Friday, October 22, 2010

Mountain Bike Magazine: 650b is an "innovative flop"

First of all, no, I don't subscribe. My name ends up on a lot of industry mailing lists, so I get a lot of free unsolicited magazines. And I generally read them while I'm on the can. Mountain Bike is pretty much dreck.

With that in mind, I'm trying to decide if their colorful (and idiotic) chart on pages 28 and 29 of the current issue - which places 650b wheels in the same "innovative flop" category as the Slingshot and Proflex bikes - means that the wheel size is dead, or if it's actually the opposite...

I do know that I want those 5 minutes of my life back that I wasted reading a magazine that includes a how-to on blowing snot rockets (pro tip: keep one hand on the bars).

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can I have this 2 minutes back?

Jon said...

If you continue to criticize them, but in a very creative and entertaining way, they'll give you a column. That's how Snob got his column in their sister publication, Bicycling. Step 1: become a cultural icon. Step 2: get very short column in pretty useless magazine.

wv: untesses

dicky said...

Mountain Bike died yesterday.

steve garro said...

there is still a mountain bike magazine? I've been on the cover twice & I didn't know that. Slingshot is still alive & well. they must be angry about the computer era making {most} magazines a flop.....like MB.

goldenboy said...

Agreed, that chart was stoopid. But I did enjoy reading about some of the new mtb-specific trails around the country. All in all, though, biking magazines are just shills for the corporate bike manufacturers.