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Media Watch – Bicycle Times

This is currently my favorite bike magazine. They aren’t obsessed with bike racing. They review bikes that are mostly out of my price range but not by much. Their emphasis is on commuting, riding for fun and utility. Most importantly, they don’t take themselves too seriously.

So what’s missing? Kids. It’s funny because it’s a reflection of cycling here in San Francisco. We have miles and miles of bike lines and a recent report pointed out that almost none of them are appropriate for kids to ride. Similarly Bicycle Times rarely include kids in their focus. The only exception being stories about cargo bikes with kids as cargo.

Another thing I like is their limited coverage of vintage bikes. Like on the radio it’s nice to hear the occasional song from your youth but so many stations overdo it and I wind up pounding the radio buttons screaming “How about something from this century?”

One of the oddest thing about this magazine I like are the ads in the back. They actually address things I need. I’ve bought several things advertised there.

My only other complaint is that it’s only bi-monthly. Though when I first subscribed it was quarterly, so there’s hope.

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