"Silent Sports," July highlights: Chicago Biking
June 24, 2010
[$4 mailed sample. SOLD!]
"Silent Sports" is a dandy magazine of outdoor enthusiams -- mostly of the fitness, aerobic, human-powered kind.
I sell samples to let a wider audience know about this fine magazine. It's not available on many newstands outside its main WI/MN markets.
This issue offers Part 3 of a "How to Run a Fast Marathon" series. I also have Parts 1 & 2 you can order, in previous issues. --Great info for a serious runner! (Let me know and you can get all 3 issues for $8, mailed.)
It also offers an in-depth look at unique cycling opportunities in Chicago: the LSD Fest and the bikes-on-trains program.
Other mags of this type tend to be free metro-area tabloids which have a couple puff pieces or profiles surrounded by race fliers. "SS" is somewhat like this but it expands on all the topics and covers a wider range. It has more, longer articles -- and also event listings and a calendar.
It emphasizes WI and MN, but IL, MI and IN are included, too. Heck, it ranges even farther afield on occasion.
The main thing is that I think it's like a democratic "Outside." It has a much more moderate and affordable level of adventure. No helicopters feature in, no need for passports to get the kind of outdoor action described in "SS." Yet it still offers plenty of wish-lists! There's a whole lot of thrifty action to be had out there! It's the only subscription "real" magazine to fill us in on the same. I think it's really of national scope.
JULY CONTENTS include:
*Finally! --a report on pro-bike attitudes at high levels!
*A huge Chicago bike rally -- bikes on LSD for a day -- the big Lake Shore Drive!
*Bikes on Chicago area mass transit and trains -- how does it work? How nice is it?
*"Coulee Country" touring in the Tremepealeau area
*Cedarburg day riding
*Triathlon inspiration -- why?
*Canoe trip report
*Trout Bay kayak trip near Pictured Rocks and Grand Island, U.P., MI
*Great River Rumble -- paddle party
*Profile of couch potato turned ultrarunning medalist -- was 300 lbs!
*Tips for a PR in marathoning -- part 3 (I also have the other 2 if you want!)