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Bicycle Times – a magazine review   Leave a comment

The other day I noticed on a magazine rack, a cycling magazine that I had not read before. So I picked up a copy and here’s what I found.

Bicycle Times magazine

This is issue #10 of Bicycle Times, a magazine published 6 time as a year out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. The subtitle “Your Everyday Cycling Adventure” was my first clue as the nature of this magazine. It is down to earth, practical and comfortable. I like it.

This issue contains six feature articles:

  • Cycles – a poem that starts, “To work off the ice cream…” Not something you see in every cycling mag.
  • Of Melons, Mountains and Travels Through Turkey – I like to read about cycle touring adventures (especially of places I’ve never been and may never get to)and this is an interesting article with good accompanying photos
  • The Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program – fascinating  article about the cycling activities of this San Francisco area organization. Interesting discussion of handcycles.
  • An Outfit for all Seasons – a good review of everyday cycling clothing with suggestions on “coordinating” outfits for different occasions
  • Advocacy: Portland is Not a Different Planet – well I wondered about that? Seriously, important stuff! The article starts: “Their farsighted bike policies can be adapted and even improved upon in other cities”
  • An Interview with Bruce Gordon – an interview with an American bicycle maker – insightful!

In addition to these features articles there are a number of regular departments. In this issue I see:

  • Spoke’n Word – reader feedback
  • Wheel News – story about “The Ride of Silence” – this Grand Rapids version of a worldwide series of rides to honor cyclists injured or killed on the road.
  • Vintage Velo – a look back at a 1980 Schwinn
  • Yehuda Moon – a full page cycling comic
  • Between the Lines – very practical discussion of riding on the road amongst traffic
  • The Candy Store – reviews of four really interesting, unique bikes and some accessories
  • Bike Socials: Events – announcements/previews of half a dozen major cycling events around the US
  • How We Roll – an end of  the issue editorial (this one an ode to the writer’s “paperboy bike”)

Obviously there is a lot of info  in this issue and if you are interested you will just have to pick up a copy. You an also check out Bicycle Timeswebsite for reviews, news and subscription information (including an available digital edition).

This is a magazine that to me, just fits very comfortably, so I will be reading it going forward, I’ve got the website bookmarked and don’t hesitate to recommend Bicycle Times to you.

Posted April 30, 2011 by Randy Talbot in Cycle Commuting, Cycle Touring, Cycling

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Paved – the magazine, reviewed   Leave a comment

The other day I noticed a magazine on a news stand that I hadn’t heard of before – it is called “paved” with the sub title “A brand-new skinny tire magazine from the editors of BIKE.

They call it “brand-new” but the issue I picked up is Issue 1 of Volume 2. I did get the impression from the editorial however that Volume 1 consisted of just a single trial issue in 2010.

I like this magazine. I like that it is a substantial 98 page publication on good paper with good photos and interesting articles!

Among my favorite articles in this issue is an inspiring story of Lindsay Crawford, an American rider I’d not heard of.  What a good read, this article by Gary Boulanger, of  late-blooming racer who at age 40 received an invitation to ride on a Tour de France team ( but never did ride). Then as a 61 year old, Crawford earned himself a yellow jersey. Lots of interesting history here. Still on road racing, Volume 2, Issue 1 also has a good article on the spring classic road race, Milan-San Remo

This magazine isn’t strictly about riding on paved  roads. there is an article riding the mud at World Cup cyclocross races and a photo essay about riding the boards on the track for six-day races. Overall the quality of photos in this magazine is excellent. The section called “[proof]” has a number of full page photos of cyclists on the road – from Oregon to Banff to Nicaragua.

What’s a cycling magazine without some equipment reviews? This one’s got a review of half a dozen high-end bikes ($10K price range) and a couple pages highlight of new gear (clothing, shoes, lights etc.) The magazine also includes a number of high quality ads for cycling gear.

Overall, a good cycling magazine and I will definitely  be looking watching my news stand for the next issue of paved (probably around mid-May?)

You can learn more about paved from its website, which includes links to their Facebook and twitter presence.

Posted April 19, 2011 by Randy Talbot in Cycle Racing, Cycling, Uncategorized

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Canadian Cycling Magazine   Leave a comment

“The Incredible Steve Bauer” – the words jumped at me off the magazine cover  as I was browsing in a bookstore the other day. He was probably the greatest Canadian cyclist yet. I was a big fan of Steve in his heyday but I haven’t heard much about him recently. “I wonder what he is up to?” – that is reason enough to pick up this magazine and probably to buy it. What magazine? Canadian Cycling Magazine. I’d heard of this relatively new publication but hadn’t yet actually seen a copy. So I bought it and let me tell you what I think.

I’m impressed. This is a quality mag. It looks good, feels good and the content is solid. I like all aspects of cycling and this magazine delivers across the cycling spectrum. The June & July 2010 issue that I am reviewing covers  road racing with the feature article about former pro racer Steve Bauer, and another story about Canadian Kevin Field as an Assistant Director on the Livestrong Team. There is an article on cycling PEI (the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island) and a few articles touching on mountain bikes and riders. Nutrition, maintenance and training are all featured in this issue. If that wasn’t enough this issue also featured a Buyer’s Guide covering bikes as well as gear for road and mountain biking.

As I said (and just demonstrated), the content is solid. For me, another essential element of a print magazine is the presentation – and this one looks good. I’m a big photography fan so I was blown away by two 2-page photos in a gallery section – big beautiful cycling photos with just a minimum of text up at the top of one page – KUDOS! Another important aspect of a magazine are the ads and the ads in this one seemed very fresh. This may change over time or I might have a different impression if I read a lot of cycling publications but in this read through, I found the ads as attractive and interesting as some of the articles. The Canadian angle on both the articles and the advertising also serves to make the magazine fresher and more interesting (to Canadians any w-eh)

So back to Steve Bauer. I’d forgotten the details of his cycling career and just how impressive he was. To mention just a few: 4th overall in GC at the 1988 Tour de France, 8th, 4th, 2nd and 4th in Paris-Robaix between 1988 and 1991, and in yellow at the 1991 Tour de France for 9 consecutive days. These days Steve is the Director Sportif of the Team Spidertech Powered by Planet Energy. The article includes talk of Bauer’s dream of having a Canadian team in the Tour de France and a little anecdote of how Lance Armstrong asked Bauer to be the director of U. S. Postal Team before asking Johan Brunyeel. Interesting stuff! I’m hooked. I’ll be subscribing.

I know it can be tough for Canadian magazines to succeed  and I wish Canadian Cycling Magazine the best of luck (however, if they can keep up the quality, luck should play only a small part).

If you want to check them out online, note that their URL is http://cyclingmagazine.ca/

Posted August 3, 2010 by Randy Talbot in Cycling

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