Some of you may be barely digesting your Christmas edition of Singletrack Magazine – and if you were lucky enough to be given a gift membership make sure you activate it so that your magazines start arriving! But while we’re not going to rush you to read December’s magazine – the slow enjoyment of good things being a valuable commodity right now – we do want to warn you that the deadline to join us in time to receive February’s edition is fast approaching.
Why deny yourself a small pleasure? Go on, sign up today and know that whatever else the year might bring, there will be six glorious issues of Singletrack Magazine coming your way, plus a host of Member benefits and online discounts.
Now let’s extend the pleasure by adding in some anticipation. What do we have coming for you in February’s issue?
Issue 135 Cover – Pete Scullion
The master of the brooding sky and awesome light, Pete Scullion, brings us this issue’s cover. With the rider perfectly timed and positioned in front of the sun – or is it a passing comet on a far flung otherworld where two suns offer perpetual daylight for the lucky mountain biking lifeforms?
Classic Ride – Reeth
The original idea for this Classic Ride was to try to find something as close as possible to Barnard Castle, for reasons we can’t quite remember. Alas, things didn’t quite work out that way, so instead Barney went to Reeth. Which is quite near to Barnard Castle. Nearer than London, anyway.
Pete’s Pros – Jamie Edmondson
Getting dropped from the Seagrave’s set up doesn’t seem to have done Jamie any harm, having bagged an U21 EWS and an Elite DH podium this year. What will 2021 and beyond hold for this rising star?
Kit Essentials – Pumps
You need a pump. In fact, you probably want two – a big one for home and a little one for on the trail. Check out the pumps that keep us rolling and stop us feeling flat.
The Seatpost Guy
Barney goes to visit The Seatpost Guy. If you’ve forgotten to lube your seatpost, he’s the guy you need – through some sort of sorcery he can remove your seatpost without damaging your frame. Barney takes various truth serums and spells with him on his quest to find out the secret that’s more closely guarded than the recipe for Coke.
Tour de Ben Nevis
Sanny has good reasons not to go to the top of Ben Nevis, but going round it doesn’t seem like such a bad idea for a summer’s day ride.
If At First You Don’t Succeed…
The source of our cover image, and with enough glorious shots to adorn a whole year of magazine covers, Pete reflects on a route that kept defying him and weighs up whether it’s better to give up when you’re ahead, returning again (and again) another day.
New Year, New Bike?
We test three bikes from Ibis, Orange and Revel which are newly available on our shores. All in the ‘ride up and down’ category. All in the ‘more than a little bit but less than a lot of travel’ category. How do you choose when bikes are this good?
New Zealand Trucking
How do you get into the middle of nowhere, before heading off to the edge of nowhere on your bike? One option looks like you trade off effort and replace it with terror. Tony Hutcheson and Jamie Nicoll go exploring, New Zealand style.
Riding the Iron Curtain
With travel further afield off the menu, Markus Stitz takes a trip back to his childhood home of East Germany, for what turns out to be a thought provoking tour of this former borderland.
After a year when group rides have been largely off the cards, Chipps explores the reasons why some people ride alone year in year out. Is it out of logistical need, mental necessity, or perhaps no one else shares their idea of ‘a good ride’?
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