Fresh Goods Friday 707: The Spot of Bother Edition

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Despite there only being 4 days left of this holiday week for things to go wrong in, it’s been a slightly tricky week here at Singletrack Towers. Zoe had a couple of days off doing wedding anniversary and half term type things, and without her around it’s touch and go whether any of us manages to keep pointed in the right direction. Amanda is in isolation with some sort of lurgy – possibly a cold, possibly something more Dickensian, like mumps or consumption. Whatever it is, she is keeping it to herself. Benji is off in the big wide world, having flown in a plane for the first time in 11 years. We hope he has fun. As if that wasn’t enough for a short week, Mark’s wife, Vic, has been rushed off to hospital and surgery for whatever it is that appendixes do wrong (update: it turns out that it did actually burst. Flip). And so here we are. Carefully trying to get through to the weekend without any more incidents…

Oh ffs. Intro written and saved. Staff chat messages checked. Ross has dislocated his shoulder (again). It’s back in now but he’s in a sling. Please could everyone just take things very easy and carefully? Maybe a gentle spot of crochet this weekend, no power tools or sharp implements? Let’s have an appropriate tune to hopefully see everyone through the weekend safely…

Sonder Evol GX Eagle Transmission

This is a 160/160 travel mullet bike with alloy frame from Sonder, at what looks to be a very reasonable price for electronic ‘transmission’ shifting. Don’t be fooled by the orange-ish photos on the Alpkit website, this ‘butterscotch’ colour is very much in the caramel custard/burnt Caramac brown hue. And is it just the effect of a long week, or is that GX crank particularly attractive in a space robot sort of way? Actually, the whole bike kinda just looks right. Benji will be seeing how it rides.

DMR Flat4 pedals

Whether you’d like a flat pedal on your gravel bike but don’t want huge MTB flats, or just want something grippy for your commuter, these pedals might be the answer. A smaller platform than traditional mountain bike flat pedals slims them down a little, and a mix of 4 pins and rubber grip on each side gives grip for a variety of shoe soles.

DMR Vault Black Chrome Edition pedals

The classic DMR Vaults, but in a new colour: ‘black chrome’. This is some sort of ultrascience finish that is both black and mirrory at the same time. Benji has run off with them already so we can’t test if they’re reflective enough to put a contact lens in by them. Or to pluck out a menopausal beard hair by. Honestly, Benji seemed more excited by the arrival of these ‘Darth Vader Vaults’ as he calls them than he did at the prospect of going on a plane to a trip of a lifetime type destination.

Bother Mag

Billed as ‘the antidote to the algorithm’ this is part magazine, part marketing exercise. It’s definitely not a Facebook ad. You need to turn the pages, read the words, look at the pictures. Funnily enough, we’re all in favour of that sort of thing. There is trouser-adjacent content in Bother, but there’s also stuff like art and architecture.

Thread Of The Week

Congratulations to @bikesandboots for this winning thread right here. It’s like a list of nice outings for the summer, or perhaps mag features for the future?

The winning TOTW in FGF gets a prize. So @bikesandboots please email for your random prize. Don’t forget to include your postal address, as it really speeds up delivery logistics like. K thx bye!

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  • Fresh Goods Friday 707: The Spot of Bother Edition
  • willard
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    Ok, I’ll say it… I kind of like the Sonder and it seems like it is a reasonable price and spec. I also like the idea of the Flat4 pedals and can see them being a decent commuter upgrade. Well I could if I did not love the V8s that are currently on that bike and the SPDs that are on my Stumpy.

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    Ok, I’ll say it… I kind of like the Sonder…

    It looks close enough to a Boardman that I had to get images alongside each other onscreen to check.

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    Vic will soon be winning a F1 race if recent history is anything to go by!

    Speedy recovery 🤞

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    Hannah showed the an actual £20 HebTroCo discount voucher on the video, so there’s money off for someone if they’re fast 🤦🏻‍♂️

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    @brant tbh I didn’t realise there was one there until after filming, the copy I opened didn’t have one in, and I had to to actual video editing stuff because I’d waffled on about how there wasn’t one in there! Shoulda got myself some socks really!

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    I bet a soapy tenner that at some point in the future Brant will claim he only produced a magazine as a joke on a struggling website 🤣

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    So that’s what a post-apocalypse STW will look like. Hope all the ill and injured folk get well soon.

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    Typical, just bought a pair!

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    Vaults look nice but it also looks like the same old seals on them.

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