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Warning: Cliff Edge Ahead – we need to talk about mental health

As I climb back onto my bike I realise I’ve just seriously considered stepping off a cliff edge to escape the turmoil that is going on inside me, that’s not…

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Column: Moving On – mountain bikers don’t need to ride to stay fit

Jason Miles has moved to another country. Well, Scotland.  I’ve very recently moved house. It wasn’t a particularly straightforward move – we upped sticks and relocated from Manchester to a…

Ride and Prejudice – how mountain bikers became the bad boys of the outdoors

Recently I wrote about how most of the UK’s outdoor access laws favour users who don’t happen to be mountain bikers. Sadly, that’s just part of the picture. There are…

UK Mountain Biking’s Dirty Secret

As you might already know, we had some disappointing news recently. The Welsh government looked like it was about to follow Scotland in opening up access to its amazing countryside…

There’s A Hole In The Road, Please Can We Keep It?

Hannah reflects on the disruption that a burst water main near home has caused, and hopes it continues. There’s a hole in the road where I live. Not your average…

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Geraint Ain’t Right: why helmets are a good idea, but shouldn’t be mandatory

A British cyclist wins the biggest sporting event on earth, then almost immediately opens his mouth and spoils it. THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US TO…

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UK Government Launches Entirely Unnecessary Consultation Into Active Transport.

Hannah’s had enough with Government transport planners. Again… I’m going to scream. Actually, I did, though it was more of a desperate guttural groan of suppressed rage and frustration. Why?…

Are We Blinded By Bling?

This year marked my first trip to Eurobike, the enormous trade show at which all parts of the bike industry converge on the small German town of Friedrichshafen. In three...

Site update, GDPR and being an independent media company in a perfect storm

The last 6 months have been a roller-coaster ride for us here at Singletrack. We’ve completely changed the website from the old theme that we’d been using for almost a…

From Big Miles To Tiny Wheels – It’s All On The Spectrum

If you’ve followed Greg’s riding, you’re probably used to seeing him gobbling up the off-road miles, probably wearing lycra, possibly sleeping in a ditch. So when we saw him hopping…

What One Old Lady Can Teach You About Cycling

Betty was our next-door neighbour. She was the archetypal elderly spinster: she was feisty, she was fiercely independent, and she used her home as a sort of hostel for local...

TransPennine Express Fails Basic Cycle Proficiency

Last year the Department for Transport published its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, bolding asserting: “We want to make cycling and walking the natural choices for shorter journeys, or as...

7 simple tips for taking care of your trails

If you’re a mountain biker in the UK right now, you might be feeling a bit sorry for yourself. Winter, which is hardly ever a delightful time of year here,…

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Here’s One Tip On How To Enjoy Riding More: Stop

Riding bikes is about movement. It’s about getting from here to there, or about the fun you have while you swoop round that corner, or bounce down those rocks. It’s…

Are We Taking Crashing Seriously Enough?

Chris Hall look at the very real daily dangers of mountain biking and asks if we're taking concussion seriously enough? Or even noticing it when it happens THERE'S MORE TO…

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Amanda Batty: Why We Should Stop Writing About Lance Armstrong.

Amanda thinks Lance is a distraction from a whole bunch of more important issues THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US TO UNLOCK IT AND MORE FOR…

Beyond Fear And Feelings: An Evidence Based Look At Why Women Aren’t Cycling

The evidence explains why women aren't cycling - and what we might do about it THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US TO UNLOCK IT AND MORE…

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Updated: Ipley Cross | Why This Type Of Road Junction Will Keep Killing Cyclists

Bez suggests that sometimes a steady driver can be the most dangerous driver - now with added content responding to comments and questions you raised

What Should You Do About Other Cyclists Jumping Red Lights? Nothing, Reckons Antony

Another day, another anti-cycling headline. Antony wonders why people love to hate cyclists. THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US TO UNLOCK IT AND MORE FOR LESS…

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Amanda Batty: “Stop Fighting And Show Your Wilderness Some Respect”

Mountain bike access is a hot button issue in the United States right now, with trail and MTB advocacy groups even fighting each other THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S…

Winter Riding Sucks! Here’s 8 ways to get you motivated

You could slog on through winter, enjoying your riding less and less... or you could give one of these alternatives a go instead. THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A…

Fear And Learning In The Surrey Hills: How To Use Science To Overcome Your Fears

Adele learns to embrace the risk and put the fun back into her ride. THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US TO UNLOCK IT AND MORE FOR…

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Forward To The Old School

Ian wonders: are we really all enduro riders, or do we just own enduro bikes? THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US TO UNLOCK IT AND MORE…

8 Ways To Kick Sexism Out Of The Bike Industry

How to hit social media sexism where it hurts. THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US TO UNLOCK IT AND MORE FOR LESS THAN 6p/DAY If you…

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Hero Dirt: Why Do The Bikes Get All The Attention?

With all the shiny products being paraded in front of us, is mountain biking losing touch with the places we ride? THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN…

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10 Things The Mountain Bike Industry Needs To Stop Doing

Antony has a beef about many things that the bike industry keeps doing wrong. How many do you agree with? THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US…

Column: Are You Brave Enough For Big Love?

Adam Batty reckons that telling your riding pals that you love them is harder than going off any jump THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US TO…

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Column: To E, Or Not To E?

Adele finds an unexpected benefit to e-mountain biking – and then clobbers her knee. THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US TO UNLOCK IT AND MORE FOR…

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The Problem With Pink

Hannah explains her current aversion to pink. THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US TO UNLOCK IT AND MORE FOR LESS THAN 6p/DAY If you have an…

Keep An Eye On Yourself

It's World Mental Health Day today, and Tom Johnstone has lessons to share about the Black Trail Dog THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US TO UNLOCK…