Pocketmags Digital Magazines
US
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
21 MIN READ TIME

Jason MilesTHE HELMET OF UNHAPPINESS

Someone told me the other day (hopefully at least slightly in jest) that everything I’ve ever written for Singletrack has followed a certain formula. That being: “Got up really early, rode for 1,000 miles, pooed my pants, fell asleep face-first in a bag of chips.” Or something like that.

My first reaction was that while I have, from time to time, written about the often grim, cacky underbelly of riding mountain bikes, I can’t remember scraping that particular barrel as often as this shouty, rent-a-gob individual had so publicly asserted.

But, on reflection, there’s probably some truth in the claim that my words have often descended into vivid descriptions of unpalatable themes involving poo, wee, open sores, nerve damage and vomit. The last Big Bicycle Adventure I was involved with featured all of those things. In fact, almost all those things arrived at the same time and thus ended that particular ride.

Read the complete article and many more in this issue of Singletrack
Purchase options below
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Digital Issue 127
 
$3.99
This issue and other back issues are not included in a new Singletrack subscription. Subscriptions include the latest regular issue and new issues released during your subscription.
6 Month Digital Subscription $12.99 billed twice a year
Save
19%
$12.99
Annual Digital Subscription $22.99 billed annually
Save
4%
$22.99

This article is from...


View Issues
Singletrack
127
VIEW IN STORE

Other Articles in this Issue


Singletrack
Now, how did those lyrics go again?
Sanny and Dene head out on a pre-dawn mission proving that winter shouldn’t be a barrier to fun.
They say variety is the spice of life – how hot do you like your spice?
Amanda takes a few days to ride and decompress in Denmark. Along the way she finds food, friends, trails and adventures, but most of all, she finds balance.
Adam Batty welcomes back a lapsed member of the mountain bike club to enjoy the views.
Tom Hill reflects on the phenomenon that was the Trans-Provence, and his part as a small cog in its machine.
Chipps gets soppy about a scratched old pair of pedals from the last century.
Nigel Page and Chipps strap on luggage and join forces again. This time to ride a completely made up North/South traverse of the Lake District.
Three contemporary steel hardtails made by hand in the UK from 18 Bikes, Shand and Stanton. And we mean made, not just assembled.
Price: £900.00 (frame only) From: 18 Bikes, 18bikes.co.uk
Price: £995.00 (frame only) From: Shand, shandcycles.com
Price: £699.00 (frame only) From: Stanton, stantonbikes.com
You might want to get your tiny violins ready at this
Mark and Vic look at a different way of getting to play in the mountains with bikes. By train.
Emma and Carly show how much fun you can have by being badly prepared and under-equipped in France’s bestknown mountain bike event.
Andi catches up with Damien from Production Privée, the enigmatic Andorran bike and component company.
Sometimes alcohol and high spirits can get in the way of a race to the point that some people let themselves down a little. So much so that we’ve toned this one down, to hide the guilty.