Issue 88

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Issue 88 is here, and here are the contents:

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9 // Editorial: Count to 100.

Chipps weighs in with some historical inspiration.

10 // UK Riding: The Tweed Valley – it’s not (just) about the mojitos.

The Enduro World Series hits Peebles in May. Let’s find out why…

20 // The Big Column: The Beauty and the Beast of Compartmentalisation.

Steve Worland busies himself dissecting the dissections we’ve become.

24 // Jewel of the Isle: Green Lanterns and T-Bones.

A lesser-known jewel this time, but no less special for that. Tom Hill tells the tale of many visits to Neath.

26 // Grinder Special: Dieselheads.

We needed a new van, so embarked on a grouptest with a difference – with a little help from Ford, Mercedes and Volkswagen.

32 // International Travel: The Path of Most Resistance.

From the mountains to the sea, over all the lumpy bits in the way. Chipps tackles a large chunk of the Pyrenees.

42 // UK Riding: The King and the Joker.

What makes Jason ‘Terrahawk’ Miles and Guy ‘112.94mph’ Martin tick? They’ll happily tell you, if you can keep up.

50 // Subscribe to Singletrack!

Got 17 questions about our subscriptions? That’s good – because we’ve got 17 answers.

52 // International Travel: Wales, Inverted.

Manmade trails aren’t just for Wales – they’re for koalas too, as Seb Rogers reveals.

62 // Interview: Josh Bryceland.

Ratboy talks to Sam Needham about motivation, motocross and mashing it up with Peaty.

74// Classic Ride: Dartmoor.

Benji’s in love with this corner of the south-west, and he’d like to tell you why…

88 // Propaganda.

Dog eaten your magazine? No worries – the Singletrack shop will sell you a new one! (n.b. Doesn’t work with school homework.)

90 // Through the Grinder.

Seven pages of brand new bits for you and your bike, tested to perfection.

102 // Grinder Bike: 18 Bikes Pinion.

A gearbox bike with a difference from UK handbuilders, 18 Bikes.

107 // Grouptest: Two-by, Or Not To Buy?

Why take three chainrings into the shower when two will do? Seven double chainsets tested over several thousand miles.

118 // Bike test: 26 Is Not Dead Yet.

A brand new threesome of 26in wheeled wonders from Commencal, Devinci and Yeti.

128 // Premier Listings.

Got a Premier Member’s card? Here’s what you can use it for.

130 // We Just Work Here.

Who does what, how to get in touch, what helped this issue on its way and who we’d like to thank.

 

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“I was amazed at how quiet and undiscovered some parts of Ibiza are, like this isolated bit of trail on the south west coast. You’d hardly believe it’s just a few miles from night-club central. It was the first time for our guide Ash to ride this hidden gem, something he had spotted on the map – so what started as a bit of late afternoon trail-blazing ended up with some lucky timing, as the sun sank to the right spot above Es Vedrà Island.”

Victor Lucas, Ibiza.

 

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