Bicycling (2-year)

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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
Feature Articles:
  • 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
Past Issues:

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.

Customer Reviews:

  • 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

  • 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


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  • Greatest Bicycle Magazine!
    My husband loves bicycles, and he feels that this is the best magazine he can find on the subject! ...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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


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