We’re about to cross over to 150 issues, a milestone for this publication. Since 1994, this magazine has been available at bike shops throughout the Western United States. The magazine has run under multiple titles over that time, but has always included the word, ‘bicyclist’. The significance is lost on many, but for me, the spirit of the editorial is reflected in this semantic choice. We’re about the bicyclist, people who ride bikes, and our goal is to provide information to help folks make the most of their time in the saddle, whether that be finding an event, inspiration for a vacation by bicycle, or guidance on feeling good and performing your best while turning pedals.
As we look to the future, it must be acknowledged that the industry has changed in many ways over the arc of this publication. Even in the near four years I’ve been at the helm, the industry has seen significant changes to how bikes are bought and sold, and most importantly where.
The fate of the industry of selling bikes is undetermined, but we know the passion of riding bikes is only increasing. And it’s been the long-standing mission of BICYCLIST to provide a community-based resource for bicyclists of all ages and disciplines. That is why we continue to provide you with the comprehensive event calendar in every issue. We hope that you find an event that’s right for you, and maybe take a chance at one that’s a little out of your comfort zone.
What we wanted to focus on in this issue are the people, places, and the rides we can’t forget. Our ‘bucket list’ rider, John Woodson, reports back to us from his own DIY road event in the glittering California desert. While some of you may have been swaying to the sounds of the Coachella music festival, Woodson was sweating it out, racing towards the Cottonwood mountains. The adventure is not for the faint of heart, and BICYCLIST guidance would suggest bringing a buddy. But John Woodson brings the spirit of the tiger as his buddy, riding ‘Solo in Indio’. Be sure to read his guide to the route on page 10.
In honing in on the community aspect of our publication, we interviewed Duke Nguyen, a 26-year veteran of Law Enforcement, who is in the running to become Orange County Sheriff. Duke has a special connection to our community as he is a regular cyclist, which is why we think his candidacy is so important. No time like the present to get more people becoming elected officials that understand the concerns of bicyclists. And even if you’re reading this in Orange County, Florida instead of Orange County, California, Nguyen articulates problems and solutions that would be understood and welcomed by bicyclists anywhere.
Carl Lawton brings the second part of his chronicles of the ‘Wild West’ with a recognition of the latest trend further confounding electric bicycle regulation, electric scooters. Though in practice, they’re entirely different, you could imagine the legislative similarities between a scooter and an electric bike – Carl works to sort out the confusion, and entertains along the way.
A big thank you to the Law Offices of Richard Duquette for their sponsorship of our magazine distribution and ensuring our magazine is available at a bike shop near you. Though my hope is that the information contained between these pages will keep you rolling right, if tragedy strikes and you need an advocate who has an unparalleled record of actual trial experience, I can recommend Mr. Duquette and his team with no reservations. They work tirelessly for their clients, and understand the world of bikes, with over 40 years of both legal and riding experience. Save their number, just in case.
See you on the route. Stay safe. Peace.