What’s Inside Singletrack Issue 146? Out Today!

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If you receive a printed copy of the magazine each issue, it’s now in the post – we can’t be sure exactly when it will land with you, but if you’re in the UK and you’ve still not got it by 28th December please email us. That’s a bit longer than usual, but with the postal strikes we’re expecting some delays. If you’re outside the UK, it might take up to a month to make its way to you, across the sea and overland, so hopefully it’ll be with you by 8th January.

If you want to read the magazine online, or you join us today, you have other options too:

  • You can download a pdf of the magazine here. This is an exact copy of the printed magazine.
  • You can download an ePub version of the magazine. This is a more basic version of the magazine, with fewer pictures, that you can read in a variety of electronic book programmes, such as iBooks, or on an iPad.
  • You can download a Kindle version, for your Kindle. Like the ePub version, this is optimised for Kindles, so has all the words, but far fewer pictures.
  • Read the articles online. (Behind the Paywall) We’ll be publishing them over the next week or so, so look out for them popping up on the homepage, or check back here to see what’s new each day.

If you were already a member by 25th November 2022, you can also download the interactive app version of the mag from Pocketmags, which has all the same content as the web page versions, but with all the swipe and tap interactivity you get with an iPad – which is what you need to read this version. We get charged for every download in this format, so you only get access to the versions created while you had an active membership – so if you want a back issue from before you joined us, try one of the other formats above.

Both the Pocketmags and online versions of our articles contain some extra features, like more images, plus some videos – but it doesn’t smell like our printed magazine, and it’s riskier to read it in the bath. If you want a printed copy of any of our magazines – maybe you usually get a digital version but a paper one would be good for a holiday – then head to our shop.

We’d really love to know what you think of the redesigned magazine. Is it easy to read? Is there anything you don’t like? Anything you loved? Head to the comments and let us know, or complete this survey.

What’s inside?

For those of you who have watched the latest Joe Barnes film, this might look familiar. Shot by the ever energetic Pete Scullion during the making of that film, it shows some very UK conditions.

Editorial / We Are Not Alone

Chipps encourages us to get to know our ride-group neighbours.

International Adventure / Bring Your ‘Eh’ Game

Tim Wild heads north for an epic British Columbia trip. Will the stress of the planning pay off?

UK Adventure /Slymefoot Slide

Is it bikes or biscuits that holds Rick Hamilton and his newfound band of bikepackers together as they trial a new Northumberland route?

Editors’ Choice 2022

The very best products of the year, as picked by the Singletrack staffers.

Singletrack Kitchen / Bacon Jam

Charlie combines some of his favourite foods into one densely flavoursome hit.

A Flying Start

Hannah spends a day in Marin at the birthplace of mountain biking, with the happy community of people that created it.

Bike Test / Mountain Bikes For Winter

Benji leads the test team through the winter murk in order to find the ‘perfect’ winter mountain bike.

Classic Ride / Porlock Pleasures

Chipps ventures just that little bit further west than normal and discovers peace, quiet and trails from the sea and all the way deep into the hills.

Pete’s Myths / Nesbyen Huldufolk

Pete chases shadows and Manon Carpenter in their search for this Norwegian myth.

Last Word / Mountain Biking Soup

If Hannah has you over for tea, don’t eat the soup…

And, if you’ve got a print copy, then you’re also getting our free 2023 calendar!

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Hannah Dobson

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I came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. I like all bikes, but especially unusual ones. More than bikes, I like what bikes do. I think that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments. I try to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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  • What’s Inside Singletrack Issue 146? Out Today!
  • Mark
    Full Member

    Who has received theirs?

    MrOvershoot
    Full Member

    I usually get mine the day after you say its in the post 🙂

    For some reason I have good post service and can’t remember the last time any of the couriors failed on a delivery. #JustLuckyIGuess#

    salsaboy
    Full Member

    Not me, yet.

    tall_martin
    Full Member

    Nope!

    brakestoomuch
    Full Member

    I got mine Saturday, earlier than I normally would. Perhaps Royal Mail prioritised it ahead of the strikes.

    matt_outandabout
    Full Member

    Who has received theirs?

    Likely on the doormat – ours tends to arrive quickly.

    stwhannah
    Full Member

    @brakestoomuch How does the smell compare to usual? The first thing my daughter did was sniff it!

    Yak
    Full Member

    Yes, arrived a few days ago.
    Smell? Not sure. The mag has made it’s way to the toilet reading shelf, so any subtle print aromas are sadly lost.
    Cover pic is a proper ripper though. Tremendous.

    thepurist
    Full Member

    Not arrived yet – but our post is properly messed up with some black friday brake pads only just delivered


    @Yak
    – slightly too much information there!

    mtbfix
    Full Member

    Not in Reading yet.

    brakestoomuch
    Full Member

    @stwhannah Sorry, my nose is too cold to smell anything at the mo. I like the mix of fonts (although now I’m wondering if you always did that and I didn’t notice) and the pictures seemed more striking this issue. I miss the full version of We Just Work Here, including Thanks To and Brought To You By (it was fun to wonder why). Overall, I like the new look. Now I just have to find time to read it, maybe over Xmas.

    thegeneralist
    Free Member

    Cover pic is a proper ripper though. Tremendous.

    Was gonna WTF but then opening it out to full A3… it is quite good

    Colin-T
    Full Member

    Got mine on Saturday. Only had a quick browse so far but really like the new look.

    captain_bastard
    Free Member

    Just got mine, which considering the strikes and weather, is not half bad!

    onewheelgood
    Full Member

    Got mine this morning in Warwick

    fatbikeandcoffee
    Free Member

    No sign of mine yet in Hampshire, probably strikes :/

    Will wait patiently.

    stwhannah
    Full Member

    @brakestoomuch yes, different fonts is a new thing. Glad the pictures seem more striking too – that’s been a big part of the plan.

    I wasn’t sure if anyone ever read the We Just Work here bit – now I know you do!

    jimster01
    Full Member

    Still waiting here in Malvern 😤

    roger_mellie
    Full Member

    Arrived today in North Wiltshire. Smells nice. Text is readable (more so than previous, so thanks for that). Haven’t read any articles yet.

    Not a fan of the cover photo at all – basically I’m not a fan of carving trails into virgin hillsides without any thought as to what happens to that ground or whether it’s sustainable, which is what appears to be going on judging by the associated video. How long till the remaining top soil ends up at the bottom of the hill? Not very sympathetic IMHO. (And yes, I do understand how the majority of bridleways etc have evolved in the UK over time).  Anyway, I’m sure to some it’s looks ‘rad’.

    flyingpotatoes
    Full Member

    Arrived yesterday 🙂

    IdleJon
    Full Member

    Smells nice. Text is readable (more so than previous, so thanks for that).

    and

    Not a fan of the cover photo at all – basically I’m not a fan of carving trails into virgin hillsides

    +1

    The calendar will go straight in the recycling bin, which is disappointing because I used to like it. It’s now an advert per month. I’m not likely to have a boring profile picture of an Orbea on my wall for a month because they’ve sponsored a page. There’s also a disconnect between the rad-wheels-in-the-air type of riding suggested by the calendar and the more sedate type of riding described in the mag each month. (The first article is a bike-packing article that could have been done on gravel bikes and been printed in Cyclist or Cycling Plus mags.)

    stwhannah
    Full Member

    The calendar is sponsored because quite simply it couldn’t continue to exist if it wasn’t. I do think the pictures in it this year are better and less corporate than in the recent past. On balance, I think I’d rather have the calendar and have it sponsored than not have it all, but others may feel differently?

    Yak
    Full Member

    I’m good with the calendar. My son takes it for his room. But it does look a bit like orbea have the main and footnote pics the wrong way round. Surely the main pic should be the action/riding/scenery and the footnote to cover the product?

    jimster01
    Full Member

    My first subscribed Singletrack, used to buy it from my lbs, came through the post this morning, love it!!

    Wife isn’t impressed though, but I am finding the articles inspirational.

    mtbfix
    Full Member

    Landed today. Hooray! New font is much easier on my ageing eyes. I’d prefer ‘proper’ maps alongside the rides but I presume that incurs licencing costs and/or loss of komoot income?

    MrOvershoot
    Full Member

    As predicted It arrived this morning 🙂

    Calendar is a bit Meh as apart from a few pictures its nothing like my type of riding (never worn a FF helmet) but I know it probably brings in £ from Ad revenue.

    Not yet got to read never mind look at the cover of the Mag.

    Cowman
    Full Member

    I wanted to say that I really like it.  The images are fantastic, and the change from the paper and ink over the last few editions is really noticeable.  I like it, but if market forces dictate, I’d understand if you needed to go back.

    The font choice is fab.

    The calendar is ready to go up in my lads room, we really enjoyed looking through it last night saying had we been there, or would we put it on the list.

    So in short it’s a thanks from me, and yes, I appreciate the changes.

    stanley
    Full Member

    Not received yet, but I can have a good guess what will be in it…

    The stories/features that have appeared on the main page over the last week?

    Happens every time. I excitedly open the latest magazine and think, “Hang on a minute… I’ve already read this!”

    thepurist
    Full Member

    Arrived yesterday for me – generally like the redesign, readability seems improved, images seem a bit zingier (is that a technical word) and the page layouts are more interesting. The only downside is that some of the content now looks similar to some of the ads – I know some other publications they use this to their advantage by having ‘advertising features’ where an ad looks like it’s part of the content so maybe it’s an intentional step?

    Oh and the smell – similar fragrance but a bit less pungent. And that’s before it got the @Yak treatment 😀

    stwhannah
    Full Member

    @thepurist I think it’s more the case that Amanda tried to place ads so they look like they’re part of the features! She’s especially pleased with the ad in the Orange review 🙂 We’re certainly not trying to make features look like ads – and if they are sponsored features it’ll be clearly marked as such.

    tractionman
    Full Member

    This issue I liked a lot, all the features are much more my cup of tea, my only suggestions would be to add captions to all the photos as I like to know where they’re of, some images have them and some don’t–plus on the maps, I know they’re featuring Komoot (which I don’t use) but I like a ‘proper’ map, call me old fashioned but an OS map’d do me just fine, not just a blue loop on a green background… (p.98)! If Komoot uses OSM, then adjusting the map layers for the image capture in the feature would make for a more effective map, showing more useful topographical information about the area and the route.

    cheers,

    Keith

    hodge
    Full Member

    Not yet.

    twistedpencil
    Full Member

    Arrived this morning along with a backlog of other post.

    Looking forward to opening it this evening.

    honeybadgerx
    Full Member

    Has anyone north of the border got it yet?

    dander
    Full Member

    Not me.

    tractionman
    Full Member

    depends which border 😉

    mine’s arrived up here in ‘the’ North…

    honeybadgerx
    Full Member

    tractionman
    Full Member
    depends which border 😉

    England / Scotland, not Yorkshire / Lancashire if that’s what you meant!

    tractionman
    Full Member

    @honeybadgerx I’m on the other side of the Irish Sea so ‘north of the border’ carries a whole different meaning over here on the island of Ireland!

    vmgscot
    Full Member

    That’s my copy arrived (East Ayrshire). First print edition in a while (just switched back from digital).

    Glad to report the photos do appear much better print quality than when I dropped print sub previously.
    I like the font on some of the articles (easier to read) but the font seems to be inconsistent from article to article (maybe just the size) throughout the magazine – is that due to number of words vs space thing?

    amandawishart
    Full Member

    @vmgscot Could you share which articles you find easier to read? I’d be keen to know the preferred fonts, and also if 2 column or 3 column layouts work best.

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