Issue 6

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine Summer 2002

In this Issue:
Tim Flooks Interview
Shorts and Baggies Group Test
Lake District Route Guides
An Island Odyssey

Cover photo: Jamie Donohue, South Uist. By Andy McCandlish.
Contents photo: Therese Lewis, Alnmouth, Northumberland. By Steve Makin.
Spineline: … summer, blink and you’ll miss it.


It’s time for a muddy jubilee reckons Chipps

Trail Pixies

Just who does make the trails at places like Betws y Coed and Coed y Brenin? Chipps went to meet the real trail pixies.


Ben Haworth’s northern exposures.

Industry Insider

Tim Flooks has done most jobs in the bike world and surprisingly, still loves to ride after all these years. Singletrack reports on his memories of life on the road for Rock Shox and his new enterprise tf tuned shox.


Andy Armstrong talks about the delights of bunking off with a passing reference to Ferris Bueller’s Big Day Out…

Column One

Jon Wyatt loves bikes. He tells you how much and why…

Bike Test

Three bikes on a more attainable budget:

  • Cannondale F900 SL
  • Marin East Peak
  • Klein Attitude Comp

Long Term Tests

Feedback on a number of components and other kit thats been under test for quite some time. This issue reviews:

  • Continental Explorer Supersonic
  • Park TS-7 Wheeljig
  • Weldtite TF2 Lube & CD1 Degreaser
  • Giro E2 Helmet
  • Gill Repack Smock Jacket
  • Planet X Bike Bag

Innovations Slim Jim Plus CO2
Bell Pint Glass

Column Two

Have you mastered bicycle maintenance, but failed to understand how to master general items of household equipment? Then you might have quite a lot in common with Ben Boney M.

Singletrack World

A new series that looks at some of the best single rides in the world. This issue Jamie Carr reports from Kathmandu, Nepal.

Gallery Special

Steve Makin’s intimate black and white portraits of our silly, but fun sport.

Bike Porn 1

The Tomac 98 Special Pro. A bike worthy of the great man himself?

Bike Porn 2

An exclusive look at Maverick’s incredible new suspension fork.

Column Three

Jenny Marlowe belatedly realises that buying a better bike doesn’t make you a better rider. Or does it?

Fish Out of Water

Take a competent bike journalist and make them do something that they’re rubbish at. Like Chipps working in a bike shop.


This issues group test, gets comfortable with some lycra shorts and hangs loose with some baggies:

  • Lusso Coolmax Bibshorts
  • Castelli Dome Bibshorts
  • Assos F113 Bibshorts
  • Endura MT500 Shorts
  • De Marchi 8 Panel Race Shorts
  • Pearl Izumi Microsensor Bibshorts
  • Cannondale 10 Panel Bibshorts
  • Karrimor XB Baggies
  • Altura Altitude Baggies
  • Lusso Meat and Two Veg Baggies
  • Nema Crown Jewels Baggies
  • Pearl Izumi Mesa Baggies

Living the Life

In 1994 Steve Mead sold up and moved with his family out to the foothills of the French Pyrennes. Singletrack visited and experienced the world of Pyractif.


The Lake District – three routes described as well as crucial information on what services and ammenities are in the area when you arrive:

  • Easy 29.75km (18.5 miles), no timescale given
  • Medium 29km (18 miles), no timescale given
  • Expert 48.3km (30 miles), no timescale given

The Armchair Story

An Island Odyssey. Andy McCandlish describes and epic and eventful trip to the remote Hebridean Islands and enjoyed the magical lighting of the northern extremities of the British Isles. Roundup

A brief look at the highlights from the magazines daily website over the last few months.


Photos and captions from the Singletrack editorial team.