By Karen Brooks
Issue #23 is here! This time around, we’ve decided to tackle a subject that most of the rest of the bike media is somewhat obsessed with: the Tour de France. But we’re doing it in our own style, from the perspective of interested spectators, rather than from the viewpoint that racing is what road riding is all about.
We also asked our Publisher, Maurice Tierney, to further explain our feelings on the bike industry’s emphasis on pro road racing (in the Big Cheese’s uniquely outspoken style, of course).
Letter from the Publisher
To hell with pro cycling! It’s the epitome of everything wrong with this thing we love, riding bikes! I am really sick of it. Not only does pro racing support cheating, doping primadonnas, but it’s just not what people generally do on bikes! That’s why we started Bicycle Times.
How many people have been turned off by the expensive, delicate, uncomfortable bikes that this paradigm tells us we need to ride? All bent-over, dressed in some glaringly ugly skinsuit, head down against the wind, not seeing the world around you. Aspiring to be something you’re not.
I’m sick of watching the bicycle industry keep buying into this “Race on Sunday, sell on Monday” marketing scheme. Tons of dollars spent on something that almost no one does. Yeah, some companies “get it”—you can see them in the pages of this magazine.
The right thing to do would be to spend this racing money on advocating for a bike-friendly world, thus making our lives better and curing some doper of his habit at the same time.
Have I got your attention? Any buttons pushed?
Of course we have a place in our hearts for racing. Despite the current doping debacle, the history, traditions and drama of pro cycling events like the Tour de France are worth enjoying. En-joy-ing. Joy! We enjoy it, so we’re writing about it.
But we want to change the overall narrative.
To a narrative of fun! Joy! Diversity! Comfort! Inclusion! Bikes are such a positive force in the world, and the media—that’s us—needs to reflect this.
So while you’re reading our pieces on the Tour and how to watch it, let’s think about some other things…
That bicycles are the antidote to many, if not all, of the world’s problems.
That a sustainable community is going to be a pedal-powered community, and a happy community.
That biking people are healthy people.
And that biking stands for fitness, freedom, and FUN!
– Maurice Tierney, Publisher, Rotating Mass Media
The 100th Tour de France, by Gary Boulanger
The Super Bowl of cycling is happening for the 100th time this July! We decided to delve into the history and the inner workings of this grand spectacle.
Your Own Tour de France Experience, By Jeff Lockwood
Want to see La Grande Boucle up close? Here are some pointers for turning it into a great bike-themed vacation.
The Secret Kings of the Cape Cod Canal, by Jonathan Wolan
A royal band of outdoorsmen use custom-rigged bikes in their hunt for striped bass and glory.
Interview: Nate Query of the Decemberists
Bass player and bike rider Nate Query tells about his favorite rides, and why he’d never want to combine bike and band touring.
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