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Old 12-02-10, 10:53 AM
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Vintage Bicycle Magazines?

Is there such a thing? If not why don't one or two of you millionaires get one going?
I would but I don't have the drive. ( or a million. ) Anyway if anyone knows of such a
periodical exists can you link me up?
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Bicycle Quarterly. Not only great coverage of vintage bicycles and the history of cycling but great reviews of modern bikes and scientific testing of various aspects of cycling.
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Or you could buy actual magazines from the era you are interested in. Ebay has a magazine back issue section, and you can also search for magazines in the vintage section of the bicycle section.
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^^I should add that unless you are looking for very very old magazines, they are usually pretty cheap. Most issues from the 70-90s are anywhere from $.99 to ~$10 (my upper limit).
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I think you'r missing the point I want a magazine totally devoted for the vintage bike restorer. One the could care less if you ride a bike. You know like hot rode magazines....with tips and trick aticles....about people like you who really get into this....not a sport but a hobby! Wouldnt you be interested in a magazine the was just devoted to the Vintage Bike Restorer? with before and after pictures. A magazine that could care less about increasing your heart rate but teaches you the best way to buff chrome without scratching it! A story about the Best restore job of 2010?!
A magazine about the old machines we love.......
BTW thats a good idea about the old bike magazines on ebay.

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I would love to see something like that. I would be surprised if there are enough C&V golfs to make it profitable. Maybe Eric Clapton could be persuaded to fund the mag?
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A magazine would be cool. But in many respects, this forum is better than a magazine could be.
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Asphalt tried, and after 4 issues folded.
If you're looking for good 'classic' magazines I highly recommend
Bicycle Guide.
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If you are looking for bike porn in a magazine format, I believe there are are a few Japanese publications that cover the classic and vintage areas. There are a lot of collectors over there. The photos are nice, but I like to be able to read the captions and articles too.

We have a Before & After thread here in C&V, and all types of threads with tips about cleaning all the different parts. Any info needed can be found on the www. A magazine isn't likely going to happen because there aren't enough advertising dollars out there to support the effort. There just isn't a large enough bike restoration audience to target. For metal, alloy, plastic, leather etc., all of the info needed is already in the car restoration magazines anyways. I've been to some auto parts swap meets, and some of those guys do nice restoration work on bikes they are selling.

In any case, we here are generally a bunch of cheapskates and commonly use the least expensive effective products for cleaning etc. Steel wool, WD-40, oxalic acid, Simple Green, Simichrome, Nevr-Dull, car wax, etc. and some basic cleaning products found in dollar stores or x-marts are what most of us use regularly. Buffing wheels are high end for this group.
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