Bicycle Times Issue #39 is here!

Here we go! Our first issue of 2016 is in the wild.

We took a bit of a breather over the winter to tune up our bikes and tune up the pages of Bicycle Times. You might notice some small changes here and there in the issue but, at our heart, we are still the all-inclusive cycling forum you’ve come to love.

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We firmly believe that bicycles have the power to transform lives, and nowhere is that transformation visible on a grand scale than in our cities. There are few better ways to see a city than on a bicycle. You feel its topography, you hear its hum, you taste its grit. After the urban flight of the 1970s and 80s, cities across America and beyond are being reborn in the 21st century thanks to an influx of young people and progressive transportation planning. Within this movement, the bicycle has taken center stage.


Look no further than Detroit, where an upstart business is capitalizing on a skilled manufacturing workforce to bring back large-scale industrial manufacturing. At the Detroit Bikes factory, tubes of steel and components enter one end and complete bicycles exit the other.


In New York City, bicycles are bringing disparate groups of women together to foster a sense of community and expand their transportation options. Learn how one group of women is inspiring others in the five boroughs and beyond.


Beyond the U.S. borders, where “revolution” has often had a very different meaning, bicycles are connecting people with their community and their environment like never before. In Bogotá, Colombia, the residents celebrate Earth Day by shutting down the streets to motor vehicles and letting bicycles and pedestrians have free reign.

According to the United Nations, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in cities, and that number is expected to climb to 66 percent by 2050. As density rises, the automobile will inevitably be left behind, and bicycles will become the vehicle of choice for fun and freedom.

I think it will be a great ride.

– Adam, Bicycle Times Editor-in-Chief

Also in this issue


Pedaling in Pain

Cycling should be joyful, not painful. Learn to identify what is causing your aches and pains while cycling and how to remedy them.


Small Press, Big Ideas

Microcosm Publishing isn’t your average publishing company. Learn how this independent press promotes cycling in ways you’d never expect.

Product reviews


  • Shinola Detroit Arrow
  • Tern Eclipse X22
  • Peace Dreamer
  • RSD Catalyst 700+
  • Backpacks from Chrome and Osprey
  • Helmets from Kali and Giro
  • Lights from Portland Design Works and Orp
  • Five pairs of bike-friendly trousers
  • Four bike locks

Bicycle Times Issue #38 is here!


From the most extreme mountain bikers to the most demure commuters, we’re all a family of cyclists. Sometimes we have different tastes, sometimes different styles and often different opinions, but we all share a love for the wind across our cheeks and the satisfaction of personal power.

I’ve been fortunate enough to be welcomed into the family of cycling with open arms, and here I’ve found not just a vocation but a personal passion. I’ve had countless riders stop to offer me a spare tube, some extra water, or just a tip for a more scenic route. Somehow we instinctively know to watch out for one another, celebrate with one another and, sadly, far too often grieve with one another. Families are never homogeneous and certainly never perfect, but they stick together through and through.

I’ve made countless friends through cycling and I’m looking forward to making many more. While our taste in two wheels sometimes differs, I consider you all part of the Bicycle Times family and I’m honored to be a part of it.

— Adam Newman, editor-in-chief

In this issue

On the cover

Gabe and Leilani enjoy a sunny ride in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Russ Roca.


Mission Kidical

The Kidical Mass movement inspires young families to embrace life beyond the minivan. By Adam Newman.


3 hearts, 2 wheels, 1 passion

World explorer Cass Gilbert reflects on how cycling with his young son has changed his life.


The Family Adventure Project

A family from the U.K. offers 10 tips for taking your family on an adventure to remember. By Stuart Wickes.


Bicycle Times Adventure Fest

Recapture the fun at the first Bicycle Times Adventure Fest or take a peek at what you missed.


Ask Beardo

How to encourage your kids to put down the remote and jump on a bike.


Catching up with

We chat with Paul Rozelle, who finished the 1,200 km Paris-Brest-Paris brevet without coasting.



Anna Schwinn dishes on how modern bike geometry and production caters unfairly to men.


Unlearn Pavement

An essay on how a change of scenery can reinvent your riding. By Bobble Wintle.



We put two testers on a pair of Bianchi bikes to see how they compare and contrast. By Eric McKeegan and Jon Pratt

Plus we review: Linus Rover 3, Trek Fuel EX Jr., SRAM Rival 1x, Thule Raceway Pro, commuter backpacks, pedals, lights, tires and more.

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