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    This week's Thrive bike issue

    Just picked it up after dropping some porn DVD's. Haven't had a chance to read it yet (Go Heels!!!). Did glance through it though...stuff on freeriding including some fellow MTBR'ers. Some dude on a recumbent pedaling in the Foothills. Gonna have to read through it on the can later tonight after the game.

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    Swimba?

    Down at the Block last night trying to stuff my DVD's into the already over stuffed box, peered through the glass and I see a huckster styling the cover. I get home and read cover to cover and realize Bobs - the biggest ad buy - has every kind of bike you could ever want and do they even really work on bikes?. Got to love Brian Grieger - does'nt want his name/number in the mag cause he's already to busy. What's up with Jim Powers - disc brakes are bling? And of course where was SWIMBA? Where was the great FatTire ads? I'll give the staff at Thrive an A for effort but a C for substance - Kind of like fast food.
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    Yeah, but at least the Tar Heels kifed the Nat Championship from Illinois.
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    Jim Powers did not say disc brakes were bling. His mech George Hemp said that.

    The Great Fat Tire ad.... New Belgium did not want to buy an ad so it's not like they were left out. In newspapers there is supposed to be a steel curtain between editorial and advertising. It becomes advetorial when stories are written specifically for advertisers.

    Where was SWIMBA? There was a story about the Adopt-A-Trail press release Cook sent out; they too have been in Thrive many times, and Cook was contacted for help on the status of the Willow Lane Complex dirt jump park, but due to the overwhelming number of last-second ads, a few stories were held. Those stories will appear in future issues and include the great photos cut from the bike issue.

    Brian Grieger... the little post was a tongue-in-cheek deal. He did not say "no" to being in the paper. But he is busy enough, and it's not like the average reader is going to drive out to see him for a little chain lube. It was meant more for the person who does use Brian and understands how the grizzled recluse in the sticks is so sought after.

    That said, there is never enough space, time or manpower to make everyone happy. Last year the recumbent folks got pissy when they were left out. This year they have a spot. Last year the casual riders said there was too much road content, and the freeriders were cheated, so they said. This year there was basically no pro or roadie content (except for the deserving Sima Trapp interview) and the freeriders got their 15 seconds of fame.

    Many know a paper is both a business (the ads) and content (the part most readers either care or complain about). And when you have a writer(s) who is passionate about cycling battling the marketing/advertising managers who care about making money and reaching the broadest spectrum (read: beginners and newbies who don't care about the Cat 1/2 road scene or the ramps at Bogus) it can take away from the finished product. Thrive is indeed like fast food -- you get what you pay for, and seeing as how it's a free weekly...



    Quote Originally Posted by Crash_Burn
    Down at the Block last night trying to stuff my DVD's into the already over stuffed box, peered through the glass and I see a huckster styling the cover. I get home and read cover to cover and realize Bobs - the biggest ad buy - has every kind of bike you could ever want and do they even really work on bikes?. Got to love Brian Grieger - does'nt want his name/number in the mag cause he's already to busy. What's up with Jim Powers - disc brakes are bling? And of course where was SWIMBA? Where was the great FatTire ads? I'll give the staff at Thrive an A for effort but a C for substance - Kind of like fast food.
    Last edited by danK; 04-05-2005 at 10:06 AM.

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    Where are the SS'ers!?!?!?

    danK = Dan Kouba??

    I didn't really make the connection until I just read your post. My apologies if I'm wrong.

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    Add the jaded SS crowd to the unicycle stunt riding team and that guy in town with the 12" travel fork on a banana-seat hardtail (anyone else seen him??) and the next bike issue should be extra freaky special.



    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Where are the SS'ers!?!?!?

    danK = Dan Kouba??

    I didn't really make the connection until I just read your post. My apologies if I'm wrong.

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    rumor has it...

    that DanK has a bit of flip.... I forgot who told me that...

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    Kraft Slices V.S. Provolone

    Now don't get all defensive or I'll have to do - well - something, I just can't think of it right now. I'll try this for now, a few thoughts -
    After seeing all of Bob's full page ads I was jonesing for a thought provoking New Belgium ad. The "What's your trip" stuff is classic.
    I though George's last name was Kemp. He's always sold me bike parts not pot.
    Since the feature stories in Thrive aren't really news driven, the steel curtain in a bicycle issue with bicycle ads could be best described as brushed aluminum.
    I did enjoy the stories on Sima and Johnny Law, well done!

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    I thought I read in one of his articles that he's got a different Asian in him....no flip.

    You need to get Brandi Swindell posing seductively on a Hyde Park Cyclesports cruiser!!! Yeah I think she's hot! May not agree with her philosophy on most things, but I find her attractive! Oh yeah and that one chick from the radio station with the stripper hair.

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    It is Kemp. He jokes it's Hemp, and that he lives on Lemp St.
    The stories in Thrive are often written weeks apart from when ad space is purchased and/or designed.


    Quote Originally Posted by Crash_Burn
    Now don't get all defensive or I'll have to do - well - something, I just can't think of it right now. I'll try this for now, a few thoughts -
    After seeing all of Bob's full page ads I was jonesing for a thought provoking New Belgium ad. The "What's your trip" stuff is classic.
    I though George's last name was Kemp. He's always sold me bike parts not pot.
    Since the feature stories in Thrive aren't really news driven, the steel curtain in a bicycle issue with bicycle ads could be best described as brushed aluminum.
    I did enjoy the stories on Sima and Johnny Law, well done!

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