August’s issue of Singletrack Magazine is about to head to the printer for printing and through the digital pipes so that you can read it in a variety of electronic formats. It’s a leap forward in technology from ye olden days, 150 issues ago, but at its heart it remains the same. Stories and articles designed to make you grin, roll your eyes in wry recognition, or just inspire you to go and ride your bike. And after such a wet July, perhaps you’re in need of a little extra encouragement to get out there and do battle with the brambles? Join us today…
Countdown to membership cut off for the next print issue of Singletrack World Magazine
Whatever format you choose to read, you can be sure of a great mix of adventure, information, opinion and imagery to stoke the imagination. Make sure you’ve signed up and kept your payment and address details up to date by 25th July to secure your access to this edition.
What’s Inside Issue 150?
This issue’s cover is by James Vincent. Hike-a-bike on the front cover… part of a big adventure, or a reminder you don’t need that mountain biking can be hard?
Camera: DJI Mini 3 Pro
Settings: 1/3200 sec, f1.7, ISO100, 6.7mm (35mm equivalent = 24mm)
‘Rider’: Luke Ellis Bradley
Location: South Glen Shiel Ridge
The South Glen Shiel Ridge is an impressive row of seven Munros that stretches for over 5 miles and dominates the skyline to the south of Glen Shiel in the Scottish Highlands. You might have noticed it if you’ve ever driven to Skye towards Shiel Bridge… Or maybe not if the weather was particularly Scottish. Relatively early into the traverse of the ridge, just after the descent off Creag Mhàim, the trail narrows and forms an exposed rocky spine, barely inches wide. Like much of the ridge it proved impossible to ride, and if we wanted to move forwards there was no option but to shoulder our bikes.
This Glen Shiel adventure will be in a future issue of Singletrack World. Stay tuned!
Chipps celebrates our 150th edition.
International Adventure: Limestone Cowboys
Can Franky Simmons really enjoy the delights of a new country when he’s racing through it at high speed on a stage race?
Interview: J(im)-Tech Suspension
Steve Chapman talks to the man who makes your suspension work better than when it left the factory.
Column: A few feet away
Anders Engberg measures the gaps between doubts, dreams and delivery.
Purposeful Adventure: Land Lost
Pete Scullion looks at some of the industrial scars that mark the ‘unspoiled beauty’ of England’s Lake District.
UK Adventure: The Three-Wheeled Amigos
Antony de Heveningham finds out the unique challenges that taking a trike round an event like the Dirty Reiver poses.
Chipps brings you his summer wardrobe favourites.
Classic Ride: Ben Mac Do It
Amanda takes advantage of Scottish access laws to do some Munro bagging by bike.
Bike Test: Motorhead
Benji takes his iron fist of judgement to three full powered e-bikes with three very different motors.
Interview: ‘Who died and made you Keeper of the Peak?’
Hannah chats to Chris Maloney to find out what keeps him giving up his free time for the benefit of mountain bikers.
Singletrack World 150th Celebration
The team reminisce about their time here, and the times things didn’t quite go to plan.
Last Word: How Did We Get Here?
Hannah reflects on the moment where ‘doing’ becomes ‘being’.