I know it’s not polite to brag, but we are pretty proud of the new Bike Fed Magazine. Everyone who was at our Winter Carnival at Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park was handed a copy, hot off the presses. Russell, manager of DreamBikes Milwaukee and our cover model, even signed some copies for his legions of fans.
But don’t worry if you couldn’t make it to the party, all current members should receive the first issue in the mail this week. Our plan for 2013 is to put out two more issues, plus our Ride Guide. If you remember, in 2012 we improved the Ride Guide by added stories, photos, great design, quality paper and printing. In addition to the newly improved content, our 2013 Ride Guide will continue include the most complete listing of clubs, trails, rides, races and cycling events in Wisconsin.
For the first issue of the Bike Fed Magazine, we again worked with the talented Peter DiAntoni of COG Magazine fame. Pete also did the redesign of our updated Ride Guide. The theme for first issue of our new magazine present’s the Bike Fed’s new vision about how we can make Wisconsin the best state for bicycling in the country. That is too big a topic to discuss here, but our vision includes a complete intra-state trail system, platinum rated Bicycle Friendly Communities and epic mountain bike ride centers across the state. After you read the issue, we look forward to hearing back from you with specific ideas on realizing our vision where you ride.
Each issue to come will explore a different theme. One issue my be about bicycle tourism and another about racing. We have discussed focusing on our multi-faceted bicycle industry, from small companies and custom frame builders, to the big boys with multimillion dollar international sales. The magazine will allow us to explore important issues in-depth, like women and minorities in cycling, the laws related to bicycling and the risks of riding in traffic, etc. Of course we will welcome suggestions and feedback from our readers.
The magazine is intended primarily for Bike Fed members, and the easiest way to get your hands on one is to join. We did print some extra copies that we plan on selling on our merchandise page. If for some reason you don’t want to join us with a basic membership, you will soon be able to buy a copy of the magazine for $8. In addition to the print edition, each issue will a few digital stories with additional content like interactive maps, hyperlinks to places and products, etc. With some additional advertising, we should also be able to increase the number of pages so we can add more content to each print edition.
Look for a copy in your mailbox soon.