RED PIKE BIKE HIKE — Everything can be ridden by somebody
CHARLES KELLY — The future of the past. How did old bikes get cool?
HIGH CONSEQUENCES — Still keep your attitude on self-destruct…
CUSTOM — The bespoke bike is coming right back at you. Rejoice!
DAN JOYCE — No longer the daddy, just dad. And that’s fine…
THE LONE RANGE RIDER — Geoff Apps ploughs a lonely furrow
DEREK PURDY — Success! After 70 years trying to best the wind
SURVIVING — Polaris is 20 years old this year and very Privateer…
INTO THIN AIR — Look mum, no Andes – Mike Chick earns his wings
TEARS FOR SOUVENIRS — Through hardships to the scars
FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE — The discreet charm of the Strathpuffer 24 hour
Some words from the editor
Privateer Number 3 had just dropped into the office to see us and I just had to get my hands on one. No matter how long you’ve spent on putting a magazine together (much) or how many years you’ve been producing them (many), the excitement of seeing the actual printed artefact never goes away. I just had to have it, so, casting a Board Meeting aside like an old shoe, I got to grips with it…
When fans raved about his wonderful playing jazz pianist Thelonious Monk was unimpressed: ’You should have heard what I was trying to play” he said. Which wasn’t much help, so I’ll skip the few annoying things about the magazine I didn’t appreciate – like the logo social climbing to the top of the cover (no it wasn’t done on purpose). But overall I think you’ll like. (Chris won’t, but then Chris always was unique).
The feature on Geoff Apps was one I really wanted to see. Apps made a specialist offroad bike for UK conditions before there were any US mountain bikes (oversized, overpriced and over here) to ride. An extraordinary character and a great story. If it’s character you want, there’s a lot more of it coming into mountain bike design as a new generation of custom builders come right back at us, Mike Davis has the inside line on that. And in case you’ve never seen the link between high consequence freeriders like Cam Zinc and Hip Hop’s dead heroes like Tupac and Biggie, Doctor Rob makes a strong case for dealing death out of the freestyle game.
Those who prefer to keep their wheels on the ground for two days and a night in the roughest terrain will be celebrating the daddy of endurance events this June, The Polaris Challenge is 20 years old and keeps the faith, only the people have changed. We look at its history and huge contribution to mountain biking. When Polaris founder Andy Denton got in touch after receiving his advance copy of the magazine it wasn’t only to talk about that article though, he was blown away by the pictures Seb Rogers took as he and Jenn Hopkins struggled over Red Pike, following Jeremy Ashcroft’s 20 year old route guide. Superb! And Geoff Waugh ups the ante with a picture essay on scars which he dares to call Tears for Souvenirs…
The defense rests. We do the Puffer too and Mike Chick bangs his head against the Andes to prove that there’s more to Bolivia than Death Road.