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www.singletrackworld.com Patrik Lindqvist

9. Editorial Don’t worry about the little threads holding your bike together, worry about the threads holding you together.

10. Time For A Change Rob Hamilton-Smith had a steady life; house, car, wife, steady job. No surprises. Which is exactly why he decided to jack it all in and ride his bike.

20. What Tyres for Polar Ice Cap Where would you ride if you knew you wouldn’t ride a bike again for 18 months? Dave Evans had no choice but find out.

28. Interview: Adrian Carter Adrian and Pace Cycles have been around since the pre-history of British mountain biking. And he’s still as keen as ever.

32. Bike test: Namesakes. Four bikes from GT, Intense, Marin and Santa Cruz. All with the same DNA as their predecessors, but some with some significant generational changes.

44. Through The Grinder Our demon product test section features a couple of steel singlespeeds, carbon forks and what looks like funny lip-salve.

55. Grouptest: Jackets A dozen jackets that think they can stand up to the ‘warm, wet, freezing, dry, wet, cold, warm, wet’ of a British winter.

64. Column: Phil Diprose Philip Diprose predicts that technology will save us all. Or not. One of the two.

66. Long Termers Five staff members have a bike each to play with for the summer. What bikes did they go for, what do they reckon and what’ll change?

70. Gallery More mouthwatering photos to inspire you to get out there and pedal.

74. Bike Porn: Jeff Jones It’s either the pinnacle of bicycle design, or a bunch of funny tubes welded together. Either way, the Jeff Jones 29er is a hot topic.

77. Competition Win a team place at one of Patrick Adams’ Classic Summer races.

78. 2006 Singletrack Awards. You nominated, you voted. We just counted. And here are the winners of the biggest reader-voted awards in the country.

80. Propaganda We have a lot more to tempt you than just magazines and jerseys these days, as you’ll see here.

82. Members’ Club Our subscribers not only get cheap mags, they get discounts all around the country. And now they get two years’ worth of digital back issues for a tenner!

84. Transformers Dave Smith reveals the first part of the training plan for our poor guinea pigs and tips on how you can get in shape too.

88. Gallery We had too many nice pictures to keep in one gallery section.

90. Column: Julian Birch Julian takes us back to hot, dusty summertime woodland riding. Sigh.

92. Fish Out of Water: Mountain Leader Ali Chant looks at what actually goes into the qualifications that those pro guides and ride leaders have.

100. Grouptest: Winter (and Spring) Boots Ten chunky boots rated for the cold, the wet and the, er, dusty.

106. The Tool Shed Just having Allen keys is no longer enough. In a new series we look at some of the essential tools you need in your toolbox.

108. Route Guide – The South West Lakes Walna Scar Road and some very, very windy hills are on the route maps for you this issue. Rugged beauty has to be earned, don’t you think?

120. Column - Stevi Jackson Stevi finds that buying a new bike doesn’t make you the master of it.

122. Riding in the Ukraine? Imagine the Ukraine to be full of empty hills, great trails and quaint old-fashioned people? Fortunately, that’s exactly what it’s like.

130. The Lonesome Crowded West Jeff Guerrero takes a break between bike shows to explore some of the quieter corners of Utah – and the quieter bits of his head.

143. Outro Silly pictures and socks. Says it all really. . .

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