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bicycling magazine is terrible

Old 12-02-05, 05:52 PM
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My dad get bicycling magazine and he got januarys issue 2 or 3 days ago. I was looking through it and it must have been about 80% ads. The last 2/3 was all ads, so I just want to go on the record saying Bicycling magazine sucks.

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Old 12-02-05, 05:54 PM
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Are they good ads though??
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Old 12-02-05, 05:59 PM
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No, and even if they were they are still ads. Might as well send it out for free and call it a catalog.
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I agree.
I just started cycling in July and bought the August issue on the news stand and thought it was pretty good, so I sent in a subscription card. So, I've been getting them in the mail, and I've been disappointed. Not only have I been getting each issue about 4-5 weeks after it comes out on the news stand, but I was hoping there would be more articles in there about training and racing.
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There is actually a bit of content at the end of the December issue, but it was basically a humungous OCP (Sidi, Cervelo, Look, Easton) ad. Which is cool if you dig on that, but there is hardly any substantial content. What irks me is that they sometimes send me a comp issue of MTB along with my Bicycling. So even though there is a MTB mag they still will review mostly mountain bikes in Bicycling. I realize Bicyling is meant to be inclusive, but sometimes your lucky if there is more than one decent road bike review in the whole magazine. And don't get me started on the whole bike city lameness.
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outrageous! imagine how you'd feel if you were paying for it.....
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Yeah I've always kinda considered it the "People" of bike mags.
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Originally Posted by Ostuni
outrageous! imagine how you'd feel if you were paying for it.....
Pretty stupid actually.
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Your opinion has been posted to the official record. You will be notified soon regarding your complaint number. We here at the complaint department have been overwhelmed by the negative feedback since we changed the editorial staff a few years ago.

The "short attention span" format we are using now is our attempt to find Bicycling Magazine's niche in the market. Since Lance Armstrong has stirred America's interest in cycling, we have seen an increase in sales. Unfortunately, after 3-4 issues our new readers realize that we are rehashing every article and bit of information that we have published since the magazine's inception.

We regret that you had less than positive impressions of our recent magazine. Please pick up our next "100 greatest tips/How to lose 10 pounds/Train for a century/How to be faster" issue that will appear at your local newsstand soon. Hopefully that issue will change your opinion.

Sincerely,

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Yeah, after reading some of other threads it seems the only people that buy it is the people that dont know any other bike magazines at the time.
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I heard Bicycling Mag is sponsoring a pro racing team next year. Props to them for that.
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Don't worry if you miss an issue, the same topics will be covered within 14 months. This is not a knock on beginners because we were all one once, but this magazine is really oriented towards newer or entry level road cyclists. The rest of us read pubilcations such as Cycle Plus and occasionally the two Euro road racing photo pubs, Cycle Sport and ProCycling. Road and Roadie are poorly edited. Velo News is a good standard to get.
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Originally Posted by Fox Farm
Don't worry if you miss an issue, the same topics will be covered within 14 months. This is not a knock on beginners because we were all one once, but this magazine is really oriented towards newer or entry level road cyclists. The rest of us read pubilcations such as Cycle Plus and occasionally the two Euro road racing photo pubs, Cycle Sport and ProCycling. Road and Roadie are poorly edited. Velo News is a good standard to get.
But "Road" has pretty pictures! :-)
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I got one good thing out of that issue. In the "With the Editor" section it mentioned Dave Zabriskie's website, www.davezabrieski.com . He's right, if there is a funnier guy than that in the peleton, I have not read about him, whether in Bicycling, or any other magazine.
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Old 12-02-05, 06:27 PM
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www.davezabriskie.com is DaveZ's correct URL.
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A few months ago because I am a member of the Performance Club, Performance Bikes sent me a letter saying they were giving me a free 1yr subscription to Bicycling. I thought that was nice of 'em.

Its an OK mag, for free, but I'd never get a paid subscription to it.

Forums like this one are the best magazines. 1st, they are up to the minute. 2nd, the topics are often relevant to so many of us, 3rd, you don't have it cluttering up your room, 4th, you can register your comment and actually get feedback! How cool is that! And best of all............. Most of the time, you get to see pictures if you ask for 'em; and even on occasion when you don't. Thumbs up guys; you are the best magazine!

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Old 12-02-05, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Fox Farm
...The rest of us read pubilcations such as Cycle Plus and occasionally the two Euro road racing photo pubs, Cycle Sport and ProCycling. Road and Roadie are poorly edited. Velo News is a good standard to get.
2nd that... I think this is the last year Bicycling graces my table. As far as mt. bike mags, anyone read Dirt Rag? I was never a fan but as more and more mags go super commercial, I am becoming more partial to this homebrew local mag (for the dirty stuff )
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At $7/year I'm getting about what I paid for in the way of content. It's the editor I pity. Having your name on that every month. Same goes for sister publication Men's Health. It was good back in the day.
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this last issue was not the norm. dont get me wrong it is full of ads usually but this was like a special holiday issue filled to the rim with one big ad. the mag is cheap and sometimes has decent content. later .
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I had a subscription to Bicycling Mag back in the mid-late 90's, and also ended up with back issues since 1986 when my high school library got rid of their stash in 1996. I pretty quickly started to see a 4-5 year cycle for most topics. Which is completely understandable. New people get into cycling, and they need to know the same stuff, and people who've been at it for awhile don't need as much new knowledge.
Bummer that it's shifted to just over a 1-year cycle now, though. I'd never pay for it.
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Originally Posted by eskimo85
My dad get bicycling magazine and he got januarys issue 2 or 3 days ago. I was looking through it and it must have been about 80% ads. The last 2/3 was all ads, so I just want to go on the record saying Bicycling magazine sucks.

Thanks, Capt. Obvious.
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I've tried it twice now and will not fall for it again.
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My gripe with bicycling mag:

I grabbed one a month ago, and guess what was in there? A motorcycle ad? WTF...---...!!?!?!

Also was pretty annoying to read their articles...I just could not find anything I actually cared about....you would think they would cover something that might improve form or something.

MTBaction kinda got on my nerves a while ago as well, when trying to call spinning by another name....I forgot what they called it, but they seemed to purposely avoid that term.....maybe it's just my easily annoyed side (and I am), but that really made me want to microwave Gizmo.
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Bicycling magazine is a crap magazine just like Men's Health because it's put out buy the same company. If you want more accurate info you got to get Muscular development
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I do have to credit Bicycling magazine with getting me interested in buying a road bike.
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