My Favorite Bicycling Magazines

Here are a few of my favorite bicycling magazines…

A to B – A to B covers folders, e-bikes, and many other car-free alternatives. They produce in-depth reviews of unusual bicycles of all sorts. Print and electronic subscriptions are available.

Bicycle Quarterly – Bicycle Quarterly is targeted at avid bicyclists. They produce the most in-depth technical reviews I’ve read. They conduct well-controlled tests that are folded into their bike reviews. The articles may be too technical for many people, but if you like this sort of thing, no one does it like BQ. Print subscriptions only.

Momentum – Urban bicycling from a Canadian perspective. Momentum focuses primarily on lifestyle, culture, and bicycling fashion, with only a smattering of technical equipment reviews (that said, their latest issue is their “Gear Issue”). It’s a fun magazine and a favorite of Mrs. EcoVelo. Print subscriptions and free electronic issues are available.

Urban Velo – The names says it; Urban Velo covers everything related to bicycling in the city. They offer a nice mix of bike culture and technical articles. I really like their blog too. Print subscriptions and free electronic issues are available.

Velo Vision – I’ve been a big fan of Velo Vision for years. VV is the only magazine that truly covers every type of bike used for transportation including uprights, longbikes, recumbents, folders, e-bikes, velomobiles, and more. Peter Eland writes the most thorough and balanced reviews I’ve come across. Print or electronic subscriptions are available.

Do you have any favorite magazines that cover transportational bicycling that didn’t make the above list? If so, please share… :-)

18 Responses to “My Favorite Bicycling Magazines”

  • Jesse says:

    I really enjoy BIcycle Times: http://www.bicycletimesmag.com/

  • Jim Ball says:

    A new one from the folks at Dirt Rag “Bicycle Times” It’s for commuters.

  • Tracy says:

    Bicycle Times! http://www.bicycletimesmag.com/

  • Logan says:

    Boneshaker: A bicycling almanac is a great read. :)

  • jamesmallon says:

    Cycling mags: if it ain’t online, I don’t read it. The days of paying for general interest magazines are over: information is no longer at a premium, and easier to find. For those who say that printed journalism is superior to what’s found on the Internet, you over value the majority of print journalism, and undervalue the intelligence of the reader to ignore the junk on the Internet. There is still a place for printed editions, if it is long-form journalism, but that’s a rarity in cycling publications.

    Other good online sources:
    – Rivendell Reader: http://www.rivbike.com/products/show/rivendell-readers/24-072
    – Practical Pedal: http://practicalpedal.com

  • Alan says:

    @Jamesmallon

    I’m with you; a large portion of my reading and research is done online.

    Alan

  • Seth Hoyt says:

    I’m showing my age here, but for this cyclist, a real, live, paper + ink mag, which you can touch, smell, and revisit time and again, beats on-line, every time. Oh, I bookmark EcoVelo. And I think what Allan and Michael are doing is superb. My secret wish? A print version of EcoVelo, advertiser supported, as complement to the fine digital product. Any plans, Alan?

  • doug in seattle. says:

    @jamesmallon

    I see what you’re getting at.

    But have you ever read Bicycle Quarterly? It’s not on the internet, and I challenge you to find content of similar quality and subject on the internet, for fee or for free. Oh, and it can’t be a mish-mash of stuff all over the place. It has to be a one-stop destination.

  • Alan says:

    I let my Bicycle Quarterly subscription expire precisely because there is no electronic version available. I’d be happy to pay the same amount for a PDF version of the magazine, or better yet, an “Exact Editions” version.

    Alan@EcoVelo

  • Alan says:

    @Seth

    Thinks for the kind words. I can’t really see moving in the direction of a print magazine at this point, though we’ve talked about electronic formats other than blogging. I’m particularly interested in e-books – we may move in that direction eventually.

    Alan@EcoVelo

  • rdhd says:

    I’d vote for Bicycle Times. But I’m also going to check out Momentum and Urban Velo. I’d never heard of them before.

    @jamesmallon: I bookmark the blogs, etc. that I like. But there’s just something way preferrable for me to actually hold a magazine or book. I can care the magazine with me real easy and the computer screen just reminds me of work. Magazines are almost indulgent! :)

  • geoff says:

    I have a pretty insane amount of feeds in my RSS reader, but that said, I still appreciate holding a good magazine and reading the articles and glancing at the ads. Online ads always seem so much more annoying. I get both Bicycle Times and Bicycle Quarterly, the latter of which I absolutely love. It’s also a great resource: I was rebuilding a bike recently and wanted to see what BQ had to say about handlebars, so i went and got the issue from a couple of years back. It’s like the bicycle version of National Geographic, which you have on your shelf!

    geoff

  • Mark says:

    I’ll give another vote for Bicycle Times.

  • greg says:

    I agree about Bicycle Quarterly – it’s the one magazine I save all the back issues from. I’d love to have an electronic version, but you need to understand what a small operation Jan runs. I find it amazing how much useful stuff they’ve pioneered – they pretty much are the go to resource for what works in practical high efficiency and fun cycling.

  • Syd says:

    The Ride Journal without a doubt – bicycles as fine art! Well written and beautifully illustrated.

    http://www.theridejournal.com

  • Syd says:

    I should add that The Ride Journal doesn’t quite fit the brief of covering “transportational bicycling” but it certainly approaches cycling and bike culture from a very refreshing perspective. Don’t be fooled by the sample articles on the website which all appear very racing oriented. Download the pdf of issue 1 to see what I mean.

  • Steve C says:

    Bicycle TImes, yes

    but I also find that Cycling Plus from the UK is very good, I usually get their print copies which are supported by the Bike Radar website: http://www.bikeradar.com/road

    I often find that US publications forget that there is a world beyond their shores and that there is a lot of good stuff happening in that world. For example C+ often tests clothing from a New Zealand company called Ground Effect (http://www.groundeffect.co.nz/) and they often show up very well in comparison to other brands. In comparison, Buycycling seems too timid to look further afield than its major advertisers.

  • Josh Christensen says:

    I will give a vote to Bicycle Times :)

 
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