Issue 51

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine
August 2009

In this ‘Lost & Found’ Issue:
Lest We Forget
Trans-Cambrian Trail
Picos Mountains
Race Fast
Eastern Cairngorms

Cover Picture: Sylvain Turcotte, Carcross, Yukon. By Dan Barham.
Contents Picture: Secret Location. By Dan Milner.
Spineline: I was Cletus all the way


We’ve all lost a glove, or a shoe before haven’t we? Let’s remember those that are lost forever…

Lest We forget

Benji looks at the history of our rights of way network and the trails hidden under our noses.


It’s not just a long way away. Skye is a world away – but a world worth riding.

Blame the Dog

Mike Ferrentino mines the rich vein of internet forum knowitalls…

Singletrack Weekender

Did you miss the best event of the year? We didn’t…

Column – Philip Diprose

Philip is excited about bread and butter rides; home baked, local rides with friends.

Bike Test – New School Ti

Four Ti bikes designed for UK riding from Lynskey, Ragley, Van Nicholas and Whyte.

  • Ragley Ti
  • Whyte Trail Ti 19
  • Van Nicholas Mam Tor
  • Lynskey Ridgeline LT

IMBA UK – Trans-Cambrian Way

Chipps rides the 100 mile, cross-Wales route over three days. Great riding and big scenery all to yourself.

Through the Grinder

More bikes tested in the wet/dry/wet UK weather.

  • Alpkit BULB Lantern
  • Gamut P30 Chain Device
  • Dakine Amp 18
  • Syncros FR31 bars and FR stem
  • Magura Thor
  • Endura BaaBaa Merino Tech Jersey
  • Race Face Atlas FR Dual Ring Chain Guide
  • Specialized BG Ridge Gloves
  • Bontrager Race Mountain Shoes
  • Shimano MT52 2009 Shoes
  • Giro Athlon
  • Specialized BG Comp Knickers
  • Bionicon Golden Willow SC

Stoves Mini Group Test

  • MSR Pocket Rocket
  • Alpkit MyTiMug
  • Primus ETA Express
  • JetBoil PCS
  • White Box Stove
  • MSR Titan Kettle

Interview – Dom Mason of Kinesis/Upgrade Bikes

He’s one of the reasons that jump bikes look so good these days.

Column – Faye Stewart

What are the rules about trail diplomacy where you live? Faye knows hers.

Long Term Test Bikes

Here’s the result of half a year of testing and tweaking our own bikes.

  • Yeti 575 Carbon
  • Orange Blood
  • Orange Alpine 5
  • Gary Fisher HiFi 29er
  • Intense Slopestyle
  • Genesis Alpitude
  • Orange Five

Fitness – Race Fast!

Matt Hart gives out top tips for riding and racing fast, whatever your level of fitness.

Grouptest – GPS Units

Geoff Johnson shows you your options when it comes to electronic navigation.

  • Garmin eTrex H
  • Garmin Edge 705
  • SatMap Active 10
  • Garmin Oregon 300
  • Apple iPhone
  • Nokia Smart Phones

Finding nirvana in the Picos Mountains

Two guys, two bikes, two bivvy bags and some Spanish mountains to explore. The two Jons go big in Spain’s Picos mountains by Jon Meredith and Jonathan Bacon.

Cycle 2009

Our favourite Cycle show of the year returns bigger and better. We’ll be there.

Column – Ed Oxley

Ed’s gone and lost a trail. In a small way, it was his fault for assuming it would always be there. You probably have trails like this one.


We’ve got spanky new tees for you to look good in.


Win a 2010(!) bike from Trek! A Trek 6300 to be precise.


They’re always getting shredded or lost, so why not get inspiration for some new ones from our selection.

  • Polaris Taction Tread
  • 661 Crew
  • X-Socks Mountain Biking Short
  • Smart Wool Phd Cycling
  • Cannondale Anklet
  • Garburn Merino
  • Salsa
  • Mavic Century
  • IceBreaker Bike/Run
  • Sock Guy RockShox
  • Sock Guy Keep Calm
  • Alpkit AKdrenaline
  • Singletrack
  • Vanguard Pro Sock
  • Gore Bike Wear
  • Sock Guy Elite Tech


Chipps rides with the Dangerous (mostly) Dads of Prestwich, Manchester. Three hours of urban singletrack just off the M60.

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Route Guide – Eastern Cairngorms

The Queen has Balmoral House there. She abviously knows a thing or two about great mountain riding.

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It’s been a good month for silly pictures…