Outside’s Cycling Issue 2011

Just in time for the warmer weather of spring, Outside Magazine has released the 2011 edition of their Cycling Issue, which takes a look at the hot new trends in bikes and gear for both on the road and on the trail. And if you’re in the market for a new bike, they even off up some great suggestions on what to look for when you head to your favorite bike shop.

Amongst the online articles for this year’s Cycling Issue are separate articles on the best new Road, Mountain, and Commuter bikes for 2011. These three articles offer up some very drool worthy rides, to say the least, but they don’t come cheap. Outside’s Road bikes started at $2460 and the mountain bike selections began at $1500. Those prices don’t sound like a lot for hardcore riders, but I think the “Cycling Issue” could have used some affordable suggestions for beginners and weekend warriors who don’t want to drop a couple of paychecks on a bike they’ll every few weeks.

That said, if you are a cyclist who finds riding is just part of your life, you’ll be in heaven as you gaze longingly at some of the bikes on display. This is pure bike porn, and each of the mini-reviews that accompany the selections will have you wondering how soon you can upgrade your current ride for something new.

On a personal note, I’ve been doing a lot of riding myself the past week or so. I’ve got a bit of a foot injury that is keeping me from running at the moment, so I’m working out on the bike instead. Last week I had four hour-long rides on my road bike and over the weekend I hit the trail on my mountain bike. While I miss the running, at least for now, I’m having a blast battling the Texas winds on two wheels.

Kraig Becker