Kickstand Magazine was launched with the sole mission of celebrating the fun that could be had on a bicycle - not only in our hometown of Denver, CO; but in communities around the globe. In retrospect this was probably an overly ambitious goal on our part. Despite the obituaries that some have written for us - HAVE NO FEAR: We are still publishing Kickstand Magazine.
Despite both the financial and logistical challenges we have experienced in bringing this idea to fruition, we are working as hard as humanly possible to keep KSM alive - even with the odds (as outlined below) being stacked against us. There is little doubt that we have made our fair share of mistakes launching and trying to maintain what is has become somewhat of an un-wieldy beast. But we've managed to produce 10 issues on a shoe-string budget.
In this process, we may have created the expectation that we could do more than we thought we could. Worst of all, we have disappointed many of our loving and loyal fans. For this we sincerely apologize. What started as little more than a dream - coupled with a gigantic heaping of faith - we grabbed the proverbial bull-by-the-horns and have been riding this crazy ride (or attempting to) ever since. We haven't given up on this dream, and as proof of our commitment to KSM, we will finally be shipping issue 10 in January 2013, and will be launching a brand-spanking new companion website: SocialRide.org in the second quarter of 2013. We will also be hosting a first of its kind Social Ride Congress on August 21-24, 2013 in Denver, CO.
Success comes in small doses
We have made enormous strides into an industry that long ago, deemed this category of bicycles to be nothing more than a nuisance. We continue the work of sounding a rallying call to give a voice to those that enjoy the simple pleasure of riding a bike. In addition to our apology for our failures, allow us to also extend our most sincere thanks for your support over the past few years.
A quick background on how we got here in the first place
Kickstand Magazine was born from the loins of the wildly popular Denver Cruiser Ride. We have been host to this weekly ride since 2005, which has grown from a few friends riding bikes for happy hour drinks - to becoming a Denver institution each and every Wednesday night from May-Sept. While it seems impossible to believe that thousands of bike riders – both young and old – gather each week for fun on bikes; the DCR has become the inspiration for other like-minded folks to start their own social rides: from Mobilians on Bikes in Mobile, AL, to the Rusty Wheelers in Seaside Heights, NJ, and hundreds of others. The spread of these social rides exceeded our expectations: take for example, in 2005 there were only two (2) of these rides in Colorado. By 2012: there were more than 20! This is testimony to the power of riding bikes for fun, and Kickstand Magazine is the hub of this burgeoning social-ride movement; not only representing those that ride bicycles for fun, but the lives they lead. <KEEP READING MORE>