As part of one of the best Christmas presents EVER, my pretty clued-up boyfriend bought me a subscription to Stack – for hose who aren’t yet privy, Stack is an annual subscription to a bunch of independent magazines, and each month they send you a different title – A great idea if like me you enjoy leafing through a variety of mags to see what’s out there. The best thing so far has been the beautiful selection I’ve received starting with Little White Lies, a brilliantly written and illustrated film magazine which focusses each issue on one film and goes in depth about it (December was Django Unchained).
Today however, I want to draw bike lovers’ attentions to The Ride Journal, an absolutely beautifully put together magazine full of ethereal photography, wonderful illustrations and stonkingly-good tales from the saddle. It was all I could do to not fall to the ground in joy at the paper alone which carried an incredible waft of newness with it.
I loved that the magazine focussed exclusively on people’s stories giving you an insight into why different people ride, where they go and the trials and tribulations along the way. At £10.50 to order it is on the pricey side, but the guys behind the outfit are a very small team and they pull together a lot of incredible illustration and photography so I can forgive them that. The point of the magazine isn’t to review bikes or target a specific type of reader, and that is the USP that I love – I try to make my blog as accessible to all as I can (with the exception of a few fashion posts), but I think The Ride meets this goal very well.
The team collate their stories from all over the shop – BMXer’s, freeriders, commuters, roadies and everywhere in between, which gives it a lovely varied read – they also choose not to make a profit, by including minimal advertising, and donating the profits they do make to charity – ahhhhh