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Cycling Weekly is often seen as a marmite subject. Generally loved or hated. I'm afraid i'm in the second school of thought so will apologise to anyone reading this who is of the former. Having strayed away from the magazine I recently decided to revisit and see if i've been missing out. I also needed some holiday reading for a 4 hour flight. The magazine title gives it all away- a weekly magazine on the subject of cycling with fact and some humour thrown in. Much of the fact is in the shape of reports on events and races across Europe and the World The general format is news, product reviews and mainly advertisements towards the end of the magazine including personal sales items- a format which has not changed in the last 10 years. Sadly the nature of the content has not changed over the last 10 years either I started reading as an 18 year old and I believed it was being writen by a bunch of old men who were obsessed by time trials and a certain number of brands. Sadly picking the magazine up again that has not changed. I have riden many of the items they have recommended over the years and found that the products have not been of high quality or performance and it's seemed like they've been satisfying an advertiser/ sponsor. The magazine still seems to be obsessed with Time Trialling while in the real world Track racing, Cyclo Cross and Road Racing have become far more popular. I like the fact that focus is now given on Sportive events as these will help the sport develop in a non competitive manner and provide health benefits however 10 pages of UK Sportive Reviews and a page of Road Race results to a young male is unacceptable news coverage. I found the health and fitness sections to be informative yet simple and non specific. When there is such a wealth of information out there on the internet with sites like cyclingnews.com and pezcyclingnews to provide far more indepth and informative reports sadly I will continue to stay away from Cycling Weekly in future.
I have buying this for around 6 weeks now... It costs £2.65 and is produced every Thursday... I'm not a mad cycling enthusiast like my other half but I find that this magazine is a good all rounder as we both tend to read it and both get something from it. It usually has the latest news and gossip in the cycling world to start. Then it will usually have a different subject which it covers... the last one I found really interesting was about the debate on how high you should have your seat post and how to measure this and the impact should you not have this at the correct height. It does also cover health topics linked to cycling and as with most magazine there is a part where you can write in and have your say.. The only thing is that there are alot of advertisements in the magazine, but having said that I do find some of them of use and they also let you know of any bargain cycling parts and clothing available on their cyclingweekly website..
Cycling Weekly (The Comic ) as it is known in the Cycling World is an excellent read. I have been buying this magazine for years now and never miss an issue. It costs £1.75 and like it's name comes out every week. I usually send my wife out to buy it on a Thursday from WHS. The magazine covers British and Foreign Cycling. You have the regular sections : Write to reply, you can voice your comments about cycling issues, Racing usually local events. Time Trials , all the latest gossip, Local news and Final Word , this is always an interview with a cyclist. There are features on cycling clothing, bike parts, bikes tested etc. There are many adverts on where to buy products . Also there are personnal adverts, where the public can sell their unwanted bikes, spare parts etc. I have have had some good buys from these people. You can even place an advert, requesting items for your bike, usually you get a good response. I like the fact that there are adverts for good bike shops, I do most of my shopping at Ribble Cycles, every week they put an advert in with some great offers. Another one is Parker International, they do a great mail order service. At the moment the Tour de France is on, it is featured in the cycling Weekly and there is a special issue out just featuring that spectacular race. It costs £2.95. Every week I look forward to receiving the magazine and I think it's the best Cycling mag around. -