Singletrack Issue 84 Downloads



9 // Editorial: Over, Round and Through.
Chipps offers an unconventional tip for smooth trail riding: just miss most of it out.

10 // UK Adventure: Flat Planet.
Chipps accepts a reader’s challenge to explore the ‘mountains’ of Lincolnshire. Are there even such things?

20 // The Big Column: Compromising Situations.
Forget the marketing bollox. ‘Quite good’ is the new awesome – as Steve Worland explains.

22 // Column: Jaws was never my scene (and I don’t like Star Wars).
Golf is not a sport and football is boring: welcome to Meerkat’s new reality.

24 // Jewel of the Isle: The Cycle Hub.
Olly Townsend heads north to Newcastle’s very own cycle-friendly café.

26 // Tooled Up: Part One.
Singletrack’s guide to the perfect toolkit. This issue we look at trail tools.

30 // Stat of the Art: What Pedals For…?
The readers of pedal on.

32 // We Work Here: Life on the Front Line.
Do mountain bike guides live the dream? Or is it just a daily nightmare? Olly spills the beans.

36 // International Travel: Bludgeoned by Awesomeness.
Joe Schwartz saddles up for Canada's BC Bike Race. All 350km of its twisty, technical, mountain bike nirvana self.

46 // International Travel: Aloha Oahu!
Volcanic beaches, tropical forests and hand-hewn, virgin singletrack. We join Steffi Marth on her Hawaiian quest for the most enviable mountain bike holiday snaps of all time.

58 // The Big Feature: Over The Water.
Northern Ireland’s mountain bike scene might have escaped your attention until now, but that’s about to change. We made a flying visit to Belfast and beyond to see what’s going on…

70 // Classic Rides: The Isle of Man.
So near, and yet so far. Jon Sparks takes a turn around one of Britain’s three Crown dependencies.

82 // Subscribe to Singletrack!
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84 // Through the Grinder.
Ten pages of products roasted, ground and brewed into fine reviews for your coffee break pleasure.

94 // Speed Date: Pyga OneTen 29in.
We take Pyga’s full suspension 29in trail bike for a quick once-around-the-block.

98 // Grouptest: Baggy Shorts.
Still inflicting your Spandex-sheathed pins on the world? Read on and cover up.

114 // Bike Test: 2014 Objects of Desire.
Three bikes from the office 'most wanted' list: the Ibis Ripley, Kinesis Sync and Santa Cruz Solo.

124 // Premier Listings.
Proud owner of a Singletrack Premier Member’s card? This is what it gets you.

130 // 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.


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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