Iíve come to realize Bicycling Magazine is not about the enjoyment of cycling but selling products to newcomers. It spends too much time reviewing thousand dollar bicycles and fad diets that will cost you a whole lot of money. Every week thereís more information on nutrition and what product you need to buy along with its website. Then thereís a monthly insignificant human interest story about a group of heavy guys who are losing weight with bicycles or some retired racer who started a youth club. Wonderful. Did I mention the constant discussion about Bike Town and how they are converting dozens into the world of cycling. Great. But this is now what I want!
Iím at the stage where I donít need to read another Lance Amstrong article or bicycle review on the incredibly expensive Atlantis. Other than the articles on bicycle maintenance, I really havenít learned much at all from this magazine. There was a small article on GPS in the June issue but it focused more on product features than how to use the thing for actual ENJOYMENT! Lets not forget the constant bombardment of SUVís and other four wheel drive cars that take up page after page in Bicycling. As a result, Iím going to let my subscription run out and Iíll pick up a copy every now and then.
I was looking at Backpacker magazine and it seemed like a breath of fresh air. Seriously. The motorcar advertisers were there but they actually listed places where you can hike with GPS coordinates and all! Needless to say, I was envious. This is what we need as cyclists for it seems like thereís a never ending discussion on these forums on safe routes. Iíve never seen Bicycling provide this kind of specific information at all yet everyone seems to be looking for safe roads. When Bicycling does have a feature on a particular vacation destination, youíre usually given the name of a costly tour guide who can show you around. I donít know why there isnít a bicycle magazine thatís more focused on destinations (with GPS coordinates) instead of selling the newest carbon road bike?
Anyway. Iím done with Bicycling. The latest issue devoted several pages to bicycle racing, Lance Amstrong, dieting and new bicycles. I went through the whole issue in fifteen minutes and didnít learn a thing.