Friday, March 9, 2012

Spokes Magazine celebrates 25th anniversary

Spokes Magazine is available for free at most local bike shops. It's a great resource for cycling information in the Mid-Atlantic area. The magazine was started 25 years ago by Neil Sandler, the editor and publisher, after he saw similar magazines on a trip to California.

Neil pays tribute to the many local bike shops that have supported him over the years, including Northern Virginia shops Spokes, Etc., Revolution Cycles, A-1 Cycling, Bonzai Sports, WheelNuts, bikes@vienna, and The Bike Lane. Most of these shops have also supported FABB. Congratulations to Spokes and thanks for the many informative articles over the years.

The current issue has some good ones:
  • The Making of "Where to Bike, Washington DC" - How Matt Wittmer, in DC after spending two years in Peru, happened across an ad for a write and photographer to put together a guidebook for DC area cyclists. He spent the next two years writing this very informative and attractive guide to local bike rides.
  • New Year's Salute to Paul Rossmeissl - Paul, an avid local cyclist, lost his life in a tragic crash on the W&OD Trail in 2006. Paul's Ride for Life, starting in Reston on Saturday, April 28, is held in his honor.
  • The Carless (Not Careless) Suburban Mountain-bike Ride - Mike Miller discusses the benefits of riding to his ride instead of fighting traffic and burning gas. He mentions several good mountain bike rides here in Fairfax and his experience riding to them from his home in Arlington.
  • Be a PAL - Chris Eatough of BikeArlington discusses being a PAL: Predictable, Alert, and Lawful. Whether biking, driving or walking, everyone needs to exhibit due care, awareness and courtesy.
  • Calendar of Events - Check out the many rides coming up this spring and summer.
Look for copies of Spokes at your local bike shop.



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