Here we are, sliding into the weekend early! It’s Good Friday and Hannah is still in America bike-bothering, Amanda is off to the Cairngorms to play ‘It’ll Go’ on her new test bike, Charlie is heading to Devon to upset everyone there… and the rest of the team are decorating eggs together on a canal boat.
It’s been a busy week here, but we’ve got through it, because it wasn’t a full week. Starting the Good Friday Fresh Goods Friday Goodness, here’s Jack White on the slide guitar. That can be our theme… People named Jack, playing slide guitar.
- Price: £2,890 – £5,350 depending on model (ours is the base model)
- From: Lauf
OK, so possibly not that fresh after Hannah’s ridden it for miles in Iceland and Calderdale, but it’s new to the world. The Seigla (Icelandic for resilience), is the new bike from Lauf, which retains the overall geometry of the True Grit but adds tyre clearance and frame compliance for a fast and comfortable ride. Check out Hannah’s review over here.
Singletrack Forum Bottle Opener
- Price: £7.99 (members get a cool discount)
- From: The Singletrack Merch’orium
Charlie says… The Singletrack forum really is one of the most amazing corners of the interweb. Where else can you find practical information on not only bikes but also removing Sudocrem from a cat? One danger with the forum is the very real risk of tumbling down a rabbit hole of wisdom/wisdumb without being properly prepared. With your forum wellbeing in mind we have developed this near essential forum tool.
It is a quality stainless steel bottle opener that subtly reminds you why you are using the forum. What’s more, at a generous 180mm length it boasts one of the best beverage to leverage ratios in the kitchen. Hold on, that doesn’t rhyme. Either read it in an American accent and say “beverage to leather-age”, or an English accent and “beaver-age to leverage”… but that just sounds wrong.
Race Face Atlas Flat Pedals 2022
- Price: £159.95
- From: Silverfish UK
The all new Atlas Pedal features a sleek new body design. Aimed for Downhill, Enduro, All-Mountain and eMTB, the pedals have a wide, thin, and concave alloy body with a Cro-Mo axle on oversized cartridge bearings and bushings.
Race Face Ride Pedals
- Price: £39.95
- From: Silverfish UK
The Race Face Ride pedal features a slim nylon composite platform, a concave and lightweight design, and moulded pins give you all the grip you need without risk of damaging your shoes or shins. Available in 9 colours, somehow we ended up with black!
Hope Technology Pick and Mix Headset
- Price: ZS44/28.6 Type 2 £40, EC44/40 Type H £40.50, Head Doctor Expander £19.99
- From: Hope Tech
Bought for Amanda’s new bike, these headsets were chosen for the quality of Hope Tech components, and the ease of purchase. Pick and Mix parts selected from the same drop-down menu on sites such as CRC and Wiggle are great if you really don’t enjoy online shopping, and just want it over with.
Michelin Mud Enduro Tyre
- Price: £64.99 each
- From: Silverfish UK
29 x 2.35 weighing ~1050g, the Michelin Mud Enduro tyre is designed for… any guesses? The road! Jokes. It’s a mud tyre. Just in time for summer.
Peaty’s x Chris King Tubeless MK2 Valves
- Price: £26.99
- From: Silverfish UK
Integrated valve core remover cap & spoke key tubeless valves, available in 12 colours. Made in collaboration with Chris King. We think the Chris King input is no more than a logo and approval of the colours, but we may be wrong.
- Price: Pricing starts at €59.95. UK pricing TBA.
- From: i-Ride
Laylo e-bike Display Mount
- Price: £20.00
- From: Laylo.tech
Occupying that category of ingenious designs that are so simple but potentially brilliant that you wonder why nobody has ever done this before comes the Laylo e-bike display mount. Designed for the Bosch Purion digital display and controller to mount it in a less vulnerable position on the side of your stem rather than on top of your bars, with the use of a shim, it can be used for pretty much any digital controller, gps or even phone. Sanny has already been using it on a Specialized e-bike he has been riding and is liking the fact that he can rest it on the bars without breaking another display controller again (not that he has done that before, of course – once would be clumsy, twice would be plain daft).
Stravaig Torsa Bumbag
- Price: £65.00
- From: ghyllside.co.uk
This neat little bag from newcomer Straviag is their first foray into the bikepacking market and it bodes well for future products. It features a 3 litre roll top compartment and a zipped pocket for quick access to smaller items. It can be used around your waist, on your handlebars or in combination with a handlebar harness and dry bag. It comes supplied with 2 x Voile 9″ nano straps for attachment to handlebars. Available in a range of colours to match your riding outfit of the moment.
- Price: £300.00
- From: 7mesh.com
Occupying the rarefied air where bikes meet mountains and you need a jacket for every weather condition rests the 7mesh Skypilot jacket. Built around Gore’s 3 layer Active shell for maximum breathability and weighing only 250 g. the jacket has a helmet compatible hood and two proper hand pockets that aren’t mesh lined but feature waterproof fabric on the inside. Sanny has been ragging the heck out of this particular jacket in the mountains and will report back soon with a detailed review.
The Trespasser’s Companion
- Price: £14.99
- From: Hive
Many of you will have read Nick Hayes’ earlier book ‘The Book of Trespass’. This follows up on that theme, in a call to action. It pulls together the words and agendas (agendum?) of various people and groups with an interest in outdoor access in England, and collectively it’s a call to action. In the introduction it says ‘you can get angry or you can get organised’. This book might make you do both.
Singletrack World Issue 142
By now, subscribers should have started receiving their magazine in the post. That means the Digital, Kindle, PDF and all the extras are available now. The Classic Ride GPX could be your Bank Holiday Weekend plan?
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