Fresh Goods Friday 477 | The Post Pub Crawl Edition

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We have had an awful lot of parcels coming through the door this week, but hardly any of them are for Fresh Goods Friday. Instead, we’ve got exciting items like a bulk order of Oat Milk (Amanda), a clothes rail (Amanda), sushi ingredients (Chipps), secret Christmas gifts (Charlie), and puppy training mats (Ross). Sadly for Amanda, she is a poorly little lamb and has been unable to come to the office to collect all her deliveries. She even missed out on the Singletrack Staff Christmas Walk And Pub Crawl Tour, which was ably (and on reflection, inappropriately) led by young Downstairs Tom, who is not really old enough to know where the pubs are. Poor Amanda. She even missed out on the many handmade treats that our Commander In Chief, Zoe, had made to keep our legs tramping. Anyway, we digress…

As well as all the staff online purchases, there has of course been a huge pile of giveaway goodies that are heading towards the Mega Sack and our lucky daily winners. No idea what we’re talking about? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! It’s the Giant Christmas Singletrack Countdown Advent Giveaway! We’re giving away heaps of great prizes, and using all the fingers and toes in the office we’ve figured out there’s nearly £8,500 worth of bike goodies to be won. Blimey.

For those that don’t want to win free stuff, or those that just can’t get enough of fresh new product, let us climb over the great wall of Other Things That Have Been Delivered and check out what we have in Fresh Goods Friday 477.

Singletrack Issue 128 with FREE Calendar

Now in stock!

This issue comes packed with adventure, our Editors’ Choice awards, and even an examination of suspension designs over the year – and tagging along for the ride is a free 2020 Calendar so you can make sure you’re in all the right places at all the right times. If you’re not a subscriber, you want an extra copy,  or you want to buy a gift subscription for a friend, don’t hang about – the last issue of Singletrack sold out in just two weeks!

Great North Trail Guide

This is a route guide to the off road route from the Peak District to John O’Groats. Cycling UK says ‘The 800-mile Great North Trail links the Pennine Bridleway with the northern tips of mainland Scotland, through some of Britain’s most stunning upland areas and four National Parks. Plans to extend the Pennine Bridleway into Scotland were proposed in 1999, but 20 years later, we’re still waiting. So Cycling UK decided to take on the challenge and develop an alternative route which you can ride right now. This route isn’t perfect. Sometimes, an ideal connecting trail is designated as a footpath rather than a bridleway, so we’ve had to take the long way round and include a quiet on-road section. In places, we’ve managed to negotiate permissive access, but in other areas, the process is still ongoing. The route will continue to evolve as we campaign for increased off-road access for cycling, bringing opportunities for adventures by bike within reach of everyone.’ This new guide will show you the way, with maps and points of local interest – ideal whether you decide to ride it all at once, or in short sections.

Zine Tube Cage

So handy, Chipps has already fitted it to his bike.

The mounting plate bolts to your frame, then gives you a strap that you can use to hold an inner tube in place. This might well be a great use of secondary bottle cage mounts like those we saw recently on the Norco Sight. As well as being super secure, making use of the bottle cage mounts may well help quell the fears of those worried about scuffing up their paint job with a strap that wraps round the frame.

Troy Lee A2 MIPs Helmet

Black and grey camo doesn’t work against blue…

Troy Lee Crank Jacket

A waterproof jacket made of ‘Bluesign’ approved fabric (meaning it meets certain environmental standards) with reflective detail and a large shoulder vent and laser cut underarms vents. There’s a small rear pocket, and it says ‘Crank’ on the left hip. And Chipps is wearing it.

Troy Lee Skyline L/S Speedshop Jersey

Also made with Bluesign approved fabric, this jersey has been redesigned for this year in ‘colours and graphics that are easier to wear’. No, we don’t know either. But it’s nice and soft and technical fabric, so Chipps ought to be comfy – he never seems to worry about colour much any way.

Troy Lee Skyline Shorts

Squatting for effect

Is black easier to wear? These shorts are black, but they’re also available in ‘bourbon’ which is a rather fetching Caramac-brown colour. The DWR coating meets Bluesign requirements, and waist adjustment straps meet your mince pie eating requirements.

Troy Lee Sprint Jersey

With a tapered cut for a race inspired look, this is another Bluesign approved product. Cuff panels apparently keep your sleeves from twisting and rucking when riding. So Chipps is all set for hucking.

Troy Lee Ruckus Short Shell

With two inner thigh vents plus a vented phone pocket, there is no need for any overheating in these shorts. There’s a rear 2-way stretch panel with breathable mesh, two poppers keep your waistband snug, and velcro waist adjustment too.

Troy Lee Raid Knee Guards

Unfortunately we remain unprotected from those socks.

Protection for your knees, in the form of D30 material. These are ‘pull on’ style pads with a velcro strap up top for snugging up the fit. Neoprene provides a robust construction, while vents in the neoprene stop you stewing.

Polaris Tor Insulated Jacket

Adhering to the theory of keeping your core warm, this jacket is insulated and windproof in the body, but has lightweight arms and hood so you don’t get too hot when pedalling. The hood will fit under your helmet on ear chilling days, but is light enough to be tucked out the way when not in use. It’s a lightweight jacket with more coverage than a gilet, that you could carry with you stuffed into your pack just in case.

Howies Doyle Waterpoof Jacket

A waterproof, windproof, packable jacket from Howies. With taped seams and breathable fabric, you’ll keep dry while wearing without turning into a baked potato. And should the wet stuff stop falling from the sky (or splashing from the ground), you can stuff it into the Napoleon pocket and stow it away from safe keeping.

Julbo Quickshift MTB Goggles

These are new MTB specific goggles from Julbo, developed with their sponsored riders – who include king of enduro, Jerome Clementz. Different lenses cover different light conditions – including night riding. They’re double glazed to help keep them fog free. For added ventilation, two inserts are held in place by magnets and can be removed to give your cheeks more air.

Julbo Fury Glasses

With a vent almost the whole way round the lenses (they only touch the frame around the nose piece) these shouldn’t steam up when you go beetroot on a climb. The material on the ear-stems sticks to skin but not hair, so they’ll stay in place without annoying painful tugs. They come in a range of lenses for different light conditions, and different frame colours for different fashion conditions.

Tunes!

The office is rather quiet here today (shh, there are sore heads after the long walk yesterday, everyone is dehydrated from the pub crawl, er ‘exertion’…), so you’re not getting a playlist. Instead we’re going old school FGF stylee and you get one long song with a video that is not good for sore heads. We highly recommend you pop over to YouTube and read the comments.

Happy weekend people. May the shops be quiet, your snot quotients be low, and your spirits be high.

ST Out.

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Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (3)

    More accessory price humour! £25 for a velcro strap! Brilliant

    Get well soon Amanda 🙂

    I glad to see you’ve got your copy of the Great North Trail book, i’m waiting for mine to arrive but received an email today saying delivery has been delayed 🙁

    Really looking forward to getting it though as the route looks really promising – don’t think I’ll be doing it all in one go though.

    I can’t find an option to purchase the Great North Trail book on the Cycling UK website. Do I need to be a member or am I missing something?

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