The editor of a new free magazine about international bicycle touring contacted me from her hotel in Nepal and asked if I would share the magazine with the readers of this blog. I gave it a read and think you will be as impressed as I was.
The magazine is aptly called “Bicycle Traveler” and exists in digital format only at this time. It is free to subscribe and free of advertisements. The lack of ads really helps keep the layout very clean and allows the gorgeous photography to really stand out.
The writing is lively as well. I plan on stealing this sentence I read in Helen Lloyd’s article The Hungry Cyclist: “Hungry cyclists are the scourge of roadside picnickers, not baboons or hyenas.” Brilliant and so true!
Bike Fed: Hi Grace, thanks for contacting the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin about your new magazine. I would be happy to take a look at your magazine. The first issue looks great and I think our members will really enjoy reading it. Can you tell me a bit about how the magazine came to be?
Bicycle Traveler: Hi Dave, thanks for taking the time to write and post a review to the Bike Fed’s blog, we really appreciate it.
I missed a magazine on international bicycle touring, and I knew there were a lot of great writers and photographers. So I just thought, ‘Maybe I should put the magazine together myself.
Bike Fed: How do you publish from afar?
Bicycle Traveler: When you are publishing a digital magazine – it doesn’t matter where you “physically” are. For instance we are now staying in a Nepalese hotel which has a free wifi connection. From our hotel room we have been able to build the website, upload the magazine and regularly contact the different contributors.
Bike Fed: How you intend to sustain the magazine without advertising?
Bicycle Traveler: I’m looking into other forms of how I can sustain the magazine.
Bike Fed: Tell me a bit about you background and places you have traveled?
Bicycle Traveler: Paul is from Amsterdam, Netherlands and I am originally from Seattle, Wash. U.S.A. We met each other on an American cross-country bicycle trip in 1981. Since then we have bicycled together mainly in America, Europe and Asia.
Bike Fed: What bicycle and panniers do you tour with?
Bicycle Traveler: Bicycles:
We both began with second hand race bikes (specialty touring bikes didn’t exist at that time) Later we bought Koga World Traveler bicycles and now we tour on Koga Signatures. (Bike Fed: a fully customized factory bicycle from Koga)
I started with panniers that were sewn by my neighbor. After moving to the Netherlands, we both bought Karrimor panniers (Karrimor – an English company that no longer manufactures panniers) and now we both use Ortliebs.
Bike Fed: When you can reach out to me in Wisconsin from a hotel in Nepal, the internet makes the world seem so small. How does that effect a magazine on international travel?
Bicycle Traveler: As many bicycle travelers already know, traveling by bike is a great way to see the world. Hopefully this new magazine will introduce many new people to bicycle touring.