Well, the Premier Dealer we’d lined up this week has run into internet problems so instead of depriving you of your chance to win some rather nice prizes on a Tuesday, we’ve decided to step in and give you a little look behind the scenes of Singletrack Magazine and a chance to win some goodies we’ve rounded up.
Who are you?
We’re Britain’s only independent mountain bike magazine and website, delivering eight issues of high quality words and pictures each year, plus news, views, reviews and general entertainment daily via the insanely busy singletrackworld.com site, with one of the world’s busiest forums – but then you know all that because you’re here. It’s weird trying to interview yourself.
Yes it is. What’s your current best selling/hottest product?
Subscriptions! With a pick of digital or print subscriptions, all our subscribers get much more than a magazine every six weeks. We’ve got exclusive online competitions like, erm, Tuesday Treats, exclusive video, features and photos available for digital download, the massive, 76 issue strong back catalogue available at subscriber’s fingertips.
We also do a pretty good line in mugs.
Which product/brand does every staff member have on their bike?
The common thread between everyone at Singletrack is the fact that their bikes use pedals and wheels but beyond that we’re a broad church. We’ve got gravity enduro fiends, all-day all-mountaineers, ‘cross racing junkies, cycle commuters – basically people who just like riding their bikes, wherever and whatever that is. We’ve done everything from the Trans-Provence and Megavalanche to the Three Peaks CX, Ritchey Trailmasters and even mini downhill races and we’ve ridden and reviewed bikes from 24″ jump bikes to 29″ all mountain rigs and all things inbetween.
What was the last custom build you did?
Designer Sim is currently building a Norco Revolver 29er up. It’s got SRAM Rise carbon wheels, an X9 groupset, SID forks, Reverb dropper post and righteously massive handlebars. It’s got 100mm of four bar travel at the back matched to the same up front for all-day adventuring and general pinning, and with Pantone enthusiast Sim at the helm it’s basically going to be the best colour coded big wheeler that’s ever touched rubber to mud.
Tell us something about your staff that no-one knows…
Every morning the staff gather for a ten minute long session of synchronised Tai Chi to purify us for the day. We have three regular office dogs, none of which actually belong to anyone in the office. Our coffee bill runs into the thousands of pounds. Our company song is ‘Hot for Teacher‘ by Van Halen. Chipps takes lead vocal duties, except on Fridays, when it’s performed on a rota system.
Is there a regular shop ride or forthcoming event you think our readership should know about?
Come winter we usually do a night ride from the Stubbing Wharf every Wednesday or Thursday. For those in the know we have our Northern Trade Gathering every November to satisfy the parts of the bike industry others cannot reach – and each weekend you’ll probably find us on the trails of the Valley.
What do Singletrack Premier subscribers get from you?
What – apart from an award winning mag, discounts at a load of bike shops with our Premier card, more digital downloads than you can shake a mouse at, route guide downloads, exclusive competitions, a massive archive of back issue mags and a new issue each six weeks? Bloody loads is the answer.
Anyway, up for grabs this week we have a couple of goody bags full of stuff from the office. You’re guaranteed a couple of rare bike T shirts, some DVDs, a few bike bits, books, bottles, hats plus some can’t-be-bought-for-love-nor-money items from the desks of the staffers.
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(Endura Convert Waterproof jacket, an Endura Superlight Waterproof short plus an Alchemy Goods iPad sleeve)
(Endura Helium Jacket, a pair of Endura Singletrack 2 3/4′s and a Broadway clutch