Throw-back Thursday: Revolving Evolution

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The beauty of having an online Mag Archive of every issue of Singletrack we’ve ever published at our finger tips is that we get to go back in time and read some awesome old magazine features that would otherwise languish forgotten and unread in our print archive cupboard. Throw-back Thursday is our new regular Premier review of some of the best features we’ve published in the mag over the years, reformatted and presented here as a web feature. Think of it as a reminder that just because it was published years ago doesn’t mean it’s irrelevant  today.

To kick off our new weekly series of reformatted web features we thought you’d like this short feature from BBC tech guru, Andy Armstrong (formerly webmaster of this parish) in light of the current wheel size debate that is currently raging (almost literally in some case).

Revolving Evolution was first published in Singletrack Issue 4 (2001)

Think your bike is an inanimate object? Think again. Something as simple as changing your grips could have a serious effect on the wellbeing of your rear derailleur.

It’s raining so I decide to do some maintenance in the hope that it’ll get bored and give the sun a chance to shine later. The bike needs some love and attention; I bought it second hand a few weeks ago and haven’t done much to it since. I start to investigate a loose headset, which should take seconds to tweak, but before long things are spinning out of control and I’m cannibalising another bike for its stem, bars and headset cap. When I eventually get out nearly an hour later, it’s still raining just as hard and the bike’s brand count is up by about 150/o with all the borrowed bits it now sports.



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By Andy Armstrong


Comments (3)

    Great article – part of the reason I like tinkering with bikes – I can’t help think you gave chosen this for its irony though, as it is becoming harder and harder to swap parts between bikes

    I was reading this thinking back to happier, simpler times before the rise of so many competing “standards” which have made such tinkering a bit more limited in scope. We can’t even agree on wheel sizes any more. This doesn’t bode well for the errant tinkerer…

    What happened to Andy’s photo archive online, I wonder? Somewhere therein lie images of me about a half hour before I acquired a dirty scar on my shin forever more.

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