Issue 146: In Praise of Petrichor

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Mountain biking smells aren’t just of damp shoes and disappointment. There’s joy to be found in the company of a good trail nose. Words by Chipps, photography by Mark Do you remember your first off-road ride? Of course you do. Those tend to be burned in to our memories: the…

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Chipps Chippendale

Singletrackworld's Editor At Large

With 23 years as Editor of Singletrack World Magazine, Chipps is the longest-running mountain bike magazine editor in the world. He started in the bike trade in 1990 and became a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the last 30 years as a bike writer and photographer, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish, strengthen and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

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  • Issue 146: In Praise of Petrichor
  • Gunz
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    It has a name! The smell I have drawn deep into my lungs since my first youthful rides and which has kept me company through the intervening Winters, thank you.

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    Early 90s MTBing smells for me were GT85, cold(!) pine forests, strangely long cigarettes, petrol and damp/mouldy/sweaty track mitts.

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    It has a name!

    the chemical responsible is called Geosmin.

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    Yep. GT85 is what mountain biking smells of.

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