Fresh Goods Friday 632: The Brandy Absorbing Edition

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This is the second to last Fresh Goods Friday of the year, so you may be hoping for an abundance of nifty gadgets that we’ve been gathering as gifts for loved ones. None of those parcels have arrived, and there’s now only one member of the editorial team working*, so I (Amanda) have free rein to pad this out with whatever I want. I present to you some animals that have only made it into my life thanks to mountain bikes.

*Though Hannah never fully switches off

First off, the dogs. Featured are some of many dogs that I have the pleasure of knowing. If you don’t like dogs please leave skip to the next gallery.

Here is my first successfully reared moth! The caterpillar made it’s way in on my shoulder after a ride on the canal:

Lastly, for those that haven’t clicked away to look for bike content, here is the second best moth I have ever seen. At La Thuile Bike Park this summer, we took a break to calm our nerves and nature did it’s part in bringing us back down to earth with this incredible Hummingbird Hawk-Moth:

This is a big part of why I ride bikes. They get me out exploring and meeting people, and with that comes a bunch of neat wildlife and people with dogs. All the best things in life can probably be linked to cycling 🤔

Before Benji disappeared to fill his days with Brandy and trips to Hobbycraft, he left this for all. Arguably better than a slow motion video of a moth:

Get yourself prepared for those Christmas Day ‘debates’ with the fam.

Orbea Beer Bribes

  • Price: Journalistic Integrity
  • From: Orbea

‘Tis the season of clinking boxes arriving at SIngletrack HQ. This week’s alcoholic backhander comes courtesy of Orbea and a nice big box of beers. Four different types of ale in total. Orbea makes the best bikes in the world, in case you didn’t know.

Madison Women’s Clothing

  • Price: Roam women’s 2.5L waterproof jacket £89.99, DTE women’s 3-Layer waterproof shorts £89.99, Roam women’s stretch pants £59.99, Roam women’s lightweight packable jacket £69.99, Roam gloves £26.99
  • From: Freewheel

Madison clothing is always a generous fit – Pictured clothing is all a UK12. For reference Amanda wears women’s medium Nukeproof Blackline trousers, 32in waist jeans, but we don’t have her up-to-date measurements because she’s forever fluctuating thanks to a hormone imbalance, and the discovery of vegan Elmea Double Cream on a mince pie.

Madison Men’s Clothing

  • Price: Roam Men’s 2.5L Waterproof jacket £89.99, DTE 3-Layer Waterproof Trousers £119.99, Isoler Merino Waterproof Socks £34.99
  • From: Freewheel

A bunch of Madison riding apparel for fellas. The jacket is yer classic 2.5 layer fairly lightweight, reasonably waterproof jobbers with a decent array of pockets and opening adjustments. The colour is down here as “Chili Red”. But it’s clearly orange. The socks are very much Sock Tech: Next Generation. In other words, they aren’t the shapeless yet stiff waterproof socks of yore. They’re much much supple and cushy. Madison’s DTW waterproof kecks have always been popular winter wear for many a folk. The latest versions look a little bit nicer tailored and cut.

Trutune MTB Fork Insert

Black magic time! Trutune: “Plug and play magic cartridge for mountain bike air forks, powered by activated carbon. Despite taking up space inside your fork, it increases its effective air volume, creating a plusher and linear feel. Short models are aimed at heavy riders, E-bikes and a more aggressive style.”

We have both (Standard and Short) sizes in for test (in Fox 36/38 flavour). The insert can be used in conjunction in regular volume spacers, so long as you aren’t exceeding the stack length of the fork’s maximum recommended amount of spacers.

Shimano SM-MA90-F203P/PM

Technically this didn’t come from Freewheel. It came from Ross. It’s an early Christmas prezzie for me [Benji] as I’m a bit fed up with bodging callipers to fit 180mm PM forks and running 203mm rotors. I have loads of 160-to-203mm adapters. I have loads of +20mm adapters. Praise be to this blessed SM-MA90-F203P/PM! This will be by far the best prezzie I get this year. Certainly the most appreciated anyway.

You Can Own 2023

The Singletrack 2023 Calendar is packed full of a whopping 13 months of good vibes, running from December 2022 all the way through to December 2023.

And it gets even better: We have added lots of handy advice, such as, on June the 1st we suggest you wash your helmet pads. We have also marked up all the full moons, and super moons, as they make for the best night rides.

Gift Digital Subscription

‘Membership’ is the same as ‘subscription’, except the content is experienced on-screen, instead of on-paper.

This is what the recipient gets:

  • A year’s full digital membership of Singletrack World.
  • Unique voucher code and full instructions on how to redeem it.
  • A full year’s worth of Singletrack World Magazine digital issues (6 in total).
  • Online access to all our back-issues!
  • Access to exclusive Members Only online content.
  • Access to downloads, like classic ride GPX files.
  • Access to our collection of iBooks.
  • Ad free viewing of website.
  • Discounts on Singletrack World merchandise.
  • Half price back issues of the magazine.
  • Once activated all digital services are available IMMEDIATELY.

Note: At checkout you will be given the option to receive the emailed e-voucher to your email inbox (for printing out and putting in a card etc, or for manually forwarding), or you can get the e-voucher sent directly to the recipient’s email inbox at a date of your choosing.

Wired Puncture Repair Mushroom Patches

  • Price: £9.95 12 pack
  • From: Ebay

Not willing to give in and replace a tyre with a monster hole in it, or can’t find stock of your preferred rubber anywhere? Rhys has turned to eBay for a bargain solution. Steps not pictured included using a hairdryer to heat mould it on, and thoroughly cleaning Amanda’s bath afterwards.

Titanium Screw in your Skull

  • Price: £1950
  • From: The Dentist (not NHS)
tooth implant

Charlie says… As the owner of several titanium frames and even some handmade Moonmen Ti riser bars, I am familiar with paying out for titanium. However, this one beats them all when evaluated on a fun:cost ratio basis. At only 5mm wide and £1,950 it is by far the costliest bit of Ti in my life, whilst also being zero fun. Actually, that is not true, it was negative fun. When they drill into your skull the noise is incredible. You can’t feel anything, but a reverberating skull sounds amazing, but not in a good way. In about another £1,000 or so a fake tooth will fill this gap.

On the plus side I am now conditioned to view any titanium bicycle product as absolutely excellent value for money.

Thread Of The Week

This week’s winning post comes from StirlingCrispin for this timely enabling of getting out rides because you just can\t really be bothered and you just want to enjoy doing nothing for the rest of the year thanks…

Every week the winning TOTW in FGF gets a prize. And it’s now the fabulous majestic Singletrack x Granite Designs RockBand Strap that is to be awarded. So G’DAY! to StirlingCrispin. Please email Please include your postal address, as it really speeds up delivery times.

Ah’ll sithee!


While you’re here…

Festive Five Minutes

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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  • Fresh Goods Friday 632: The Brandy Absorbing Edition
  • oldfart
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    Your analysis of Madison Chilli Red is correct . Proper term should be You can see it from Space Orange 👍😁

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    We have a couple of hummingbird hawk moths often on the buddleia near my bike shed.

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    Your analysis of Madison Chilli Red is correct . Proper term should be You can see it from Space Orange 👍😁

    100% agree, I bought one this year and haven’t had a head-on in single track ever since. Otherwise an excellent Jacket I thought.

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    It’s not that I don’t switch off, it’s just that I like it here.

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    it’s just that I like it here.

    I don’t have any friends either, just my STW internet friends 😀 :p

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    Never seen one of those moths before. Bloody awesome that 😀

    I did have this in my garden a while ago. Bonkers things moffs.

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    I have pretty full-on mottephobia, a truly pathetic phobia- but these guys are adorable.

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    Who does Stan belong to? Needs more photos of Stan.

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    You featured Lezyne tubeless pro plug mushrooms a while back and I have been waiting for them to be for sale somewhere. I did get some Hutchinson RepAir, which has thick patches and uses flexible superglue, but as with all superglue once opened to use it goes off and never lasts much longer than six months. And my only anchovie fix was fairly permanent until I removed the summer’s seale t from my non mud tyre.
    I want Lezyne mushrooms!!

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    @bigblackshed Stan belongs to Ross, I did a quite accurate doodle of him that I’ll post when I’ve found it! He’s quite a character

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    Needs a big like button.

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    Totally agree – we need more pictures of Stan. Perhaps a regular feature?

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    More dogs please. Fresh good Friday & Mega Mutts Monday?

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