Latest Magazine Issue….
You may remember my thread about the quality of the mag of late
Latest issue landed the other day. Big Scottish mountains, bigger Icelandic mountains, and near-to home Lakes and Dales riding (what’s the route by the way?)
All is forgiven. 🙂
Sad farewell to Mr Ferentino. You’re clearly mad, but I like that.Posted 6 years ago
Looking forward to heavier paper and better pictures.Tiger6791Subscriber
Hmmm it’s a tough one, wasn’t going to renew my subs but based on the Scottish write up…. I might just do that, it was one of the best for ages and made me want to get in the car for a weekend in Scotland.
Question is, is it a one off and are we going back to Journosfreeholidaytospaintrack?
and a Matt Hart, stop answering made up questions, just tell us how to do stuff that we can ignore but pretend to do like you used to.Posted 6 years agostilltortoiseSubscriber
I too feel compelled to say that – so far – the current mag is better than some recent ones to the extent that I will pretend there was no review on degreasers (really??!). Chipps’, Jen’s and the French dude’s articles were definitely inspirational. I can’t wait to see what the new format brings.Posted 6 years agobinnersSubscriber
Its worth getting the mag just for the quality of the photography this month. The Iceland photo’s in particular. Utterly breath-taking. Which bodes well for where ‘they’ are taking the magazine.
Its a shame to see Mike go. I loved his pieces. Understandable though. Good luck to him! His first article about riding over here was fantastic. One of the best ever in ST.Posted 6 years agosingletrackjaySubscriber
Good feedback peoples. The bonus material was a 36 page Editors Choice supplement (to Issue 70) and can be found here:
Our oversight on /bonus URL and we’ll get it fixed asap. Apologies.
On the delivery front, we always try to get our copies to subscribers first and our loyal LBS stockists, before the high street. On that note, high street is scheduled from 2nd February. Again, thanks for feedback.Posted 6 years agowreckerMember
Ooooh, looking forward to perusing my digital copy tonight. Thanks!
Its a shame to see Mike go.
Not Ferrentino? That would be a BIG loss, I’m loving the follow the dog book. ST will have to look hard to find someone as interesting/bonkers to replace him.Posted 6 years ago
It’s bittersweet. Like a poo lolly.SchweizSubscriber
Degreaser test was a nice idea but the end result was so inconclusive/non-committal that it deserved to be compressed.
Iceland/Scotland articles were lovely but this issue was quite “thin”. I was finished in one session. I find the tone overall a little mellow. Would be nice to balance the feel-good articles with some more provocative and though provoking content.Posted 6 years agoiain1775Subscriber
Have to admit I saw it and first thoughts where ‘is that it, if it gets any thinner there won’t be any room for the spine tag line’Posted 6 years ago
Then I opened it flicked though and stopped on the Iceland waterfall pic and realised its not quantity but quality (we have this forum for low quality high quantity ;))
Best issue for quite a while. Same comments as everyone else, basically.
Stonking photos from the Iceland article.
Sad to see the back of Ferrentino’s column, though it’s understandable. He seemed to get a bit of a kicking on here quite often, but I really enjoyed his writing.
Another couple of nice write-ups from Jenn.
I liked the ‘Year in Pictures’ bit as well- it looks like everyone on the mag had a pretty fine year, Chipps especially so. 🙂
Last issue before the Big Change – hopefully things will continue in the same vein.Posted 6 years agosoulwoodSubscriber
I agree with the Ferentino article being sad, I was well depressed at the end of the article. I have just read a US mag called Switchback (Fuel for the trails, bought from WHS) and it was very interesting. Good article on some pioneer mtb guy (not the usual crowd) who has some rare brain tumour but still insists on riding, and a good article about a female endurance rider that I have never heard of. The last Privateer had some interesting articles abroad, the guides in the South American countries was a unique and different slant on the sport of mtb’ing. I’m glad that ST is making some changes, as they initially shook up the established MTB mags (MBR & MBUK) when they first arrived. They have of late been shook up by other mags (mentioned above) and I for one am not that keen when they go all out for long travel bikes that you cannot pedal uphill. More articles like this month for fantastic photo’s and inspiration I say.Posted 6 years agoMrOvershootSubscriber
Had a 1/2 hour flick through, in between coughing & sneezing.
Agree about the ride/picture bits 😀
Got as far as the Degreaser bit (not bothered about that as I think its a bike killer)
The Mike Ferentino column has been a bit hit & miss for me, though the one he did about riding round Tod area with the ST group was one of the best I have ever read in the mag.
Look forward to the new direction, on a selfish note please can we have less of the riding abroad in places I’m never going to get to 🙁Posted 6 years agostilltortoiseSubscriber
please can we have less of the riding abroad in place I’m never going to get to
This is exactly what I DO want to read about, regardless of whether I’m going to get there. It’s the reason I started buying Singletrack.
you can please some of the people some of the time… 😆Posted 6 years agojupiterMember
I haven’t bought a bike magazine in ages, gave up on Singletrack 3 years ago. However, I was in Stirling yesterday and got 3 magazines, Singletrack, Dirt and Switchback. I had never heard of Switchback but enjoyed it (only issue 2). Dirt I liked a lot, never thought I would read an article about 29ers in it. Singletrack was as deadly dull as when I last read it, no sense of excitement or interest, and the only good photos were in the Destination X article and they were not taken by ST staff I presume.Posted 6 years agospeaker2animalsSubscriber
I got mine last night and flicked through. Couldn’t be bothered to go upstairs to get my glasses so couldn’t read anything so put it down for later consumption. Having now read this thread I have just read Chipps Editorial and Mike F’s last article. For Mike F – all the best fella generally speaking I have long been impressed by your stuff both in Bike and STW. In fact for a while after Bike became totally uninteresting I kept buying it for Mike’s column. A bit like Mint Sauce and MBUK (Take that how you like).
Nice piece by Chipps and agree with his stance. It has re-invigorated me TBH. I was considering letting the sub drop at next renewal, though being me had a dilemma in that for me it is important to give the guys some income while I am happy to use the website. As said though, that’s just me and my world view.
No doubt someone will tell me I’m an idiot, they all drive Bentleys, drink champers in their Camelbaks (other hydration systems are available) from advertising revenue.
To be honest the reason I have considered dropping the sub is just that I am loosing my interest in mags. Keep buying them and they just get put to one side rather than read.
Anyway – re-vamp – very interesting and looking forward to seeing the new mag. All the best guys and I hope the plan can keep you rolling for another 10 years (or as long as you feel you want to keep knocking out bike mags).Posted 6 years agotomasoSubscriber
Only flicked through last night but loved the Iceland photos and the inclusion of a trail I really like with a name to giggle about Breasthigh Road in Jen’s article about the merging of the two national parks.
On the less positive side its not got a lot of bike porn in it. I’m not after What Bike levels of bike details but more than 4 would be nice.Posted 6 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
Another praise for the photography, the Icelandic stuff is just stunning.
Mike’s articles are often interesting, but I’ve always found him a disppointment after his first article on riding over here, which was the most perfect endorsement of all that is right with UK rides and riders.Posted 6 years agoRubber_BuccaneerSubscriber
Loving some of the pictures in this months mag even though I find travel storys rather dull to read.
Also sorry to see Mike Ferentino go. I don’t always like his column but it has always been one of the first I check in the hope it’s a goodun. I will miss it for sure 🙁
Already looking forward to the next mag to see what the changes are, maybe a sheep based cartoon 😉Posted 6 years agomtMember
Agree that this mag is much better than of recent. Iceland, nice. The Dales, Gods country. Not really sure how interesting it is to know that chips and his mates get pissed, eat black pudding, have lots of coffee and can’t be arsed, same repetative twaddle to pad out what could have been a pretty good article (MBUK comes to mind). I supose it was an advatorial for a holiday cottage company. Perhaps as I get old and grumpy reading about wasting time gets a bit irritating. Kinloch Rannoch, you could have given us a decent ride feature from there.Posted 6 years ago
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