It's a big, big cycling world out there and if your interest encompasses all things cycling it can get a bit overwhelming trying to keep up with it all. Below is a list of cycling blogs that might possibly make the cut to your must read list. Some like choclate, others vanilla, I tend to like them all...like any top ten list, it's my opinion, so I'd love to here your.
Old as cycling blogs go, Bike hugger covers all aspects of cycling, from fixies to commuting, but it’s the detailed post like this one back in 2008 that helped me filter all the buzz about compact cranks.
My sister (who doesn’t cycle but is a big pro cycling and ice hockey fan) turned me onto Fat Cyclist years ago, not long after Fatty first posted “Hi. I’m Elden, and I’m a fat cyclist. That is, I am a fat person who rides a bicycle. But I have not always been fat, nor have I always been a cyclist. I have, however, always been a rambling blowhard. It’s a curse.”
Fatty has laid all it out in the ensuing years and perhaps reaching a higher pinnacle of cycling journalism with a post last week modestly titled “I Believe I May Be The Best Cyclist In The World”
Dave Moulton's Blog
An ex-bicycle framebuilder's personal thoughts on bike history, tech, bicycle culture, and often just life in general – this is Dave’s tagline, but it really does cover what his take is on the cycling. A recent post (February 21, 2012) confirmed a long held suspicion I’ve had “Open secrets the major bike brands wish you didn’t know”. Read it and then consider your next major cycling buying decision (without trying not to be snobbish, my hand-made Cyfac has a four digit serial number) - OK I was trying, but it wasn't the reason I chose a Cyfac.
They may lack cachet, but if you want to keep up with what’s happening you can’t ignore them; they have a huge fan base and the readership and if it’s the latest bike candy and products you want to see, it’s the place.
Others to consider:
Total data freaks and gearheads will find neural pleasure reading Cozy Beehive, where you’ll find such in-depth insights like “Factors Affecting Bicycle Transmission Efficiency”. Three beers and an extra large pizza last?
If it wasn’t for eyeball tiring ads Ride Strong might have made my top five. It’s certainly not for trying with stories like this - "Freak Bike Accident - View With Caution!" I love stories that start with a disclaimer.
An amusing and erudite Scottish cycling blog from the isle of Islay, which is described by blog founder Brian Palmer “…as a small island that measures roughly 21 miles by 21 miles, lots of which is filled by nothing more than sheep droppings and cattle poo”.
Dirt Rag Mag
If works in the dirt and you love mud more than sex, then you’ll want to read about first here.
And oh yeah, an up and comer (inserting shameless plug...) The Studio Velo Cycling Blog.