- Farewell Singletrack Magazine – I won't be buying again (Goodbye content!)
rjj – if you have a decent sized WHSmith or one of the increasingly rare independent newsagents that stock big ranges and look in the climbing/walking area. There are some mags that have mixed outdoors content. I only ever flick through them. The "problem" is too many subjects and not enough space. So you end up with very light weight articles on a range of subjects that don't have the breadth of specialist publications. IMHO.
I have to say generally I find the website rather dull these days and generally enjoy the mag. Hardly picked up the last issue and have only part read this months. I'll stick with it though as I do get a decent return overall, again IMHO.
DBW does come over rather aggressive, but that isn't unusual on here. He is right you don't HAVE to buy the mag to support the website. Don't go blubbin if it disappears though. No need for your final "sentence" though is there?Posted 9 years agoprojectMember
I havent bought this months issue of singletrack, or what mountain bike for the last few months, MBR also looks pretty poor from thje bag its in, this months mbuk is quite good though, and have just taken out a sub to Pro cycling to get a free jacket,strangely they have taken the money, i have yet to get a mag, and they know nothing of the free gift.Posted 9 years agoDT78Member
I can't believe people think dirt is good. Absolute krap just full of pictures and ads. Everytime I buy it I wonder why.
FYI – due to being exceptionally bored at work this month I've bought singletrack, WMB, Dirt and I'm subscribed to mbr & mbuk
For me new product releases, industry news and reviews are what I find most interesting.
This month WMB wins it with I'm sad to say MBUK secondPosted 9 years agorobyzf1Member
won't be renewing my subscription. The rock climbing article really was the last straw. I buy a mountain bike mag to read about mountain biking. There are plenty of other outdoor and rock climbing style magazines out there if thats what you want to read about.
I want inspirational articles that make you want to get out and ride, that challenge and inform you about what's happening and that are light hearted appraisals of life as a mountain biker.
Singletrack did all that for me when I started reading just over a year ago, so much so that I decided to subscribe. Hasn't happened for a few issues now which is a real shame.Posted 9 years agothomthumbMember
i just wanted to add to this that today i ate some uncle bens microwave mushroom rice for my lunch.
by the time i had microwaved for long enough to be warm in the middle, the top had gone dry, the mushrooms had a muddy bitter taste to them and i found the fact that some of the plastic packaging had melted extremely off putting, as such i will not be eating it again.Posted 9 years agoUnderhillMember
rjj – Member
I too like the non bikey articles – in fact I would like to read a magazine that covered a variety of outdoor pursuits/adventure type of things instead of just focusing on the one discipline – anyone know of anything like this?
Just recently relaunched here in Norn Irn- Uberdog magazine
Doubt it's available off the shelves over there, but covers multi-sport activities including surfing, kayaking, mtbing.Posted 9 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
I thought it was a good issue and even suggested to another independent magazine editor that he check it out for some inspiration on how to improve his mag! The columns really set it apart from run of the mill magazines. Dirt is good but too far skewed from my riding to be relevant to me. I strongly recommend the full blown digital subscription, if you're a new-ish reader the years of back issues are awesome.Posted 9 years agochameleon78Member
Who gives a flying **** about whether you are going to buy the mag again?
Forums already have a reputation in the industry for being full of opinionated w@nkers and i'm sorry to say that some members of this forum are are satisfying this reputation, maybe i'm one of them.
If you don't want to buy the mag then don't but please don't chelp on about it on here, what do you want to achieve from it?
Singletrack guys – ignore this bollox and carry on the good work – drop the 29er and singlespeed shit though 😉
And whatever you do don't allow the idea of forum contributors to edit the mag, it would definitely be a pile of shyte.
Perhaps the critics could actually state how they would make the mag better or they could always **** off and try and create their own but i doubt they'd succeed.Posted 9 years agobirdoMember
i ve nearly finished the mag and have to say i m happy with most of it.there are always going to be bits you like , bits that you ve read before( just tweeked slightly)and then the fluff to fill the pages. but they make a fairly good job of it. it must be hard to find new ways of saying, " we got a bike of some sort and rode it in the mud somewhere.you should try it, it`s fun. "Posted 9 years agoGEDAMember
What's wrong with saying something is rubbish? If someone said that to me I would either fall over and cry or MTFU and try a bit harder. I want to like the mag but when I read it it makes me feel too much like the early middle age dad I am instead of a rad dude which I like to think I am in the forest tonight on the new trail I made.Posted 9 years agoB.A.NanaMember
I'm a climber and Mountaineer (and occasional rambler), I read everthing in issue 57 except the climbing article, I suppose because I thought that a climbing article in a bike mag would probably be crap (a bit like watching a Hollywood montaineering related film). I'm now curious to see whether it reads as "twee claptrap", so I'll go back to it. STW peeps will think it unfair of me to assume it would be crap, but call it human nature, I'm a bit ashamed that I judged and didn't bother.Posted 9 years ago
Overall, the other arcticles were good tho.MidlandTrailquestsGrahamMember
I normally only buy out of date magazines for £1 each, 3 for £2.50, from the market and I have found that STW is the best of the bike mags.Posted 9 years ago
STW had an offer on at Enduro 6 last weekend, a free T shirt, the current issue and the next year's worth of issues delivered for £15, so I am now a premium print & on line subscriber.
I haven't got a letter P next to my name yet though. 🙁GiantJauntMember
I have only bought 3 issues I think. Partly because I haven't known about the mag for that long and partly because I'm usually skint. I have really enjoyed the ones I have bought and found them more interesting and inspiring than other mags. I like the way they don't give stuff marks out of five and just say if they like stuff or not and it's all very unpretentious. I like the stories in it about peoples adventures.Posted 9 years agoroMember
I offered to write for STW some time go (or at least I think I did, I certainly meant to…) but heard nothing. I wonder why? I can write nicely when I try. The magazines out here seem to think so anyway. Hell, I even wrote for Kerrang once and they paid me. A girl called Scarlet something-or-other was my sub-ed. Hot name 🙂
Anyway Chips, if you'd like me to drag your readership back with something stunningly interesting and not in the least confrontational on MTBing in SE Asia, just yell. I'll do it for a years free mags mailed to me out here. Oh, and you have to say, 'Thank you, ro' on this forum 🙂Posted 9 years agojuanMember
To be fair I'd like a mag that
don't patronize the reader
and is correctly written.
I know I should be the very last person on this forum to criticise the STW tower for their grammar and spelling, but, as I read a consequent amount of books/scientific articles/reviews I always find the bike mag to be on the weak side of the english language.
Then lets face it people, there is so much you can talk about bikes without repeating yourself. I think 6 numbers a year is enough. Plus the mag has always been a bit niche. So you won't find articles or reviews that will help the jo average reader (actually IIRC chipps said once that st market wasn't the joe average reader, but the bloke with several bikes that has been riding for a while).
I always try to go and buy magazine when I go on a train or a plane journey. But I always end up buying books or comics.
So thoughts for a next issue stw why don't have a novel about bikes? By a proper writer 😀Posted 9 years agomyfatherwasawolfMember
What i find strange is that you feel the need to tell the world of your decision? we're not interested.
Well if no one on here told the (singletrack)world what they were thinking the forum would be empty. The OP's entitled to his opinion and all-in-all this thread has been 'interesting' and worthwhile 😆Posted 9 years agoal_fMember
saladdodger – Member
Strange realy the mag realy supports this forum, so no mag sales no forum
If that's true, why the massive column of ads that you can turn off if you're a Premier member?
big_scot_nanny – Member
My mate, patent lawyer, imediately picked up on grammatical errors when reading it in my loo. Bad use of their, there, they're etc.
<pedant> I find this annoying too. </pedant>
Seriously though, if you're a professional writer with an editor overseeing what goes into the mag this sort of thing shouldn't really get through to print. Even running it through the grammar checker in Word would be a start. 🙂Posted 9 years agoGary_MMember
For me each issue of the mag seems to have less and less that I want to read. Got half way through the climbing article and got bored, read the singular test cause it looked like a nice bike. Didn't go near the rack test, ferrentino article, fitness article as I find these articles boring usually or badly written. The interview I can't be arsed with as it will likley stop mid way through with the rest available online.
If I could be bothered cancelling my subs then I would. It just doesn't do it for me anymore, although that say more about me than the mag.Posted 9 years agoChrisSMember
I think there is only so much you can say about a mountain biking and the mag is running out of ideas. DIRT does have one advantage in this regard in that it focusses on the DH racing scene which by it's very nature has a constant turnover of fresh material, news, reports and stories.Posted 9 years ago
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