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ONE CLICK PONIES

James Vincent tests three bikes delivered straight to his door.

BIKE TEST

The face of retail is changing. Sorry, err, ‘e-tailing’. Whether it’s clothes, groceries, or concert tickets, nowadays many people enjoy the convenience of shopping with the swipe of a thumb on a smartphone, or a tap of keys on a laptop. Inevitably, as time goes on, we expect to be able to buy everything online and have it shipped straight to our door (at a discounted price of course). flat includes bigger and more complex things. Things like bikes.

But us mountain bikers are a touchy-feely lot. And I don’t mean the fist bumps and high fives at the end of a ride. I’m talking about differences between bikes that can be so minute that some riders don’t notice them until they’re pointed out. Things like hidden ISCG chain guide mounts. The difference between running 20 psi instead of 23 psi in your front tyre. How the little hook on certain brake levers just feels right. Or how a head tube that’s 20mm taller completely transforms your riding position and comfort on the bike.

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Editorial: Chipps wonders what comes after the corner after the next corner. International Adventure: Soviet Singletrack: With military restrictions lifted, singletrack trails are waiting to be discovered on the very fringes of Russia. Column: A Glamorous Job: Jason Miles reveals that riding your bike a lot doesn’t necessarily make you healthy. UK Adventure: West Is Best: Pete Scullion goes wild camping on Scotland’s west coast, in the depths of winter. Bike Test: One Click Ponies: James Vincent tests out three bikes from Bird, Intense and Sonder - available to you at the click of a mouse. UK Adventure: Trail Hunter - Peaky Blinder: Tom Fenton seeks out some of the Peak District’s lesser known trails in the White Peak. Group Test: Packing Light: Antony de Heveningham checks out frame, hip and back packs in search of a bag that carries just enough for those local rides. Interview: Staying Ahead, Being Last: Rachel Sokal chats to Olympian and British Champion Annie Last about staying motivated, and cake. International Adventure: Finding Perspective In Lesotho Kristi Stump ponders the gap between her own challenges and those of the people she encounters during the Lesotho Sky stage race Column: Seduced By The TV Remote: Steve Longdon misses the days when we used to ride up hills under our own power and peel our own oranges. Wait, what? International Adventure: Internal Struggle Tom Johnstone nally makes the trip of a lifetime through Iceland’s remote interior. International Adventure: No Mercy In The Mountains Chipps takes a rather taxing holiday in the Pyrenees. Perhaps a change isn’t always as good as a rest… Last Word Barney Marsh admits he’s not getting any younger or fitter. At least he can do something about one of them.
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