‘Tis Done

benjiconIssue 52 was sent off to the printers last night. Nice work Sim “Moonlight” Mainey!

It’s been a particularly difficult issue to do due to various people being unavailable to contribute -not just paid Singletrack staffers but our usual team of helpers (freelance or just plain free) has also been “otherwise engaged”.

Yet we still managed to fill all the pages with decent words and pics and get it to the printers in time (just).

Time to ride bikes again. I’m off out for a pre-darkness ride in Calderdale today and then me and Matt are off to a Big Hill in Wales for a big adventure. It’ll be hard work but hopefully worth it.

Anyway, here’s what’s in issue 52 (on sale next week)…

Contents 52

7. Editorial
Dave’s not here man.

8. International Travel: Norway Road Trip
Matt and Benji spend a week – and a small fortune – touring this Scandinavian mountain bike heaven.

19. The Interview Edition
An introduction to the main theme for this issue – asking loads of people loads of questions.

20. Interview: Mark Weir
The most famous moustache in mountain biking breaks his silence. Actually, he was pretty mouthy beforehand really.

22. Interview: Danny MacAskill
The urban trials riding YouTube sensation speaks about what it’s like to be suddenly really quite famous.

24. Column: C-Lo Radsville
Ms Radsville explains the trials and tribulations of being a beginner mountain biker when your other half has been doing it for years.

26. Interview: The Sram Guys
Dave Anderson rounds up a whole herd of componentry designers to find out what they dream about at night.

33. Bike Test: 4X Bikes
The Singletrack Test Squadron spent last past few weeks on a tour of the UK’s finest trail centres to see if they could find the Perfect Park Bike.

44. Beer Run
Oregon is the home of the American micro-brewery. Dan “Lucky Get” Barham got himself all liquored up and singletracked out.

52. Grinder
A bumper crop of bits put the mitts of us lot. Real world testing in an increasingly virtual world. Featuring the Spooky Horror Taxi 650B bike.

64. Interview: Rowan Sorrell
Seeing as we’re testing “trail centre” bikes this bikes we thought we’d track down one of the guys who designs an builds the best ones.

66. Interview: MucOff’s Alex Trimnell
You may not recognize the name but you’re bound to recognize the pink fluid that he produces, so to speak.

68. Long Term Test Bikes
Here’s Benji with the latest update on his dirt jumping Diamondback Bandito and Sim with his sickeningly blinged-up Gary Fisher Roscoe.

70. Column: Philly D
Philly is in a rut. He doesn’t want to be in it. How will he get out of it? And is it just a metaphorical rut or what?

72. Group Test: Bolt-Thru Forks
Here’s a roundup of a few of longish travel, lightish weight, air sprung bolt-thru forks from DT Swiss, Fox, Magura, Manitou and Rock Shox.

78. Cycle Show 2009
Roll up! Roll up! Read all about it! Here’s what delights are in store for you at this year’s cycling extravaganza in London town.

80. Singletrack Readers In Morzine
A bunch of you lot and a bunch of us lot spent a great week down in Morzine with the lovely crew at Flow MTB. Here’s what went down(hill).

86. One Ton Weekend: Building A Pump Track
Sim discovers what a mattock is when he tries to organize a digging posse to create something out of nothing.

92. Interview: Graphic Designer John Chennells
The guy in charge of making Orange Bikes have the right colour and the right decals. He also designs their catalogues and adverts.

94: Interview: Crawford Carrick-Anderson
Faye Stewart interviews “he’s deaf you know” Crawford Carrick-Anderson via sign language.

96. Interview: WTB’s Mark Slate
Our resident rubber geek Benji talks tyres with the guy who’s designed more than anyone else in the world.

98. Magura Competition
Win yourself a pair of forks or a set of disc brakes in our exclusive competition.

100. Blame The Dog
Mike Ferrentino’s regular letter from America. We’re beginning to wonder if he rides his bike at all or just screams at the internet all day.

104. Subscribe To Singletrack
Here’s how and, more importantly, why you should put your name down on the list.

106. Interview: The CTC’s Colin Palmer
This unsung hero of cycling access is the reason why we’re still allowed to ride bikes on Snowdon. Respect is due.

108. Interview: Geoff Waugh
One of mountain bike photography’s Establishment. He’ll hate that title. He’s a great guy as well as a great snapper.

110. Column: Matt Letch
Our anti-hero just can’t help himself when it comes to turning perfectly good bikes into things that they just don’t want to be.

112 Gallery: Steve Makin
Did you make the most of Summer? Steve did okay by the looks of things. Here’s a collection of his most evocative shots.

116. Route Guide: North York Moors
Jonathan Bateman shows us round the north part of the National Park. If you go now you’re guaranteed to experience maximum purple heather.

126. Subscribers’ Club
The listing of all the benefits and discounts you’re entitled to as a Singletrack Magazine Subscriber.

127. Outro
The nineteenth hole.