SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Bike magazine editor Lou Mazzante, who has led the title for the past three years and has overseen two of the strongest volumes in Bike’s history, will leave the magazine at the end of the month to pursue other opportunities.
Mazzante, who has been an editor at Bike for more than five years, is planning to relocate from Southern California to the East Coast, where he said, “Yuengling beer is cheap and the trails are for real men.”
Bike’s new editor, Joe Parkin, is a former competitive racer and author who has worked in the bike industry for many years. Parkin raced bikes for several years in Belgium before returning to the United States to make a living on both road and mountain bikes. He is the author of "A Dog in a Hat—An American Bike Racer’s Story of Mud, Drugs, Blood, Betrayal and Beauty in Belgium."
He is now completing his second book, "Come & Gone." Parkin will start with Bike this week, working alongside Mazzante as the staff finalizes its May issue.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic to join the crew at Bike,” Parkin said. “I’ve long been a fan of the intelligent writing and beautiful photography that each issue delivers. I’ve gotten to know and ride mountain bikes with many of Bike’s staff over the past couple of years. It’s clear that everyone at Bike is really dedicated to the magazine and to coming up with the best content for true mountain bike enthusiasts. I’m really looking forward to continuing that tradition.”