by Ben Haworth
December 7, 2009
With this issue being the last one of the year it has two Special Things: first of all there’s a FREE calendar bagged with it, and secondly the magazine contains the winners of this year’s Singletrack Reader Awards.
Here’s the contents of Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine issue 54 in full…
Chipps is scared of missing out…
8. The Great Divide
Jenn Hopkins raced 2,500 miles of the Rockies from Canada to Mexico and thrived to tell the tale.
16. Wet and Dry
All it takes to cure the rainy-day blues is a mountain bike trip somewhere new – and a drying room.
24. Column: Matt Letch
Matt celebrates those racers in the glorious bottom third of the results.
26. Interview: Nick Larsen of Charge bikes.
Mountain bikes just aren’t cool any more, and Nick’s trying to fix that.
33. Bike test: Widowmakers.
Three big-hitting bikes to help you get yourself into trouble from Commencal, Kona and Specialized.
42. Singletrack Reader Awards
Well, you voted for them, so find out who the winners are here.
44. Editors’ Choice
We get to play with a lot of nice toys. But which products can’t we live without?
50. Through the Grinder
A fresh crop of products dragged through a couple of months of autumn ‘sunshine’…
58. Baked Alaska – the Iditabike race.
The Iditasport Invitational is a 300 mile mountain bike race in Alaska. In February! John Ross went from Bristol to below zero to race it.
69. Press Camp Shootout
A light-hearted comparison of the different approaches companies take when launching new products to us journos.
76. Column: Jon Woodhouse
Jon looks at the ways that many riders choose to handicap their riding – through lack of gears or excessive suspension.
There’s JUST enough time to buy yourself nice Singletrack stuff for Christmas. Or leave this page open on the coffee table…
82. Grouptest: Helmets
Everyone needs a helmet and we’ve got 15 of the latest lids from all over the place prodded and compared on different bonces.
92. Subscribe to Singletrack!
It’s easy to do and subscribers now get even more benefits via Premier Membership of the Singletrack website.
94. Long Term Test Bikes
It’s time to say goodbye to this year’s selection of long termers. Will we be sad to see them go? Or relieved?
Julien Happich volunteered to be a human hamster for the day and help power a house for a BBC programme using just leg power.
104. Column: Alex Leigh
Why wear body armour? Why not ride better instead and not crash in the first place? asks Alex.
106. Blame the Dog – Mike Ferrentino.
Our American columnist looks at the universal lack of a coherent cycling greeting.
108. The Big Welsh Ride Thing
Inspired by events like the Great Divide Race, some STW forum members decide to try a much shorter version in mid-Wales.
116. Route Guide: Eastbourne.
The south coast is home to endless miles of chalky singletrack. Or it was when Chipps was shown round.
126. Premier Club
Here just are some of the benefits of subscribing to Singletrack or becoming a Premier forum member.
The silly and stupid from this issue’s adventures and adventurers…