You can go to the pub. No you can’t. Not yet, but you will. You can queue at Primark. You can probably go camping. You can go to places, but the loos will probably be locked when you get there. You can’t go to Durham, but you can go to Bournemouth. But please don’t.
Who knows? All we know is that you’re still allowed to ride bikes, the countryside is mostly open and those brambles and nettles are poised to re-take it if you don’t get out there and whack them into submission with your elbows and knees.
The sun has been shining. It might not last forever (hey, it’s British summer, what did you expect?) but we hope you’ve been making the most of everything while you can. And even if the pubs are shut still, there’s nothing to beat a chilled can of something tasty pulled from a rucksack at the top of the hill. We wish you distant cheers for this weekend. Oh, and in the meantime, let’s see what lockdown-busting goodies have been zipping through the letterbox this week.
Orange Five Evo LE
- Price: £5300
- From: Orange Bikes
The Five Evo is one of the first 2021 bikes that we have seen from Orange. The bike launches today alongside the larger wheeled Stage Evo, but Andi has spent the past few weeks on the 27.5in Five Evo to bring you his impressions here. Orange developed the Five Evo to see what was capable on a bike with a short-travel suspension platform but geometry that would normally seen on a larger bike. Reach on the large frame is 485mm, the seat tube angle is 76 degrees and the head angle is set at 64 degrees with a short offset fork. Although longer in reach than a standard Five, the Evo is actually slightly shorter in top tube length thanks to the steeper seat tube. Travel on this bike is 130mm on the rear, and 140mm on the front and the build kit of this LE model uses choice components from Hope, Burgtec, RockShox, Shimano and SDG.
Marin Rift Zone 1
- Price: £3195
- From: Marin Bikes
This minty beast is the 2020 Marin Rift Zone 1. It’s a carbon-framed trail bike that’s intended to be long, low and aggressive, whether you’re chasing seconds, or just your pals to the bottom of the hill. It uses Marin’s MultiTrac suspension at the rear for 125mm travel, with a Marzocchi Bomber 2 up front with 130mm of trail soaking. It’s come in for an upcoming magazine test, so stay tuned!
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Brooks Brick Lane Panniers
- Price: £165.00
- From: Extra UK
Ready for a big shop! No pub bike is complete without means to transport beer these days, since pubs aren’t actually open. They attached to the rack with four buckles and have a bungee on top for your pineapples and watermelons.
Evoc Capture Hip Pack 7litre
- Price: €100.00
- From: Evoc Sports
For the cameraman that doesn’t like a sweaty back, this Evoc Capture hipp pack has enough room for a DSLR and several lenses. There is a front pocket for all your little bits, and a pull out rain cover to protect your precious cargo from splashes. We’re sending this off to James Vincent to put it to the test on his local Lake District trails.
Canyon Eject Hydration System
- Price: £27.95
- From: Canyon
Designed with small frames in mind, the Canyon Eject Hydration System is two 400ml bottle side loaded into a cage that has some handy hooks on top to load your tube, pump etc. onto.
Singletrack ‘Lockdown’ Organic Tea Towel
- Price: £12.99 (With discounts for Singletrack Members)
- From: Singletrack Shop
We are pretty damned pleased with the cover of the latest issue of Singletrack (available here… link… https://singletrackworld.com/shop/issue-131/) and what better way to capture this cover for posterity than the great British tradition of sticking it on a tea towel? It is big, it’s organic, and it will dry your plates. If you are the sort of misguided soul who thinks they do not need a tea towel, we suggest you take a marker pen and add a chap with an arrow in his eye. You can then hang this on your wall and call it a tapestry.
And now, to sign off, one of the most evocative songs about still, restless, red hot June days: Big Dipper by Cracker
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