Who Reads Bicycling Magazine? Bicycling is the world’s leading cycling magazine – and the only one that covers the entire spectrum of cycling from road cycling to mountain biking to recreational cycling and cycling for health and fitness. Each action-packed issue is filled with proven secrets that are guaranteed to help you go faster, stronger, longer.
Bicycling's unique combination of travel, gear, fitness, style and award-winning stories -- all surrounded by vivid photography and framed in elegant design -- brings the sport to life. On and off your bike, Bicycling will fuel your cycling passion. Bicycling will take you to the world’s premier cycling destinations, keep you up-to-date on the latest cycling technology and challenge you to be faster, stronger and better every day.
What You Can Expect in Each Issue: Regular sections of Bicycling include:
Fitness and training tips, nutrition pointers and skills to ride harder and smarter
Industry-standard reviews of bikes and gear, perfect for every riding style and budget
Inspiration and accessible advice on how to enjoy the ultimate rides around the world
Award-winning feature stories that celebrate cycling’s defining characters
Best Bike Trails and Trips for the Ride of a Lifetime
Spring Riding Basics
New bike reviews
The Essential Got- to- Have Gear Review
Ride in Style: Style Man Reviews the best new riding apparel for 2009
Fitness and Training Tips from the Professionals to help you get faster and stronger
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.
things were better in the good old days Used to subscribe and still do pick one up on occasion but it ain't what it used to be. Started reading this in the 70's and it wasn't bad--then. It would actually take sides orstate an opinion. Now it is a slave to advertising--lots of fluff, no real stuff and vanishing little real information. The cyclists that used to run the magazine rode off into the sunset. Rodale Press--who gives us that nearly useless Organic Gardening--took over and it'll take an ownership change to bring it back. I buy one or two a year to see if anything has changed--it hasn't. A waste of paper more often than not. One star because of the rare nugget in the waste--otherwise "0" stars....more info
terrible magazine During the 1970s, Bicycling was a great magazine with lots of in-depth articles about bike tours, bike racing, and bicycle technology. The magazine zoomed downhill through the 1990s into the worthless rag that it is now. The articles in the current version of the magazine are very superficial and lifeless. Many are thinly veiled press releases from various advertisers. If you really want to learn about road bicycles and bicycling, a much better magazineis *CyclingPlus*. For mountain biking, try *Bike* or *Dirt Rag*....more info
Better since the redesign Bicycling was a good cycling magazine, but the recent redesign has improved it. It's closer to a 5-star magazine at times, and is a great, anticipated read each month....more info
Still very good I'm not sure how many (25?)years I've been reading this magazine but it continues to be the "bible" of cycling enthusiasts. It is slanted more towards the road rider as opposed to the mountain biker but they do publish a partner magazine entitled Mountain Bike. I've had many on and off again subscriptions only to return to reading or fantasizing about the latest toys and people's adventures on bikes. This is the time to gear up! You may see the cyclosaurus out and about in their colorful spandex outfits, bronzed bodies in all shapes and sizes, grazing on a protein energy bar or sipping a carb loaded drink as they motor through traffic propelled by their own energy. Or you might see the cyclosaurus counterpart off road in a more trendy, lined baggy shorts and t-shirt, sipping from a hydration pak on their backs as they kick up dust barreling down an exhilirating single track. In any event this is the time of year when weekend warriors become Lance Armstrong or Dotsie Cowden. The magazine for the cyclosaurus is Bicycling because of it's informative tidbits of information that tells you where the best organized rides are, the latest product developments, training and nuitrition tips and the exciting outdoor adventures that can only be experienced on bike. One of the mainstay features are bike recommendations that can run the gamut from a cool $3-$5k to the more sensible priced deals at around $1,500. Whether you want to know about the latest road shoes available, bibs, shorts, helmets, tandems, tape, tires, cages, bottles, sunglasses, tools, timers or trainers, it is all here for the cyclosaurus. Recommended for bike riders everywhere, as Willie Nelson once sang, it just might get you back "on the road again."...more info
World's leading bike magazine? Leading on what? Innovation, quality articles, coverage, reader satisfaction? No sir.
Profit from advertising, volume sales, high percentual of biased articles? Most likely.
Unfortunately, to boost profits Rodale press is up to anything, like rerun of old articles to save money and misleading "special advertising" sections. If you are into Mt. Biking, there are better magazines out there (Mountain Biking Magazine is not one of them, of course). If your thing is road biking, sorry, there is nothing else except racing magazines. As we know, America is about vehicles that waste energy, like high-powered cars, motorcycles and boats (just count the number of magazines about them next time you stop at your favorite bookstore)....more info
Bicycling... 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
good for beginners This is an OK magazine for beginner cyclists. Experienced or competitive cyclists will probably find the articles to be very shallow, repetitive, or obsolete. CyclingPlus is a much better magazine, but also much more expensive....more info
Nice gift for a friend, motivating articles, nutrition tips, gear guides, reviews, exercises. Got this for a friend for his birthday, he is a recreational cyclist, mountain and road, and loved it. A nice way to be remembered all year long, keeps you motivated, and helpful reviews of all the products out there. Ended up getting one for myself he raved about it so much. Got it cheap too....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
A long downhill ride... Having regularly read "Bicycling" for many years (even when it was called "Bicycling!" in a tasteless 1970s way), I find it surprising to see how much the quality of the magazine has declined. In spite of all those people spending huge amounts of money on fancy equipment, "Bicycling" has become thinner and thinner. It has recently improved somewhat, after most of the editorial staff was fired, and a sign is the dropping of the truly horrible marginal comments (Bike Love and so forth) but it is only suitable for real neophytes. Unfortunately, there is no other single magazine that covers racing, bike touring, test reviews, technique and fitness in North America, no matter how poorly. The articles are very short and sometimes, well, just stupid. There is very little on cycling destinations or serious equipment tests. The photography remains decent, but compared to the German magazine "Tour," for example, "Bicycling" is a pretty sad effort. If you can read this, you have access to the Internet, which means you have far better sources of information to draw on. I am letting my subscription lapse and advise you to save your money. A big disappointment, "Bicycling" has not advanced with its readers....more info
Not What it Used to Be... Years ago, I used to be a staunch reader of Bicycling (even when it had that ridiculous exclaimation point in the title). Unfortunately, I have to agree with most of the reviewers here, the content has declined dramatically. Mostly fluff, and reviews that don't have much merit.
Too bad, the cycling market has seen a solid rejuvination in the last few years and the market is primed for a good, USEFUL publication, unfortunately Bicycling isn't it....more info
oops sadly I found myself in agreement with those who note the declining quality of this magazine. This used to be the first point of call for cycling enthusiasts but somehow they have now identified an imaginary readership who are both willing to buy super-expensivee components and yet who have no knowledge of the sport. Someone must have persuaded them that this was an advancing demographic....more info
Fluff I recently re-subscribed to "Bicycling" hoping that they'd changed their ways but unfortunately over the years (as some have already eluded to) the magazine is still a waste of valuable trees. It has lost it's edge and integrity as a genuine cycling magazine only to be filled with fluff and more fluff. The writing has mostly been replaced by repetitive eye candy for weight weenies, Lance wannabees and the summer fred and does little to bridge the gap in the variety of bicycles, cyclists, and cycling styles and needs.
Maybe it has to do with the market's share going to mountain bike mags (5 out of 6 in my local market) or maybe the same cookie cutter bikes it features every month are just fast money, a sure thing marketed to the before mention riders. I don't know. What I do know is that I will let my subscription run out and continue to enjoy "Bicycle Quarterly..." I just wish it was monthly....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
Asphalt? What's the deal? Multi page story on asphalt? WHO THE F@#K CARES!!!
Skimpy and unfocused editorially. The only thing they're consistent about is the use of short punchy blurbs in different fonts and sizes. For example, they had Mari Holden on the cover of a recent issue promising pro secrets. What was her secret? My parents told me to use a helmet... And similar advice from other pros.
Read CyclePlus magazine from the UK for an in depth, systematic approach to product review, ride routes(almost all in the UK) and a variety of short relevant articles that inform without dumbing down the issue. (OK. The two pages on yoga every month is a bit too much but they can get away with that becaause the magazine is so much fatter that Bicycling.)...more info
Used to be better... For what it is, this magazine is OK -- a short digest of info for dilettantes. It has been "dumbed down" (please don't take that term too perjoratively) recently to attract a wider spectrum of readers, it would seem. It still has some useful info and is in my opinion worth the inexpensive subscription price. But hard-core cyclists may want to try a different magazine. I would prefer more (and more detailed) product reviews, maintenance tips, advice/tips....more info
AND horrible customer service So I'm mostly with other folks on the content. If you get lucky, the small sampling of product reviews will include some item you're looking at (or should), and the anemic review will prompt you to follow up at the manufacturers website. The "Buyer's Guide" was of decent breadth and useless depth on the bikes. No bikes from Gary Fisher, the inventor of mountain biking. Huh? I'm primarily interested in MTB and the issues of Mountain Bike are good. But, you only get 4 issues, and the content is redundant between the two magazines (or even within each mag). For instance, the May MTB issue had a story on rebuilding trails in Los Alamos (I actually really like their reviews of specific places), and the cover also boasted a "Great American Trail Guide." One of the FOUR trails talked about in this "Great American..Guide": Los Alamos. I can spot a cut and paste job when I see one. Also in that issue "The Bike that Started a Revolution" about the Sp Stumpjumper. A great idea for an interesting article that was butchered into a condescending comic strip. Also, having ordered the mag for the issues of MTB, I was disappointed when they didn't even show up. Emails with customer service resulted in one of the more disappointing "did you not read my email" type exchanges. Two months later, and I now have one of the two missing issues in hand. They have great photography, and I have yet to find a better option, but I'm really disappointed. I won't renew....more info
DISAPPOINTED 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
How Dissapointing On the whole, Bicycling is a huge disappointment. I agree with some writers that the occassional tidbits of information are good, but I don't pay for a subscription for a sidebar or two -- I read those in the newstand. Further, as I will mention below, once and a while there is a real gem of an article.
In the meantime, almost everything else they do is poor. The entire magazine is pitched at the readership as though we were all budding pros, training obsessively and fighting with that last 1% of body fat. The reality is, what Bicycling's readership principally is is rich -- in their own pages, they recently listed average household income of a subscription at $115,000. So it's not people with the ability tor ride like the pros ride, it's people with the ability to buy what the pros ride.
The result is a majority of articles and reviews that focus on just this -- $3000+ bikes (and, as one reviewer said, the occassional review of more reasonably priced choices around $1500. Wait, $1500 is *not* chump change?!?!), advanced training and eating techniques, etc., as opposed to real world riding -- centuries and club rides, touring, commuting (gasp!), etc. Even it's racing coverage is terrible -- its recent spread on the San Fran GP, one of the three most important races in the US, was 6 pages of photos, 4 of which were of people watching the race, not the racing itself.
For me, though, the worst part is its hypocrisy. In a recent issue, there was a truly excellent article on what the author called "Invisible Riders" -- low income laborers who depended on their cheap bicycles to get them to and from work sites everyday. Yet: the author mentioned several times (albeit with embarrassment) that he was riding a Seven while doing research on people whose lives depended on $100 bikes; the author commented on the significance of these riders commuting everyday, a movement which riders like Bicycling readers had never been able to mobilize (maybe because they all drive to work and the magazine does little or nothing to encourage bicycle commuting); and the five bikes reviewed in that issue ranged from $3500-$7000.
Really, really sad. One star for "Invisible Riders" and the like, and that's it....more info
Bait and Switch, Lies, and Bad Customer Service We subscribed to this magazine, in part due to the special offer of 12 free cycling booklets & road log with each new subscription. What did we get? A note letting us know that unfortunately "the gift described in the promotion is no longer available" and that "rather than keep us waiting, (they've) taken the liberty of sending the enclosed substitute..." The substitute? A crummy little pamphlet.
I let it slide at the time, but several months later they were still offering this special promotion, so I wrote a letter to customer service stating that "since they now had the special gift, perhaps they'd be so good as to finally send ours." No response.
Time came to renew and all of a sudden there was that offer again... so against my better judgement, we did. And guess what! Another note "unfortunately the gift described in the promotion is no longer available..." and the same crummy pamphlet!
In short, if you're interested in being lied to, or receiving a stupid little pamphlet, by all means subscribe... if you want what you paid for, go somewhere else. ...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
Entertaining It's a bit sarcastic at times, but that makes it fun to read, and lets face it, most of us are out there because road and mountain biking are fun! If you are training for the next Tour de France, or don't have a sense of humor then I wouldn't suggest this magazine....more info
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
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
New Roadie? Good magazine for riders of all levels, though it is tailored a little bit to the more experienced. However, most all articles I have read so far have been written so that a new biker like me can understand everything. I am looking forward to using a lot of the tips, ideas, and plans presented to make myself a better cyclist....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