So tell me – how did you and STW first meet!?
I hate to be pedantic but you already knew someone had lost them. You wanted to find who that was.
I suspected, certainly, but I don’t think I could go as far as to say I knew – it may, for example, have been a flamboyant litterer. 🙂Posted 3 months ago
I was something of a late bloomer in terms of starting MTB and discovering STW. I did a Google search when looking at options for my first build. Ended up with a 26” Bfe and an addiction to a forum.Posted 3 months ago
Wanted advice on stripping and repainting an old aluminium frame, and found that on the very friendly forum, then picked up the mag in a news agent.
Hooked ever since.Posted 3 months ago
I don’t think I could go as far as to say I knew
What is knowledge anyway? That word carries a heavy burden. (Steeples fingers). Let’s unpack that word…Posted 3 months ago
I was introduced by a few (former) members including DrMallory and dirtygirlonabike. Hung around after that when I started working in TheBikeChain. A few of the regulars started up Mlehworld which has since morphed into a Facebook Group. This was all pre-hack.
This is my second(official) user account though. I had a stalker on my previous one so was allowed to set up this in its place.Posted 3 months ago
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Pre Issue 1 certainly. Not sure how I found it but I was living at home after graduating uni in 2001, looking at moving house and searching stuff about riding in that location.
The forum name (which I’ve had right through, never changed) came about cos when I was working in the bike shop a customer had once said something my (very long, very skinny) legs about them being crazy legs so that name sort of stuck in the shop as well. And then I registered on the forum with that.Posted 3 months ago
About 2004, I think my wife pointed me to the site after finding it whilst researching a new bike or a holiday, or something.
The first thread I remember was a PSA about Halfords selling off Kona Explosifs for £400, the frames online were £450 I think and Halfords were selling a handful with the build kit from the Kona Blast (randomly…I think the frames were seconds as the rear V brake always sat off centre).
I rang my local store and he wanted to know what the heck was going on as he had multiple calls from across the country to ship the one he had in stock to another store via their distribution centre. Thankfully I was the only one that was able to turn up 30 minutes later to snatch it up!
Great bike, still got it, got me into singlespeed 🙂Posted 3 months ago
Print & digital subscriber and forum user since Nov ’13.Posted 3 months ago
Prior to that would always buy a copy for frequent long train journeys.
Used to buy MBR and MB UK but stopped when tbey became completely over-run with advertorials.
I’m old, and it was a long time ago, so I’m not quite sure of the details. I think it was via uk.rec.cycling, then GoFar. I met Myra van Inwegen, who used to contribute a lot on GoFar, when I was cycling in Wales in 2000 – I get a mention in this account http://www.myra-simon.com/myra/bike/wales2000.html. I remember when the idea of a magazine was first mooted and thought it was something I should support. Been a subscriber ever since.Posted 3 months ago
I had joined IMBA in Canada in 2002, and wanted to remain active when I moved to the UK in 2003. If I remember correctly, the STW site used to host the IMBA-UK forum back then, and so I created an account. Then, while I became very active on mtb-wales.com, I would swing over to this site when things got boring or too contentious over there.
Eventually, when mtb-wales.com died, I moved over to STW full-time, and I have been here ever since.Posted 3 months ago
On a walk into Stanage Popular End in early 2000 for a beginners weekend of climbing one of the climbers cracked a rather off-colour joke involving sand and something that would now get me banned. He mentioned the joke had come from here and there was a whole thread of them. Lurked for a good while before plunging in with both feet.
(The answer was you can’t gargle sand).Posted 3 months ago
Dunno but it was pre hack days.Posted 3 months ago
Whenever that was?
Was a member on the old MTB-Wales forum and heard about the new magazine coming out in there. I moved away from bikes around 2003 so didn’t really follow any of the stuff from then until I got back into it in 2009. I then joined here and the old MBR forum, lived mainly on there but the occasional read and post over here. Been here fully since the MBR forum closed down apart from a few months where I took a break from everything to sort out a few personal issues.Posted 3 months ago
Dunno but it was pre hack days.
Whenever that was?
Christmas 2008.Posted 3 months ago
The story of how/why I remember that is too long and boring to recount on here…
I saw issue 5, I think it was, in a newsagent. It had a picture of a flat tyre on the front; that spoke to me. I dug it out the other week; it was a lot thinner back then. Mind you, so was I.Posted 3 months ago
Joined to sell the Santa Cruz Blur I guided on for the 2003 season in Morzine, never left.Posted 3 months ago
Gofar from 1999 and vaguely knowing Chipps from mtb racing and singlespeed stuff.Posted 3 months ago
Bikemagic refugee circa 2004. Heard STW mentioned on other forums and thought I would have a look for myself.Posted 3 months ago
Bikemagic around 2004 IIRC, someone was moaning about having been banned on STW, I had a look, made a few posts on petrolhead and environmental threads and got banned.Posted 3 months ago
I got back I to mountain biking about 10 years ago after a number of years away from it. I joined another, small site/forum for a couple of years. Unfortunately a lot of the members had a falling out with the owner/moderator and jumped ship to here so I followed too (2014) and never looked back. This forum has been so good to me and for me. Thank-you STW.Posted 3 months ago
Came here from bikeradar after looking for advice around 2004. Had a different username then but lost access to it so set this one up instead a few years later. Been here ever since.Posted 3 months ago
My wife described herself as an STW widow because I always seemed to be on here. Has to be some irony in that somewhere.
2001 Bike Show at Birmingham NEC initially where they had the mag stolen, a brief chat and some stickers exchanged. Then again at Fat Tyre festival Dolagellau where I picked Chipps up on the way down.Posted 3 months ago
Worked in a Bike shop when issue one came out, we used to stock it so I got my copy there. Subscribed when I left the bike shop, been around ever since.Posted 3 months ago
Drac, Steve M and Andy A are just three of many truly lovely people that I met back around the time that STW was starting. Got me all nostalgic now. Love you all!Posted 3 months ago
2001-ish. Think the place in Todmorden had just opened and did an organised ride out from there. I was with Tim from Sideways (remember him, used to sell great kit).
I recall Chipps being obsessed with his coffee machine and perfecting the art.
Actually may have been a bit earlier than this thinking about it?Posted 3 months ago
I’ve been a magazine subscriber since 2004; I still have (I’m pretty sure) pretty much each and every copy lined up in chronological order. On the forum since goodness knows when.
I actually cancelled my subscription over the weekend as, quite simply, I just don’t find its contents as interesting and relevant (to me) as I once did. I’m not the mountain biker, and in all practicality not even the cyclist, I once was.
However, it turns out I cancelled the subscription only a week or two after payment was taken so I may well revert to digital version. But then I don’t like reading stuff on a screen so I may well re-subscribe when the time comes – especially in light of the brutal honesty of the situation now highlighted.Posted 3 months ago
I had bought the odd mag, but then bumped into the team at a a 24hr race, maybe Sleepless?? Anyway subscribed and got a jersey. Joined in the forum later and after a move from Peak to South, met a few folk from here.Posted 3 months ago
2001ish for me. I was underworked as a junior developer so split my time between here and bikemagic. Was a print subscriber for many years until all mtb print media got too repetitive for me. Profile got recreated after the hack.
Shows my comfort with the place, that other than Facebook, this is the only place I post under my real name.Posted 3 months ago
Probably 2002, I reckon. Maybe 2001. Just arrived here while generally websurfing once we got “proper” internetPosted 3 months ago
I think Issue 1 was being given away at one of the 24hr races at Trentham Gardens. Certainly where I got it from, from Mark iirc. I subscribed the following month, but gave it up around 6 years ago, (not long after Jenn had passed away), as I felt it didnt contain anything I was interested in anymore.Posted 3 months ago
As in the other thread, I woudl gladly pay something for forum use, I have no interest in the magazine.
Proper Noob here – joined in March 21. Had often used STW forum answers from google searches, and occassionally bought a copy when travelling, but needed to ask a specific question after getting back into MTB during lockdown (kids and work having reduced time on the bike previously)Posted 3 months ago
Having joined and taken a digi subs for the bike stuff, the wide discussion and sound advice on the chat forum for pretty much any life issue has become another reason to be here.
2008ish to buy an Ellsworth Joker (my 1st ever FS). A mate I worked with pointed me to it in the classifieds and I hurriedly created an account and thus my user name is just my name.. which is not ideal as there’s certain things I just don’t talk about/ask advice on! The Ellsworth went from me to my dad to a mate and was stolen recently never to be seen again.. bastards!
Only forum member I’ve met (other than to buy/sell stuff) is binners maybe 10 years ago. I asked for advice on here for trails while I was working away and it was his neck of the woods. But, it was lashing down and dark/miserable so we went to the pub. Didn’t even turn a crank 🙂Posted 3 months ago
I associate it with my first trip to Glentress with @Steveo in probably 2003. It was a new dawn of MTB for me, and he mentioned this website called SingletrackWorld. The evening we got back to Sheffield I logged on (t’internet) and had to register with STW. But what username to choose? After a weekend riding GT on a Chameleon I had a pretty raw undercarriage, so “sore_tint” it was. Probably been on here 80% of days since.Posted 3 months ago
Came here looking for 2006 mayhem results, lurked for a while but must have joined post hack. It mostly amuses my wife and kids the amount of browsing I do 😞Posted 3 months ago
Subscribed when they launched at the Bike Show.Posted 3 months ago
Well according to my profile joined March 2015 but I think it was a couple of years before then. Like others, came from bikeradar, really got into my cycling around 2010 and enjoy internet forums, so this is (nearly) heaven.Posted 3 months ago
I have a few saved websites that I open up when I turn the computer on – Av forums, Bet365, Dc Rainmaker, cyclechat and here, mainly because they are all busy forums where I can learn lots of things, and one where I lose any spare money I have!
Only forum member I’ve met (other than to buy/sell stuff) is binners maybe 10 years ago.
Don’t think I’ve met anyone from here other than from buying and selling. Often look at other people when out and think “Are they one of my lot”
We need a greeting that’s specific to STW, but won’t make you look like a nutter if used on a normal personPosted 3 months ago
Progressed from MTB World ( I think it was ) when that folded been around ever since .Posted 3 months ago
Well, one night a couple of days after a raging argument with my neighbour who’s wife had once again decided to park diagonally across my driveway, I was ruminating on why so many foxes and dogs seemed to be fervently scratching up my back lawn. I set about googling “Frozen sausages lawn” and the rest is history.
Ah, if only.
I had a stalker on my previous one so was allowed to set up this in its place.
I knew i’d find you eventually!!!Posted 3 months ago
I accidentally found it whilst searching for tractor porn.Posted 3 months ago
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