I’ve made fun of bicycling magazine in the past for what I feel is an over abundance of fluff. Now lets look at something a bit more positive. I was browsing at Barnes and Noble this weekend and came across the newest issue of VeloNews. Look at this cover. I mean click the thumbnail and really look at this.
They’ve built a testing rig that measures Torsional stiffness under a pedaling load. That is awesome. They review 4 bikes over 8 pages and offer wind tunnel tests, the stiffness test, and subjective rider tests. This is what I want to see in a bike review. They actually did something instead of write some nonsense about buttery smooth handling and a magical ride all day formula. Check this out, “When I was a mechanic for Team CSC in 2006, I told Cervelo they should make a zero-setback seatpost.” This review was written by someone who was a Protour team mechanic. I’d say he knows a thing or two about bikes.
Granted, the cheapest bike they reviewed was 4,900 dollars and I’ll likely never spend that much on any bike, but a nearly identical bike, although a bit heavier and less blinged out, can probably be bought for less than half of that. Besides the best bike reviews I’ve ever read, this issue includes great articles like a historical look at the Spring Classics and an article explaining how American and English teams have come to dominate the European peloton.
VeloNews is a magazine for people who like racing bikes, or fat guys like me who like reading about people who race bikes. In my opinion it’s the best bike magazine there is.