Privateer…middle class middle aged MBUK
Looks lush, there’s a lot more reading in it than most mags, way fewer adverts, and a lot of the features are on things that mags which focus on more “current” stuff ignore (Geoff Apps for example). I like it a lot.
If you want it in a digital format, it’s only a fiver or so. Prefer having a real mag here, I spend enough of my day staring at a glowing screen as it is.Posted 5 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
I really must get round to cancelling my subscription as I find little to read in it and have even less time to do said reading. I cancelled my Rouleur sub a while ago for the same reason. They do smell nice though!!
I have a pile of both to get through. Privateer I’m not sure about.
Rouleur is great and, having a full set, I feel I have some sort of paper based mamil heirloom in my house..!Posted 5 years ago
Due to illness a kind soul bought me the afore mentioned publication…..felt to me like the followup stories to MBUK from days goneby.
Cove and the shore
Santa crux bikes
Then look at next edition
Enjoyed the Nepal bit but the rest sorry no.Posted 5 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
nine quid is a lot for a magazine, but there is far more than twice as much reading material in one as your typical magazine which has a cover price of what £4+ and is mostly adverts (or illiterate txt spk drivel in unreadable text/background colour combinations in the case of MBUK, or re-hashed press releases spiced up with “stem too short bar too narrow” in the case of MBR…).
They might cover ‘old’ topics, but a recent issue seemed tailor-made for me; the birth of ‘freeriding’ (I lived in the US at the time and it inspired my riding, must have worn out my Kranked video), the history of Ti bikes (always been a fan and had a Litespeed many many years ago), behind the scenes at Orange (recently bought and Orange) etc…
Like Rouleur, the articles are written by and for grown-ups and have room to explore the subject.Posted 5 years agorobsoctaneMember
I downloaded a copy on my Iphone. Rubbish IMO. may be it just misses something when digital though, still at £5.90 (or close) it should be better.
Will not pay £9 for the actual magazine now.
Stick with Singletrack BUT even that has gone downhill (pun intended) since the new look. Yes, it looks better but content is not as good. Where is Ed Oxley for instance? And that lass Jenny doing the Mega training, my mam can ride with more confidence – trust her review, do you? 🙄
I reckon Dirt is still worth the money.Posted 5 years ago
Regards stw…… Like it more recently….yes jenny blog I liked honest and truthful…..It reflects what most riders go through…..not ye riding gods……
Stw really like
Steve worlands column esp on age and riding
Jennifer Hopkins trip to france
Chipps 6 under ben
Privateer seems retrospective and aloof……dirt is good but only now and then….stw hits the balancePosted 5 years agoNeil_BoltonMember
Must admit, the last two mags have been fantastic, actually, so was the one with Helen Mortimer in it too – incredible interview and really hard hitting.
Steve Peats interview was amazing, as was the insight on Shaggy.
It may be 9 quid, but it’s worth it if you can afford it.Posted 5 years agowwaswasSubscriber
Privateer seems retrospective
Broader in outlook, certainly – it’s not intended as a contemporary record.
Equally, a lot of the good stuff in stw is not ‘of the moment’ – it’s descriptions of rides that could have been done any time, how riding makes people feel etcPosted 5 years agohousehusbandSubscriber
Took out a sub using a special offer code from CRC; first one arrived last week and I am rather impressed – told myself that I’d cancel if I didn’t like it.
Minimal adverts, proper articles, good photography and seems to be more in common with what I like than many other magazines. Think I’ll be ditching my Dirt sub.Posted 5 years ago
Only the once or twice for each title – MBR springs to mind, Mojo, Uncut.
Used to buy MBUK for Mint Sauce, but just read it in Smiths now.
I sometimes get Guitarist, Bike or Car and always used to get (The) Word.
Great mags, can usually read them cover to cover, decent value, lots of editorial content.
None cost more than £5.50.
£9.00? no thanks. I can buy a decent book for that, something I’d want to keep for years.Posted 5 years agorOcKeTdOgSubscriber
just received this
Andy Waterman has sent you a message on Flickr.
Date: 18th September, 2012
Hi, Andy from Privateer here, just saw your contribution to the latest Privateer thread on STW. I’d like to send you the latest issue of the mag – we’ve just gone through a bit of a redesign and imo, it’s awesome. Email me your address – and I’ll get one posted out. And be sure to let me know what you think.
i wasn’t knocking your mag Andy, any mag at £9 wouldn’t be on my shopping list, I’ve read a friend’s copy and it’s good, but i still wouldn’t pay that amount. thanks for the offer though.Posted 5 years agoSuggseyMember
I will have it then, free £9 magazine with potential for proper articles in sound interesting. I have dabbled with MBR, MBUK and a couple of others including of course STW. Too much it would seem industry bias appeared in both MBUK and MBR but STW also seemed to vere away from the earlier days of some inspiring photography and interesting articles as well as real world kit/bike tests.Posted 5 years ago
I dont do books as I have the attention span of a gnat so only read magazines in short bursts.
I may have talked myself into trying a a copy anyway-is it sold in the likes of WHSmiths or direct marketing only?
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