Bike Magazines v. Bike Blogs

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by Byron on Jun 01, 2008 at 7:31 AM

Fixedgear posted a photo of a tired Bicycling Mag cover and that started an impromptu conversation about bike magazines v. bike blogs

“the formula of trotting out the same tired articles over and over again.”

“Compare Bicycling to Cycling Plus or Cycle Sport (both UK products), and you realize how pathetic the grand dame of US cycling mags is.”

What do you think? Are blogs offering more value than mags? Has Cyclingnews ever wrote a critical review?

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Seattle Green Lanes

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by Byron on May 31, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Interestingly the green lanes look like astroturf – expect some street artists to set up lawn chairs, beach balls, and a picnic blanket. There’s a Critical Mass suggestion. Next one, go and occupy all the Green Lanes and just chill there.

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Note: to Portland, "we got Green Lanes too!"

And I sorta feel like a Bear at the Zoo, where they drop new toys into an enclosure to reduce boredom. This Summer in Seattle, the City has added new wayfinding signage, green lanes, new bike lanes; it’s all very exciting!

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Tulips are the new bike accessory

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by Galen Maynard on May 31, 2008 at 1:49 PM

It’s spring in Seattle… Critical Mass’ers came out in full force to celebrate the return of long days, and favorable biking weather. The best way to confound an angry motorist stopped by a mob of cyclists? Hand them a Tulip.

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Another Girlfriend’s Bike

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by Byron on May 31, 2008 at 6:17 AM

A reader wrote to say he designed his girlfriend’s bike and sent photos

piabike1.jpg Nice. Mark’s shared his girlfriend’s bike earlier in the year. I like how the bunny horn matches the reflectors.

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Hugga Freerides

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by Byron on May 30, 2008 at 6:12 AM

Our friends at Kona invited us to Whistler BC’s Kokanee Crankworx

The most ground-breaking gravity fueled mountain bike festival in the history of all things badass.

That means the Huggas are gonna put on some baggy shorts, full-face helmets, some crusty ‘tude, and blast down a hill on a freakin’ Freeride bike – hooah!

Ya know, slopestyle is new for us, but when in Rome. Shit I may even do some huckin’.

Kona will also have their asphalt and utility bikes onsite. I’m hoping to ride one of these to a store and back …

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Camel Back Bottle

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by Byron on May 30, 2008 at 5:20 AM

I’d like a bottle that didn’t harm me with nasty chemicals and one that let the water taste like water – too bad the Camel Back Bottle is bulky, doesn’t fit in the hand well, and I know I’m gonna drop it. The nipple action is very good though.

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Dunstan’s Commute to Work

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by Byron on May 29, 2008 at 6:37 PM

Dug how the video is a reverse perspective. When we shoot video, we’ve got the camera pointed in the opposite direction.

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Tweed and Bikes

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by Byron on May 29, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Just as we were talking about the dapperness in Portland, we spotted Dashing Tweeds in the UK

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Not only stylish, but that cape is woven with high visibility Lumatwill. Commute in style and make sure you’re seen. Pair that cap with the Beret Helmet and a baguette in a basket. How could BSNYC refuse to wave hello when your rode by looking that good?

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Instant Gratification

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by andrew_f_martin on May 29, 2008 at 5:34 AM

Bettini! A friend sent me a link to a riding-buddy’s pictures from the Giro - instant gratification. When I first started following cycling, you had to wait for Cycle Sport magazine to show up to see the first shots of the race. CyclingNews (then Bill’s CyclingNews with the teal background) usually had the results posted within a couple of days.

Now we get live, streaming video, photos as they happen, and detailed same-day coverage. Add to the standard media sources all the user-driven sites like Flickr, Blogspot, and Twitter and you are surrounded by our sport. Gotta love those interwebs.

Big thanks to the folks at Glacier Bikes for keeping me in their loop.

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