Issue 10

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Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine Summer 2003

In this Issue:
Steve Worland Interview
Hydration Pack Group Test
Forest of Bowland Routes
Dirt Rag Road Trippin’

Cover photo: Jo and Karl lapping up the South Downs sun. By Seb Rogers.
Contents photo: Andy Elsdon and Jon Holden on the Mary Towneley Loop. By Chipps Chippendale.
Spineline: Just take the red pill and go for it…
<4h>Issue 10: Editorial

Having made it to ten issues, Chipps’ mind is on riding his local trails more.

Another Hard Day at the Office

An article by Oliver Townsend. Fancy being a Mountain Bike Guide for Exodus and being based in Tuscany? It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it.

Gallery

Photos from around Great Britain by Jack Jones and Chipps.

Industry Insider

It’s hard to have read a few mountain bike magazines and not recognise the name Steve Worland. Having been into bikes from long before the first Mountain Bikes appeared on the market, Steve has ridden well over 1,500 bikes and has witnessed and tested all of the technological developments. A self-proclaimed Grand Master Flash, Steve talks about his work and plans for the future.

Singleminded

Jools returns to local trails after a decade since first riding them and after far too long off the bike.

Column One

Juggling work, family commitments and cycling tends to mean snatching as much time doing the latter as possible for Piers Barber.

Bike Test

Three of the most popular full suspension trail bikes on the market get a write up from the team:

  • Santa Cruz Blur
  • Specialized Enduro Expert
  • Trek Liquid 20

Long Term Tests

Feedback on a number of components and other kit thats been under test for quite some time. This issue reviews:

  • Hope M4 Brakes
  • SDG Bel Air Titanium Saddle
  • Karrimor Thermal
  • Pac Courier Bag
  • X Socks Mountain Bike Socks
  • Specialized Sport Shoe
  • Limar F111 Helmet
  • Bontrager Jones AC Tyres
  • Mavic Crossmax XL Disc Wheels
  • Nema Searcher Shorts

One Liners

Brief reviews of stuff the team like and dislike:

  • Dr Scholl’s Cushioned shoe inserts
  • Aliante Saddle
  • Dalwhinnie Scotch
  • Panoram Cordless Computer
  • Vitesse Ladies Saddle

Close to Home

Finding and riding great trails doesn’t have to involve flying halfway around the World. The Isle of Man, Dalbeattie in Southern Scotland and the Dordogne in south west France prove that great riding is cloaser to home than you might have expected.

The Turner Tandem

Stretched, one-off bike porn

Grouptest

Backpack mounted fluid reservoirs under scrutiny:

  • Hydrapak Century
  • Hydrapak Air Scoop
  • Camelbak HAWG
  • Camelbak Rogue
  • Deuter Race
  • Deuter Superbike
  • Race Face BC Hydro
  • Karrimor Rapid
  • Salomon NRG Saver
  • Salomon Raid Race
  • Scott Hydro
  • Trek Energy Cell
  • Tatonka Ultralite XT Pack

Fish Out of Water

Renowned within certain circles for its fantastic hospitality and great food and atmosphere, the cafe at Coed Y Brenin is the jewel in the crown of the Welsh Mountain Biking trails. In the midst of the Fat Tyre Festival, Chipps does some work experience with Sian and Dafydd Roberts and volunteers for cheese grating duties.

200 Yards of Singletrack

Singletrack readers express why they feel that certain trails just exude that certain ‘thing’ that makes them unforgettable.

Routes

Forest of Bowland – With routes based around the village of Dunsop Bridge in Lancashire, Mark Alker identifies two routes that will seduce you with their spectacular views.

  • Easy various route options given, no timescale
  • Expert 31.54km (19.60 miles), no timescale given

Dirt Rag Road Trippin’

Jeff Guerrero from Dirt Rag hit the UK for eight days and wanted to see as much of the place as possible, meet as many riders as possible and do as much as possible. The Singletrack team pulled a few favours out of the bag and clocked up some impressive mileage.

Singletrackworld.com Roundup

A brief look at the highlights from the magazine’s daily website over the last few months.

Singletrackworld Goodies

Singletrack propoganda yours for a suitable fee.

Outro

Photos and captions from the Singletrack editorial team.