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Fresh Goods Friday 616: The Loamer Edition

Loamer. It seems to be the word of the year in mountain bike circles. WTF does that mean? I’m not really sure. Something very dirty? Especially if it is a freshly prepared piece? It probably means different things to different people and there are undoubtedly many people who use the term incorrectly.

Have you ever been dirty? Did you care?

Patagonia Dirt Roamer Storm Clothing

  • Price: Jacket £290, trousers £270 (men and women)
  • Of: Patagonia

Not Dirt Loamer. Dirt Roamer. Outerwear for the less summery periods of Paragonia. Here we have Dirt Roamer Storm pants and Dirt Roamer Storm jackets, for men and women.

Waterproof, breathable and recycled outer fabric. Abrasion resistant reinforcement in key areas. Bike specific customization. PFC-free DWR finish. Certified fair trade sewn in Vietnam. The jackets have a 3/4 length front zipper “smock” design. Hoods suitable for helmets. The jacket stows in the secure back pocket or can be rolled up in the hood and tied around the waist with the arms of the jacket. Which is pretty neat.

DMT KM0 MTB shoes

Garish orange slippers from DMT. Light, fast, extremely comfortable. Knit technology creates an extremely lightweight XC/marathon shoe. Michelin sole. Double BOA Fit System closure. Integrated upper construction that “adapts perfectly to the feet of every cyclist”. Also available in black if you don’t like the orange jaffa life jacket shown here.

Lifeline Pro Bike Stand

Vital stats… Height adjustment: 120cm – 198cm. Maximum weight: 40 kg. Adjustable cantilever double jaw clamping system. Magnetic tool tray. Designed and developed in the UK.

Keep an eye on this site here for a review very soon. Like, very, very soon. We’ve had this stand for a while, but always forgot to include it in Fresh Goods Friday!

Britain’s best bike ride

The LEJOG (Lands End to John O’Groats) is arguably the best known cycle route in the UK, it is estimated that over 10,000 people take the challenge of riding end to end and there are countless variations of routes that get from the most southwestern point of the country to the most northeastern point. But which is the best?

Well, Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh have the answer for you. They’ve spent countless hours over the past six years researching and riding to create the LEJOG1000, a 1000-mile route that takes you through the best spots in Britain.

Reynolds and Walsh have crafted a route that has universal appeal and have compiled a comprehensive guide that features maps, elevation gain graphs, rest stop recommendations and (perhaps most importantly!) where to do full with suggestions for all the best food and drink establishments on the itinerary. But alongside all that, they tell the story of the places you pass through, the history of towns and villages, the geography of the landscape and share wonderful photographs of the best views. Take your time and enjoy the scenery or challenge yourself to cover the 1,000 miles in the allotted time, however you approach the route, your bike is the perfect way to see the best of Britain.

Long bracket for Canyon frame bag

We first encountered one of these excellent party pouches on the Canyon Spectral 125 and loved it. It mounts on bikes that have these two accessory bolts (usually on the underside of the top tube). It contains just about everything you need for your regular rides: a multi-tool and your “puncture repair” of choice.

Canyon Flat Headset Cap

  • Price: $14.99 (can’t find UK monthly price!)
  • Of: Canyon

System integration can be great, but sometimes it can be a bit boring or restrictive. Most of the Canyon bikes we get come with a system of headset spacers that fit into a specific Canyon stem and headset cover. Which is good and looks great. But presents a problem if you want to try a different stem on the bike (which, as prissy testers, we often want to try). Enter this “simple” helmet cover for Canyon bikes. With this you can run any stem (and spacers) you want.

Specialized SL Range Extender Batteries

  • Price: £340.00
  • Of: Specialized (well, technically borrowed from Charlie)

Mark embarked on a big Lakeland adventure (which will be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine) and needed a little more juice for his Specialized Turbo Levo SL. So he borrowed some stack stacks from fellow Levo SLover Charlie. Each of these batteries has 160 Wh, which roughly translates to an extra hour of hilly driving.

Was it enough? Has Mark finished his mountain mission? You will have to wait and see. Safe to say, it wasn’t all simple sailing (or mountain biking).

Titan Cordless Portable Pressure Washer

  • Price: £114.99
  • Of: eBay

The six meter long suction hose allows water to be sucked in from any fresh water source (not from the canal then, even with the integrated water inlet filter). 5.0Ah Li-Ion battery. 90 minute charging time. Max flow 120L/h. 5 in 1 nozzle.

To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set

Charlie says, “These were a staff favorite during this long hot summer of long hikes and picnics on the trails, and now we have a third color option with indigo blue. However, not everything was easy. The delivery disappeared inside the ST office. We had a photo of the delivery, but it was missing. Theories about what happened to the blue bamboo cutlery ranged from “I don’t understand, they will come one day” to “We must have pandas nesting under the floor, which come out at night and eat our bamboo product”. . The truth was that Amanda had taken them off to be photographed. And “Amanda” sounds a lot like “A Panda”…. so our theory was only one letter away.

Singletrack Player Awards 2022

It’s that time of year again. About an hour ago we announced that nominations were open for the 2002 Singletrack Reader Awards.

Click the banner above (or the text link above if you’re a graphics phobic) for your chance to be nominated in the following categories:

  • Most Desirable Mountain Bike
  • Most Innovative Mountain Bike Product
  • Trail team
  • Community builders
  • The bike industry pays it back
  • Best Photographer
  • best writer
  • Best trail network or trail center
  • Mountain Bike Personality of the Year

Yarn of the week

Thanks to johnjn2000 for this week’s stunning entry…

Each week, the winning FGF TOTW receives a prize. And it is the majestic Forum bottle opener that will be rewarded.

Ahoy johnjn2000, please email [email protected] to claim your opener. Please include your mailing address as this expedites shipping.


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