Cycle was founded by Robert E. Petersen of Trend Inc. and Petersen Publishing, which also published Hot Rod and Motor Trend magazines. Change ), Indianapolis, Indiana 1967 saw a merger with some elements of underperforming rival Motor Cycling which had already changed to broadsheet newspaper format in 1962, leaving Motor Cycle as a compact magazine with limited page … “Some really talented people were in those pages,” Thompson said. Neilson, popular for his irreverent, entertaining, and insightful writing, was promoted to editor in 1969, at the age of 26. It presented its articles in a block, in other words you didn’t have to go to the back of the magazine to finish an article. Gingerelli said it was that re-tooled Cycle Guide that came out in November of 1978 that really got him keyed up about the magazine. Dean Adams of Superbike Planet.com described it as "essentially what we know now as a web site, produced before the majority of the world was aware the Internet existed." Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Publication Date: Several years later, having chosen to go to Beloit College, I was walking down the road in front of the frat houses looking at the 90 degree turn in front of the dorms and I had a sort of deja vu. Does any one know if any of the editors of Cycle Guide went to Beliot? December 1950, Publication Date: I guess it all worked out in the end, but I forgot about it. Editors-in-chief were Gordon Jennings (1966-1969), Cook Neilson (1969-1979), and Phil Schilling (1979-1988). Petersen sold Cycle to Floyd Clymer in July 1953. 766 items from Cycle Magazine (includes out-of-stock items) Sort by: Exclude: Out-of-Stock Date (YYYY or YYYYMM or YYYYMMDD): From To Cycle January 1950. Cycle … 2017 © Rider Files, Cycle World » Tools for Fools, Cont’d—By Steve Thompson, AMA Racing Vintage National Dirt Track Championship Series will kick off during Bike Week. “And I could be just succumbing to self-induced delusion, but at its peak in the early 1980s I think Cycle Guide built an esprit de corps with the readers and helped reshape what was expected from a motorcycle magazine.”. As a magazine-format, space was limited and although road-race and off-road sport reportage was always present, Motor Cycle enjoyed a reputation more as a technically based periodical. And of course I eventually learned to race at Blackhawk Raceway 15 minutes away. During the Ziff-Davis years, Cycle was known for editorial integrity, technical expertise, and humor. (317) 852-6390 January 1951, Publication Date: At the hospital Paul was with me and he said, ‘I hope this doesn’t change you mind about coming to work for the magazine.’”, Cycle Guide published until 1987. That gave me a lot of exposure to the readers.”. All rights reserved. It worked. Price: $15.95 Publication Date: January 1977 View Details. The magazine was launched in 1967 by Kable News Company, one of the nation’s leading magazine distribution companies. Cycle Guide Magazine was one of the countless special interest magazines that popped up in the 1960s and ‘70s. Home Cycle News Magazine Archives For nearly 50 years, Cycle News has covered the sport of motorcycling with a weekly magazine. Regular long-time contributors to Cycle included Kevin Cameron ("TDC"), Ed Hertfelder ("The Duct Tapes"), Jim Greening ("Pipeline"), and Michael Shuter ("Downhill Straight"). Cycle News - Archive Issues - 1990's Cycle News - Archive Issues - 2000's This collection includes all of our Cycle News - Archive Issues - 1970's Flipbooks “I think it was a bad ending for a lot of the people and that’s what they remembered.”, In the end Thompson said he is proud of what Cycle Guide was able to accomplish, especially given its financial constraints. For Cycle (the members' magazine of the Cyclists' Touring Club, UK), see, Biographical History and Scrapbook of Floyd Clymer: 1895-1970, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Biography: Floyd Clymer, Vaughn, Mark, West Coast Editor. It was as close as you could get to a four-stroke Formula One bike at the time. Thanks for the memories! [3] Clymer owned Cycle until 1966, when he sold the publication to the New York-based publishing company Ziff-Davis Publications, which owned it through the mid-1980s. Do you want to relive the great history of motorcycling, learn more about the amazing bikes and personalities that helped build the sport or simply find your name in the results section from races long ago? Oh and Ed, you’re talking about Art Friedman. “We had to do it with less than our competition a Cycle, Cycle World and Motorcyclist,” Thompson said. We’ve got to get together for lunch at the rib place here in town soon. February 1950, Publication Date: “Part of it was I was the sport editor and I got to ride all the cool race bikes. Archives; Cycle World Merch; Forum; Cookie Settings. And with that the 20-year history of Cycle Guide came to an end. ( Log Out /  Schilling was inducted to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2011. Anderson, an engineer himself, maintained Cycle's technical focus and the editorial excellence associated with his predecessors. Now Paul wondered if I could do even better. Copyright 2020 CycleNews. For the cost of a regular magazine, you can gain access to all 2000 plus issues of Cycle News. Cycle February 1950. Jennings, a self-educated engineer and journalist, worked on and off as a technical and contributing editor for two decades after his editorship. Photographers had to be creative to come up with a shot that would work on Cycle Guide's contents page. When I was in high school in the late seventies I was a subscriber to Cycle Guide. “I read that issue and got so excited that I went to their office and told them if there were ever any openings to give me a call. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. I’d forgotten about the chromed Motorcycles of the Year. September 1950, Publication Date: And lastly, Cycle Guide gained a reputation for naming definitive winners in head-to-head tests. 312 items from Super Cycle Magazine (includes out-of-stock items) Sort by: Exclude: Out-of-Stock Adult Date (YYYY or YYYYMM or YYYYMMDD): From To Super Cycle January 1977. In other words, the publication doubled its readership in just over two years, a remarkable accomplishment. October 1950, Publication Date: The following summer when I went home i rummaged through the old mags for hours but I finally found the issue. We use cookies and browser activity to improve your experience and personalize both the content and advertising you see. “One day Peter Nicolaysen (publisher) came in and said, ‘Well guys, this is the last issue,’ and that was it,” Gingerelli said. Hachette Filipacchi closed Cycle in the early 1990s, much to the chagrin of its many fans. Among contributors was cartoonist Tom Medley, best known for Stroker McGurk; he would create an equivalent character, Flat Out Snodgrass, for Cycle. ( Log Out /  Addeddate 2015-02-23 04:13:33 Google-id i8_7wR77B1UC Identifier bub_gb_i8_7wR77B1UC Identifier-ark ark:/13960/t5k96fz17 Ocr ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Pages 1703 He is credited with making the magazine successful through the 1970s and popularizing the comparison test format. Below are a few FREE sample issues from each decade to show you what you can expect. Thanks for the comments Stu. In November of ’78 the new look Cycle Guide was introduced. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Price: $29.95 Publication Date: January 1950 View Details. Also multiple editors gave their own mini-reviews of a motorcycle being tested and they could disagree with one another. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Unfortunately this dream bike wasn't available in America.

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