Bicycling Magazine Magazine

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Bicycling Magazine


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by bobbq a Cross Country Rider from Charlotte, NC

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2008

Strengths:    None - Worst magazine ever created. Nothing but ads. I have had three subsription and off...but never hgain. See weakness.

Weaknesses:    Ooffer free issues, and then when you cancel, turn your name over to collection agnecy. I have turned them in to my state attorney generls office for fraud and misrepresentation.

Bottom Line:   
Do not subsribe!

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Favorite Trail:   USNWC

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   Direct Mail


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Smith a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2008

Strengths:    Interesting lifestyle articles, good nutrition/exercise tips, cheap.

Weaknesses:    Gear/bike reviews, very little mountain bike coverage.

Bottom Line:   
Been reading this mag for 10+ years since I was a teenager. Bicycling used to have more equal coverage of road and mountain biking along with detailed bike reviews. However over the years its focus has shifted towards roadies and the cycling lifestyle. This is likely due to other mountain bike magazines sprouting up and squeezing them into a niche and their readership maturing i.e. becoming old farts :-)

Most of the gear/bike reviews are nothing more than a few sentences. It is the cycling lifestyle articles which keep me interested. Examples of these include:

- The man who rode more than 1 million miles total lifetime milage and still counting. Doh forgot his name since he is not a pro or well known)
- "Invisible Riders" (illegal aliens) using Walmart bicycles and their daily struggles
- Recumbant bicycles being the "black sheep" of the bicycling world because they are banned from all road cycling races due to their unfair advantage over conventional road bikes.
- The cult of Campagnolo (road group) collectors
- Collectable bicycle catalogs from various bike/component manufacturers from Pryme, Scott, Assos, Rivendell, etc...

Bicycling is a good mag for people interested in the cycling lifestyle and nutrition/excercise info. However it is the WRONG magazine for those interested in mountain biking or gear reviews. I would recommend Dirt Rag or one of the UK mags for mountain biking stuff.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3.00

Similar Products Used:   Dirt Rag, Mountain Bike Action, UK mags

Bike Setup:   2000 Specialized Stumpjumper

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mark from Whittier,CA USA

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2007

Weaknesses:    Subcription Dept. from HELL

Bottom Line:   
Offer for a free, two issue trial subscription came with my new Giant bike. Just the two issues are ever mailed but the mag treats it like a normal one year subscription and immediately starts billing me. I ignore the billings since they never ask if I want to take the mag beyond the two issue, free trial. Billing notices become threats to turn my account over to a collection agency. Threats become reality when notices from a collection agency arrive. I call Bicycling Mag and they say they will straighten things out. B.S. of course, since I just got the second notice from the collection agency yesterday, two months after Bicycling Mag’s assurances. BE FOREWARNED!

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by JB King from Wilmington, NC

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2007

Strengths:    Used to be decent

Weaknesses:    PC rag

Bottom Line:   
I stopped buying when they embraced a pro-female (anti-male) stand. That it is PC to be so bigoted does not impress me, never has. How about articles based on content and not to meet a PC gender quota.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by John from Georgia

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2006

Strengths:    it was in the store, something to read. a few funny parts

Weaknesses:    gay as crap. too much road stuff. almost no mountain bike articles

Bottom Line:   
it sucks, don't waste your $4. The articles are lame and they're for roadies. you don't want it.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   mountain bike action


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Billy from Louisville, KY

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2006

Strengths:    It will rot quickly when dumped in a landfill.

Weaknesses:    60 out of 112 pages were full page ads; the remaining was supposed to be features/articles, of which about 10% had text to read.

Bottom Line:   
This magazine is worthless. Bought a 112 page copy, and literally 60 pages were full blown ads. The main feature story was about ASPHALT. How lame is that? About ASPHALT. Wow. Way to get the interviews with the professionals. Might as well be a stupid cosmo magazine - when are they going to have inserts with perfume? Or maybe with the scent of roadkill, sweat, and rubber tire?

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $5.00


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Rob a Racer from Newark NY

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2006

Strengths:    photos? Some training ideas

Weaknesses:    very general, nothing interesting

Bottom Line:   
Pretty boring and generic. It seems the same as Men's Health, but has a guy with a bike on the cover instead of ripped abs

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Favorite Trail:   Ellicottville NY

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3.00

Similar Products Used:   Dirt Rag, Velonews

Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem 2 stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Harvey Miller a Racer from East Meadow

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2005

Strengths:    Graphics, Current as to subject, Writing witty at times.

Weaknesses:    Product reviews are somewhat (and sometimes) questionable in terms of potential self interest, as opposed to accuracy.
More in depth reporting would be a plus, if it was there.


Bottom Line:   
I still can't wait for the next issue. Hey, everything can be better...love it just the same!

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Favorite Trail:   I do only Road.

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Direct

Similar Products Used:   CycleSport

Bike Setup:   Trek 5.2 Madone with several of my own inventions currently inhabiting its frame...such as...some nifty nanotechnology (such as, for one, nanorobits that keep the bike perpetually self cleaning, energized by ambient heat values and/or sunlight and a miniature lcd screen in an oversized stem using the bike as an antenna to input to a GPS circuit I built (super light weight I may add) and LOTS more (experimental aluminized glass serving as rims...VERY strong and 1/6th the weight of titanium (lest you get any ideas, VERY expensive too!)).

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Emily Raymer a Racer from Florence, Ky. USA

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2005

Strengths:    it works well as packing material if you shred it.

Weaknesses:    nothing but fluff anymore

Bottom Line:   
i have read this zine since i was 15(i'm 21 now), and i can really see how much it has come down in quality. style man used to be funny and insulting, now he is flat and boring. i really don't care about clothing made from inner tubes, coffee makers, guys who get skinny riding a bike(really, amazing), or about a bunch of people who get free hybrid bikes. i can go on forever on this, but one more thing that i have to mention is that i really don't want to read the sex issue. i called to cancel my subscription five minutes after seeing that issue. i hate the fact that i can't give a lower rating than what i have, if there were negative # chili i would give bicycling that.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   sub

Similar Products Used:   any that i have seen

Bike Setup:   relevance? road and soon bianchi s.a.s.s

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Pete a Racer from Caledonia mi

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This mag has really gone downhill in the past few years. Personally I am not at all interested in the philsophical view point of cycling or how some fat guy (that Mike Magnusun guy)got skinny. Shocking, exercise makes you lose weight. The only part that interests me is the Style section (it is the elitst racer boy in me, sorry to the true mountain riders). The rest, a waste, very filled with that philisophical side of it and other related short attention span headlines, I thought about upkeeping the subscription becuase I would get Mountain Bike as well, but Bicyling draged down that mag as well. (Plus Zap left, I liked him)A pitty really. My biggest gripe is the reviews. Please, they sound like the sales speeches i give to customers at Village Bike Grand Rapids (i work there), straight from the company reps mouth. I recomend Bike or Dirt Rag, and VeloNews or CycleSport for the racer types such as myself. Thanks for reading.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Washington, DC, USA

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2004

Strengths:    Nothing comes to mind; see Bottom Line.

Weaknesses:    90% of the magazine is fluff. Some of the material is so absurd that you wonder if they're just joking--like the fashion spread of ladies dresses made out of bike inner tubes. When I get the magazine each month, I just start flipping pages looking for ANYTHING that's not either fluff or advertising. (The ads are often better than the copy, especially when there's something new out there.) And the product reviews? They could be the companies' own pre-release blurbs; there is NOTHING reviewed by anybody with a brain here.

Bottom Line:   
I don't like this magazine. My Mom wouldn't like this magazine. BUT, I want to be fair, sometimes there is something good in it. The example that comes to mind was a review/listing of all the 50 states' + DC's long-distance rides. Putting that together took some work, and I saved it. When I think about a long ride--100 miles or so--I'm glad to have that list. But that was the good 10% hidden in the 90% drivel. Will I renew my subscription? 'Course not--there are much better bike magazines out there to spend the money on.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Velonews. Dirt Rag. Bike.

Bike Setup:   Road: Klein Quantum Race. Mtn: Specialized Stumpjumper FSRxc Disc. Stealer: Specialized Rockhopper Blue.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Bill Meadows a Weekend Warrior from van nuys ca usa

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2004

Strengths:    lines the bottom of the birdcage better than any other....

Weaknesses:    everything between the covers

Bottom Line:   
wife got me a subscription to mountain biking. when that magazine got "folded" into bicycling i started getting it instead. now i know that everybody has to start someplace but come on!!!! its drivel!!! i cannot believe that people really ask the "questions" that they do! sounds more to me as if lazy editors are just throwing out the same stupid stuff every ten issues or so, seems like the same stuff comes up on a fairly regular basis. this magazine used to be ok a couple of years ago, those days are gone...save yer money and buy dirt rag...its the best there is.

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Favorite Trail:   sycamore canyon

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3.00

Purchased At:   ????

Similar Products Used:   dirt rag(the best), MBA(pretty good), mountain biking(started out good and went downhill)

Bike Setup:   n/a

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike S a Cross Country Rider from WA

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2004

Strengths:    Tries to cover the full spectrum of the cycling world.

Weaknesses:    Content will disappoint the off-road enthusiast.

Bottom Line:   
I like this magazine because it covers the broad spectrum of cycling interest, from road biking, to commuting, to advocacy, and some mountain biking. Bicycling mag will disappoint the mountain bike crowd because there are few, if any, articles on off-road biking.

The content tends to consist of short headline type articles and graphics designed to give information quickely. There are often longer stories on various biking trips. I guess this magazine is geared more toward the older mature crowd, rather than younger mountain bikers. The mag goes along well with the League of American Cyclists' mission of advocacy and spreading the word of cycling. LAB is kind of the IMBA of on-road cycling, but they cater to everyone. The subscription actually comes free with LAB membership. If you are a person that likes cycling of ANY variety, than you might like this mag.

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   LAB sub

Similar Products Used:   Dirt Rag, Bike SingleTrack, and all others

Bike Setup:   Walmart Special, tricked out like xmas in july.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bob a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2003

Strengths:    has good information, expecially for the novice rider

Weaknesses:    kinda boring

Bottom Line:   
a great magazine for those new to biking or looking for something else to read about biking. I've subscribed for years (and really don't know why). I enjoy reading about biking and therefore will continue to subscribe. Every now and again something will draw interest, not not very often. I guess it is just a preference thing, but I prefer Bike and Dirt Rag to this magazine.

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Favorite Trail:   many

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   all of them

Bike Setup:   who cares..

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from NJ

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2003

Strengths:    None at this point.

Weaknesses:    Not quite sure who this magazine is catering to. Most of the articles are not even remotely interesting. The format just does not flow very well at all.

Bottom Line:   
I originally had a subscription to both Bicycling and Mountain Bike up until 2 years ago when I let Bicycling run out. Now, the magazines have merged and you get both, but fewer times per year.

That being said, the July issue of Bicycling is probably the worst magazine I have read in recent memory. Not interesting at all. The accompanying issue of Mountain Bike was marginal at best. Once these subscriptions run out - that's it for me. I'll get my info online.

These magazines are a complete waste of money.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Subscription

Similar Products Used:   Mountain Bike (also poor), Bike (not as bad).


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