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Best magazine for equipment reviews(6 posts)

Best magazine for equipment reviewsphread
Aug 5, 2003 4:27 AM
Which magazine(s) have the best reviews and comparisons of bike equipment?
Best reviews are right here...biknben
Aug 5, 2003 4:49 AM
The mags are putting less and less effort into their yearly review issue every year. People are getting everything they need from the internet.

You happen to be looking at possibly the most comprehensive sites for product reviews. If you can't find the product review here, you'll be hard pressed to find it anywhere.

Go to the product web site to get the facts. Then come here to get opinions from real world users like yourself. Some of the reviews are more valuable than others but you will notice patterns between different reviewers. If a bunch of people mention the same or similar problem, that should draw a red flag.

For example, I was checking reviews on a stem. I notice a few people mentioned they stripped the clamp bolts. I figured they used poor judgement when tightening them but took notice of the potential problem. I got the stem anyway but used caution with the bolts. Guess what, I stipped them too. At that point, I realized the value of these product reviews.

Good luck
re: Best magazine for equipment reviewsorange_julius
Aug 5, 2003 4:53 AM
The best one that I have found is CyclingPlus, which is
a UK publication. Instead of the meaningless, "This bike
is so stiff, but so comfortable, blahblahblah" that
Buycycling does for every single bike individually,
C+ actually takes 3 bikes at a time and does a side-by-side
comparison. If one were to go with Buycycling, every
bike would be great, stiff, but comfortable.

Even better, C+ would take a dozen different jackets at
different price points and compare the merits. Or bibs,
shorts, pumps, etc.

Unfortunately C+ is a UK magazine, meaning that the items
that they review may be hard to get in the US. If I were
you I would shamelessly ask my riding buddies about
their bikes and gears, or just ask here. This is a great
website for its reviews, and if the reviews are not
available just ask in the Equipment forum.
Ditto Cycling Plus.... nmDave Hickey
Aug 5, 2003 5:35 AM
I concur...Akirasho
Aug 5, 2003 5:39 AM
... I believe that the day of extensive, plentiful and indepth equipment reviews (at least for road bikes) has passed with respect to magazines... we'll probably never see the likes of Bicycle Guide/Bicyclist or the earlier version of Bicycling magazines.

Still, VeloNews probably offers the best of what's left here in the US. Cycling Plus reminds me of the earlier years of Bicycling and while they sometimes review products not readily available in the US... and subscriptions are a bit expensive, it's still a great resource (even though the Brits got that "which is the best side of the road to drive/ride on" thing wrong... most other things are the same )

Sometimes, you've got to work to get to the truth and heart of it... but the internet has become the premier way of attaining information.

Be the bike.
re: Best magazine for equipment reviewsJetSpeed
Aug 5, 2003 7:34 AM
What about VeloNews and CycloSport? How do they compare to one another? I would enjoy more tech articles and bike reviews as well. COMMENTS PLEASE.