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My favorite bicycle magazines

I’ve read many bicycle magazines over the past several years. Below is a list of my favorites.

Bicycle Times
This is my favoritest of all. It covers bikes ridden by real people rather than a bunch of spandex-clad racer wannabes. The bikes covered still tend to me more expensive than what I like to pay, but I’m a cheapo. They also don’t take themselves too seriously.

This is the magazine for the spandex-clad. The bikes they review are way above what the average cyclist buys. I guess it’s like the car magazines showing Ferrari’s to us Toyota owners. They do however have regular exercise and nutrition information that I find useful. I think I stay subscribed because I’m afraid of missing something.

Adventure Cyclist
This is the stuff of dreams for those of us with severe wanderlust. Stories of people roaming the country and the world on their bicycles. Unfortunately some of the stories are not so much, “wow this place is cool,” but more, “this sucks but I’m living through it so that makes me better than other people.”

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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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