Singletrack Issue 139 – Are you waiting for it to land, or missing out?

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Hopefully you’re one of our many Singletrack World members that are eagerly and excitedly awaiting the next issue of the magazine. And if you’re not, now’s the perfect time to join us and join in the fun. Not only will you get this upcoming issue delivered to your door (or electronic device of choice), but you’ll also be able to access all our Member benefits like extra online articles and useful discounts with a range of retailers.

This issue will be coming to you in early October, and will take your mind off the fading light, encourage you to get back into night riding, and remind you that waterproof socks are your friend. Bikes are great all year round, here’s what will help you remember that (or give you an excuse to just stay indoors and read!)

Editorial

Chipps wonders what the trails are like when he’s not out riding them.

UK Adventure: Tour de Food

The Singletrack Staffers get reacquainted over a group ride where everyone feels at home at some point.

MTB Family Tree: Fffashion

Mountain bike clothing has never made it to the high street in the way surf and skate clothes have. It’s no wonder, really.

International Adventure: Sick on the Silk Road

Markus Stitz needs all the reserves he has to finish the race, only his body’s not for keeping much in.

Singletrack Kitchen: Mean Beans

Charlie brings us a one-pot casserole to come home to in the colder months.

UK Adventure: Going Nowhere

Anna Cipullo proves that bikepacking on your doorstep can be just as challenging – or fun – as a far flung adventure.

MTB Culture: Jamie in Carbonite

Onetime MTB journo Jamie Hibbard gets back on a bike after too long away. Is it really just like riding a bike?

Bike Test: Weight Wee-E-Nies

Andi and Mark test out three bikes from Orbea and Specialized that each takes a different approach to being a ‘lightweight e-bike’.

Classic Ride: Salisbury Plain

Dean Hersey squeezes in a perfect evening ride, golden hour in a green and gold landscape.

Catch My Drift: Stoke

Barney Marsh blends hearsay half-truth in search of the origins of ‘stoke’.

Pete’s Pros: Elliott Heap

Pete catches Nukeproof Chain Reaction’s Elliott Heap on a day off, and hits the tourist trail.

UK Adventure: Military Traces

The landscape around Dunbar reveals traces of military goings-on and puts Sanny in a philosophical mood.

Kit Essentials: Riding Trousers

The Singletrack Teams reviews the long-legged riding gear that’s been keeping their calves covered.

International Adventure: Lost Trails of the Occitan Alps

Holger Meyer moves in where the locals have moved out, and finds a lost network of trails for those that work to reach them.

Last Word

Hannah wonders whether our attitude to full face helmets is due for a rethink.

Issue 139 Cover

What far flung place features on this issue’s cover? Is that the islands of Vancouver? Maybe it’s somewhere in Alaska? Nope, that camera wizard Pete Scullion has been at it again, on his home turf: Scotland.

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  • This topic has 22 replies, 16 voices, and was last updated 1 week ago by Chipps.
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  • Singletrack Issue 139 – Are you waiting for it to land, or missing out?
  • Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    When is the issue with the 2022 calendar?

    Premier Icon Hannah Dobson
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    @howsyourdad1 The calendar comes with the December issue

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Now that sounds like a good read. 👍

    Premier Icon fatbikeandcoffee
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    Waiting expectantly

    Premier Icon kingofthetoys
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    Cover shot looks superb

    Premier Icon Scott Biles
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    Still reading Issue 138, 1 Article per night before turning off the bedside lamp. Will 139 arrive before I run out of things to read?

    Premier Icon Nigel Leech
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    Plenty there for me to look forward to! 😊

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    i glance through the mag online about 3 times a year… but essentially i just don’t bother.

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    E bike review?
    Is [mega] dissapoint. 😒

    Premier Icon Hannah Dobson
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    @thegeneralist less of a generalist then? All bikes are good!


    @weeksy
    read a whole copy and send me your thoughts. Feedback is always welcome. Different people like different things, and if only the loud and shouty people tell us what they like, that’s all we know about.

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    @stwhannah
    You know what i’d like to see, some grass roots racing. Obviously i’m quite biased that my lad is now doing DH and Enduro racing, but every weekend there are stories and stories on different races… Issue 138 has some in it, which is absolutely brilliant.

    I think the problem you’ve got it appealing to all riders, you simply cannot do it… The stories on overnight camping trips, they’re not for me… the tests on XC bikes, again, not for me… but they could easily be right for way more people on here than me…

    As far as magazines go, i think STW is great… but i’m quite specific in my needs.

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    less of a generalist then? All bikes are good!

    Touché 🙂
    Though the nom actually refers to a general liking for different sports rather than a liking for different genres of cycling.

    However although road bikes and cargo bikes are also good, I have no interest in reading about them
    Having said which, I know I am in the minority so I’ll accept it. Was just giving my standpoint as a subscriber to help support editorial decisions about future content.

    Premier Icon Hannah Dobson
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    @thegeneralist well that’s a whole debate isn’t it! Where do we draw the line on bikes we cover? Is it all off road bikes? Or all off road bikes with flat bars? Do they have to have a suspension fork? Or a tyre over a certain width? Can it have a motor? Maybe we need a column so you can all debate this in the comments 🙂


    @weeksy
    do you follow our Making Up The Numbers content? There’s some good race stuff in there.

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    you follow our Making Up The Numbers content? There’s some good race stuff in there

    No idea what that is sorry. As I say, I barely read anything outside of the forum.
    A lot of it seems to be directly from pinkbike, I don’t know who gets it first, you or them but it’s very similar a lot of times.
    The main stw homepage, I rarely go to. Sorry

    Premier Icon Mark Alker
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    It’s a podcast

    Premier Icon 10-1
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    Still reading Issue 138, 1 Article per night before turning off the bedside lamp.

    Same!

    Premier Icon stumpy01
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    Any chance of an article about cash-starved, time-starved mountain bikers who live on the fringes of Lincolnshire with no decent local riding, riding outdated 26ers that are poorly maintained and are one medium sized rut away from falling to bits?
    These riders do however have access to plenty of Guy Martin bike wash and an STW tea towel.

    It would be quite a niche article, admittedly.

    Premier Icon adrian adams
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    Can’t wait for the new issue, usually take my time over the mag but read most of it on the train down to London a few weeks back. Only got one article left to read and I’m kinda holding out on that until the next mag is due.

    Premier Icon snotrag
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    Looking forward to the Orbea Rise Review. One of the only E-bikes, along with the Levo SL, that I have any interest in!

    Premier Icon brakestoomuch
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    I’m looking forward to another story from Markus Stitz. I really enjoyed his ride along the path of the Berlin wall. Should have some cracking pictures, too, if his Instagram account is anything to go by.

    Premier Icon stwtony
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    Looks stonking! Can’t wait for mine to land 🙂

    Premier Icon Chipps
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    “Any chance of an article about cash-starved, time-starved mountain bikers who live on the fringes of Lincolnshire with no decent local riding, riding outdated 26ers that are poorly maintained and are one medium sized rut away from falling to bits?”
    We did do a Classic Ride there a few years ago, in the, er, wilds of the Wolds. I enjoyed writing it. Perhaps we need a return, eh?

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