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    Can you recommend a Bike Magazine for a Newbie ?

    Like something that comes out once a month.
    Lots of ads and sales OK.
    For someone new into bicycling. Just general stuff. All types of bikes.

    And a killer/ cheap subscription price would be nice too.

    Plus..What mags do they offer over the internet for free? thanks...

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    See what is in the Library,

    or grocery stores, big ones
    scan some of the ones in the racks for sale,
    there is usually a subscription card, that falls out..
    to start a subscription, if you like it.

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    I really like the new magazine http://www.bicycletimesmag.com/ for bicycle info for the joe & jane everybody in America.
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

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    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    They havent made one yet. All for deep pockets and a short attention span. Best to buy a book on cycling for beginners and read the forums. Plenty of reviews online for different bikes and products. Bicycletimes best Ive seen but more for tourist and urban cycling.

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    What kind of cycling are you interested in?
    Speed, silly clothing, absurdly expensive lightweight bike? Bicycling.
    General cycling covering many different things? Bicycle Times.
    That which does not kill me has made a massive tactical blunder.
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    I second Bicycle Times and their sister mag Dirt Rag,been subbin to the Rag since the mid 90's,and BT since issue 1. Urban Velo is a pretty decent read as well,you can read it fee online ( http://www.urbanvelo.org ).and 3 bucks an issue for print copies,or $18 per year (6 issues).
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    Personally, I don't care for Bicycle Times. I subscribed for a year and it's not really for roadies. It's good if you're into commuting/utility cycling, advocacy, etc. Road Bike Action is pretty good IMO. I also subscribe to Bicycling (meh, but not bad for newbies), Velo News, Road, and a few others on and off. In the scheme of things, they're cheap enough and a valuable component of a systematic training plan, the recovery part.

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    A lot depends on what you are interested in. But then remember that most magazines sell advertising, and exist to try to sell you the latest most expensive gadget. Bicycling was a great magazine in the late seventies with a lot of information. The Rivendell Readers and Bicycle Quarterly have a lot of valuable information and opinion. If you read the back issues of both magazines, you'd learn a lot about cycling.

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    If you join League of American Bicyclists, you will get American Bicyclist and Bicycling magazine included in the price of membership.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    I also like Road Bike Action. Lots of gear reviews, other good stuff as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Condorita View Post
    What kind of cycling are you interested in?
    Speed, silly clothing, absurdly expensive lightweight bike? Bicycling.
    General cycling covering many different things? Bicycle Times.
    Wow, you are displaying your ignant prejudices pretty openly, huh?

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    I love bicycle times. If I had to choose another it would be Velo News.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    Wow, you are displaying your ignant prejudices pretty openly, huh?
    Define "ignant." And no, I'm simply opinionated. There's a difference, although you seem to be as unaware of that as you are of spelling.
    That which does not kill me has made a massive tactical blunder.
    Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen. Louis L'Amour
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    Ignant is more regional dialect, or even a colloquialism than a misspelling. And your opinions can be ignant. See Westboro Baptist Church.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    Ignant is more regional dialect, or even a colloquialism than a misspelling. And your opinions can be ignant. See Westboro Baptist Church.
    Ah, but my opinions are informed. And ignant is no dialectal variation; it's a misspelling. Now back to the roadie forum with you. The rebels of 1916 were all educated men and women.
    That which does not kill me has made a massive tactical blunder.
    Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen. Louis L'Amour
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    Quote Originally Posted by Condorita View Post
    Ah, but my opinions are informed. And ignant is no dialectal variation; it's a misspelling. Now back to the roadie forum with you. The rebels of 1916 were all educated men and women.
    How about phonetic spelling of dialectal variation, can we agree on that, sweetie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    How about phonetic spelling of dialectal variation, can we agree on that, sweetie?
    Sure. Just about the same time that I accept "axe" as being equivalent to "ask."
    That which does not kill me has made a massive tactical blunder.
    Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen. Louis L'Amour
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    thanks everyone.
    Ended up subsribing to Bicycle Magazine.
    My first Bike Mag ever.... so will start with the basics.
    And the price was good. 12 issues.
    Got if for 10 bucks a year.

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