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Bicycling (South Africa) - - Inside - By Mike Finch

WEL­COME TO OUR NEW-LOOK BI­CY­CLING MAG­A­ZINE. BIG­GER FOR­MAT, BIG­GER PIC­TURES, AND MORE TO READ ABOUT THIS BEAU­TI­FUL SPORT. So why? In short, we weren’t giv­ing cy­cling its due. This is about rid­ing beau­ti­ful bikes in beau­ti­ful places, and there’s no bet­ter way to show that than in a big­ger-for­mat mag­a­zine.

// AND WHAT BET­TER WAY TO LAUNCH A NEW SIZE THAN WITH OUR AN­NUAL BIKE BUYER’S GUIDE? Ev­ery year I say the same thing about the BBG: it’s big­ger and bet­ter than ever! And this year it re­ally is. //

WE ALSO IN­TRO­DUCE OUR NEW GEAR EDI­TOR, JON MIN­STER, WHO WE THREW IN THE DEEP END – WE TOLD HIM THAT HIS FIRST JOB WAS TO WRITE VIR­TU­ALLY A WHOLE MAG­A­ZINE FULL OF BIKES.

But as you will read on page 38, Jon is no new­bie when it comes to bike tech. //

AS AN AWARD-WIN­NING FREE­LANCE JOUR­NAL­IST, JON HAS WORKED FOR VAR­I­OUS PUB­LI­CA­TIONS OVER THE YEARS,

COL­NAGO ARABESQUE 2019 BUT AD­MITS THAT THE PO­SI­TION OF BI­CY­CLING GEAR EDI­TOR MAY BE THE BEST JOB HE’S EVER HAD (BE­SIDES TRY­ING GET PRICES OUT OF SUP­PLI­ERS, WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?!) //

Jon comes with as­ton­ish­ing knowl­edge, and al­though most of his cy­cling life is spent rid­ing his stun­ning col­lec­tion of steel-frame gravel and road bikes, he’s a true tech geek with a pas­sion for ev­ery­thing bi­cy­cle.

2019 MARKS THE 16TH YEAR SINCE BI­CY­CLING MAG­A­ZINE WAS LAUNCHED, AND WE’VE TAKEN A LIT­TLE TIME TO REMINISCE ABOUT OUR FIRST COVER WITH VANESSA SANDES – who prob­a­bly does more run­ning than cy­cling now, since mar­ry­ing trail le­gend Ryan Sandes…

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