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From Dangerous Sport to Fun Activity – Reframing Mountain Biking

I was recently asked to give a presentation on ‘Image and Mountain Biking’, as part of an event held by Ride Sheffield under the topic ‘Reframing Mountain Biking’. The event…

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Don’t think about Monday

This editorial was originally published in one of our Weekly Word newsletters, which comes out every Friday. To get your Weekly Word delivered to your inbox, sign up now –...

Strava adds mountain biking as an activity: hurray or uh-oh?

A recent update to Strava has given users the option of selecting mountain biking as an activity. THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US TO UNLOCK IT…

Why You Should Read The Outsiders Project: Beyond Representation

The Outsiders Project report ‘Beyond Representation: The Future of Diversity and Inclusion’ is aimed at brands in the outdoor industry. Its goal is to shift brands’ understanding and perspectives on...

Why we (probably) won’t be making a themed women’s issue of Singletrack Magazine

As part of our Members’ Newsletter we give our readers the chance to ask us questions about what we do. Not all of them are quite so in depth as…

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Access Rights: Be Nice, Say Hi, Ask Why

Recently, I’ve been thinking again about access rights. Previously I was definitely on the side of ‘ride legal, or keep it quiet if you’re not’. Now, I’m not so sure....

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A Closer Look At Trek’s Sustainability Report

Tom is a Climate Change and Green Infrastructure Officer, a mountain bike guide, Cytech mechanic, Greenpeace activist and holds a BSc in Outdoor and Environmental Education and MSc in Marine…

Throwback Thursday: Shakespeare’s Sister

‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players’. How your ride will play out – whether it results in comedy, tragedy or historic triumph –...

From Enduro To E Cargo | A New Perspective on 2 Wheels

Aran Francis is giving teenagers – and cyclists – a good name. What has this keen enduro rider learnt from riding for a cargo bike delivery service? This morning I…

Ibis Exie Is Made In-House – Is This A New Movement For Bike Companies?

This week, Ibis Cycles has launched the Ibis Exie (‘X C’ – geddit?) cross country race bike. It’s a 120/100mm carbon fibre race bike that saves weight over the already…

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Sometimes Riding Really Freaks Me Out

I start to pedal, anticipating the ride ahead. My mind is quiet. I chat on the climb, everything is normal and I have no anxiety or worry, I’m just happy…

Is What3Words Really That Bad? Or Good? Let’s Ask Mountain Rescue.

Given the recent fuss about What3Words in the outdoor world, we thought we'd ask forum member and rider, Jon Bateman. Jon is a mountain biker and also an active member…

Making Time To Ride: a health check for your home

Leave the ‘mum guilt’ and ‘dad guilt’ at home – check your habits and find everyone the ride time and headspace they need. It’s International Women’s Day. In some respects,...

Opinion: The Illegal Trail Builder

Building unsanctioned trails is a touchy subject. But are there shades of grey when it comes to building illegal trails or is it a black and white issue? We talk…

You Can’t Buy Happiness – but you can buy an eMTB

Hannah explains why she thinks an eMTB should be your next gift to yourself if you want to add a little joy to your life. I have never really ‘had…

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British Cycling – Not Stepping Up For Downhill

Racer and team manager Jack Reading explains why he thinks British Cycling is failing its downhill athletes. This article will be accessible by Free Members on the 23rd November. It...

Whether you like it or not, bikes are political

Columnist Mildred Locke addresses those who would say ‘stick to bikes, keep politics out of it’ – she thinks bikes are political. Following my last column, there’s another phenomenon I…

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What people mean when they say cycling has a race problem

…Spoiler alert: it’s not about you. Mildred Locke examines why cycling brands’ support of the Black Lives Matter movement gets some riders in a flap. With the rise of the...

Would You Give In To An E-Bike – Or Resist?

To E-Bike or not to E-bike, that is the question? That's the question that Gary from Dorset is having to consider as one by one his local riding group has…

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Dear Diary, Lock Down 2020 | Trails Are Better With Friends

One of our readers shares his tale of discovering that in lock down the trails are quiet – just a bit too quiet. Lock down, the meaning of: The confining…

Deciding Not To Die Isn’t The Same As Choosing To Live

Just over a year ago, we published a powerful piece on mental health called ‘What If I Want to Die Every Day of My Life’. Since then, the author has…

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How to be a dick during the Coronavirus

Never one not to be topical, or controversial, Sanny is back with his latest in his “How to be a dick….” Series. This time he sets his sights on a…

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Winter Cycle Commuting | It Might Be Grim, But It’s Not All Bad

Hannah peers into the driving rain of the daily commute and sees sunshine and spring at the other end. The worse the weather the better. Giant puddles, torrents from the…

A Bike Love Affair | My Ragley Piglet

The day my new Ragley Piglet frame arrived I washed my hands before opening the box. I didn’t want to put any fingerprints on it before I’d applied the EcoCoat…

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Remembering Jenn Hill – And All Those Who Remind Us To Live

It’s been four years since Jenn Hill, our Deputy Editor, died. Hannah reflects on the legacy she’ll never know she created. I came to Singletrack just over four years ago....

Stolen | It’s More Than Just A Bike

Hannah and Amanda had their bikes stolen from under their noses. In the immediate aftermath, Hannah wrote this. I had a bike stolen once before. I don’t know what make…

Opinion: Insult and Battery – The Times Has A Pop At E-Bikes

I’ve written before about the fractious relationship that cyclists have with newspapers, and it seems like it’s not getting any better. This week it’s the turn of the Times, who...

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Mental Health | What if I want to die every day of my life?

I’ve asked Singletrack to withhold my real name and publish this piece under a pseudonym. Why you might ask? Whether you suffer from poor mental health or not, starting up...

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Opinion: Facial Hair Rorschach Test

Do fellow riders acknowledge your cheery greetings, or swiftly look at their front derailleur? If they have one THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US TO UNLOCK…

The Future of Mountain Biking Isn’t in the Mountains

I’ve been thinking a bit recently about the future of mountain biking, and what it might look like. There will undoubtedly be more technical innovations that make bikes faster and...