Issue 31

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine October 2006

In this Issue:
John Pitchers Interview
Digital Compact Camera Group Test
Dark Peak Route Guides
The Canadian Adventure

Cover photo: Felix Harris-Evans rides out the last of the summer sun in Halifax. By Ben Haworth.
Contents photo: Swaledale big sky. By Ben Freeman.
Spineline: I reckon I could blow 10g of snot out for nothing


Chipps decides that although Summer has passed he won’t moan. Well not too much.

Farewell Summer

Ben and Felix spent a very long day out on the hilltops and in the trees celebrating the glories of a Summer that was soon to be over.


24 Hours of Adrenaline. Dan Barham follows Robin Borstmayer, a racer looking to make his comeback to endurance racing.


John Pitchers rides bikes and runs a pub. In the past things haven’t been so great. Singletrack looks out for more.

Bike Test

Canadian Bikes. In somewhat of a different approach to the usual bike test, Singletrack test four wildly different bikes that share a Canadian heritage.

  • Dekerf Team SST
  • Kona The King
  • Mythic Scirocco
  • Rocky Mountain Slayer


Top to Bottom. Rob Hamilton-Smith guides us down one of his favourite trails.

Through the Grinder

The testing team made the most of the last few weeks of summer by riding as much as possible. Here’s a bunch of dusty bits that Singletrack has been testing out.

  • Shimano 2007 LX Rapidfire Shifters
  • The North Face Blacktail Hydration Pack
  • Topeak Panoram V12 Wireless Computer
  • WTB Devo Saddle
  • Pace Riding Shorts
  • Cane Creek Solo Headset
  • Kenda Small Block Eight Tyres
  • On-One Mary Bars
  • Alpkit Slim Airic
  • Dakine Drafter Backpack
  • Cannondale Shortfinger Gloves
  • Tifosi Gavia Eyewear
  • Conico Ibiza Athletic Camera Case
  • Specialized Ridge Glove
  • Cyclus Headset Press
  • Alpkit Tifoon
  • Finesse Stop Disc Brake Cleaner
  • Singletrack Hot Rod Jersey
  • American Classic MTB Disc 26” Wheelset
  • Camelbak Chaos
  • Assos Roubaix Arm Warmers
  • Dinotte Ultra 5W Lithium LED
  • Gore Alpine Lady Short Sleeve Jersey
  • Gary Fisher Fat Possum XT

Bike Porn

“Made by Me from 853” and “Woodhouse”. Following up from a previous issue’s feature, we finally bring you what we became of the frames that Bill and Craig hand made earlier this year.


Who could live in a house like this? Roly tries applying “Garage Rules” to the rest of his house.


Fine Fettle. Singletrack asked for readers to send in pictures of fettling.


Its that “s” word again. This year the Singlespeed World Championships were held in Stockholm, Sweden. For sure a good time was had yes?

Embrace the Dark Side

Dave Smith teaches us about the full power of pounding tarmac.


Want to look beautiful? Or just well dressed? Step into our training room…


Riding back to Youth. Mark Chillingworth stays eternally young through pedal power.


Deep Waters. Sam Waters finds that if you endure the climb purely to enjoy the descent, then you’ll end up where you started.

Group Test: Digital Compact Cameras.

Sim and Ben get out to mess about with a bunch of the latest whizzy digital compact cameras. There might even be one for you.

  • Canon Ixus 800 IS
  • FujiFilm F30
  • Olympus MJU 720SW
  • Panasonic Lumix F27
  • Pentax Optio A10


From Sea to Peak. Marco Toniolo rides from the Med to the Alps.

Route Guide

Sheffield and Beyond. Chipps tries to keep up with professional fit blokes Simon Richardson and Nick Craig as they leave the city and head for the Peak District.

  • Easy: As long as you want…
  • Medium: 47.7km (29.6 miles), 5 hours plus
  • Hard: 60.6km (37.7 miles), 6 hour plus

Singletrack Members’ Club

A comprehensive list of all the bike shops, cafes and holiday companies that offer a generous discounts to the lovely Singletrack Subscribers.


That Trail, That Corner. Nick Clark confronts his nemesis.

Competition. Win a GT Peace!

A chance to get yourself a mountain bike that has no suspension and only the one gear. It does look very cool though.

The Canadian Adventure

Swiss Family Alker try to combine a family holiday with a riding holiday. Are we nearly there yet?

The Sun Goes Down in the East

An emotional tribute to the sadly now deceased Beastway mountain bike race series. London is now a sadder place to be a mountain biker.


Yes that really is a Snickers bar stuck to the front cover of this issue. Here’s some other highly random stuff.