Try finding it at somewhere like a bookstore, or your library. The newbie stuff can vary from issue to issue. Some issues are thin on newbie stuff, whereas there is always a couple of expert articles (like bikes) that I don't read as they are beyond me.
They are really good about having a general inspirational article (like bikes in Africa) even if they don't have some killer column from Chris Carmichael about descents.
It does have excellent writing, and I read the mag for years (brother or husband) even when I wasn't riding.
Their guide to fixing bikes (book) is excellent. I was having problems with my chain, and learned all sorts of terms like "chain suck" and while I decided not to take on the repairs I needed, it was a great education so I felt like I could talk to my bike shop w/o feeling like an idiot. Just reading up on tires had me feeling like "ah-ha!" when I went to change from balloons to something more narrow.
A great newbie site you may have not seen is the REI one http://www.rei.com/bikeyourdrive
I have been thinking about going to bike shoes and "clipless" peddles and their article was very complete and informative. Everything from "yes, you could get a peddle that will still let you wear tennies to the farmers market" to "practice on the lawn so when you fall over it doesn't hurt as much" was there. Long article but I feel much better about the decision, and when it will be right for me.
------- past accomplishments: - cycled 101 miles! (11/2010) -completed "Couch to 5k" training program 5/4/2010 - 5/8/2010: Willow Glen 5k/ (3 miles): 34:13! Average pace was 11:20!!! - 5/2/2010: Na
I have looked at the Bicycling Magazine on-line and wonder would I get some use out of it if I am a total beginner? I know they leave stuff out of the on-line version, but from what I have seen it looks like a very good mix up of both experienced and beginner. Help Sheryl
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