recently subscribed to Bicycle Times.
+1 I recently subscribed also.
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I subscribe to a few; Bicycling, Velo News, Road, Bicycling Times, Road Bike Action, Adventure Cycling... They're all a little different with different foci. The one least applicable to my riding and one I may not renew is Bicycling Times. Its main focus is eco/bike advocacy and associated commuting and utility cycling. It's all good, just not my thang. Of the others, I'd rate them Road Bike Action, Velo News, Bicycling, Adventure Cycling. Road is expensive @ $53/yr and it's main attraction is its photography and large pix.
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Picked up Peloton the other day, tres cool, mix of old vintage photos and newer stuff.
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Old 01-25-12, 02:33 PM   #17
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Road: Peloton (U.S.) and CycleSport (U.K./U.S.); some issues of Cycling+ (U.K.) and of Paved (U.S.).
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Of these, Peloton and BSNYC are far and away my favourites.

The rest, far as I'm concerned, are bumfodder. Don't care for the faux-'60s/hipster 'vibe' of either Dirt Rag or Bicycle Times, for example, and Bicycling is simply unspeakably bad (and the 'one-article-every-fourth-issue' that might be worth reading can be read while sipping an espresso in Chapters [//Borders]).
Unfortunately, Cycling+ had moved a little in the 'Bicycling' direction the past few years (used to subscribe), but seems slowly to be moving back to being a good, interesting, all-around 'road' magazine.
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Old 01-25-12, 05:13 PM   #18
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I haven't renewed my LAB membership so my Bicycling subscription finally ran out.
I just renewed my subscription to RBA.
I buy other mags at the bookstore if they have something I want to read.
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if it were not $8+ bucks an issue Vintage Bicycle Quarterly , Jan Heine's, out of Seattle
has its own clique, of readers. he is into classic French Brevet machines.

Tries to compare stuff in a controlled test, so less about writers shilling
for the stuff sent in for free.
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Old 01-26-12, 06:11 AM   #22
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Yep..

On maintenance, If Sheldon Brown hasn't covered it, it isn't worth covering. That said, there are a lot of sites like Park Tools etc that have maintenance info.
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Old 01-27-12, 12:24 PM   #23
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What better way to enjoy a Starbuck's coffee while your significant other goes shopping at the mall, than just sampling the magazine rack at Barnes & Noble. By the time I get there, there's no place to sit.
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I prefer just browsing what's on the web. I used to do subscriptions, but the old issues tend to pile up, and I don't have time to read them anyway. It would be nice to find some online publication with writing as clean and engaging as the New Yorker or Esquire. Sort of a literary/style magazine that focuses on bicycles. Momentum (out of Vancouver) is into style, but it's hard to get the good writers unless they're well-paid.

It always helps too if the mag has a photo spread of naked females draped over state-of-the-art bikes!

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Old 01-27-12, 01:08 PM   #25
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On maintenance, If Sheldon Brown hasn't covered it, it isn't worth covering.
Unfortunately I have to disagree.

Even while he was still alive, Sheldon admitted he had so many pages of website that he couldn't keep them all accurately updated. Since he has died, the world keeps marching on and his wonderful website, unfortunately, doesn't.
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