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I ran into Dirt Rag magazine publisher Maurice Tierney a few minutes ago and was excited to see one of the first copies of his latest endeavor — Bicycle Times magazine.
I have a lot of respect for Tierney and have been a fan (and contributor a few times) of Dirt Rag for many years. Tierney and his team in Pittsburgh built Dirt Rag from a small, regionally-focused newsprint magazine into one of the industry’s most respected publications.
As its name suggests, Dirt Rag started out as a magazine and forum for mountain bikers. But over the years, Dirt Rag’s articles, product reviews, and how-tos began to cover a much wider scope that included advocacy issues and city/utility bikes. It was a natural progression, but it became clear to Tierney that he needed to launch a new title.
Tierney said Bicycle Times will cover a wide swath of bikes and biking issues: “Everything except mountain bikes and the high-end competitive stuff…think of it as Bicycling, but without trying to help you lose weight,” he said with a laugh.
One publisher that is sure to notice the launch of Bicycle Times is Amy Walker of Momentum. I ran into her a few minutes after talking with Tierney and she was excited about the news. “It’s growing!” she said with a smile (the “it” being the bike movement and the energy in the industry toward city biking).
When someone like Tierney jumps into the ring, it’s a positive sign for the health of urban biking — and it’s a very positive sign for people who love good magazines.