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26″ ain’t dead

There’s a cycle to things. Fashions come around and if you keep them long enough your kids will eventually think your teenage clothes are totes lit, or something. Some things never go away, they just get reinvented.

This week I went to a conference about magazines – bizarre, perhaps, in a world where ‘Print ain’t dead’ has been a claim made by an ever diminishing few against a backdrop of digital noise and extinct publications. However, there were lots of students there who are studying publishing, or journalism, or graphic design. It is interesting (and encouraging) that there are still young people who think that there is enough of a future in human generated content that they’d spend years studying these things.

I would have liked to hear more from them about what they think that future looks like. They seemed like an interesting bunch. Politically, socially and environmentally engaged. I suspect that they’re not studying with aspirations of creating ‘top tips for striking eyeliner’ or ‘fast fall fashions’. I suspect they’re there, hoping they might get to change the world, just a little bit.

Social and digital media are criticised for creating echo chambers and bubbles of shared interest. Magazines (and books) allow you to be in your own, healthier, bubble. And print allows you to really absorb and digest away from distractions. To think without being shouted at, to form thoughts and opinion without pings of validation or dissent. And then to pass that bubble along to someone else, for them to digest, slowly, thoughtfully, in peace and at their own pace.

Print costs a lot to do well. And it takes resources – staff and environmental. Trees, water, energy – human and power. Whatever you put in print should respect that. It should be something permanent enough that it’s worth that cost. And it should be worth passing on. If it’s not funny, or moving, beautiful or thought provoking, or changing the world, should it be in print? Print ain’t dead – it’s just distilling into something better, and if those students are anything to go by, it’ll be rad AF.

‘26” Ain’t Dead’ has been a refrain in the bike world for some time – long after new high end bikes have stopped appearing with 26 inch wheels. But up and down the country people are still slithering around in the woods and grinning on their 26 inch wheels because they still work quite well thank you. It only really matters if you’re counting seconds between race tape, or want to be able to choose from a full array of modern tyre treads and compounds and such like.

For those that did have a 26 inch wheeled bike languishing in their shed, a new life is now beckoning. My 13 year old son is the beneficiary – he’s now happily rolling through the slop on his ‘new’ 26 inch wheeled full suspension bike. Donated, refurbished and repurposed, it’s been given a new lease of life. Dated geometry on a ‘large’ bike of old is perfectly acceptable on a not-yet-fully-grown man-in-the-making. The only seconds he counts are the ones until the next meal, or the end of school. The only minutes I’m counting are the ones until he grows out of his latest pair of trousers – or his bike.

26” is not dead, it has been repurposed. Recycled into attainable gateways into mountain biking, or saved for the tricks and jibs of dirt jumping and street life. 26” ain’t dead, it’s rad.

Give yourself a shake, for you are not dead. Repurpose. Reinvent. Stay rad.

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Hannah Dobson

Managing Editor

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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  • hightensionline
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    The question is, has the weekend been favourable towards Wilf?

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    stwhannah
    Full Member

    I let him sit on my knee again. And he showed some promise at grasping the concept of ‘fetch’, before failing miserably and leaving his toy marooned in the mud. But he’s still quite big and jumpy, which I struggle with. I concede that he is quite pretty, and doesn’t smell, and isn’t too hairy. There is hope!

    ossify
    Full Member

    I get it twice each week :)

    Been meaning to ask about sorting that out, actually…

    Mark
    Full Member

    It gets sent out at a certain time. Then it gets resent about 1 day later to subscribers that didn’t open it the first time. It’s a standard mailchimp feature. 

    flyingmonkeycorps
    Full Member

    I get it twice a week as well. It’s a bit annoying. The reason I haven’t opened it is because it’s in flipping tiny text on my mobile screen that’s a pain in the arse to read, so I don’t bother.

    I should probably unsubscribe, really.

    stwhannah
    Full Member

    @flyingmonkeycorps can I ask what sort of phone/browser you’re using? And does it open up smaller than your normal emails? It should be legible on a phone as well as desktop, so if it’s not working properly I will try and give it a tickle.

    ossify
    Full Member

    It gets sent out at a certain time. Then it gets resent about 1 day later to subscribers that didn’t open it the first time. It’s a standard mailchimp feature.

    Ah, that explains it then. Will have to check my email more often I guess… Kind of annoying but no deal breaker. I always read & enjoy the newsletter but often leave it a few days until I get round to it.

    ossify
    Full Member

    Just checked on my phone… yes it is tiny and hard to read (on my admittedly small screen).

    It’s resizing it to fit the whole text on the screen and yes it’s smaller than a regular plain text email.

    (Qin F22 Pro with the Gmail app)

    Doesn’t bother me as I usually use the PC anyway :)

    flyingmonkeycorps
    Full Member

    Hey @stwhannah, sure!

    Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Android (12 I think, it’s an old phone) and Gmail app.

    Most emails are fine (I’m pretty picky about what I’m subscribed to so it’s not that wide of a field tbf). It shows up as tiny, barely legible; when I pinch zoom it keeps the same line width (which I think is normal) so I have to scroll left-right to read it at which point I give up and do something else instead. Flipping the phone works, but I don’t like holding it like that.

    Interestingly I’ve just compared web/PC version with my phone, and the phone has longer line width than the PC, which is odd.

    Ok so this is really weird – I just flipped my phone to landscape to see if it made any difference, and when I flipped it back it was much more legible. Odd.

    tthew
    Full Member

    The reason I haven’t opened it is because it’s in flipping tiny text on my mobile screen that’s a pain in the arse to read

    As Mr Corps just said, if you flip to landscape mode, scroll down a bit so a few lines of text are in view,  them go back to landscape it fixes the text size.

    On my phone it’s Gmail, so delivered through the Gmail app. 

    bikesandboots
    Full Member

    It gets sent out at a certain time. Then it gets resent about 1 day later to subscribers that didn’t open it the first time. It’s a standard mailchimp feature.

    Annoying. If see a newsletter (not just yours) but don’t have time to read it, I’ll leave it unread until I do – which might be in a couple of days. It’s not an urgent message. I get it everyone and their dog is begging for people’s eyeballs and attention, and many people don’t read all their email, but this is over the threshold for me so… unsubscribe.

    robertajobb
    Full Member

    Enough of the text size and repeat emai debates. We need weekly (or DAILY) updates and newletters about the dawgie 😍

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    stwhannah
    Full Member

    The thing is, Wilf has competition.

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    stwhannah
    Full Member

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    Although I don’t think Nessie would be as good at being a desk as Wilf.

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