Tuesday, January 09, 2007

At Last a Winter's Day

Winter has returned, but it is a beautiful day despite the colder temperatures. Annie and I rode our 12.4 mile loop, leaving the house with a temperature of 34 degrees and a wind chill of about 25 degrees. Never felt warmer, since we were back fully ensconced in our winter gear. We had a lovely ride and then I took the bike to work since I had a meeting far enough away in town to warrant using the bike. I'm getting more and more comfortable riding in city traffic. I take care not to try to out-race the cars, just let them go by and do their thing. So far I've had no problems. And not only did I thoroughly enjoy the short rides back and forth from the meeting, but I added a couple of miles to my daily total.

NOW ON TO SOME MAGAZINE REVIEWS

The panoply of cycling magazines is truly prodigious. I have certainly not perused them all. But I have been reading Bicycling Magazine and, despite the fact that I've read some negative comments about its being a fluff glossy that repeats the same few articles over and over, I've not found that to be the case. I've found it to be helpful, informative, varied and generally well written.
I've also been reading Cycle Sport America. I enjoyed the first issue, but less so the second. I find that it takes an awful lot for granted and I can't figure out who is racing in what races for what organization. This may not be the magazine's fault, but just something that will come as I know more about the sport, but a nice intro section would be great. I've decided to try Velo News and compare.
finally, I just discovered a lovely journal, it appears to be web only, called Citycycling, from England. I really enjoyed the articles, photos and tone of it all.Take a look at these neat wished for road signs for bicyclists: Check it out
I also enjoy Bike Culture and have been reading it every month for the last few months

Anyone who has any comments or other suggestions please do share them.

2 comments:

.anthony robson said...

Hi Ira, I just wanted to thank you for your kind words about citycycling (I run, design, edit and write for the mag) - I'm at work so can only view my home emails but not reply to them...

I think I can safely say you're the first Rabbi reader I have - there MUST be an article in there somewhere!

One thing I should point out though, I'm based in Scotland (Edinburgh) rather than England. It doesn't bother me as much since I am actually English, but the Scots hate hearing the UK referred to as 'England'... ;)

Anth

p.s. Great blog! Can I put your email in a new 'letters' page with a link to the blog?

Ira F. Stone said...

Anthony, you are most welcome. Please feel free to include my email and a link in your "letters page. I hope publishing your comment will clear up the geographic confusion.
Best,
Ira

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