This week we’re going back to issue 10, published in summer 2003, for a look at what Steve Worland was up to then. Steve’s been a regular contributor to Singletrack in recent issues and his first bike test for us appears in issue 83, which is out today. Even a decade ago we thought he was the most-tested individual in the bike industry, so imagine what else he’s crammed into his history now…
The Steve Worland Interview.
Steve, can you let us know how you got to where you are today? Can you mention how and when you got into bikes, how you got into the bike industry and how you’ve moved through the magazines in your time as a cyclist, racer and venerated bicycle journalist?
I started riding off road when I was about 11, building ‘tracking’ bikes from any old stuff I could get hold of. One of the kids I rode with learnt to weld when he was about nine, so our bikes became interesting bodges of repaired stuff. Most of them were single speeds with a large freewheel sprocket welded on to butchered cranks, done so that we could do steep hills. We called them diddy cogs. We kept exploding freewheels so we often ran them fixed, great for pedalling fluidity or backwards riding.
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This interview originally appeared in Singletrack Magazine issue 10 Summer 2003, available in the Singletrack Mag Archive.
Posted on: July 18, 2013