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Old 08-14-11, 07:28 AM   #1
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Silly Men's Journal piece on bike touring gear....

The September issue of Men's Journal has a two page 'article' - it's more than half photos - on bike touring. But some of the advice seems very questionable. For instance:

Bike recommendation: Specialized Tricross Sport. "Buy a size down.... because smaller bikes have a shorter distance between seat and handlebar, which will ease the strain on your lower back." (No mention of bike fitting in the article.)

"Seat": Brooks Flyer Aged. "Large springs underneath limit bruising."

"Saddlebags": Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus. (No mention of racks, and the bike in the photo has only a rear rack, despite the mention of camping in the subtitle of the article.)

Pedals and shoes: Shimano SPD and 260 dollar carbon-fiber Giro Code shoes.

The rest of the recommendations are a mix of the arguable good choice (Ortlieb handlebar bag, Clean Bottle, Armadillo tires) and the excessive ( Assos shorts, Giro Ionos helmet.)
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Old 08-14-11, 07:56 AM   #2
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except for the sizing advice, seems okay and written with that product heavy photo spread slant good magazine infoarticles must contain nowadays.

I suspect the writer has only a peripheral interest in bicycle touring, and these were the products sent or picked for inclusion in the article.

I feel ANY exposure of vacationing by bicycle is a good one in mainstream press!
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Old 08-14-11, 09:20 AM   #3
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sizing in inches too

did ya catch the advice on sizing? it referred to a 56 inch frame!
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Do you guys really believe everything you read and watch on TV?

It's a fluff piece, that was written to get Specialized Ads!
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Given a fashion conscious conspicuous consumer target market,
it sounds about right , shallow, glossy..
Feeding the reader to the advertisers
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Old 08-14-11, 11:48 AM   #6
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Do you guys really believe everything you read and watch on TV?

It's a fluff piece, that was written to get Specialized Ads!
Understood. I did say it was "silly."
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Old 08-14-11, 11:51 AM   #7
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did ya catch the advice on sizing? it referred to a 56 inch frame!
I completely missed that. I was so distracted by the nonsense about buying a smaller size and that sprung saddles cause less bruising that I missed it.
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Old 08-14-11, 02:32 PM   #8
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The September issue of Men's Journal has a two page 'article' - it's more than half photos - on bike touring. But some of the advice seems very questionable. For instance:

Bike recommendation: Specialized Tricross Sport. "Buy a size down.... because smaller bikes have a shorter distance between seat and handlebar, which will ease the strain on your lower back." (No mention of bike fitting in the article.)

"Seat": Brooks Flyer Aged. "Large springs underneath limit bruising."

"Saddlebags": Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus. (No mention of racks, and the bike in the photo has only a rear rack, despite the mention of camping in the subtitle of the article.)

Pedals and shoes: Shimano SPD and 260 dollar carbon-fiber Giro Code shoes.

The rest of the recommendations are a mix of the arguable good choice (Ortlieb handlebar bag, Clean Bottle, Armadillo tires) and the excessive ( Assos shorts, Giro Ionos helmet.)

Come on Neill we know you just read MJ and GQ so you can keep tuned into the latest fashions.
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Old 08-14-11, 02:36 PM   #9
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Come on Neill we know you just read MJ and GQ so you can keep tuned into the latest fashions.
I think I got MJ from participating in a charity ride. It's like Wired, a magazine that shows up even though I never subscribed. Honest. Unlike Wired, Men's Journal is written in English instead of tech jargon.
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