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Bicycling magazine & ongoing pro bike race coverage...(13 posts)

Bicycling magazine & ongoing pro bike race coverage...marcoxxx
Dec 11, 2003 10:33 AM
is nonexistent in this publication, but this is a US publication so that may explain it. Most of their staff writers seem clueless about a lot of things anyway. I would consider a subscription if they devoted a decent section to pro road & mtn coverage. What's there big article this month, followup on 50 free bikes to newbies in Portland,ME....what an appealing article. I guess that's their marketing base plan anyway.

Is Bicycling trying to appeal..Dwayne Barry
Dec 11, 2003 10:52 AM
to racing cyclists or cyclists who follow racing? Velonews has that niche. Bicycling is like Runner's World, it's a magazine targeted to the enthusiast (especially the beginner) not the competitive aspect of the sport. I imagine just from looking at the popularity of charity rides and centuries that the cycling enthusiasts outnumber the racers and those interested in racing by a great deal.
I agree. Let's face it, we're not mainstreamDave Hickey
Dec 11, 2003 11:07 AM
Anyone who spends as much time on a cycling message board as most of us is not mainstream. The Runners World is a great comparision. I'm, at best, an enthusiast runner and Runners World appeals to me but the hardcore running magazines turn me off.
What U talkin bout Willis???biknben
Dec 11, 2003 11:23 AM
Are you trying to imply that there is something
i wrong
with spending 3 hours of my work day here on this message board? :-O

I'm a subscriber of Bicycling and MTBing. It's $15 a year, c'mon. I read some of it if it grabs me. Then I bring them to work and leave them in the crapper.
Dec 11, 2003 11:29 AM
That tidbit I wrote about the mags was not directed at you Dave. More towards the anti-Bicycling people on the board.

We are not mainstream. We are freaks. We argue about topics that most Bicycling readers haven't even heard of. Bicycling doesn't come close to satisfying our requirements but I still think it is worth an hour or two per month to read.
3 hours/day? Part timer!!!! nmDave Hickey
Dec 11, 2003 11:44 AM
So, I'm a freak??PaulCL
Dec 11, 2003 1:17 PM
A freak?? Hmmm...I prefer "nutcase" or "strange" but a freak, nope. Freaks are women with beards, men with horns or guys whole sleep on a bed of nails.

???? "We argue about topics that most Bicycling readers haven't even heard of" ??? You mean conversations about campy vs shimano, threaded vs threadless stems, steel vs ti vs CF vs AL and rather straightblade forks vs. curved forks give a smoother ride isn't "normal" watercooler talk around your office??? OK, I'm a freak.

By the way, for the price, Bicycling is a good deal. What do I get from it?? About an hour of cycling oriented reading. For a $1.00 an issue, its' worth it.
Bicycling trying to appeal to the newer riders.MShaw
Dec 11, 2003 1:51 PM
If you've read Bicycling magazine for more than 12mos in a row, you'll notice that they run the same 12 articles over, and over, and over. I had some old magazines from the late 80s that have the same articles that last year's magazines did. How to ride a century in X hours, best looking legs in X easy steps, 101 maintainence tips, etc.

Definitely geared towards newer riders...

That's why it's a buckSpoiler
Dec 11, 2003 3:55 PM
They pass the savings on to you. No reporters needed. No interviews needed. All they need is access to their own archives, change the 1990 to 2003, reprint press releases from the manufacturers, and snap a couple photos of models straddling Trek's latest offering.

It's all part of the cycling experience. Some people ask for more, and wind up reading Velonews. These people get bored and ask for even more. They move on to Cycle Sport. And a very few elite go on to learn a second language so they can read European domestic magazines.
That "50 bikes" article was worth the read.innergel
Dec 11, 2003 11:48 AM
I'd like to see them do it again in a year and see how many of those riders are still riding. 3 months in the fall is a very short time. Everyone likes to ride then.

BTW - Bicycling magazine stinks, but there is a tidbit or two you can take from it once in a while. And there are usually some decent looking biking-babes in the pages.
Dec 11, 2003 3:42 PM
sometimes nice chicks posing and pretty bikes, and i am sure some of those down easterners really benefited from a free bike.
re: Bicycling magazine & ongoing pro bike race coverage...biker
Dec 11, 2003 5:52 PM
I have a life subscription to both Runner's World & Bicycling so at this point cost is basically free :)
That's a good point...eschelon
Dec 12, 2003 7:22 AM
why don't they cover the bike races? Getting the inside stories in the race pack/peloton would be b*tchin. But in all fairness, what do you expect from a bunch of carry-over mtb pansies from the defunct MTB magazine branch now working in the Bicycling magazine branch?