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May 14, 2012 8:45 AM   Subscribe

"Rouleur is to bike magazines what National Geographic is to nature photography." Wired takes a look at a British cycling publication that puts an emphasis on quality photojournalism.
posted by quin (12 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
My brother and his mates were profiled in one of these, and he has a bunch lying around . The thing that I like about it, is that it often features people who like to ride for the sake of riding, rather than stars and expensive techno-wank. The photos are good too.
posted by carter at 8:51 AM on May 14, 2012

Here's the view-all for the photo spread.
posted by Think_Long at 8:54 AM on May 14, 2012

I hope this becomes a larger trend. My old photography teacher knew a bunch of F-1 photographers and said that they always had these beautiful photos lying around that never got used for anything because they weren't winners on the podiums, crashes, or finish lines.
posted by meows at 8:59 AM on May 14, 2012

Here is their website; good stuff. Thanks for sharing it with us.
posted by TedW at 9:01 AM on May 14, 2012

Not sure how I feel about this magazine, yes the photojournalism is very good but isn't it essentially an advertorial publication for the gorgeous but ridiculous luxury cycling company Rapha? (why yes, I do think £120 is an entirely reasonable price to pay for a pair of cycling gloves). I have a hard time taking its take on the Tour of Rwanda seriously given that provenance.

Google says it used to be entirely marketing but is now nominally independent (though still majority owned by them). I guess it is a clever business move for a company based around selling the romance of cycling to market the romance of cycling though...
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 9:11 AM on May 14, 2012 [3 favorites]

Are there other bicycle magazines besides Bicycle Quarterly?
posted by bgribble at 9:49 AM on May 14, 2012

Hmm. This looks like an awesome publication, maybe I'll check out a subscription.

mfw $160 for eight issues.
posted by mullingitover at 10:00 AM on May 14, 2012

bgribble -- you can also check out: Boneshaker. It's less precious and little more diverse in opinion than Bicycle Quarterly. Nothing against Jan. I think his editorial voice is a good one to have in the industry, but there are other tones of voices to be heard as well.
posted by bl1nk at 10:35 AM on May 14, 2012

Also: The Ride Journal, and it's not nessarily cycling specific, but Wend frequently has interesting/extreme bike touring stories on top of other tales of adventure.
posted by bl1nk at 10:41 AM on May 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

bl1nk: thanks so much for linking to Wend. I had not seen it, and it's right up my alley. Checking it out now and I love what I am seeing!

Also, say what you will about Rapha and their pricing, but they make a really really nice (and comfortable) small canvas shoulder bag. My mom's wife got me one for my birthday 3 years ago, and I love it. No idea what it cost, but man is it nice.
posted by broadway bill at 11:40 AM on May 14, 2012

So, the Giro stage finish from tomorrow will be featured next issue then?
(Must see video, seriously)
posted by Chuckles at 4:45 PM on May 14, 2012

An American magazine with some similarites (as far as I can tell) is Paved (don't judge the magazine by the website, though). I was in awe of the aerial shots of the Tour Down Under in the current issue.
posted by dhartung at 1:48 AM on May 15, 2012

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