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New Rider (battery provided)

A new reader and rider sent us this piece, before he’s even hit the trails. Welcome to mountain biking, Gareth, we hope you like what you find. So I’ve just…

The Answer To Everything Is…

This piece was originally published as the editorial in our Weekly Word – a newsletter which brings you a piece like this, plus a round up of news, offers, and...

seafood gumbo

Singletrack Kitchen: Pub Bike Gumbo

By popular demand, here’s another recipe from Charlie to warm you up and fill you up after a ride. This is a really efficient recipe as it is great for…

Retro Ridgeback gallery and video walkthrough

2023 marks Ridgeback\'s 40th anniversary and Madison had a bunch of retrobike beauties on display at their recent iceBike* trade show. For those who couldn\'t attend the show, here\'s our…

KS LEV 272 Issue 101

27.2 Dropper Posts: 15 Options For Skinny Seat Tubes

27.2 dropper posts are not common but if you have a bike frame with a skinny seat tube you can still take advantage of the benefits.

11 Things That Should Be Standard Issue, Not Special Feature

We\'ve rounded up some of those product \'features\' that we think should go without saying. Feel free to disagree, or add your own below! When you\'re looking at products, especially…

Reyt Good Bikepacking: Rider Kit Lists

Some of you who enjoyed our A Reyt Good Time Bikepacking in the Dales article will no doubt want to know what sort of kit the riders used.

Dieter Back From The Dead

How Long To Rebuild A Bike? – Back From The Dead

Dieter is the kind of bike nerd mechanic that every good bike shop should want. He is endlessly enthusiastic about getting people of all kinds onto bikes of all sorts.…

15 Ways To Spend Less On Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is not cheap. You\'ll never \'save\' money as a mountain biker. But you can stop a lot of avoidable spending if you\'re canny. There\'s more to this story...…

Taiwan: A storm brewing for the bike industry?

Remember when that ship got jammed in the Suez, and goods shipped around the world got stuck? Remember when Covid disrupted the natural flow of shipping containers and products, and…

best mountain bike saddles

Best Mountain Bike Saddles: Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Saddle pain can affect both new and experienced riders: so here\'s our guide to the best mountain bike saddles.

Bike Check: Ross’ Deviate Claymore

The Deviate Claymore is fast and fun, composed in the rough and the steep but also versatile and easy to get along with. There\'s more to this story... BUT IT\'S…

Can Working On Your Bike Void The Warranty?

We asked a selection of bike companies to comment on whether working on your bike could void the warranty.

Bikepacking The EWS – Delirium, Duct Tape and Detours

While still just 17 years old, Matthew Fairbrother from New Zealand set off on the adventure of a lifetime, competing in the EWS, and riding between the stages. He carried...

What MTB Marketing Works On You?

Of course, you’ll probably say ‘none of it’, right? But something, somewhere, informs your buying choices, and you have to hear about a product in the first place to know…

What We’re Looking Forward To In 2023

Let us raise our spirits, look on the bright side, and feel the warm rays of positivity. 2023 is gonna be great, OK? There are going to be highlights, and…

Gravitating Around The Aneto Discovering The Pyrenees’ Highest Summit

Slowing down the pace in order to take in the surroundings has paid off for this group of bike packers. Join Simon, Ulysse, Dani, Chris and Thomas for a journey…

Predictions For The Mountain Bike World In 2023

Every year we make our predictions for the world of mountain biking. Some take it seriously, some less so... Last year Mark predicted that the influencer bubble would burst... does…

Internet Rummagings – Tom’s Christmas Baubles

Season’s greetings and welcome to this edition of Internet Rummagings where, rather than doing my Christmas shopping on the internet I once again have been rummaging around in the WWWLBS,…

Peanut Butter Squares Recipe

Rick Hamilton shares his popular peanut butter squares recipe, having fuelled the Slymefoot Slide route with them. I got this recipe from my friend Louise. These are fabulously dense and…

An Alternative Year in Sport

Today’s the day when Strava does its ‘Year In Sport’ thing, and your social media feeds will be filled with miles ridden, feet climbed, cups won and other such data…

Back From The Dead – ‘Tis The Season For Good Vibes

Dieter is the kind of bike nerd mechanic that every good bike shop should want. He is endlessly enthusiastic about getting people of all kinds onto bikes of all sorts.…

Laps and Loops: Is It Time To Rethink Trail Centre Designs?

Dave Evans from Bike Corris has previously written extensively on ‘wild trails’ in Wales – it’s all well worth reading, and his latest paper is no different. ‘Evolving The Trail…

Drool This Way: A Lust Worthy Gallery of Hand Built Bikes

This year’s Bespoked organisers made a point of getting nice photos of at least one bike by every builder at the show. Because bike builders might be good at building…

Dieter Back From The Dead

Back From The Dead: We Need To Talk About Jack

Dieter is the kind of bike nerd mechanic that every good bike shop should want. He is endlessly enthusiastic about getting people of all kinds onto bikes of all sorts.…

Red Bull Rampage: Wish You Were There?

You may have heard people say things like ‘Rampage is too groomed these days, it’s getting too easy’, or ‘It’s just tricks, it’s not mountain biking’. Alternatively, there’s the ‘It’s…

Best In Show – Judging Bespoked’s Best Mountain Bike

When I was asked to judge the Best Mountain Bike at Bespoked, I had no idea how hard it would be. Last year I’d been along and picked my own...

Bespoked Bike Check: SmithyFrameworks Ullassa

We’d love to tempt you along to Bespoked, the Handmade Bicycle Show celebrating handmade bikes and the people that make them. To give you a taste of what you might...

Bespoked Bike Check: Coal Bikes 84

Coal Bikes turned a few heads at last year’s Bespoked show in Harrogate. This year, Bespoked has moved to the Lee Valley Velodrome in London, on 14-16th October, perhaps you’ll...

Bespoked Bike Check: ACTOFIVE Cycles P-TRAIN CNC

Want to see more of this sort of thing, or chat to the makers? Get yourself along to Bespoked, the handmade bicycle show, in London, 14-16th October. ACTOFIVE Cycles P-TRAIN...

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