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Old 05-01-16, 09:29 AM
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Cycling Magazines

What's your favorite one, and why?
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Old 05-01-16, 09:32 AM
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want to Import some from England?

Germany has some too..

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Old 05-01-16, 09:59 AM
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Back in the 80s I could hardly wait for the new issue of Bicycling to come.

Now I dont subscribe to any cycling magazines, because like almost all magazines they are directed to young people that are looking for a picture book with no substance. Besides that as a bent rider none of the magazines ever have anything about bents in them.
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I started the same thread in the Road Cycling part of the forum about a week or 2 ago...probably should have posted it here.
Anyways, I have subscribed to Bicycling. Being new to the sport, it's still holding my interest. I imagine there will come a day when I tire of it.
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Old 05-01-16, 10:47 AM
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Bicycling is a wonderful general interest bike magazine. It is mostly about road racing bikes and commuting bikes, with a bunch of cycling lifestyle stuff thrown in.

Those who have an interest in just one or two areas of cycling (recumbent, trials, touring, downhill, etc) will likely find it wanting. That's OK as there are magazines available that specialize in those areas.

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Old 05-01-16, 11:21 AM
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Bicycle Quarterly. It's the only one that doesn't seem a shill to the bicycle industry's marketing arm.

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Other than the stuff He Sells via Compass Brand.
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Miroir du Cyclisme, although it hasn't been around in many years.
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Bicycle Times | Bicycle Times Subscription

Bicycle Times seems to have another interest rather than just commercial.
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Old 05-01-16, 07:07 PM
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Bicycling is so bad it's not included in your Performance membership anymore.
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Other than the stuff He Sells via Compass Brand.
But at least he takes care to note this explicitly.
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Old 05-01-16, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Back in the 80s I could hardly wait for the new issue of Bicycling to come.

Now I dont subscribe to any cycling magazines, because like almost all magazines they are directed to young people that are looking for a picture book with no substance. ...
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I started the same thread in the Road Cycling part of the forum about a week or 2 ago...probably should have posted it here.

Anyways, I have subscribed to Bicycling. Being new to the sport, it's still holding my interest. I imagine there will come a day when I tire of it.
And that day will come quite quickly. At least it did for me. I was given a two year Bicycling gift subscription by my brother at Christmas back in 2014. For the first few months I read each issue from cover to cover, sometimes several times. Eventually I began to realize that it was pretty much the same fluff every month, so I just sort of skimmed thru them. Nowadays? I cut off the address label and toss each issue in the recycling bin. I'll be glad when that subscription runs its course.

There used to be a magazine, published quarterly, if I remember correctly, that was geared more towards the casual and recreational rider. Can't remember the name of it now, but I remember buying a few issues before it ceased publication.

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I don't subscribe to any bicycling magazines because they tend to be too focused on racing (road or mtb) or offering which brand is better for purchase.

If they offered adventure touring magazine, I am sure I will buy that because i enjoy articles about people's experience travelling.
So right now I tend to troll the internet to find what I like to read, adventure touring.

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I love all of 'em. Especially the physical, print magazines. I tend to really enjoy any magazines and articles with in-depth reviews of new model bikes as well as gear. The comparison tests which rank the models tested and/or offer a numerical rating are the most helpful.
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"Adventure Cyclist," the magazine from the Adventure Cycling organization. Interesting article regarding touring, plus bike and biking equipment reviews. Not much there, though, for racers.
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I really like the English mag Cycling. I get on Apple newsstand. Good bike reviews, discussion of industry trends, and really nice articles about interesting places to ride, usually well written, with lovely photography. The entire tenor of the mag is more sophisticated and grownup than most American mags.
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And that day will come quite quickly. At least it did for me. I was given a two year Bicycling gift subscription by my brother at Christmas back in 2014. For the first few months I read each issue from cover to cover, sometimes several times. Eventually I began to realize that it was pretty much the same fluff every month, so I just sort of skimmed thru them. Nowadays? I cut off the address label and toss each issue in the recycling bin. I'll be glad when that subscription runs its course.

There used to be a magazine, published quarterly, if I remember correctly, that was geared more towards the casual and recreational rider. Can't remember the name of it now, but I remember buying a few issues before it ceased publication.

I hear ya. Yes, I'm in that stage where I pretty much read it cover to cover, savoring some of the articles of particular interest.
But I can see how it could become repetitive after a year or so.
One thing that sort of keeps my interest (perhaps more for myself than others) is that it's published only a few miles from my home. So some of the stories or even reviews mention roads and places I'm familiar with. That's kinda cool.
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My daughter's school has "fundraisers" that require me to buy magazines. Bicycling is one option and I get it. It's terrible. Velo is similarly weak. Race coverage in magazine form makes no sense and the "deep dives" into subjects or personalities are available online. Also, the gear coverage / undisguised paid advertising drives me nuts: both magazines buy into the aero / stiffness / weight weenie hype, call $8K gran fondo bikes "a good value" and pretend that everyone needs $300 jerseys.
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Bicycle Times | Bicycle Times Subscription

Bicycle Times seems to have another interest rather than just commercial.
I leafed through an issue of "Bicycle Times" in a local Coffee Shop/Cafe/Bike Shop. I liked it because it seemed targeted more to the kind of non-competitive bicycling that I do. Since then I've subscribed but I've yet to receive my first issue.
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There used to be a magazine, published quarterly, if I remember correctly, that was geared more towards the casual and recreational rider. Can't remember the name of it now, but I remember buying a few issues before it ceased publication.

The name of the magazine was "Fitness Cycling." Not so much about casual and recreational riding I guess. I went digging thru a few old boxes out in my garage and came across the six issues I bought in 2001 and early 2002.

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YouTube has plenty of bicycle channels such as GCN, GMBN, Park Tool, BikeRadar. So there's not a lot of reason to subscribe to a magazine.
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It depends on your riding style. For Road riding, the UK has a couple of great magazines. For every day riding, I liked Bicycle Times (back when it was an every day cycling magazine). It seems like it has turned into just another version of Bicycling. Old edition of Urban Velo are worth reading for free online. Momentum Magazine is pretty good.
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Check out your local library and see if they carry any cycling magazines and then make it a habit to not buy those but read them at the library. Sometimes it's nice to bring along a pencil and paper to write down particular websites you want to visit for more information. Our local library carries Bicycling so I never buy it even if it hits the new stands a week or two before the library has it. Cyclist(UK) is something I do buy but it's $15. CAD up here in Canada and about 3-4 weeks behind when it's released in the UK. Pretty nice pictures and some good articles though and I save them for future reading as well. Google The Cycling Digest and check that website for reviews on UK magazines. A bit caustic at times, the blogger has now moved on but it will give you some idea of what the UK mags are like (or I add: what the reviewer thinks they are like!)

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Urban Velo , bicycle times and recumbent and tandem news .. a few are sent to the LBS in an envelope

the glossys fewer copies than the ones on newsprint paper. ACA Member shop so there is a copy of that sent.

then the scan and put back on the rack at Safeway gets the others looked at on occasion.

dont really Buy any of them.
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