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Old 08-25-08, 11:56 AM
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What cycle mags do you subscribe to (if any)?

I picked up one at the news stand a few weeks ago. It was okay. Not gonna spend the bucks at this time to subscribe, though. I'm sure the true roadies subscribe to something to prove thier manhood, but what about us commuters/fitness/casual riders?? Is there a magazine for us?? We can do without the $3500 CF bikes... I just want to get to work!!
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Old 08-25-08, 11:59 AM
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Rivendell Reader. If only it came out more than two or three times a year.....

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1 - Urban Velo (I know, I really should just read it online, or print my own).
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I like to read ProCycling, but it's 10 dollars and issue at the Michigan News Agency in Downtown Kalamazoo. Great magazine other wise though, worth the 10 actually.
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Old 08-25-08, 12:36 PM
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I want to subscribe to either cycling plus or velonews. Most likely velonews.
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Old 08-25-08, 12:43 PM
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I like to read ProCycling, but it's 10 dollars and issue at the Michigan News Agency in Downtown Kalamazoo. Great magazine other wise though, worth the 10 actually.
The UK seems to take magazine publication seriously. It doesn't matter what the subject matter is, they seem to always have at least one higher quality publication than is available in the US.
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Call me Fred, but I like Bicycling Magazine. I just got a year's subscription for $11.
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Also, two factors that lead to UK mags being so pricey are

-obviously, the shipping across the pond, and...
-UK pubs tend to make more money off of magazine sales and less from ad dollars. Whereas in the US, magazines are cheaper, but flooded with ads and product placements because ad sales make up most of the revenue.

Just a different business model.
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Bicycling Magazine, where else can you get performance tips like "make sure your brake pads aren't rubbing on the rim". Although i do pick em up from the library from time to time, strictly for the porn.
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None. I picked up one copy of Bicycling and found not a word in it that was of any interest, not even the ads.
I don't read any car magazines either, even back when I was commuting to work by car.

Besides, I can't imagine a magazine that could equal the internet for specific interests like bicycle commuting.
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I race, so I really like Velonews. I cancelled my Bicycling magazine subscription because it's the same magazine every month, but I got a Performance club card and they keep sending me that crap.
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Just a little plug for Google here. What I do (because I can't stand bicycling magazine, which my wife got me) is go to Google news and create an alert. The alert is basically a google search of world of publications out there and then the articles get emailed to you daily.

So if you make an alert that says "bike commuting", you get about 8 stories emailed to you every day about bike commuting from major newspapers both here and abroad. Then it searches blogs and other publications. So you can tailor the alert to find stories that you find interesting.

It's free.
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None. Despite owning a $4500 carbon fibre bike, I don't need magazines to prove my manhood. I used to read Bicycling when I was in high school, and then moved on to Mountain Bike Advertising, um, I mean Mountain Bike Action. Eventually Bike magazine seduced me with its lifestyle approach, and I had a subscription to Velonews for a while. I gave them all up about 10 years ago, instead flipping through them at the grocery store. Cheaper, faster, better. I check out UrbanVelo from time to time, as well as Dirt Rag online. As someone mentioned, the Interwebs make most of the mainstream publications obsolete.
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I'll pick up VeloNews if a cover article sounds interesting, but now that the grocery stopped carrying it I'm less likely to go out of my way to find a copy.
I had Bicycling for a year because I ordered something from Nashbar, but it seems the subscription just ran out. Really, I just see that as one less thing to throw in the recycling bin every month.
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe View Post
None. Despite owning a $4500 carbon fibre bike, I don't need magazines to prove my manhood. I used to read Bicycling when I was in high school, and then moved on to Mountain Bike Advertising, um, I mean Mountain Bike Action. Eventually Bike magazine seduced me with its lifestyle approach, and I had a subscription to Velonews for a while. I gave them all up about 10 years ago, instead flipping through them at the grocery store. Cheaper, faster, better. I check out UrbanVelo from time to time, as well as Dirt Rag online. As someone mentioned, the Interwebs make most of the mainstream publications obsolete.
Prove manhood?

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I read Bicycling. Cover to cover just about every month. Much of the time it's a lot more fluff than substance, and the bike porn rate is pretty high, but it's a lot like back when I used to read Playboy, every now and then they have a pretty good article or two.

I like DirtRag. One of the few MTB magazines that's not all ads and pictures.

I read the League's American Bicyclist, and Adventure Cyclist. Good articles, keeps me up pretty much with what those groups are up to.

I too am a huge fan of Urban Velo. It's got attitude, and seems to really get into the mindset of city and utility cycling.
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I race and I follow bike racing as a spectator sport so I subscribe to Velonews.
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Best bike magazine I've read.


Serious, thoughtful, opinionated:

http://www.vintagebicyclepress.com/vbqindex.html
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Originally Posted by steve-in-kville View Post
I picked up one at the news stand a few weeks ago. It was okay. Not gonna spend the bucks at this time to subscribe, though. I'm sure the true roadies subscribe to something to prove thier manhood, but what about us commuters/fitness/casual riders?? Is there a magazine for us?? We can do without the $3500 CF bikes... I just want to get to work!!
At the moment the only cycling publication I get is the Southern Bicycle League's Freewheelin', which you get if you're a member.

I sometimes subscribe to Bicycling Magazine when I feel like I'm losing touch with what the manufacturers are doing, but since it's basically one big ad for new equipment, it usually doesn't have much to offer me at its price.
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I guess I'm a Fred, too, but I subscribe to Bicycling. There have been some interesting articles lately. Their actual coverage of BICYCLES is lacking, but I enjoy the lifestyle articles. I subscribe to Road Bike Action, if for no other reason than to encourage competition.

Riv Reader is another one to which I subscribe. It's probably the best one, but some of it gets pretentious in its own way.
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I don't subscribe to it, but I think Momentum is the best I know.
http://www.momentumplanet.ca/
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http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/

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http://www.transalt.org/

Times Up!
http://times-up.org/

Track and Field News
http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/ (oops wrong sport)
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Originally Posted by steve-in-kville View Post
I picked up one at the news stand a few weeks ago. It was okay. Not gonna spend the bucks at this time to subscribe, though. I'm sure the true roadies subscribe to something to prove thier manhood, but what about us commuters/fitness/casual riders?? Is there a magazine for us?? We can do without the $3500 CF bikes... I just want to get to work!!
I subscribe to a few. Does that make me manly? Or a true roadie perhaps?

Man, I'm really sick of the name calling. Do you feel like a better person now that you got to make fun of someone?
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Bicycling is free with a League of American Bicyclists membership; the price is right. Good stuff in there sometimes.
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