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Old 03-31-22, 07:29 AM
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Bicycle Rider Magazine

Does anybody remember "Bicycle Rider" magazine? This started out as a quarterly (eventually going to bi-monthly) glossy magazine published in the mid-to late 1980s. It initially billed itself as "The Grand Touring Magazine," but after the first year, they removed that tag line. It was a great magazine, and covered not just touring bikes, but road racing and mountain bikes. It had in-depth reviews of bikes, components, accessories and fashion, and long articles detailing tours around the world. It was really a great magazine for the "every-man" rider, and wasn't really geared to the cat-whatever road racer or the hard-core mountain bike rider.

I guess I really miss the days when you might find a review of a bicycle in a magazine that was several pages long and very in-depth, with gorgeous photos, instead of a paragraph or two. (Oh, and I also liked seeing bikes reviewed with pedals installed).

They folded after only a couple years of publications, but if you can get your hands on a copy, you'll be taken back to those halcyon days of the mid-1980s, and reminded of what draws many of us to C&V bikes today.
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I used to buy it at the drug store in my neighborhood. It was my favorite bike magazine of all time until bicycle times. I remember being very happy when a new issue showed up. Plus the lady at the counter was very cool.
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My plate is bit full right now, but if anyone remembers a favorite article from Bicycle Rider, send me a PM and I'll add it to the queue.
I probably have the issue.
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So, who purchased them?
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Old 03-31-22, 04:34 PM
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So, who purchased them?
Not me, but I got a similar lot last year.
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I always enjoyed reading this magazine. It was a review in one issue that prompted me to order a frame from John Stinsman who built bikes under the label of Veloce. I still have my Veloce but I've long since gotten rid of all my Bicycle Rider mags
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I hadn't heard of Bicycle Rider before, but I hope a few samples do get posted.

For me, it brings up a broader question: just how many bike magazines were published in the C&V era? I guess I'm thinking of roughly 1970 to 2000. In my little collection, I've got some Adventure Cycling, Asphalt, Bicycling (with and without the "!"), Bicyclist, Bicycle Guide, Bike World, Cycling Plus, Cyclist, Rivendell Reader, Road Bike Action, and Vintage Bicycle Quarterly (as well as after the "Vintage" was excised).

Has anyone come up with a fairly exhaustive list of all the road bike magazines of that era? I'm excluding mountain bikes, BMX, and maybe race specific magazines (Velonews), as that opens up a much wider range of publications that might not be of general interest to the C&V members.

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Bicycle Rider and Bicycle Guide were the two that I used to pick up regularly, with Bicycling on occasion. I enjoyed all three, but Bicycle Rider seemed to have the higher production values. I haven't really heard of the other ones (except Road Bike Action--but isn't that more modern?). When I worked at the shop, of course, there were also trade magazines, but they tended to focus on business and marketing issues, naturally.
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just as a glimpse into what Asphalt was like, I should say that it was the next step for a number of the folks from Bicycle Guide when it shut down. They seemed to be trying to really make it the best magazine that they could. As an example, the first issue had a full page on Pacenti lugs....



The magazine lasted less than a year, IIRC. I think I only have three issues.

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just as a glimpse into what Asphalt was like, I should say that it was the next step for a number of the folks from Bicycle Guide when it shut down. They seemed to be trying to really make it the best magazine that they could. As an example, the first issue had a full page on Pacenti lugs....



The magazine lasted less than a year, IIRC. I think I only have three issues.

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Oooohhh...nice. Time for yet another Ebay search!
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Oooohhh...nice. Time for yet another Ebay search!
my issues are scanned and loaded onto Flickr, so that is a place to look if you just want to see what the full issues look like. I think it might be the best road bike magazine of its era, which might be why it didn't last long. Maintaining that level of quality and production value takes a lot of resources.

edit: I have 5 issues of Asphalt.. Winter 2002 is the first, and the last is just marked "Vol 2, number 1". It is copyrighted as 2004, though, which suggests they weren't sure when it would get to press.

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Old 04-20-22, 06:23 AM
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my issues are scanned and loaded onto Flickr, so that is a place to look if you just want to see what the full issues look like. I think it might be the best road bike magazine of its era, which might be why it didn't last long. Maintaining that level of quality and production value takes a lot of resources.

edit: I have 5 issues of Asphalt.. Winter 2002 is the first, and the last is just marked "Vol 2, number 1". It is copyrighted as 2004, though, which suggests they weren't sure when it would get to press.

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Thanks Steve. These may be tricky to track down, especially since there was a car mag called "Asphalt!"

The early 2000s might have been a little late in the game to do a magazine like this on classic bikes, which would have hastened its demise. I have a Bicycle Guide from the early 1990s (1992?) where one of the writers talks about how road bikes were majorly on the decline in favor of mountain bikes at that time.
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I remember in the late eighties , maybe early nineties being the odd guy on my road bike with narrow tires. Most of the folks were riding mountain bikes.
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