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THAT'S A SPINELINE!

WORDS BY CHIPPS AND THE SINGLETRACK TEAM

Once you get over a certain number of pages in your magazine, it becomes impossible to saddle stitch the pages (where staples or a thread goes through the spreads to bind them together) and you have to move to what’s called ‘perfect binding’. Here, the pages are trimmed flush and the ends glued (with the cover glued on top). This creates the trademark square spine of the magazine. As soon as we started doing this on Issue Five we knew that we had to come up with some witty sayings to print on the spine. Every issue (with the exception of our ‘minimal art’ issues around issues 72-82) has had a witty spineline culled from normal day to day office conversation and taken rudely out of context. In many cases there are two different ones per issue (the Subscriber’s copies and the newsagent copies have different cover plates).

PICTURE BY ROB

So here are a few of our favourites from the last few years, along with the explanations - where we can remember them. (And when we couldn’t, we just made them up…)

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International Adventure: Patagonia – Barney travels to this remote region of Chilé to find some killer singletrack – and a fair bit of dust. We Work Here: Rocky Mountain – We take a trip to the distant (but still very wet) shores of North Vancouver, to see the inner workings of one of Canada’s oldest mountain bike companies. UK Adventure: Dances with Wolves – Andy McCandlish takes a chilly trip down memory lane with Ed Oxley and Andy McKenna. UK Adventure: Riding Through The Seasons – Sanny extols the virtues of riding all year round. Room 101 – Mark is the ultimate arbiter of your submissions to our Room of Shame. Classic Ride: Capel Curig – There’s more to Snowdonia than a few trail centres and a mountain. Grouptest: Wider Wheels – The Grinder team put six sub-£500 wheelsets through the mill. Bike Test: Flat-out Race Bikes – We take a look at three nose-to-the-wheel speed machines. Through the Grinder – A plethora of promising products, assessed by our accomplished assemblage of trusted and true testers. Grinder Bike: Pivot Mach 4 Carbon – Chipps takes a long look at Pivot’s swoopy carbon trail/race monster. 15 Years of Spine Lines – To celebrate our 15th year, some of the best – and the weirdest – of our Spine Lines. International Adventure: Suisse Rolling – Jérôme Clementz takes a busman’s holiday in the Swiss Alps. The Last Word – Antony de Heveningham wonders if we’re actually in the golden age of mountain biking right now.

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