Singletrack Magazine Issue 124 : Filth Camp 2019

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Chipps tries to teach Californians about winter riding and ends up learning as much about himself.

Words & Photography chipps

“Come to the UK in February! The trails will be wet and muddy. It might snow. Our goal is to get you miserably cold and soaked! It’ll be fun!” So read the invitation that I’d sent out to a dozen American (and Spanish) brand managers and product designers. All part of my ongoing campaign to teach desert dwellers a lesson when it comes to making products that those in the colder, wetter bits of the world can use. 

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Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.