Women's Wednesday - Bike Porn: Magazines Girls Should Read

Bike porn is what I call my bike magazines. It started with one and then two and then three and the next thing I knew I had multiple subscriptions. I strongly believe that women are an untapped market. Not that women don’t buy the magazines but speaking for the women I know, I’m it. There is one friend who gets my gift subscription to Bike. Lucky girl. But other than that it’s like we are all…what…reading Glamour? Just kidding.
To tell you the truth I’ve got a better chance at getting the stuff in bike mags right than I do reading the other magazines that promise “20 New Things to do in the Bedroom.” That stuff is so lost on me. Who has time for all that?

So, here is my advice for girls (women); read bike magazines. I can almost guarantee you will learn from them. And since we are still living in an age where many of us are a bit intimidated about taking bikes into the shop, cleaning our bikes, doing our maintenance and chatting up guys about bikes, why not give it a shot. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve learned from reading the “Ask the Editor” questions that I’m not the only one who doesn’t know everything. So check out this list and pick one up. If you like it, think about getting a subscription. The issues will keep you warm over the winter and you’ll help keep mountain biking on the map by supporting the magazines (thereby their writers, photographers, the printer, etc).
Here are my favorites:

  • Dirt Rag
  • Mountain Bike Action
  • Mountainflyer
  • Bike

Each one has a bit different slant. Dirt Rag feels like an everygirl’s mag. Great articles, bike reviews, good art, mechanic chat and many times an article about trail access and advocacy. The gear reviews are good too. And this truly is the magazine that I read from cover to cover.

Mountain Bike Action (MBA) is my go to mag when I feel like I need to keep up on trends like the 27.5 phenom or the 2 x 10 or I just need to read reviews about all kinds of bikes. They also have a Garage Files section that walks you through fixing or maintaining something on your bike. Super helpful. I also feel like MBA offers a historical perspective when I need it. Like where did 29er’s come from?

Mountainflyer is a beauty of a magazine with great articles and superb photos. They show us where we can ride and who is on the cutting edge of making bikes and parts. The bike reviews are good too with good pictures.
Bike magazine is porn. The pictures are sometimes epic and they sometimes take us to places we could only wish to ride our bikes. Peru anyone? This month was their anniversary issue and offered a great perspective on the people who’ve really contributed to the sport of mountain biking.
ALL of these magazines are fantastic. And there are more than I’ve mentioned. You’ll learn. You’ll be inspired and you’ll feel (argh! An overused word is coming up) empowered. Pick one up. And don’t skip the editorials. They’re good. The editors show us that it’s not all riding bikes and writing reviews. There is a whole lot of heart in there too.

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