With the sad news that the Malverns Classic is definitely cancelled this year and postponed until next year, it looks like we all have another spare weekend to fill with bike riding, shed building, gardening, baking, clearing out, going to the tip, painting the kitchen and organising all of those 26in tyres. Just like, well, every other weekend this summer so far. At least the weather might improve – OK, who are we kidding. It’s time to order in the firewood, light the fire and curl up with a hot copy of Fresh Goods Friday!
Pipedream Cycles The Full Moxie
- Price: £1,749.00 frame and shock
- From: Pipedream Cycles
The Full Moxie from Pipedream Cycles can be run as 27.5in, 27.5+, 29in or mullet. Air or coil 140-146.3mm shock, fork compatibility 140mm-160mm, a seat tube designed with dropper posts in mind (OneUp One Eighty in this build), and geometry aimed to give a fun and capable ride whilst still being super playful. A long front end and a slack head angle for confident descents and a steep seat angle to keep you balanced for efficient climbing. Available in Long or Longer sizes and paint options of orange, pink or blue, we’ve got a Long orange built up with DVO suspension, Shimano Deore XT brakes and drivetrain, and a mismatch of components everywhere else.
Endura Hazzard Racing Jersey
- Price: Gift
- From: Pete Scullion
Amanda likes to choose brightly coloured bikes and wear black kit so as not to distract from them. This jersey, however, is her new favourite and will be worn with pride. A cat with lazer beam eyes, by request from Joe Barnes. Please all contain your jealousy.
Singletrack Lockdown Organic T-shirt
- Price: £24.99, with discounts for members
- From: Singletrack
Lockdown was the perfect time to prepare for the next adventure, but all the time not knowing when that would be, or what conditions it would be under. There is a sense of “build it and they will come”, or “Noah diligently built his ark, and low n behold the rain did come like a vicious wet bastard, he cocked up a bit and now we don’t have any unicorns” (approximate quotation). It’s all about having trust in the cosmic order of things, faith that your efforts will be rewarded.
What’s more, you should always keep a skateboard in your vehicle. “You didn’t stop skateboarding because you got old, You got old because you stopped skateboarding”. Jay Adams 1961-2014.
Beate Kubitz Classic Ride Greetings Cards
- Price: £9.99
- From: Singletrack
Here we have a selection of cards printed with watercolours from our classic ride illustrations, so you can send your friends and family a bit of mountain biking joy. The four watercolours are: Pennine Bridleway In The Snow (148mm x 148mm), South Downs Big Sky A5 (210mm x 148mm), Calderdale Descent (148mm x 105mm), Glen Sligachan Dark Mountain (210mm x 148mm). They are blank on the inside, and are supplied with a nice envelope too.
Natur Boutique’s Turmeric Tea
- Price: £4.45
- From: naturboutique.co.uk
‘A Spice For Sports’ – Over the last few years the popularity of turmeric as a health product has soared. It is suggested that the use of curcumin reduces the perception of muscle pain associated with exercise, reduces muscle damage and increases muscle performance. It is also known to have an anti-inflammatory effect, so we’ve given it to our in-house hippy Amanda.
SRAM G2 Ultimate Brakes
- From: SRAM
Winner of Editors’ Choice by Hannah, SRAM G2 Ultimates have tool free reach and pad adjustability, so it takes very little effort to get the lever exactly where you want it and the brakes biting just where you need them to. They’re a subtle design, made fancy with some rainbow bolts.
SRAM XX1 Eagle 12-speed Chain
- Price: £60.99
- From: SRAM
This wonderful rainbow chain from SRAM has 126 links. That’s 126 rainbows to bring a smile to your ride.
Nukeproof Horizon V2 27.5in Wheelset
- Price: £249.99 rear, £149.99 front
- From: Wiggle
This slick looking wheelset (only one pictured because Amanda likes to keep things box-fresh) arrived for a very important role. Firstly, they will be acting as spares for her Nukeproof Reactor in the Alps, and when they get home they’re jumping onto an Identiti AKA. The hubs aren’t a harsh clickety sound, they’re more a polite purr. We’ve heard good things about these wheels so hopefully they should stand up to big mountains and Calderdale tech.
Portland Design Works Takeout Basket
- Price: US$115
- From: PDW
This natty basket is headed for a (t)rusty town bike where it’s expected to do a hard job of hauling artisan beers from Hebden Bridge and Thai food from the Golden Lion. Being a Portland Design Works item, it has some smart features, like a waterproof, roll top bag that clips into the rack frame so your sushi doesn’t go skyward. There’s an integral U-lock holster in the front as well as an accessory socket to bolt on a light mount. UK stockists are Bikemonger and Dean Forest Cycles, but it seems everyone is sold out. Get pre-ordering now.
PDW Hot Take Beverage Holder
- Price: US$25
- From: PDW
When you absolutely have to ride with your coffee on your town bike. Seriously, who does this? When do you get time to sip, in between not being U-turned into, or rollerbladed at? OK, so apparently lots of people do ride with insulated mugs and Kleen Kanteen type steel containers. This holder is for you. It’s pricy, but hey, it’s only about four superdeluxefrappamochas and it promises to keep them safe, while fitting to handlebars or racks. Enjoy!
And from Hot Take, to Hot Stuff… This should get you revved up for a hopefully hot weekend of bike riding and good times. And it must be time to rewatch The Full Monty. Set in Sheffield, home of Steve Peat – It’s virtually a mountain bike movie! OK, maybe not…