Back in the day, when blogging emerged to disrupt traditional media, David Jacobs and I published blogs together with Movable Type. That was an era that helped change how business was done. Working together to publish a magazine last year, David and I changed it up again with a strongly independent, bike-centered focus. The spirit is the same as that early blog work on mobile devices, and ad-free. Compare us to an indie label that doesn’t want to sell out, but still reach a larger audience. David’s company, 29th Street Publishing, runs the platform that publishes our content for the iTunes Newsstand and mobile devices. Bike Hugger contributors supply it, and today we published a new sampler that includes our best writing from the first 20 issues. The samples are bundled with the free newsstand app that’s just been updated to iOS 8 (as soon as Apple approves it, update notifications will go out) and available on the web.
I hope you enjoy our magazine as much as we did creating it. For us, it’s like a fast new bike, taking us to even more interesting places.
In those few moments when I spin down from the latest tangent that I’m on…talking and thinking a mile a minute, about the next big thing in bikes, a designer and friend Michael Pfaltzgraff articulates in colors and style what I was trying to say.
And when he shared the cover for the samples issue, I replied, “I wanna be draped in that and see women on catwalks wearing it this spring with strappy sandals.”
Michael makes my ideas and our contributor’s content look so good, just like he does bikes in the industry.
- “Eureka,” he said. — Chris Matthews
- A Six Thousand Dollar Cruiser — David Schloss
- Old School — Bike Hugger
- Racing through the Maelstrom — Mark V
- A Challenging Haiku Corner — Byron
- Trickstar My Heart — Matt Haughey
- The Clearing — Patrick Brady
- Superfluous Superstitions — Tim Jackson
- The Evolution of Competition — Schatz/Van Patten
- Another Adventure on a Grade — Byron
- Descending with D’Aluisio on the New Tarmac — Byron
Your money directly supports the authors, photographers, designers (like Michael), and editors who contribute to Bike Hugger.
Issue 21 drops this week too.