Interesting but not that much
After 14 issues of publishing Cycling Active magazine in the UK we thought we’d better get our website sorted.
While the monthly printed format gives us opportunities to get lovely and arty – and we still don’t think you can beat a magazine for reading on the train – there’s no doubt that this instant interwebby medium opens up lots of fun potential.
It’s maddening when we hear and see things that it would be great to tell you now and worse when we see the story on other publishers’ web sites half an hour later.
Yes, we’re realistic that there are other cycling sites out there and most of them are brilliant depending on your particular passion for £5,000 carbon racers or whatever. We think that the more experienced you already are and the more specific and in-depth your requirements, the better you’re served.
The problem is that there are many people who don’t know or even care that much about cycling and find the coverage in most cycling magazines and websites impenetrable in the extreme. They – you? – just want to cycle more, get some information, and not feel spoken down to.
As we have tried to do in the magazine, Cycling Active‘s website will use normal language and we’ll try to remember that cycling is just part of your life and by no means the most important.
We’ll sometimes fail miserably, of course, not least because we’re literally surrounded by other cycling writers, designers and photographers all busily putting together Cycling Weekly, Cyclesport and mbr and we’ll get carried away with enthusiasm for the next exciting ride or shiny widget. You’ll tell us we’re sure because you can leave comments at the end of each post and that will hopefully keep us in line.
Mainly, though, we’re hoping that apart from praising our priceless prose and sparkly pics to the skies, you’ll be asking questions which will help you to get more from your cycling.
Most of us working on the magazine and site have been riding bikes long enough that we’ve raced, commuted to work, crashed mountain bikes and tootled around in town so we’re really not too obsessed with any category as long as it involves bicycles and that more people are riding them. We simply love cycling and hope to be able to help you love it, too.
If our snail mail post bag is anything to go by, we already have some lovely followers who will tease, giggle and generally enter into the spirit of the thing.
Certainly, some of our happiest moments have been in riding with a few friends to a cafe and chatting about anything and everything including saddles, cheese, hills, chain oil, gear ratios and which shorts are the most comfortable. Fancy coming?
Robert, Luke, Matt, Rebecca, Ben, Jim & NickLike Cycling Active´s content? Subscribe to our magazine and you will be able to access our latest comprehensive content!