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Arrivee Magazine

Audax UK Website

Issues 1987 – Present

London, UK: Audax UK

“Audax UK is the foremost long-distance cycling association in the UK, and the biggest in the world. AUK oversees the running of long-distance cycling events, and, using a system of timed checkpoints, validates and records every successful ride.” – Website.


Backpacker Magazine Website



“Magazine of wilderness travel offering practical “you can do it–here’s how” advice to enjoy every trip. Filled with the best places, gear and information for all kinds of hiking and camping trips with fold-out maps and stunning color photography.” – Backpacker Magazine. Publishes 9 issues per year. Free Backpacker magazine back issues.


Bicycling Magazine Website




“Bicycling magazine inspires cyclists with authoritative recommendations on the latest bikes and gear, the best advice on getting fitter and stronger, and guides to ride the most beautiful roads and trails. Bicycling gives experienced racers and beginning cyclists the practical tips to enjoy the ride of their lives.” -Bicycling Magazine. Bicycling magazine back issues.

Black Belt

Black Belt Magazine Website



“The world’s leading magazine of martial arts. We cover the entire industry, including MMA and the UFC, reality-based self-defense and traditional martial arts, health and fitness, and movies and television. Black Belt magazine is essential reading for all martial artists no matter which style they study.” – Black Belt Magazine.

Boating Magazines Collection


Various publishers

This entry is not a single magazine, but rather a bundle of titles of magazines concerned with sailing and yachts. Among the titles are ‘Superyacht International’, ‘ShowBoats International’, ‘Classic Boat’, ‘Classic Yacht’, ‘Yachting’, ‘Power and Motoryacht’. Free Boating & Yachting magazines.

Boys’ Life

Boys’ Life Magazine Website


New York

Boys Life magazine archives. Published by Boy Scouts of America, this monthly magazine has been the official magazine of the Boy Scouts since 1912. Issues from March, 1911, when the magazine began, up to December 2012 are freely available online at the “Boys’ Life Wayback Machine” (link above).

Diving Magazine Collection


Various Publishers

Wide variety of diving magazines. Titles: Skin Diver, Scuba Diving, Sport Diver, Discover Diving, Divaholic, Scuba.

Hooked Up Magazine

Hooked Up Magazine Website

Issues 2018 – Present

Melbourne, Australia: Hooked Up Magazine

“Hooked Up has a strong focus on fishing and boating products and provides readers with comprehensive information on all the latest releases in the boating and tackle industry and reviews a vast array of products each month. It has a strong focus on the “How To” of fishing with each article focusing on a specific species and technique while providing the reader with a clear, concise and methodical explanation of how to carry out that technique, or fish a specific location.” – Website.

Men’s Fitness

Men’s Fitness Magazine Website


U.S.: American Media, UK: Dennis

“Men’s Fitness magazine was a men’s magazine published by American Media, Inc and founded in the United States in 1987. The magazine’s slogan was “How the Best Man Wins”. The magazine targeted men ages 21–40 years and featured in-depth articles on fitness, nutrition, and sports, as well as sex tips, fashion advice, interviews, recipes, and surveys.” Dennis Publishing acquired the publishing rights in the UK and Ireland in 2009, and continues to publish it today. The U.S. version of the magazine was folded into Men’s Journal in 2017. – Wikipedia. Men’s Fitness magazines free.

Mountain Bike


U.S.: Rodale

Mountain Bike magazine was one of several magazines published by Rodale Press, of Emmaus, PA. In 2018 the company was acquired by Crown Publishing Group. Mountain Bike was discontinued at some point. Mountain Bike magazine back issues free.

Muscle & Fitness

Muscle & Fitness Magazine Website


U.S.: JW Media

“An American fitness and bodybuilding magazine founded in 1935 by Canadian entrepreneur Joe Weider.” – Wikipedia. Muscle & Fitness magazine back issues.

National Geographic

National Geographic Magazine Website

Magazines 1888-2007 – With Index

Washington DC: National Geographic

““National Geographic Magazine, the flagship magazine of the National Geographic Society, chronicles exploration and adventure, as well as changes that impact life on Earth. Editorial coverage encompasses people and places of the world, with an emphasis on human involvement in a changing universe. Major topics include culture, nature, geography, ecology, science and technology.” – National Geographic.

OK Dinghy International Magazine

OK Dinghy International Association Website

Issues 2015 – Present

Ipswich, UK: OK Dinghy International Association

“The OK Dinghy International Association (OKDIA) is the world organization for the OK-Dinghy class. The OK Dinghy is a 4m long single-handed sailing racing dinghy.” – Website.

Outdoor Life Magazine

1898-1925 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

Denver, Colorado: Bonnier

Launched in 1898 in Denver, founder J.A. McGuire intended the magazine for ‘outdoorsmen’, which was generally understood then as men who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Outing. An Illustrated Monthly Magazine of Recreation

Vol 3 (1883) – Vol 82 (1923)


A late 19th- and early 20th-century American magazine covering a variety of sporting activities. It began publication in 1882 as the Wheelman “an illustrated magazine of cycling literature and news” and had four title changes before ceasing publication in 1923. It was initially published for bicycling enthusiasts by the owner of the Pope Co., a bicycle manufacturer, but soon broadened its subject matter. -from info in Wikipedia. Magazines from 1800s to 1920s.

The Paddler Magazine

The Paddler Magazine Website

Issues 2013 – Present

St Ives, UK: Paddler Magazine

“The International magazine for recreational paddlers. The best for ww kayaking, sea kayaking, expedition kayaking, canoeing, open canoeing, SUP and rafting. Published in partnership with British Canoeing.” – Publisher.

PropTalk Magazine

PropTalk Website

Issues 2014 – Present

Annapolis, Maryland: Spinsheet

“PropTalk Magazine celebrates the people, places, boats, personalities, and events that make the Chesapeake Bay waters of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. one of the world’s premier boating grounds.” – Website.

Rowing News

Rowing News Magazine Website


Ontario, Canada: Independent Rowing News

“Since 1994, Rowing News magazine has served the North American rowing community with news, results, features, training tips, and compelling images. Our award-winning print magazine, app (FREE) in the Apple App Store, website, and other services deliver comprehensive and original content to the rapidly-expanding rowing market.” – Publisher.

Runner’s World

Runner’s World Current Digital Issue




“The essential guide for everyone who runs – men and women, from beginners to hard-core marathoners. The authority in the running community, Runner’s World inspires you to run faster and farther and have more fun doing it!” – Runner’s World Magazine. Runner’s World magazine free.

Running Times


U.S.: Rodale Inc

“Running Times magazine is one of the leading running magazines on the market. Dedicated to providing the active runner with the knowledge they need to reach their goals, this magazine goes far beyond the basics. Its in-depth articles and columns will educate even the most experienced runner. Not only does it cover the action, it also covers the terrain, with reports on the best trails and destinations for runners of every experience level. ” – Publisher. Running Times magazine was launched in 1977 and was published until 2016. Running Times magazine back issues.


Scouting Magazine Website


U.S.: Boy Scouts of America

“Scouting magazine is the official resource for adult leaders and volunteers of Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturers in the Boy Scouts of America.” – Publisher. Scouting magazine back issues.

Scuba Diver Australia & New Zealand Magazine

Scuba Diver Magazine Website

Issues 2017 – Present

Paddington, QLD, Australia: Rork Media ANZ

“Scuba Diver is a lavishly illustrated, independent diving title available in print and digitally that features unbiased and comprehensive equipment reviews, reports on local diving to the far-flung reaches of the planet, hints and advice on how to improve your diving skills, up-to-the-minute news from the diving industry globally, and dedicated sections on technical diving, freediving and underwater photography.” – Publisher.

Skiing Heritage Journal

Skiing Heritage Magazine Website


U.S.: International Skiing History Association

“Skiing Heritage journal is a quarterly Journal of original, entertaining, and informative feature articles on skiing history. Published by the International Skiing History Association, its contents support ISHA’s mission “to preserve skiing history and to increase awareness of the sport’s heritage.” – Publisher. The journal continues to be published today, after a name change in 2013 to ‘Skiing History Magazine’.

Snow Country



“In the 87 issues of Snow Country magazine published between 1988 and 1999, the reader can find the defining coverage of mountain resorts, ski technique and equipment, racing, cross-country touring, and the growing sport of snowboarding during a period of radical change. The award-winning magazine of mountain sports and living tracks the environmental impact of ski area development, and people moving to the mountains to work and live.” – Snow Country Magazine.

Spinsheet: Chesapeake Bay Sailing

Spinsheet Magazine Website

Issues 2014 – Present

Annapolis, Maryland: Spinsheet

“Written by sailors for sailors. Our sailing coverage goes “deep” rather than “wide,” and we use this platform to celebrate the people, places, boats, personalities, and events that make the Chesapeake one of the world’s premier sailing grounds.” – Website.

Sport Diver

Sport Diver Magazine Website




Scuba diving magazine free.

The Sporting Life



An American weekly newspaper, published from 1883 to 1917 and from 1922 to 1924, that provided national coverage on sports, with particular emphasis on baseball. The publisher hired correspondents to report from locales across the U.S., and by 1890 it had the largest circulation of any sporting newspaper in the country. – from information in Wikipedia.

Sports Illustrated – Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated Magazine Website

Vol 1 (Aug 1954) to 2009 at Sports Illustrated Website

1954-1983 at Internet Archive

New York

“Sports Illustrated PDF is one of the leading sports magazines in the world. Every issue features a wide range of sports-related articles and photographs, including columns written by the leading sports analysts and announcers.” – Sports Illustrated Magazine.
The first link, at the Sports Illustrated magazine online free archives, appears to have the text of all articles from past issues, but not images. The second link, at Internet Archive, has images of complete issues. Read Sports Illustrated magazine online free. Sports Illustrated pdf.

Texas Coach Magazine

Texas Coach Website

Issues 2017 – Present

San Marcos, Texas: Texas High School Coaches Association

The magazine provides information from the Texas High School Coaches Association to members, and contains articles of interest for coaches in a wide range of sports.

Women’s Fitness


UK, Australia

These issues of Women’s Fitness magazine are mostly from the UK and Australia and were published by or under license of Dennis Publishing in the UK. The magazine appears to have originated with American Media Co. in the U.S., which also created Men’s Fitness Magazine. Women’s Fitness magazine online, women’s health and fitness.

Collection on Historical Bicycling

132 Items; 1869-1971

A free online collection compiled by a researcher at HathiTrust has books and journals about the beginnings of Bicycles and Cycling.

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