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Cover photo: Stefan Zürcher on the Wildspitz trail in central Switzerland, with Mount Rigi in the encroaching gloom. One problem with getting stunning sunset shots like this is that the rider and photographer then have about ten minutes to get the perfect photo. Photo by: Rikard Lindby.
Summer is here and so is issue 82. Chipps rides the Croissant of Pain (hint: it's in Wales). Stat of the Art goes all geographical to inspire this summer's riding abroad. Old Man Ronson continues his satirical assault on his style choices. Dave still hasn't shut up about his adventure to Italy's Lake Garda, (you just get to read about it). Benji cruises the Lickey Hills as this issue's Classic Ride. With an all-rounders theme, we grouptest tyres for every occasion, and we test a Banshee, an Orange and a Trek for their all-evantuality capabilities. This is the last issue Art Directed by Sim 'Singletrack' Mainey so is a bit special. *sniff* Fortunately, we've found a very capable pair of hands to take over his fine work (and his crayon collection) so don't worry, you won't be seeing Comic Sans making an appearance any time soon. Enjoy!
Here's the contents for those who like to prepare themselves before diving in:
Editorial. Chipps muses on big wheels, little wheels, and the ones in the middle.
UK Riding: The Croissant of Pain. Chipps and accomplices ride (almost) all of the Welsh reds in a weekend’s worth of hours, with the aid of some tartan PJs.
Big Column: Giant Bourbons and Onesies. Steve Worland considers why we look like what we look like.
Jewel of the Isle: Pete’s Eats. Benji Haworth gets intimate with Wales’ favourite sticky tabletops.
Stat of the Art: Bike Travel. How many of our forum pollsters have ridden out of the UK, then?
Column: Fashion Crimes. Old Man Ronson continues his satirical assault on your style choices.
Column: Airport Conventions. Flying somewhere with your bike this summer? You might not want to read this yet.
International Travel: Going Great in Garda. Dave and Sim rock out on the cli edges of Italy’s stunning Lake Garda.
The Big Feature: Licensing the Alps. Dom Perry takes an in-depth look at the French guiding fiasco.
We Work Here: Fox Racing Shox. A look at the people designing your future shockers. Chipps does the chat and snap.
Subscribe to Singletrack. How to get our magazine in your hands or on your tablet.
Classic Ride: Lickey Hills, AKA: the North Worcestershire Alps. Benji goes back to simply playing in the woods.
Grinder. Another skip-full of shiny components dragged over rocks and roots.
Grouptest: All Round Rubber. One tyre to rule them all? Greg May and Benji Haworth take on the naysayers.
Bike Test: Bikes for Mountains. Will Lake gets his mitts on three all-rounders from Banshee, Orange and Trek.
Singletrack Premier Club. Proud owner of a Premier Members’ card? This is what it gets you...
We Just Work Here. Who does what, how to get in touch, what helped this issue on its way and who we’d like to thank.
For Premier users only, here's this issue's sunning cover photograph by Rikard Lindby in the form of a wallpaper for your screen.