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Since 1962, BICYCLING has been inspiring people to get more out of their cycling passion. Each action-packed issue is filled with proven secrets to go faster, stronger, longer. Increase your stamina; buy the best gear for your money; locate a great ride; improve your performance; perfect your technique; fuel your passion.
- Used to be a decent mag, now shameless product promotion
Ok, I admit it, I still drool over hot bikes. But the essence of the bike reviews in this magazine are, "Whatever you are riding is junk, buy this hot cool bike made from unubtainium" And then next month....repeat. They used to really do some critical evaluations, like what makes a bike great, the physics of riding, the materials, the tires, the flex of the frame for various body shapes and weights. I suppose that got boring, and then manufactures stopped advertising in this journal because they panned their products.
You can still sort of tell what bikes they like, but its much much harder. The rest of the stuff is puff pieces that read like manufacturer's promotion literature. TI seatposts add 10% to your speed rating! TI sprocket bolts lighten your wallet 20% for faster rides to the ATM!
Come On! Most of us could get by with lightening "the frame" by 10 lbs by eating sensibly and riding more, (Reading about it less!) On the other hand if you stuff the magazine inside your shirt it's a good wind break....more info
- Useful for All Cyclists
Rarely does a sports magazine hit all levels of expertise and interest capably. "Bicycling" does this well. As a long-time local century and touring rider, I've found this magazine helpful to me in my own biking adventures.
Are you the next Lance Armstrong? Or maybe you ARE Lance Armstrong? Learn about the newest high-end bike toys.
Are you a beginning century rider? Learn about fixing your bike on the fly.
Are you a casual rider, looking to learn about getting it better shape through longer rides? Read fitness plans geared for bikers.
Read about diets. Equipment. Which jersey is the better one. How about the various kinds of touring brakes. They got those covered too.
Really... amateurs will understand the lingo, the pros will still be challenged. And everyone can read about the Tour de France.
I fully recommend "Bicycling."
Anthony Trendl...more info
- Good for beginners
After reading the various reviews I was still uncertain so I bought a copy at the local bookstore to try it out. I am a 51 year old woman who rides my bike around the neighborhood and in parks and aspires to be a commuter. For me it was extremely helpful as far as exercise, nutrition and other such guidance. Much of the technical stuff was over my head, but did contribute to my knowledge base. I have decided it is worth the $20 a year for someone like me. ...more info
- Really pretty sad...
This is a pretty sad magazine. It's like Seventeen for cyclists really. I can't believe i used to actually take it seriously. Fortunately i know better now, but sheesh. It's just stupid and worthless info that is only occasionally compensated for by good pictures of new bikes. If you want to see new bikes, go to your local bike shop and actually ride them. Don't buy a magazine. The advice is stupid to the point of almost being gossip. Try Cyclesport if you like to follow racing... i have no suggestions for just all around road biking, however....more info
- A good magazine
Sure the magazine has Ads and shows off product, but it also talks about how to be a better rider, the best places to "hang ten" skills, nutrition, maintenance, fitness, buying as well as Q and A sections.
In the July 2002 issue in the AskTheFitness Chick section they had great advise on how to lose more weight successfully riding a bike. Like ride 4 times per week- 3 short rides of 60 minutes and one 2+ hour one. And do hills and don't let up on the speed, as well as get off the pavement which makes riding easy. Off road riding burns more calories because there is more rolling resistance because you body has to work harder with the varied terrain. And eat more before and less after a ride. Eating a big healthy breakfast gives you the fuel....more info
Expected a little more techie stuff, more bike testing and more tips from the good fellas, but for reading material, it's entertaining and lite, good for lunch time, plane waiting or before napping.
Still, it's my first issue and would love to read the after Giro, after Tour and after Vuelta de Spain issues to see what comes along.
Loved the right breakfast article, and real sad that the new Madone article was only half a page review and a centerfold flash look.
Still, liked the magazine so far....more info
- I love this magazine
This magazine is a wonderful resource for beginner and avid cyclists. It is well written and witty, and it contains the latest news in training, gear, nutrition, etc... All you need to know to be the best cyclist you can be....more info
- Bicycling Magazine: a shadow of what it was...
Bicycling has portrayed itself as is the "world's leading cycling magazine," and this may be true, but the quality of this publication has been slowly declining over the years. My personal interests in cycling are more directed at mountain and trail cycling, but this magazine, in publication since the '60s, was always a welcome source of information about non-motorized two-wheeled sports.
I started subscribing to this periodical years ago. It's articles and reviews used to have substance, and each issue was worth exploring from cover to cover. The magazine's coverage of Lance Armstrong and his multiple championships was exceptional. It was between the covers of this magazine that I first learned about Armstrong's then-new book It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, and knew that I had to get a copy.
But that was then, and this is now. 'Bicycling' is from Rodale, a company that publishes some of the better health and wellness magazines, including 'Prevention,' 'Men's Health,' 'Women's Health,' 'Runner's World,' and 'Mountain Bike.' At one time I subscribed to both 'Bicycling' and 'Mountain Bike,' but no longer. Both of these seem to be a (thin) shadow of the meaty publications they used to be. For MTB articles, I do prefer Mountain Bike Action, and find a bit more substance there. If your focus is mostly toward road bikes, Cycling Plus has a lot more meat, though at a higher cost.
I don't mind all of the advertising, which does seem to dominate most consumer magazines today, but just wish that the articles, reviews and news items had more depth than those available on the 'Net these days. I'll still continue to pick up singler issues of 'Bicycling' when the occasional article looks interesting, but can't justify subscribing unless there's some extraordinarily special rate being offered....more info
I ORDERED A SUBSRIPTION THROUGH AMAZON.COM JUNE 30TH LAST YEAR FOR MY HUSBAND FOR FATHERS DAY. WITHIN THE YEAR WE ONLY RECIEVED THE FIRST MAGAZINE AND LAST MAGAZINE WITH A RENEWAL NOTICE. I SENT AN EMAIL YESTERDAY AND IS STILL WAITING ON A RESPONSE.
I WILL LIKE TO KNOW WHAT BECAME OF MY SUBSRIPTION.
- Greatest Bicycle Magazine!
My husband loves bicycles, and he feels that this is the best magazine he can find on the subject! ...more info
- Quick Delivery, Nice magazine
After hearing several horror stories about slow magazine delivery through Amazon, I stilll decided that a good deal on this magazine was worth the try.
I recieved my first issue in less than a month. That is quicker than most subscriptions arrive when ordered through the magazine.
The magazine itself is a good read. They have good equipment reviews, and some decent articles...more info
- mediocrity has its virtues
Publications like BICYCLING practically define narrow-casting. Aimed at a modest population that throbs with interest in their shared pursuit, a magazine like this one has to meet elevated expectations and yet recruit enough advertisers to pay the bottom line and maintain an accessible price.
The result is almost doomed to be something of a hybrid.
In my book, that's just ok. I read BICYCLING as much for the gear as for the articles on new products, new workouts, and exotic rides. Some months, I'm in it for the advertisements, sometimes for the review, sometimes for the workouts, sometimes just for the sheer pleasure of turning the pages and seeing what I can see.
That's what one should expect from a magazine like this one. It's not philosophy, not rocket science, and not a training manual for the Tour. It's just BICYCLING. That's pretty cool....more info
- THE magazine for anyone interested in cycling
Anybody with more than a passing interest in cycling should read this magazine. I had a subscription for a number of years and always found useful tidbits. The beginning cyclist will find tons of useful info ranging from riding techniques to bike repair tips to bike selection pointers. More advanced cyclists will use it to keep up with the latest in bike technology and find out what's happening in the cycling world....more info
- A poor excuse for a bike magazine
I found this magazine to be pretty disappointing:
-Lots of uninformitive articles: like "15 secrets you can really use," "18 things only insiders know," "Ride like a pro," it sounds more like a fashion or diet magazine. All the articles have titles that imply good information but when you read them they lack substance.
- Bike tips that are impracticle or obvious.
-Lots of product reviews that give no good information: instead they tell you how good the bike looks, what material it's made from, if it's high/low priced, what quality line the drive train is, how your friends will like it... they state the obvious and point out things you can figure out for yourself.
-There is a "style man" section in the back that tells you what biking clothes look good, and what is out of fasion?
-Lots of advertisements.
-Anti-triathlete comments in some articles
I only read about 3 of these before I stopped, sometimes I wondered if the editors were even bikers themselves....more info
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