We’ve been so distracted with extreme weather changes, new bikes and Chipps’ holiday photos that this issue really has crept up on us. That’s not to say we aren’t prepared though – quite the opposite. This one is a belter! And we’re rather excited to tell you about our new potato starch packaging. Using 100% biodegradable, compostable, recyclable and reusable bioplastic packaging, your next issue of Singletrack Magazine will arrive safe and dry through your door, a little carb-heavy, but you don’t pay postage so that’s our problem.
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You’ve got until midnight on Friday 15th March to subscribe in time to get Issue 124 of Singletrack Magazine delivered to your door.
Let’s take a peek at what’s inside…
Interview: Dan Atherton
Chipps caught up with Dan Atherton for a tour of his extensive back garden and his plans to bring the masses to the Dyfi Valley.
Singletrack 124 Filth Camp
Ever been annoyed by mesh toed shoes? Wondered who thought short sleeved waterproof jackets were a good idea? Or bemoaned the drying time of your waterproof gloves? We took one of those people responsible for that sort of thing, and gave them an education in The Way Of Wet Dust. What can a desert dwelling product designer learn from our tour of as much cold mud as we can find?
Singletrack 124 Classic Ride: Isle of Wight
If you get on a boat, it’s a holiday, not a day out. Dean Hersey takes us on a tour of the whole island, and still gets us home in time for tea. It better be fish and chips.
Still Going: DMR Vaults
Hannah’s pedals have made a lasting impression on her.
Singletrack 124 Interview: Grayson Perry
Grayson Perry might have been riding mountain bikes for 30 years, but Hannah thinks he’s yet to discover the best bits.
International Adventure: Rich Rothwell in Colorado
It was all going so well until…he got to the start line? Rich takes on an arduous race through Colorado.
Bike Test: Long Haulers
Antony de Heveningham checks out three different approaches to carrying an awful lot of stuff on your bike. This is the bike test for anyone dreaming of riding until your hair grows long and your eyes a little starey.
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Behind the Scenes: Bounce Cycles
Barney checks out this suspension tuning, bike building, lathe turning hub of unexpected activities.
International Adventure: Vanlife, Whistler
If you’re thinking of spending some time on the road, instagramming your adventures and living your best life, this tale of close proximity, smelly kit and car park views might give you the dose of reality you need to stick at the day job.
Pete’s Pros: Joe Barnes
Pete Scullion continues his series of riding with the pros, by donning baffies (slippers to you non Scots) and having a chat with the cheery cheeky chappie who’s having a change of scene this year.
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