Fresh Goods Friday 616: The Loamer Edition

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Loamer. This appears to be the word of the year within hip mountain bike circles. WTF does it mean? I’m not exactly sure. Something very soily? Especially if it’s a freshly made track? It probably means different things to different people and no doubt there’s plenty of folk using the term incorrectly.

Have you ever been dirt? Did you care?

Patagonia Dirt Roamer Storm clothing

  • Price: £290 Jacket, £270 Pants (Mens & Womens)
  • From: Patagonia

Not Dirt Loamer. Dirt Roamer. Outerwear for less summery times from Paragonia. Here we have Dirt Roamer Storm Pants and Dirt Roamer Storm Jackets, for both males and females.

Waterproof, breathable, recycled shell fabric. Abrasion-resistant reinforcement in key areas. Bike-specific tailoring. PFC-free DWR finish. Fair Trade Certified sewn in Vietnam. The jakcets have 3/4-Length front zip ‘smock’ design. Helmet-friendly hoods. Jacket packs into secure rear pocket, or can be rolled into cinch hood and tied around the waist with jacket arms. Which is rather neat.


Screaming orange slippers from DMT. Light, fast, extremely comfortable. Knit technology creates an extremely light XC/marathon shoe. Michelin outsole. Double BOA Fit System closure. Integrated upper construction that “adapts perfectly to each rider’s feet.” Also available in black if you don’t dig the jaffa lifejacket orange shown here.

Lifeline Pro Bike Workstand

Vital stats… Height adjustment: 120cm – 198cm. Max weight: 40kg. Adjustable dual cantilever jaw clamp system. Magnetic tool tray. Designed and developed in the UK.

Keep an eye on this here website for a review very soon. Like, very, very soon. We’ve had this stand for a while but have kept forgetting to include it in Fresh Goods Friday!

Britain’s Best Bike Ride

The LEJOG (Lands End to John O’Groats) is arguably the most well known cycling route in the UK, it’s estimated that in excess of 10,000 people undertake the challenge of riding ‘end to end’ and there are countless variations of routes that get you from the country’s most south-westerly point to the most north-eastern. But which is best?

Well Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh have the answer for you. They’ve spent countless hours over the last six years researching and riding to create the LEJOG1000, a 1000 mile route that takes you through the absolute best bits of Britain.

Reynolds and Walsh have engineered a route that has universal appeal, and have compiled a thorough guide that contains maps, elevation gain graphs, rest stop recommendations and (maybe most importantly!) where to refuel with suggestions for all the best eating and drinking establishments en route. But alongside all of this is their telling of the story of the places you pass through, the history of towns and villages, the geography of the landscape and sharing glorious photographs of the best views. Take your time and enjoy the scenery or challenge yourself to complete the 1000 miles in a set time, however you approach the route your bike is the perfect way to experience the best of Britain.

Canyon Framebag Long Bracket

We first encountered one of these excellent party pouches on the Canyon Spectral 125 and we loved it. It mounts on bikes that have those twin accessory bolts (usually on the underside of the top tube). It holds just about all you need for your regular rides: a multi-tool and your ‘puncture solution’ of choice.

Canyon Flat Headset Cap

  • Price: $14.99 (can’t find UK price at the mo!)
  • From: Canyon

System Integration can be great but sometimes it can be a bit annoying or restrictive. Most Canyon bikes that we get come with a system of headset spacers that key into a specific Canyon stem and headset cover. Which is fine and looks great. But presents a problem if you want to try a different stem on the bike (which, as prissy testers, we often do want to try). Enter this ‘plain’ headset cover for Canyon bikes. With this, you can run any stem (and spacers) you want.

Specialized SL Range-Extender Batteries

  • Price: £340.00
  • From: Specialized (well, technically borrowed from Charlie)

Mark went on a big ol’ Lakeland adventure (to be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine) and needed some extra juice for his Specialized Turbo Levo SL. So he borrowed a couple of piggyback batteries from fellow Levo SLover Charlie. Each fo these batteries has 160Wh which roughly translates into an additional hour or so of hilly riding.

Was this enough? Did Mark complete his mountainous mission? You’ll have to wait and see. Safe to say, it wasn’t all plain sailing (or mountain biking).

Titan Cordless Hand-Held Portable Pressure Washer

  • Price: £114.99
  • From: eBay

Six metre long suction hose allows water to be drawn from any fresh water source (not the canal then, even with the built-in water inlet filter). 5.0Ah Li-Ion battery. 90 minute charge time. 120Ltr/hr max flow rate. 5-in-1 nozzle.

To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set

Charlie says: “These have been a staff favourite on this long hot summer of long rides and trail picnics, and now we have a third colour option with indigo blue. However it was not all straight forward. The delivery went missing inside the ST office. We had a picture of it being delivered, but it had vanished. Theories as to what happened to the blue bamboo cutlery ranged from “I don’t understand, they will turn up one day” through to “We must have panda bears nestling under the floorboards, who come out at night and eat our bamboo merch”. The truth was Amanda took them off to be photographed. And “Amanda” does sound quite a lot like “A Panda”…. so our theory was only one letter out.”

Singletrack Reader Awards 2022

It’s that time of year again. As of an hour or so ago, we announced that nominations are open for the Singletrack Reader Awards 2002.

Click in the banner above (or the textlink above it if you’re graphic-phobic) for your chance to nominate in the following categories:

  • Most Desirable Mountain Bike
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  • Trail Team
  • Community Builders
  • Bike Industry Paying It Back
  • Best Photographer
  • Best Writer
  • Best Trail Network or Trail Centre
  • Mountain Bike Personality Of The Year

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Orange Switch 6er. Stif Squatcher. Schwalbe Magic Mary Purple Addix front. Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra rear. Coil fan. Ebikes are not evil. I have been a writer for nigh on 20 years, a photographer for 25 years and a mountain biker for 30 years. I have written countless magazine and website features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrackworld. Although I am a Lancastrian, I freely admit that West Yorkshire is my favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without me riding and exploring the South Pennines.

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    I was told this week that as it is illegal to discharge sewage into canals (because it would be trapped in there) that’s it’s actually cleaner in most uk canals than it is in rivers. Quick dip anyone? 🤢

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    They have special poo-dumping-zones, but imagine if your pot was full and you can only travel at 4mph to get to the nearest waste disposal pond

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    3 pics of the hose, 2 of the nozzle and not a lot of the pressure washer itself (one distant, the other out of focus) – perhaps not the most helpful choice of shots?

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    That canyon flat headset cap can go straight in the bin along with the plastic spacers they do. Ihave this system on my Spectral and it made a horrible creaking noise.

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    @sargey2003 How about now? 🙂

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    Reminds me, I must sort out my Worx one for sale… (coming to a classifieds near you soon.)

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    Autumn loamers….. mmmm ! Can’t wait!

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    Just this week I got the titan washer from Screwfix for £80.

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    The delivery went missing inside the ST office. We had a picture of it being delivered, but it had vanished.

    So you ordered your own merch from your own shop to be delivered to your own office?

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    If, indeed, ‘”Amanda” does sound quite a lot like “A Panda”’ – has @amandawishart thought of capitalising on this rare gift by auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent?

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    That Stooges album is the beginning of punk and one the greatest albums of all time. Give it a listen and marvel at what was going on in 1970.

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    @Amanda – perfect response, thank you 🙂

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    @Fazhure_Freeride Raw Power FTW 👊

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    Fun House for me.

    Non-fascinating fact – we have the kids version of that ToGo Ware set, and the tiny knife from it went missing for several months before it was located down the back of one of Chipps Chippendale’s sofas.

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