CityBike was created in 1984 as the original free Bay Area motorcycling publication, and our mission today remains the same: to deliver thoughtful and provocative independent moto-journalism that while perhaps lacking some of the gloss and polish of mainstream moto-media, more than makes up with real-deal participation, critical thoughtfulness, integrity, enthusiasm, and loyalty to our readers and our beliefs. We tell stories, write reviews, perform “analyses” and create “thought pieces” (we put those in quotes to avoid sounding too pretentious) that are several notches above the pageview-farming milquetoast of so many other websites, motorcycle-oriented or otherwise. Like our readers, we are real riders, fiercely loyal to our local riding scene, our community: moto-commuters, racers, street and dirt riders; sporting, touring and adventure riders; simultaneously advocates and hooligans.
CityBike remains free—all are welcome here at our virtual newsstand, and we refuse to kowtow to increasingly problematic publishing norms, like corporate event promoters demanding free advertising for press access. But web hosting, gasoline, tires, insurance, and myriad other things required to ensure this thing keeps happening are very real costs. We’re not the beneficiary of some mystical NPR-esque art-for-the-good-of-society program or just another slimy, content-compromised tentacle of investment and monetization for some multi-national media conglomerate Cthulu. In short, true grit independent moto-journalism isn’t what you might call “economically viable.”
If you’re one of the extremely intelligent and very good-looking people who believe what we do is worth supporting, we have ways to take your money. Click one of the burnouts below to support our work via Patreon or PayPal; go shopping on Amazon, or simply buy a bitchin’ Ride Fast Take Chances t-shirt or some of our other merch.
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Here are a few things we like. Don’t like ’em, or want something else? That’s ok too! Just click through and buy stuff on Amazon: whether it be the entire Propagandhi discography, more motorcycle books for your “library,” or uhh… “personal care” products.
Basically, if you buy something on Amazon after clicking one of these links, we’ll pick up a few cents in commission at no extra cost to you, and you’ll have killed two birds with one stone. You should definitely come back here and click one of these links every time you shop on Amazon.
If you want to bark at us about how Amazon is evil incarnate and we’re bad people for encouraging our readers to shop there, you can send us hate mail here.
You can read more about what your support means to us here. There’s no catch—if you sign up for a monthly support payment but get tired of us swearing so goddamn much or develop some other beef with us, you can cancel any time.
This is probably obvious, but we should also say that we’re not a legal non-profit even though the word profit is about as useful around World Headquarters as nonsense slogans like “loud pipes save lives.” So in this context, “donate” simply means “giving,” or even “gifting,” if you’re one of those people who think the word “give” isn’t verb-y enough. The point here is that you can’t deduct
child CityBike support payments on your taxes.