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In this issue: Benji covers a Classic Ride in the Long Mynd – by riding all of it in one go! We interview kids’ bikes pioneer and super-speedy racer Isla Rowntree, Chipps falls in love with Sun Valley, Idaho, Dave and Sim explore Bavaria and the route guide covers Exmoor. In the bike test we have three bikes for the bold: a Nicolai belt-drive 29er, a Salsa snow bike and a steel Jeff Jones machine. If you’ve ever considered taking a Dremel to ‘modify and improve’ a stock bike part, we have an interview with Dr Jon, someone you’ll feel a kinship with… and to keep you upright this winter, we have a test of ten mud tyres. All this, plus loads more columns, features, reviews and the usual amazing photography.
Singletrack Magazine Issue 69 Contents
Chipps calls for the return of the drinking, dallying sportsman to mountain biking.
10. Classic Rides: The Long Mynd
This mound of Shropshire hills contains many bridleway gems. Benji attempts to ride them all in one day.
20. Riding below the Weißerwusrtäquator
Sim and Dave drove to Bavaria in a van with two bikes and a lot of expectations.
32. Interview: Isla Rowntree
Racer, business owner, bike builder, pioneer… Benji interviews Isla Rowntree.
40. Column: Mike Ferrentino’s Blame the Dog
Fancy new bikes don’t necessarily make an old trail rideable.
43. Bike Test: Attention Seekers
Three show-stopping, exuberant bikes from Jones, Nicolai and Salsa.
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54. Singletrack Propaganda
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56. Interview: Dr Jon – The thinking man’s bike geek.
One man’s search towards the perfect bike, via freak bikes, big wheels and a Dremel.
68. Competition. Win an Ibis Mojo SL!
And read the funny story from Scot Nicol while you’re at it.
70. Through the Grinder.
It was sunny, it was rainy, it was cloudy. We were testing products in all of it.
84. Column: Something very English
Jenn Hopkins reflects on the world outside the window and not putting off that ride.
94. Head to head – Euro mail-order.
Bikes you can buy on the internets. Benji tests a Rose against a BeOne.
98. Travel Feature: Idaho
Chipps reckons that Sun Valley, Idaho, absolutely must be on your ‘one day I’ll ride there’ list.
112. Grouptest: Mud tyres
Ten mud tyres tested to keep you from sliding into trees this winter.
122. Fitness Questions with Matt Hart
Keeping fit this winter. Should you go night riding? What about running? Matt Hart answers all.
126. Route Guide: Exmoor
Benji takes on the sandstone and gorse of this West Country classic.
138. Singletrack Premier
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142. Outro – classic photos
Martin Hawyes trialsing in Paris: Chipps scans another slide from the archives.