Listen Up! Issue # 33 Staff Playlist

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We discovered that our staff’s musical tastes run the full gamut, so we decided to create a Spotify playlist to celebrate the launch of Issue 33. Give us a spin!

What are some of your favorite songs this month? Here are some from our recent staff discussion:


Stephen Haynes, Art Director // Song: “Sterile Vision” Artist: Neurosis

One of my all time favorite songs from one of my favorite bands. Powerful and touching, bordering on collapse, “Sterile Vision” is a testament to the reach and influence of this band and remains an  inspiration to me after 20 years.


Justin Steiner, General Manager/Chief Photographer // Song: “My Sweet Annette” Artist: Drive-By Truckers

Set to a rollicking rhythm, there’s something about the innocence of this song’s deception and its underlying guilt and excitement that strikes a chord with me.


Maurice Tierney, Publisher // Song: “White Winter Hymnal” Artist: Fleet Foxes

The dark days of childhood captured perfectly in one line… “Turn the white snow red as strawberries in summertime.”


Eric McKeegan, Tech Editor // Song: “Snow” Artist: Mark Sandman

Led by Morphine frontman by Mark Sandman (RIP), Treat Her Right was a blues rock band that managed to get a lot right in a genre that can go so very wrong. “Snow” is a simple song about crap weather and love, two things I know all too well.

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Karl Rosengarth, Quality Control // Song: “Mr. Bobby” Artist: Manu Chao

This homage to Bob Marley—which channels the spirit of the reggae legend—burrowed into my ear hole, latched onto my brain and won’t let go.


Jon Pratt, Circulation & Partnerships Director // Song: “A Forest” Artist: The Cure

I really dig The Cure’s earlier albums: Seventeen Seconds, Faith and Pornography. The dark, atmospheric “A Forest” is one of my all-time favorite songs.


Trina Haynes, National Sales Manager // Songs: “Avant Gardener” and “Anonymous Club” Artist: Courtney Barnett

Songs about anaphylactic shock and a carefree club; I enjoy the melodies and the deadpan singing style!


Gary Boulanger, Editor in Chief // Song: “Just Because” Artist: Jane’s Addiction

I’m always a sucker for meandering guitars and a steady bass. Their live version from ‘Later with Jools Holland’ is even better.

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Bicycle Times Issue #33 is here – Take a peek inside


Photo: Justin Steiner. Rider: Karl Rosengarth. Bike: Breezer Greenway Elite

Bicycle Times Issue #33 has mailed to subscribers and will be available on newsstands soon. In this issue we feature $1,000 Bikes for Work + Play, interviews with Ben Harper guitarist Michael Ward and Santa Cruz custom guitar maker Jeff Traugott, plus our regular awesome product reviews.

All this and more, now available through paper and our digital editions. Print subscribers should start receiving their copies next week. You can always visit better book stores and bike shops to buy a copy, or order one online now.

What’s inside


Ignorance is Bliss: A suicidal urge to cycle a game reserve becomes a five-day odyssey into Africa’s Nyika National Park in Malawi. Words and photos by Logan Watts.


Couch Potater to Fifty Stater: How a retired university professor found cycling, love and friendship. By Murray Fishel.


Drinks With: An interview with Michael Ward, a guitarist for Ben Harper and Gogol Bordello who brings his Ritchey Breakaway bike on tour around the world.


Vintage Velo: A custom Gary Fisher mountain bike built for Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and our Staff Playlist, a group of tracks that inspire us to ride.


… And They Ride: We chat with Jeff Traugott, one of the most sought-after custom guitar builders in the world and and a cyclist in Santa Cruz, California.


Made in Taiwan: We tour the factories of some of the largest component makers in the industry, and meet the people that build your bikes and components. By Gary Boulanger



$1,000 Bikes for Work and Play: We ride a very diverse group of six bikes that hit right at the magic $1,000 price point. We were surprised at what we found. By the Bicycle Times staff.

Plus: reviews of the latest from Niner, Brompton, Bike Friday and more.

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