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Is C+ still worth buying?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Danny, 6 Apr 2008.

  1. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    I've had a subscription to C+ for a couple of years but am now seriously thinking of cancelling.

    In the past C+ managed to have a good mix of articles. But increasingly their coverage seems to be aimed the top end of the market, presumably because they get more advertising that way.

    The latest "new look" just confirms their relentless march up-market. The main reviews in the magazine were for stuff that was way out of most people's price range - for example:
    - £1,500 superbikes
    - A £700 pair of cranks
    - Racing wheels which mostly cost £400+
    - The new Moulton Espirt at a mere £2,200

    So is there any point in getting C+ any more if you're not one of those fortunate people who can afford £1,500 superbikes?
     
  2. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    Location:
    Solihull
    why don't you write to the magazine and tell them your opinion? i once wrote to a chain of shops about the length (or lack of) their trousers. Lo and behold in the next mail order catalogue....

    then if nothing changes in a few months, cancel the subscription and write to them again saying you did nothing, so i'm going. There's probably a contact email address somewhere in the magazine.

    or start a thread on bike radar. they will notice it if a lot of people start to agree.
     
  3. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    I realise I probably should start a thread on BR, but then BR is itself a symptom of Future Publishing's drive to attract high end advertisers.
     
  4. col

    col Veteran

    I have to agree with you Dannyg,i havnt bought one for months,its just not geared to my wage packet at all,even though its nice to drool now and then,but that doesnt warrant me buying it each month.
     
  5. longers

    longers Veteran

    And I'm going to have to agree with you col. I used to buy it as it gave me a lot of inspiration to ride, now it just wants to sell me stuff.
     
  6. longers

    longers Veteran

    The subscription I took out last year was worth it for the sunglasses though :sad:.
     
  7. col

    col Veteran

    Thats it,it used to inspire me too,but it doesnt now,it also seems to have a lot of scientific stuff,probably more suited to a more specialist mag,certainly give us the info,but not so deep and technical.
     
  8. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    All I got when I took out my subscription was a set of lights that didn't work :sad:
     
  9. longers

    longers Veteran

    I think it's more suited to the sort of cyclist I'm not.

    Besides - got this place for inspirational thinking now :sad:.
     
  10. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    I gave up when I realised it mostly comprised out-of-date news, advertorial reviews and seasonal features repeated year on year.


    Lazy journalism.

    We used to play 'Spot the Press Release'
     
  11. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    They post most of the mag on the website these days anyway, don't they?

    I've stopped buying lots of magazines since getting broadband!
     
  12. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Yeah?

    Richard Desmond's gonna get upset... :sad:
     
  13. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

  14. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    I don't know who that is?
     
  15. Dirty Des. Owner of the Daily Express (I believe), crusader for family values (via said paper) and proprietor of vaious, er, adult (or even Special Interest) publications.
    I've gone off C+ too. When I bought my first copy over ten years ago, there was an article about how to build your own rechargeable lights. Right up my street. I stopped buying it when every issue became much the same and al the featured equipment was either stuff I wasn't interested in or stuff I couldn't afford.