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Adventure comes in many forms. This issue we go to opposite ends of England in search of some very different trails.
In TRAIL HUNTER Tom Fenton battles the Helm wind in a ride through the last wilderness of England. Cross Fell and High Cup Nick provide the backdrop for this issue’s quest to check out the finest trails the UK has to offer.
At the other end of the country, Tom Hutton takes us on a tour of the Isle of Purbeck. White chalk cliffs and a ferry ride make for a perfect day out in this issue’s CLASSIC RIDE.
Further afield, in a level of adventure that many of us will prefer to experience vicariously, Pete Scullion teeters along a ridgeline trail in the Alps that will have you gripping the arms of your chair. Don’t look down, don’t fall left (or right), don’t catch a pedal, and don’t spill your tea as you read this SPINEOLOGY feature.
If all that adventure is getting too much, sit back and read words of wit and wisdom from our regular columnist Jason Miles, and Room 101 judge Charlie The Bikemonger. Because riding bikes should be fun.
Making sure racing bikes is fun too, Lee Craigie introduces us to the MAN OF PORAGE race. You have to be invited to take part, and if you win it you have to organise it next year. This year’s rules included mandatory face painting, extra points for cafe stops, and being good at Scrabble was nearly as important as your ability to ride a bike. Join us for a peek into the race we’re all hoping to be invited to next year.
Keep your wheels turning and your brain cells firing with our tech features.
This issue we check out SUB £1,500 CARBON WHEELS. We’ve tested six wheelsets, and the three winners are reviewed here. And even if you’re not in the market for carbon wheels, you’ll learn plenty about how they differ from one set to another, and why.
With elite riders choosing to race XC on full suspension, we figured we ought to see what’s turning their heads. Wil puts three FULL SUSPENSION XC BIKES from Giant, Scott and Specialized to the test.
What’s been rocking our world this year? Check out our pick of the best events, kit and tech in EDITORS’ CHOICE 2017. It’s got to be really special to make our hit list!
Premier Edition – EXTRA 32 Pages
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Berne Broudy heads to Norway to discover the trails that the locals themselves are only just discovering. Hike a bike, slippery rocks and trail for miles – and you get to sleep on a boat and wake up in a new location for fresh trails the next day. Sounds like a winning combination to us.
WE WORK HERE: TALKING TRICKSTUFF
Jeans to work, dogs round your ankles, and lots of shiny bike components – that’s our kind of workshop. We head to Germany and discover a happy family of bike enthusiasts who are always looking to make things just a bit better.
COLUMN: LIFE CYCLE OF A RIDING SPOT
Antony de Heveningham charts the rise and fall of your local woods.
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