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Which ones do you read, and why do you like them?

Currently, I read "Bicycling", and have a three-year subscription that I won off Ebay for next to nothing. Right now, it is also coming with Mountain Bike, which I just skim, as I don't go offroad.

Oh, and if you wish, include a link so we can check out your favorite mag.
 

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IMHO, they all suck. Okay, that's harsh. But I think Bicycling is so superficial it is like People Magazine or TV Guide. Others are too off-road oriented for me, and others are really mostly just racing coverage (for example, Velo News).

So, I haven't taken a cycling mag in several years.
 

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Bicycling has improved greatly in the last year or two. I didn't subscribe to it. I get it as part of my League of American Bicyclists membership. Most of the last year's worth of Bicycling has had at least one well researched well written article worth reading each month. It's still a bit too cute and breathlessly hyping "buy buy buy", but that's true of all lesiure/sports magazines.

Other than that, I get Cycle Sport for pro racing coverage.
 

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I realize that Bicycling can come across as superficial, but I think that due to the very broad scope of the material covered in its pages, depth is hard to achieve. Style Man is a narcissistic loudmouth, who sometimes can be rather funny. The Big Question and The Letters to the Editor are often my favorite part. Basically, I like it for its photography, and all the new bikes found in each issue. Yes it barely scratches the surface, but that's ok. There are other mags that cover more specific aspects of cycling. I just am not as familiar with those.

FWIW, Bicycling Magazine is what opened my eyes to all that is fascinating about bicycles, and introduced me to an interesting, eclectic group of people who weren't ashamed to wear brightly colored spandex and goofy headwear. Cyclists are a global subculture! And within those ranks are many different types of cyclists, some superficial, some deep. Luckily, there's room for all of us.
 

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I got my dad a subscription to Bicycling for christmas (he wanted one with Road and Mountain) which I obviously read, although find it quite mediocre. Minimal product reviews, abismal (if any) race coverage; just has very little real substance to it.

My coach has a subscription to Pro Cycling and gives me a stack of them every once in a while. I find that magazine to be quite good, has a lot of stories in it. They do a good job of showing the personal side of all the different riders. It's not very product-oriented, so if you're looking for an indepth review of different carbon tubular wheelsets, then learn german and pick up a copy of Tour. I would definately suggest Pro Cycling to anyone
 

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lots of others

velonews, pro...more race oriented

cyclesport america or cycling plus are good. i subscribe to cyclesport america, good race coverage for the cycling fan. not as much in terms of bike/gear review as cycling plus but i get gear reviews online mostly anyways.

i get bicycling/mtn biking (ebay deal also) but it is pretty superficial, but good human interest stuff.

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I like CyclingPlus magazine: http://www.cyclingplus.co.uk/
It is published in the UK, but they do sell subscriptions to USA addresses. The magazine is intended for recreational road cyclists. Quality is excellent. Price is a little on the high side, but the content/price ratio is still way better than Bicycling magazine.
How much is a little on the high side? I saw 45 pounds British....lessee, what's that in dollars?
 

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Cycling weekly gets my vote.

Its a UK mag, which is, as its title suggests, weekly.
Cycle sport is also very good or even Pro cycling.
Anything but Cycling plus, unless you like to read the same 12 articles on a rotating bassis.
 

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I like ProCycling, but it's really for the interviews and the photos. By the time you get it, all the racing in it is ancient history, and the majority of the bikes they test ride are extremely hard, if not impossible, to get in the US. They get great interviews and lots of fun photos, though. It's only because of that magazine that I'd have a hope of picking Jens Voigt out of a crowd without his helmet and sunglasses on.
 

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Another vote for ROAD magazine here. Best photos in my opinion. The Insight section on the last page is always good where they ask a pro racer 25 quick answer questions. There is good race coverage and it is all Road riding related, no hybrid or MTB stuff.
 

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I've just recently subscribed to Cycle Sport America, I used to pick up that or ProCycling at our B&N, and finally decided to pop for the subscription. While a lot of the race info is old news by the time it comes out, I like the background on racers and teams. Excellent photography as well.

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jtolleson said:
IMHO, they all suck. Okay, that's harsh. But I think Bicycling is so superficial it is like People Magazine or TV Guide. Others are too off-road oriented for me, and others are really mostly just racing coverage (for example, Velo News).

So, I haven't taken a cycling mag in several years.

I don't get any anymore... at various times used to get Velonews, ProCycling, Cyclesport... even Bicycling has come for free now and then. but with the internet, why bother?
 

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I go to websites for race updates.

For infomation about the history, interviews and some witty cynicism about cycling I read Cycle Sport. Lots of great interviews from past legends and details about the subtlies of the sport.

Cycle Sport will occasionally do theme issues such as an issue about great climbers of the sport, a guide to Belgium beer and their passion for cycling, or emerging young talents. I haven't seen other cycling magazines do this. The magazine also has features about pro cyclists' bikes and detailed photos of their setup.

Great photos, articles, interviews, and value for the money: CYcle Sport.

Check out your local bookstore and browse through their selection of cycling magazines. I know Barnes&Nobles have quite the variety.
 

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I got a couple of free copies of ROAD magazine at the races and I thought it was nicely put together. Lots road bike porn/specs, great pictures, pro's interviews and lot of interesting reading materials. I think I will subscribe it. Its a bi-monnthly magazine though.
 

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I used to get a bunch

But now I rely on the internet. Want to see photos of pro bikes ridden in the Giro today? Go to the weight weenie forum. Need some input on the latest gear? What more do you need than you find here? Sure you have to weed through postings but I feel the best info and photography is on the web.
 
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