January 11, 2012
Welcome to yet another edition of Singletrack’s productivity killing midweek spot. Get the office junior to make some tea – and if you are the junior then stop wasting time and put the kettle on – sit back, relax and enjoy the fact that you’re getting paid to watch riding – the next best thing to being paid to do it.
Bit of a big one here, but this is the first full episode of Jacob Gibbin’s ‘Locals’ series. No, it’s not about close knit families in remote rural areas – instead it follows pro-downhillers during the off season to see what they get up to. In this episode he’s following BDS champ Alex Bond, CRC rider Joe Smith plus Josh Bryceland, Sam Dale and Olly Wilkins as they train, ride and generally mess about. Has the odd bit of effin’ and jeffin’ in there, so not one for a sensitive office. Unless you have headphones.
This edit gives away the secret of downhill speed – it’s vodka. On your brekkie, as hydration or simply to cool down after a hard day’s riding, vodka does it all. It’s why MTBCut’s Ben Cathro is so fast. Another mint little edit from Stuz Leel..
If you’ve been upset that the end of World Cup season has meant a dearth of team edits, then this stirring retrospective by the Chain Reaction Cycles Nukeproof team will get you all fired up. We half expected them to start fighting hordes of barbarians at one point.
Some more trail biking action now, with top gravity enduro racer Gary Forrest thrashing about a damp and slippy Peebles in this edit shot by Dave Mackison…
A small serving of WTF: This is Road Rash, the body armour for road cyclists. Putting the hard plastic lumps on the tender flesh of your thigh may save you from superficial skin loss but we can’t help wondering how long the deep bruise that must surely result takes to go. We’re pretty sure it’s real too – take a look here….
A BMX biggie for you here: it’s the full video of United BMX’s Downtime, as seen on the front cover of our favourite BMX mag, The Albion. After a hard summer’s riding and filming, United hired an apartment in sunny California and got their team members to come out there, chill and ride…
Here’s a really nice edit from the Adidas skateboarders, shot in Montreal. As an aside, anyone else really, really want a pair of blue Adidas Gazelles?
There are some massive upsides to being a bike designer when you’re not getting well rendered square eyes in front of a CAD workstation. Whyte Bikes designer Ian Alexander and test rider Mike Smith headed out here to test some shock setups for the Whyte 146 with the help of SRAM in this edit by Tom Grundy.
Big thanks to everyone that sent in suggestions this week. If you’ve seen anything that you reckon should be up here then drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org…