These are not easy times for almost everyone right now, and we know this at Singletrack as individuals and as a business. Let me explain, and then ask for your help.
Advertising is awful right now. Not just because it’s worth is less that it was just a year ago, but because we are currently so reliant on it. Our way forward as an MTB community is through you, our members. We want to be more responsive to what drives you to be part of our community and less reliant on income from advertising. We want fewer ads for you and for ourselves. The ads you do get we want to be relevant and useful to you. We really want them to be better and that is why we are appealing for new members to come and join us.
Over 6,000 mountain bikers have joined us for their mountain bike news, reviews and random points of view. The more of you that join us as full members, the less we need to look to our advertising revenue to pay our bills. But also, the more of you join us the more powerful Singletrack becomes within the bike industry and the more good work we can do. Such as this great example.
Great Independent Bike Journalism.
If you haven’t already read it I’d like to point you at Hannah’s recent article on Warranties. This was an article inspired by you and the community you are currently a part of. It was necessary and we think it serves as a real example of the power of our journalism. That feature took Hannah a great deal of time and focus to produce – it was expensive, but we want to be able to do more articles like this and better serve you all as a result.
But we need your help to do this.
Whether you are one of the 6k+ existing full members, a free member or just an observer, there are ways you can help support us and the rest of the Singletrack community.
Pay a little more for your current membership.
Did you know that you can actually name your price and change how much you pay for your annual membership? We have a minimum price of £45 for a print & digital membership and £25 for a pure digital, but you can actually increase that amount if you want to give Singletrack a little extra help.
How? You can dig through your account settings if you like to find the button or just click this button below.
It works like this. You pay a little extra, now, pro-rata. If for example you are half-way through your current membership cycle (Your renewal is 6 months away) and you added an extra £10 to your next renewal, the system will charge you 6 months of that increase now. Basically, you would pay £5 today and then an extra £10 at renewal in six months.
Confusing? Don’t worry. The system will calculate the little extra donation payment based on when your next renewal anniversary is. Also, any extra amount you choose to pay can be changed at any time so you can reduce it just as easily as increasing it* – You are in control.
*subject to our minimum prices (£45 & £25 for annual memberships)
Become a Full Singletrack Member.
So, you have not already joined us as a member? That’s ok, we have two great introductory offers for you. When you become a member, it is not only great for Singletrack, but it’s also pretty damned good for you too. You get:
- Member discounts
- Magazine in print and/or digital format
- Digital access to every Singletrack magazine ever.
- Advert free website.
- Member only content
- And lots more
Special Offer 1: Half Price Membership.
Use code HELLO55 and your first year of membership is half price. That is only £22.50 a year of print membership where you get the magazine landing on your door mat, and £12.50 for Digital membership where you get all the perks such as advert free website and digital access to all our magazines ever.
Special Offer 2: Free Timber Bell Worth £27.99.
Timber Bells are rather clever bells that you switch on and off. They do an amazing job of clearing trails and keeping other trail users happy. And this is a really bloody good offer. You see you can be a Digital member for only £25 (or Print Member at £45) and we give you a bell worth £27.99. That is one hell of an offer. £25 for a £27.99 component and full membership. Simply use code HELLO56 at check out.
Join around 2,000 digital members and 4,000 print members.
Thanks for supporting ST. We really could not pump out the magazine, quality content, awesome photography and the forum without you. You do make a difference. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Click here to pay a little extra, and then get out on your bike before the rain starts again.
Mark and the Singletrack team.
Introductory offers explained: Yes, we know introductory offers can look odd to our loyal existing members. However, it is a very normal business practice that has proven to work very well for us. New members stay with us for many years, so a little deal on the first year is good for Singletrack, and good for the new member. As an existing member you have already had years of magazines, forum nonsense, and good biking times. So, please don’t feel short changed. It has all been brilliant and great value for money. You know I would often buy a new bike when it was launched in the spring, and then see it discounted at the end of the summer. But that summer of blasting dusty trails in the sunshine was worth it. And this is especially true looking back as an older biker. That 1997 FSR with betamax 26” wheels, rubbish travel, delicate innertubes and barely effective V brakes was worth every undiscounted penny. – Charlie Hobbs.