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    Neil_B
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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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jr59 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Altamont View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    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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    Neil_B
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    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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