Chipps’s introduction to each issue of Singletrack magazine. From random ramblings to musical metaphors for riding bikes.

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Singletrack World Issue 145: Editorial

Chipps is in the flow zone… just don’t tell him. Been ‘in the zone’ lately? Have you achieved ‘flow state’? Perhaps you have; perhaps it’s something you’ve only glimpsed once…

Issue 144 Editorial : No More Crashing?

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes On floors, that is… but why not? I’ve been a serial chancer/cheapskate/ ‘economic lifestyle enthusiast’ for years, especially when travelling. I’ve been that guy who phones…

Issue 143 Editorial: Local Secrets

Chipps wants to show you all of his favourite trails. Well, nearly all.  We all know that there are no secrets any more. Every mountain has been discovered, every field,…

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Issue 142 Editorial: Gambling With Choices

Chipps ponders those moments where the path you choose makes all the difference. We all like to think that we’re, to a greater extent, in charge of our own destinies.…

Editorial: The Eternal Suffering Of The Spoke

I was once on a Mavic press launch, somewhere in the French mountains. Our merry band of bike journalists was augmented by some of Mavic’s sponsored riders, including Jérôme Clementz…

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Singletrack Issue 127 | Editorial – Wear sunscreen…

Words Chipps Now, how did those lyrics go again? “Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old And when you do, you’ll fantasise…

Singletrack Issue 126 | Editorial – There is no right or wrong…

Words Chipps How is it that I can love listening to a particular band, yet my friend hates them? Or that I can dislike food that is someone’s favourite dish?…

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Singletrack Magazine Issue 125 | Padded With Knowledge

Words Chipps There’s a fresh sign that’s recently popped up on a bridleway near me. It’s at a road junction between a very minor road and a bridleway. The bridleway...

Singletrack Magazine Issue 124 : Editorial

The wider we travel, the more narrow our focus… Words Chipps It’s been said that travel broadens the mind. If you expose your mind to new experiences, new places and…

Singletrack Magazine issue 124 : Last Word

hannah blind. Will following half-heard directions in the woods lead to peril? Or pleasure? I’m following directions that are little more than a rumour: ‘Through the horse gate, turn right…

Singletrack Magazine Issue 122 : Editorial

finding your place Words hannah Chipps is away. He’s off on sabbatical to what he calls ‘his favourite place in the world’: Moab, Utah. Now, I’m not going to argue…

Singletrack Magazine Issue 123 : Editorial

Greasing Out Words Chipps Daz was our ride leader for the evening, so he got to deliver the pep talk at the top of the final descent – a rocky…

Singletrack Magazine Issue 123 : Last Word

adam batty a spotters guide to mountain bike groups. Finding new routes for rad rides is pretty simple nowadays. You have standardised signs and symbols that give empirical evidence to…

Singletrack Magazine Issue 122 : Last Word

The Highland Heist Charlie the Bikemonger reveals his criminal past. Does ‘I was very tired’ count as a defence? You know what? Bikepacking can really change you. Around ten years…

Singletrack Magazine Issue 121 : Editorial

Longer shortcuts.  Words Chipps Out in the car, running errands on a Saturday lunchtime… the Council tip, the shops, the cheese stall on the market… The usual. Wondering why it…

When did it all get so good? Chipps’ Issue 120 Editorial

I took a trip back in time recently, revisiting a place I used to ride when I was just starting out. Back then the mountain bike world was a rich,…

Singletrack Magazine Issue 118: Last Word

Train, Train Go Away Barney faces up to the inevitable: he’s not magically going to get fitter by doing nothing. It sits against one wall of the cellar, locked in…

Singletrack Magazine Issue 118: Editorial

Make The Moment Last Words Chipps I’ve never heard of Ben Hogan. I’d assumed that he was the lesser famous brother of Hulk, but apparently he was big in the…

Singletrack Magazine Issue 118 : Last Word

barney marsh Train, Train Go Away Barney faces up to the inevitable: he’s not magically going to get fitter by doing nothing. It sits against one wall of the cellar,…

Singletrack Magazine Issue 117: Editorial

Strength through respect Words Chipps 2017 saw car brand Porsche retire from endurance, Le Mans-style bike racing (it’s off to do fully electric racing). Rather than gloating about one of…

Singletrack Magazine Issue 116: Editorial

Pecking Orders Words Chipps I’ve always been interested in the interplay between riders out on a ride, or over a week of riding in the mountains. Mountain biking is a…

Singletrack Magazine Issue 114: Last word

Words Chipps Event organisers and the cycle of abuse, forgiveness and eventual love. As well as writing about bikes and the people behind them, I’ve been involved in organising mountain…

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Singletrack Issue 1 Editorial – I’m old enough to know better

I’m old enough to know better… I should know better than to get together with a couple of friends to try and start a mountain bike magazine, published entirely with…

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Singletrack Issue 1 Editorial 2

GoFar is pleased to announce the birth of its successor. Well this is a bit of a leap isn’t it? From website to real mag. There’s a sort of inverse…