Singletrack Issue 4 Downloads

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine Winter 2001

In this Issue:
Mike Ferrentino Interview
South Pennine Route Guides
Minneapolis Mayhem

Cover photo: Shaun Murray on the Zig Zags, Walsden. By Mark Alker.
Contents photo: Chipps, Gordon, Jam and the crew near Bewdley.
Spineline: No spinelines until issue five.

Issue 4: Editorial

Chipps speaks, plus who helped out with this latest offering


Take a few bikes on a boat out to an active Mediterranean volcano in the middle of the sea, ascend it before nightfall and then ride back down the next day. Except it's not quite as simple as that as Dangerous Momo explains.


Seb Rogers provides some summer shots.

Industry Insider

Mike Ferrentino - a surly, outspoken, US bike mechanic-turned-journalist? A gifted writer or a self-indulgent pillock? Singletrack found out.


How does Chaos Theory affect your bike? What happens to your spoke nipples if you polish your saddle? Andy Armstrong searches for the Philosopher's Stone.

Bike Test

Classic hardtails that still cut the custard:

  • Specialized Stumpjumper M4 Disc
  • DeKerf UK Limited Edition
  • Dave Yates 853 Custom

Long Term Tests

Feedback on a number of components and other kit thats been under test for quite some time. This issue reviews:

  • ODI Lock-On Grips
  • Camelbak Transalp
  • Sidetrack Neoprene Booties
  • Rockshox Duke Race
  • Specialized Body Geometry S-Works Saddle
  • Limar 107 MTB Helmet
  • Topeak Alien Tool
  • Race Face Aquanot Jacket

Minneapolis Mayhem

Christopher Cross reports on the Minneapolis Mafia's urban riding. A Wednesday night ride that's dark, dangerous, drunken and dirty derby that attracted the attention of the boys in blue.


Andy McCandlish offers a fine collection of photographs.

Column One

Debs Hughes tries to fathom whether the scarcity of mountain biking women is due to the male dominated market, sexist attitudes or simply the wrong colour jerseys.

Column Two

Ben Boney M suggests that crisp winter days are a figment of your imagination. Or at least his.

Exclusive Test

The lovely Soulcraft Option Three from the former employees of Salsa.

Column Three

Jon Wyatt explains why secret trails should be kept as just that.


The South Pennines - three routes described as well as crucial information on what services and ammenities are in the area when you arrive:

  • Easy 20.2km (12.6 miles), 2-3 hours
  • Medium 30.6km (19 miles) , 3-4 hours
  • Expert 38.6km (24 miles), 4-5 hours


A final gallery from Chipps.

Armchair Feature

Chipps' Great North Run. A green Volvo takes the high road to the highlands and our intrepid reporter finds out just why the locals love riding in them so much.

Best MTB Town in the UK?

Is there one town in the UK that has the perfect combination of trails, shops, cafes and fellow riders? Edinburgh, Brighton, Keswick, Bristol and Hebden Bridge fight it out.

Wheel Wonder

Shaun Murray went to Roger Musson's Wheelpro training session in Preston to tweak some nipples and learn about getting just the right tension. Roundup

A brief look at the highlights from the magazines daily website over the last few months.


Photos and captions from the Singletrack editorial team.

Mark Alker

Singletrack Publisher

What Mark doesn’t know about social media isn’t worth knowing and his ability to balance “The Stack” is bested only by his agility on a snowboard. Graphs are what gets his engine revving, at least they would if his car wasn’t electric, and data is what you’ll find him pouring over in the office. Mark enjoys good whisky, sci-fi and the latest Apple gadget, he is also the best boss in the world (Yes, he is paying me to write this).

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